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  • Moving Forward with Intelligence - Intelligent Transportation Systems
    are intelligent transportation systems ITS and how do they differ from simple information technology IT Simply speaking ITS uses IT computers communications and sensor technologies to create integrated transportation solutions However these are not regular IT desktop solutions ITS involves real time operations 24 hours a day Typically an ITS solution involves three major functions Monitoring A wide variety of sensors from loops of wire embedded in roadways to video cameras to weather stations are used to monitor conditions and detect anomalies These could include increased congestion or a collision or they could include changes in weather and road conditions This information is merged with other information and analyzed Automated Analysis The compiling of this diverse information allows us to analyze it in real time or as it occurs for patterns For example to automatically detect a problem on a highway based on slowing or stopped traffic behind it or to predict when a roadway is going to freeze based on weather forecasts and road temperature sensors The analysis alerts us to action that can be taken to prevent expected conditions such as presalting a roadway before it freezes or to respond to a collision Action Based on the analysis

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/its/strategy3.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Moving Forward with Intelligence - ITS in Ontario
    signals in operation Electronic tolling system automatically bills users or charges their account without the need to slow down or handle change The Ministry of Transportation s COMPASS system and the City of Toronto s RESCU system monitor traffic conditions on Toronto area highways some of which have in excess of 400 000 vehicles travelling on them daily COMPASS continues to deliver leading edge solutions and industry firsts By detecting and managing problems and by providing real time traffic information ITS helps keep people moving in Ontario s urban centres Highway 407 running across the north end of the Greater Toronto Area received international recognition when it opened in 1997 as the first ever all electronic toll highway It allows travellers to cross the region without stopping at toll plazas expediting the flow of traffic The future of ITS brings not only expansion of existing applications but also new possibilities for transportation solutions Improving road safety Safety is one of the driving forces behind the development of ITS COMPASS continuously monitors traffic to detect and clear problems quickly It automatically provides congestion and incident information to drivers and improves traffic flow The Advanced Road Weather Information System ARWIS provides timely and accurate information about local pavement and weather conditions to alleviate the effects of inclement weather These systems save lives while minimizing delays At Ontario U S border crossings ITS helps reduce the potential hazard of unexpected line ups Queue End Warning systems on roads leading to the Queenston Lewiston Bridge and the Peace Bridge automatically detect the location of the queue end and advise motorists of conditions ahead to help avoid collisions at the end of truck queues Enhancing road maintenance Maintenance fleet management systems used by the Ministry of Transportation help maximize the effectiveness of winter maintenance activities

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/its/strategy4.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Moving Forward with Intelligence - Reducing Urban Congestion and Commuting Times
    independent to integrated operations In the Greater Toronto Area COMPASS and RESCU are currently linking control centres to share information This work should be continued and expanded to develop models for integrated area wide management of our road network A major rewrite of the COMPASS software is underway One of the cornerstones of this work is the focus on multi centre interconnection The opportunity exists for the City of Toronto to also adopt the software once complete which would fully support the seamless integration of the centres It will also be available to other major urban centres such as Ottawa It is estimated that over 50 percent of all motorist delay on the freeway system is due to traffic incidents such as roadway debris accidents or stalled vehicles COMPASS reduces the duration and warns drivers of incidents in progress North Central Texas Council of Governments website June 2004 Improving traveller information Information is the hub of intelligent transportation systems It highlights existing conditions on our transportation system that we act on It highlights historical patterns used for planning the system And it leads to travel choices for the traveller Traveller information brings the traveller into the decision process We need to evolve our current approach to make it easier for the traveller to get this information and make decisions Both the public and private sector can help This strategy focuses public sector actions on the collection and dissemination of mass information The private sector role is focused on value added information targeted at individual users or groups For example MTO provides general information through its web site on highway conditions while the private sector would notify individual subscribers of incidents on their planned route and offer alternative routes Further development of the Travellers Road Information Project TRIP will provide a single window into the growing variety of traveller information we have traffic road weather and construction border and tourism information can be added to provide broader coverage and improved service TRIP should also help better link other public sector organizations so they can share information and with the private sector so it can provide better service to the public To do this the ministry can standardize information licensing agreements and system interfaces Public and private sector organizations need to work together to find the best way to get information to the traveller One possibility is to work with ITS Canada to designate 511 as a national traveller information number Similar to 911 as a link to emergency services 511 could provide travellers with ready access to specific traveller information An improved and interconnected traveller information system will make it easier for the traveller to get information and make decisions What is the best mode and departure time for this trip Weather conditions Construction Better to take the subway Trip Time estimate Is my regular route clear If it is continue as normal If not what is my bes t alternative When should I change routes How long will my route

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/its/strategy5.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Moving Forward with Intelligence - Making Border Crossings More Effective
    and industry The plan will take advantage of existing systems and links such as COMPASS and the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition NITTEC By linking together diverse opportunities whether they are from the public sector or from organizations like the Bridge and Tunnel Operators we can maximize the value of our investments IBC could take advantage of such ITS services as pre clearance traveller information traffic management emergency response and hazardous goods monitoring The concepts emerging from the development of the action plan will include the same type of integration as our previously mentioned Reduce Urban Congestion section strategies Between 1994 and 2000 U S trade with Canada increased from 243 billion to 406 billion an average annual growth rate of 8 9 www wcog org mk itscvo shtml A two year study by the American Trucking Associations Foundation found that the commercial vehicle administrative processes CVAP reduced carriers costs by an estimated 9 18 when electronic data interchange EDI was used American Trucking Associations Foundation Study Explores Benefit Cost of ITS CVO User Services Prepared for the FHWA Undated Continuing short term improvements Queue end monitoring and advisory systems reduce incidents by warning vehicles of delays ahead Ontario has partnered with municipal and federal governments and has acted independently to make a number of short term improvements to our international border crossings These have included such things as Video monitoring systems to monitor Huron Church Road in Windsor Changeable message signs near major crossings to advise travellers of conditions and Truck queue end monitoring and advisory systems on Highway 405 and the Queen Elizabeth Way to warn of dangerous queue conditions The ministry has continued with the scheduled addition of queue monitoring on Highway 402 approaching the Blue Water Bridge The Action Plan for the Intelligent border Crossing will

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/its/strategy6.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Moving Forward with Intelligence - Enhancing Vehicle and Passenger Safety
    devices in vehicles These include technology to improve driver vision provide backup warnings communicate with roadside devices warn of lane drift and control the information presented to the driver at any given time Some other devices focus on communications and general information for drivers and passengers but may also present possible distractions These include cell phones telematics and navigation systems The ministry needs to continue to work with its counterparts at the federal and provincial level as well as private sector road safety and academic partners to develop provincial positions and policies on the use of these devices in vehicles It should begin with a project to examine issues and consider policy options on driver distraction and increased in vehicle technology By working with Transport Canada other provinces and international organizations MTO will address safety in both new vehicle and aftermarket products A transport company in St Nicholas Quebec Canada was able to reduce at fault accidents by 33 8 in the first year after the installation of a radar based collision warning system The system included a forward looking sensor and a side sensor to warn drivers of obstacles in blind spots Freightliner to offer Collison Warning on New Truck Line Inside ITS November 1995 Serious crashes happen every day more than half of them in rural areas where the ability t rapidly contact 9 1 1 and the capability of responders to quickly reach the scene can mean the difference between life and death New technologies such as wireless E9 1 1 automatic collision notification and emergency vehicle route navigation are available that will make emergency access more reliable and help deliver faster and better emergency care E R Docs Tap Technology As Lifesaver in Traffic Accidents and Disasters ITS America News Release October 2002 Linking automated collision

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/its/strategy7.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Moving Forward with Intelligence - Delivering ITS Service Effectively
    the components and relates them back to the services we want to deliver It enables better coordination for building and operating systems with our partners Diagram in text format Strengthening partnerships ITS planning development and delivery in Ontario is a shared responsibility both across the ministry s organization and with partners in municipalities federal government industry consultants and academia The ministry will take advantage of this broad skill set through joint initiatives with other Canadian jurisdictions and working with international standards committees like the American Association of State Highway Transportation officials AASHTO and National Transportation Communication Infrastructure Protocol NTCIP to implement ITS solutions and establish standards By meeting and continuing to work with partners and stakeholders MTO will take advantage of our combined knowledge and resources The current climate of greater cooperation between the federal provincial and municipal governments creates an opportunity for maximizing funding for ITS initiatives Joint cost sharing programs Strategic Highway Improvement Program SHIP the border Infrastructure Fund BIF and ENTERPRISE a consortium of road authorities of which MTO is a member will use Ontario taxpayers funds to get the greatest possible value for each dollar that MTO invests The United States has taken great advantage of the shared pool fund concept for research and development activities Ontario has participated actively in a number of these funds This same concept should be used in Canada to encourage increased cooperation among Canadian jurisdictions Through these activities opportunities exist for MTO to play a larger part in border security infrastructure development and national standard development Research and development needs can be met through partnerships with Ontario s universities and colleges industry and other governments Forming collaborations on projects can result in innovative technologies and systems while training a workforce for the current and future needs of the ITS industry Skill development can be furthered by incorporating ITS at an undergraduate level and creating complimentary advanced ITS continuing education curriculum in collaboration with Transport Canada and ITS Canada The ministry encourages the ITS industry to move towards a Centre of Excellence concept for ITS research using each organization s limited funding to create a strategic research and development investment plan The University of Toronto s ITS Centre and Testbed represents an excellent hub for the urban ITS solutions component of such a Centre of Excellence Developing ITS policy and standards for Ontario The new wave of ITS shows us the value that systems integration and information sharing can bring to us To make this happen however requires the appropriate policies and standards be in place Internationally a tremendous effort is underway to develop the necessary supporting technical standards Ontario has played a role in past and needs to continue to play a role in future to ensure that the province s needs are included However we need to ensure that we play the right role and that our collective investment in this is targeted at the appropriate standards those that will make the biggest difference to our plans and support

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/its/strategy8.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Moving Forward with Intelligence - Conclusion
    crossings safer and more efficient By focussing on key transportation needs the strategy will help deliver positive results for people in Ontario Reduced congestion improved public transit and increased road safety for all will make Ontario a better place to live and work The ministry is proceeding with improvements to our border crossings as well as transit system to help increase transit ridership and manage traffic congestion along with the

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/its/strategy9.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Review Highway 407 ETR - Letter to the Minister
    others who had the same frustrations Highway 407 ETR remains an excellent transportation corridor and a definite asset in helping Ontarians move quickly across the northern GTA But clearly there is dissatisfaction with the way it was being administered the faulty billings the failure to respond adequately to consumer complaints the perception of a reliance on an overly aggressive collection agency Throughout my report you will see direct quotes from Ontarians In many ways their voices speak more eloquently than my own to the problem of poor consumer service On occasion those voices are intemperate reflecting the frustration that underlies them But I have left them intact as it is essential to bring home to the Ministry of Transportation and even the operator of Highway 407 ETR the strength and depth of the feelings of the many dissatisfied customers who provided evidence to my inquiry As in all investigations based on public testimony I cannot confirm the factual accuracy of the concerns that were voiced Quite possibly some were exaggerated or unjustified It may well be that there were reasonable explanations for the conduct that gave rise to many of the concerns Nevertheless to have received so many critical comments

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/colle407/letter.shtml (2014-08-11)
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