New 9th Annual Partnering Workshop: Traffic Incident Management-March 20, 2014
New SEMCOG/Washington Township Winter Road Maintenance Workshop and Equipment Demonstration
Local governments in Southeast Michigan can more effectively manage the operation of their transportation systems if they work together with others who share their interest in safe and efficient travel. Partners in operating transportation systems include the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), county road commissions, other local transportation agencies, first responders, and information service providers.
The Metropolitan Detroit Traffic Incident Management Committee started as an ad hoc group in 1992 when organizations interested in improving response to traffic incidents joined forces to develop a program for Metropolitan Detroit. In 2005, an effort lead by SEMCOG, i.e., the Southeast Michigan Regional Concept for Transportation Operations (RCTO), built upon the relationships developed during the earlier traffic incident management process. It outlined broader objectives to improve regional transportation operations. Recognizing the overlapping objectives of these two efforts, it only made sense to merge them and is now lead by the Southeast Michigan Regional Transportation Operations Coordinating Committee.
Two outcomes of the RCTO effort are: an update of the original incident management action plan (i.e., Blueprint for Action) which describes the mission, vision, goals and objectives for improving transportation operations, regionally, and; more importantly a renewed formal agreement (Memorandum of Regional Cooperation) between MDOT, Michigan State Police and SEMCOG for addressing operations issues.
Mission of the Coordinating Committee
To strengthen and guide regional transportation operations collaboration and coordination, by:
- presenting an operations vision and direction for the future of transportation systems management and operations based on a holistic view of the region,
- garnering commitment from agencies and jurisdictions for a common regional approach to transportation management and operations, and
- providing an opportunity to strengthen the linkage between regional planners and various stakeholders responsible for transportation operations by providing a sound operations strategy for consideration in the planning process.
A major emphasis of transportation operations is to develop a common vision among transportation operators which defines where the region’s transportation system wants to be in the future, which is:
“Southeast Michigan will have reliable and managed transportation operations across jurisdictional, geographic and modal boundaries for both routine traffic operations and traffic incident management that saves lives, time, and money for its travelers.”
Goals and Objectives
This component outlines the major transportation operations themes for the region. There are five major operational goals. Within these goals, several cross-cutting basic themes emerged, such as: the need to obtain real-time accurate information, the ability to share information among agencies and with the public, the availability of appropriate resources to respond to situations, and to accomplish all of this safely and efficiently. The Blueprint for Action Plan further identifies objectives and strategies for each of the five goals, which are listed below.
Committee and Subcommittee Calendar