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Projects 1996-2000

AUSCI Adaptive Urban Signal Control and Integration

The objective of this project was to implement an adaptive signal timing plan generation algorithm for the existing traffic control system in Minneapolis.

   
Advanced Parking Information Systems
The objective of Advance Parking Information Systems Project was to test the operations and effectiveness of providing real-time parking availability information to drivers.
   
ARTIC Advanced Rural Transportation Information Coordination
The ARTIC project developed a single centralized communications center serving multiple agencies in the rural near Duluth.
   
Blue Earth County Coordinate-based Local Addressing System

The objective of the project was to create an efficient coordinate-based local addressing system to aid in locating rural emergencies.

   
Cambridge Telework Center

The objective of the Cambridge Telework Center was to investigate the application of advanced telecommunications technologies to reduce vehicle miles traveled, air pollution, and fuel consumption.

   
Commercial Vehicle Operations Process Re-engineering

The objective of commercial vehicle operations (CVO) regulatory process re-engineering was to improve government efficiency, customer service, and the safety of statewide carrier operations through the use of ITS technologies.

   
DIVERT During Incidents Vehicles Exit to Reduce Time

The goal of DIVERT was to provide management strategies during periods of freeway incidents by routing diverted traffic over City surface arterials in a planned, coordinated manner.

   
Genesis

The Genesis Project was a Field Operational Test of sending traffic information to portable handheld devices.

   
GAINS Guidestar Advanced In-vehicle Navigation Systems
GAINS is a prototype map-based in-vehicle navigation (IVN) unit capable of incorporating real-time traffic information into the navigation algorithms.
   
I-90 and I-94 Gate Closure Evaluation - Phase I
The objective of this evaluation was to determine possible ITS solutions in the closing of I-90 and I-94.
   
I-90 Gate Operations System - Phase II

This project tested different technologies for controlling traffic through the use of gates.

   
ICTM Integrated Corridor Traffic Management
ICTM technologies or "smart" traffic systems adjusts traffic signals on local streets and freeway ramp meters based on changing traffic conditions. 
   
In-vehicle Signing at Highway Railroad Grade Crossings
The in-vehicle signing system was designed to provide timely information to drivers approaching railroad crossings.
   
Mayday Plus
The objective of Mayday Plus was to develop and test an emergency notification system to allow vehicles that are either stranded or involved in crashes to transmit their location information and establish voice communication with emergency response providers.  
   
Metro Transit Park and Ride Bus Stop Security System

This project was an operational test to evaluate the usefulness of an audio/visual security system at a Metro Transit Park-and-Ride station.

   
Midwest One Stop
The objective of Midwest One Stop was to design and test a simple, easily deployed, and compatible one-stop electronic system for the purchase of motor carrier credentials.
   
NIT1 Non-Intrusive Traffic Detection

The Non-Intrusive Traffic Detection Project was a two year test of non-intrusive technologies to provide traffic data collection practitioners with useful information on performance of various non-intrusive traffic detection, counting, speed measuring and classification technologies.

   
Orion
Orion was Twin Cities Model Deployment initiative that trailed the deployment of a variety of public and private ITS deployments in an attempt to create a sustainable deployment of ITS technologies.
   
R/WIS Road and Weather Information System

Minnesota's R/WIS is a system that automatically collects, processes, and distributes current and forecasted weather and road surface information.

   
Rural IVHS Scoping Study

Before it became known as Intelligent Transportation Systems, Mn/DOT conducted a market research study to identify rural traveler needs for Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems

   
SAIL Safety with Automatic Intelligent Locator
The SAIL Project tested computer aided dispatch (CAD) software and automatic vehicle location (AVL) technology in the Twin Cites metro area.
   
Scenic Byways ATIS Kiosk
The objective of the Scenic Byways project was to provide Minnesota travelers with updated traveler information via kiosks in highway rest stops.
   
Smart Work Zone
The Smart Work Zone project developed and tested ITS technologies for video surveillance, signing, and traffic management that could be deployed temporarily in work zones while construction and maintenance activities are underway.
   
SmartDARTS

The focus of the SmartDARTS project was to measure the benefits of advanced technologies to Para-transit service providers offering on-demand transit trips.

   
SmartTape Magnetic Lateral Indication System for Vehicles
3M developed a system that uses magnetized lane-marking tape to help vehicles sense distance from the side of the road. 
   
Statewide Plan for ATIS

The overall of the Statewide Plan for ATIS was to identify short and long term ATIS goals, and inventory all ATIS activities in which Mn/DOT is either a leader or a participant.

   
Snowplow IVI - Highway 101

The objective the Snowplow Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) Project was to demonstrate magnetic and radar technologies in assisting snowplow operators to "see" road boundaries and obstacles in extremely low visibility conditions.

   
Southwest and West Central Minnesota Transit Link

The goal of the transit link project was to expand the services offered by three transit programs to reach common regional centers.  This expansion was possible because of high level of fast, reliable and simple communication between rural transit providers and common local data management practices and parallel data operating systems.

   
Travlink

Travlink sought to achieve several objectives - measuring customer acceptance of new technologies, identifying changes in transit ridership due to improved customer information, determining the performance of ITS technologies in the real world environment, and evaluating the impacts on transit service efficiency and quality.

   
Trilogy
The Trilogy Project was one of the first North American demonstrations of in-vehicle traveler information devices.
   
University of Minnesota Transit Way

This project utilized both Autoscope technology and magnetic loops to detect traffic (both bicyclists and buses)  in the transit way, and warn crossing vehicles to stop and avoid collisions.