Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Traffic Engineering

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Projects 2006-2010

   
CAD - CARS Integration The CAD/CARS project focuses on developing an automated data exchange between the State Patrol Dispatch system and the MnDOT statewide reporting system to increase information content on 511 phone and web systems without added entry of events by dispatchers. 

   
Cell Phone Traffic Data The Cell Phone Traffic Data project is a demonstration of the capabilities of cell phone traffic data systems and evaluation of those capabilities with relation to state and county ITS and traffic management requirements.

   
Collision Prevention Strategies The intent of the Collision Prevention Strategies (CPS) program is to address the problem of right angle collisions at signalized intersections by focusing on red light violations as a surrogate measure. 

   
Deer Detection and Warning System
The Deer Detection and Warning System consists of two different parts; first a method to detect deer, and secondly to activate a flashing beacon on a standard deer sign to warn motorists of the possible danger in order that they may slow down and check the right of way.
   
Deployment of Arterial Travel Time Information System (DATTIS) Demonstration The purpose of the Arterial Travel Time Information Demonstration project is to determine how arterial travel time information should be displayed on dynamic message signs and websites (such as 511) through input from focus groups and customer surveys.

   
ENTERPRISE ENTERPISE is a pooled-fund study focusing on developing, evaluating, and deploying ITS.

 

Evaluation of Truck Priority System for Two-Lane Signalized roadways The Evaluation of a Truck Priority System for Two-Lane Signalized Roadways project goal is to reduce the average user delay, by reducing platoons formed by commercial vehicles at isolated signalized intersections.
   
ICM Integrated Corridor Management Minnesota is one of the eight locations selected by the USDOT to pilot the development of integrated corridor management (ICM) strategies.  The Minnesota ICM Corridor is located along the I-394 Corridor on the west side of the Twin Cities. The focus of ICM is to develop strategies that, when implemented, help reduce congestion throughout the freeways, arterials, and transit networks.

   
Intersection Warning System The Intersection Warning System project provides an active, real-time, supplemental warning to drivers approaching an intersection and alert them to look for oncoming traffic.

   
ITS Systems Engineering for Arterial and Freeway Management

MnDOT envisions that all future ITS deployments will adhere to FHWA Rule 940, and existing systems will reach compliance upon their eventual upgrades.  This can be accomplished by creating a Concept of Operations for both arterial and freeway traffic management systems along with the corresponding checklists that ensures proper planning methods to foster integration of deployment and operations for ITS projects.

   
MATT Minnesota Arterial Travel Time Integration

 

The MATT project focuses on computing real-time arterial travel times using existing data sources.

Mileage-Based User Fee The Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF) project explores alternative forms of transportation revenue that may be necessary in the future.
   
Minnesota Horizontal Curve Safety Improvement The Minnesota Horizontal Curve Safety Improvement project evaluates the speed and/or crash impact of three permanently installed dynamic curve warning signs in three Minnesota counties

   
Minnesota ITS Safety Plan The ITS Safety Plan supports safety programs and provides Mn/DOT, and other stakeholders, with a plan for the implementation of ITS safety strategies and initiatives.

   
Mn/PASS I-394 "HOT" Lanes I-394, on the west side of the Twin Cities operates a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane.  Carpooler's may use the lane for free and single occupant vehicles can opt to pay a toll to use the lane.  The toll charged to single occupant vehicles varies according to conditions.  The ongoing operations of I-394 allows for toll collection to be entirely automated (no manual fare collection).

 

Monitoring Traffic in Work Zones: The iConetm System The Monitoring Traffic in Work Zones: The iConetm System will address the FHWA work zone mobility and safety requirements. It will test an innovative traffic monitoring device designed for potential deployment in work zones.

   
NIT Phase III
Evaluation of Non-Intrusive Technologies for Traffic Detection.
   
North/West Passage
The North/West Passage Pooled Fund Study is multi-state program for coordination, development, and deployment of ITS along I-90 and I-94 from Wisconsin to Washington.
   
Ramp Queue Detection The Ramp Queue Detection Project focuses on developing and testing innovative detection methods and technologies to overcome conservative queue estimates.

   
Rapid Incident Clearance The Rapid Incident Clearance project focused on automating the reporting of key information from troopers in the field to dispatchers, and therefore reducing the level of manual reports.

   
Rapid Incident Clearance - DUI Module The goal of this project is to change the Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Impaired (DUI/DWI) module of the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to meet new requirements and operating procedures of the MSP.

   
Real-time Arterial Performance Management System The objective of this project is to implement a low-cost system that can accurately estimate arterial travel times.

   
Reducing Crashes at Rural Intersections: Toward Multi-state Consensus on Intersection Decision Support Transportation Pooled Fund Study to understand the causes of crashes at rural thru-stop intersections and then identify an effective strategy to mitigate crashes.

   
Redundant Communications The Redundant Communications Project addresses concerns over communications with ITS devices susceptible to failure because of ‘single lines’ of communication.  Redundant communications are used to connect to field devices including portable changeable message signs and traffic detectors, via wireless connections.

   
Rural ITS
Safety Solutions Systems (RITSS)
The RITSS Project's goal is to develop low-cost, readily deployable, low maintenance systems that can be used by state and local government agencies to improve safety at low-volume curves and non-signalized rural intersections.

   
SAIL II Safety with Automatic Intelligent Locator SAIL - Phase 2 This project assesses the overall value of Automated Vehicle Systems (AVL) on maintenance vehicles.

   
TIGER Traveler Information Guidance and Evacuation Route The TIGER project was an effort to deploy additional fixed and mobile surveillance cameras, dynamic message signs, and traffic detection within the corridor between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, and to integrate the operations of two traffic management centers, the Transportation Operations and Communications Center (TOCC) in St. Cloud and the (RTMC) Regional Transportation Management Center in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. 

   
TIGER Traveler Information Guidance and Evacuation Route The TIGER project was an effort to deploy additional fixed and mobile surveillance cameras, dynamic message signs, and traffic detection within the corridor between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, and to integrate the operations of two traffic management centers, the Transportation Operations and Communications Center (TOCC) in St. Cloud and the (RTMC) Regional Transportation Management Center in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. 

   
TIP Traveler Information and Parking Kiosks This project provides improved services to carpooler's, and more efficient operations of the TAD Garages in downtown Minneapolis.

   
Traffic Management Using ITS During Major Urban Reconstruction This Project developed an innovative approach to work zone traffic management on the major urban reconstruction ‘Crosstown Commons’ project (I-35W & TH62) that is able to be deployed with minimum effort in a short period of time.

   
Transit Status at Bus Shelters This project purpose is to test, implement and/or evaluate a link from GPS installed devices on vehicles to real-time bus arrival/departure information.

   
   
VII Vehicle Infrastructure Integration for Safety, Mobility, and User Fees
VII for Safety, Mobility and User Fees will explore the use of aftermarket devices to deliver enhanced traveler information and in-vehicle signing for safety, mobility and user fee applications.
   
Vehicles as Sensors The goal of the project is to develop a vehicle interface that will be capable of gathering and transmitting data from the vehicle to a traffic management center for incorporation into the traveler information system.

   
Virtual Weigh Station The goal of this project is to develop new strategies for preserving the Minnesota Department of Transportation roadway and bridge infrastructure by minimizing the damage from overweight trucks that are not in compliance with State weight regulations.

   
Work zone ATMS This project applies the use of Dynamic Merge Systems and Variable Speed Limit (VSL) systems in work zones.