Presentation on theme: "National Traffic Signal Report Card NTOC Talks February 23, 2005."— Presentation transcript:
National Traffic Signal Report Card NTOC Talks February 23, 2005
National Traffic Signal Report Card: Purpose Determine how well the nation supports signals Build a case for more attention and investment Provide a benchmarking tool for agencies
National Traffic Signal Report Card: Self Assessment Self assessment – August 2004 Proactive Management Coordinate Signal Systems Individualized Signal Systems Specialized Operations Detectors Maintenance All responses are anonymous!
National Traffic Signal Report Card: Participants 378 Responses 49 states represented 242 cities 62 counties Good distribution between Population Signal system size
National Traffic Signal Report Card Overall score is low Management & detection scored lowest Individual intersections scored highest Large systems scored higher than national
National Traffic Signal Report Card: Why such a low score? Signals turn green, yellow and red BUT, Not operating as an efficient, well- integrated system Proactive management is limited Limited resources spent fighting fires
National Traffic Signal Report Card: Other Findings Proactive Management 68% have no documented management plan or manage ad hoc Coordinated Operations 50%+ do not conduct timing reviews every 3-5 years
National Traffic Signal Report Card: Other Findings Individualized Operations 75% have no documented process to trigger timing reviews Detectors 1/3 have no regular process for collecting data for timing Maintenance Agencies operate with minimum staffing
National Traffic Signal Report Card: What We Learned Nation doesn t support signal operations well Resource limitations result in inefficient operations Agencies manage signals by fighting fires Small investments have big benefits (40:1 B/C) We can do better!
National Traffic Signal Report Card: More Resources Needed Signal Hardware - $265m/year Timing Updates - $200m/year Maintenance - $500m/year Total - $965m/year $104B/year spent on highway transportation
National Traffic Signal Report Card If we had the resources for a high score Delay would decrease by 15-20% Travel time would reduce up to 25% Emissions would reduce up to 22% Fuel consumption would reduce up to 10%
National Traffic Signal Report Card Next Steps Presentation of results at ITE Technical Conference Scores sent to participants Press packages sent to participants Publicize to all practitioners Report released to participants Conduct national press event (mid April)
National Traffic Signal Report Card What you can do Review your score Talk with your agency s PIO Prepare for the National Press Event Conduct a local press event What to do if you didn t participate Complete the self assessment now (www.ite.org)www.ite.org Baseline against the national score Conduct a local press event
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