The Department of Transportation will be constructing a new state-of-the-art Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) for the FDOT freeway operations, FDOT signal operations, and the Florida Highway Patrol Dispatch. The facility will be accessed via the east terminus of Wilson Road in Seminole County just off of International Parkway. The RTMC will monitor traffic conditions around the nine-county area (Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Sumter, Lake and Marion), coordinating the response to incidents, controlling traffic signals, and informing the public via Dynamic Message Signs, 511, FL511.com, social media, and news media.
Central Florida’s Connecting the East Orlando Communities (CEOC) project just received an $11.9 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to advance several Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) technologies aimed at improving safety and easing congestion. The CEOC project is a shared vision of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with MetroPlan Orlando and UCF. The funds came from the FHWA Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant program, which funds cutting-edge technologies that are ready to be deployed to enhance existing traffic capacity for commuters and businesses. Combining the $11.9 million grant with local investments, CEOC is a $65 million project comprised of three interrelated programs that connect through an ongoing FDOT initiative, SunStore. Those three programs are: PedSafe, GreenWay, and SmartCommunity. This grant continues to build on the investments made throughout the region using TSM&O technology and strategies to improve safety, the overall transportation network, and ensure the continued economic vitality of the area.
Integrated Corridor Management
ICM has been a specific focus for the Central Florida region for years, but has taken on even more significance with the current construction activities of the I-4 Ultimate project, as a tool to help mitigate the impacts of increased volumes of traffic on parallel arterials during construction. The District recently executed two contracts for ICM operations which have the freeway personnel and AAM personnel working side by side to ensure an integrated approach to operations throughout the region. ICM includes a wide variety of strategies, (active traffic management, traveler information, incident management, emergency management, information management, etc.). Through coordination with local agencies, ICM uses data collected on the freeway and arterial system to actively manage the multimodal system and make operational decisions for the benefit of system mobility as a whole. It provides the District and local agency partners the ability to treat transportation as a single system, increase the operational efficiency of the whole transportation network and maximize the effect of transportation investments.
I-4 Ultimate is the 21-mile makeover of Interstate 4 through the heart of downtown Orlando. It runs from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County. The project will install 4 barrier separate express lanes; 2 eastbound and 2 westbound. The express lanes price will be managed by the Department of Transportation via the Regional Transportation Management Center by Department personnel, seeking to maximize the reliability of your trip. The project is much more than just an express lanes project. It improves access to the interstate via new interchange configurations and is transforming the region to better connect our communities, boost our economy and improve everyone's quality of life. It is bringing a bold Florida feel via investments in landscaping and hardscaping. The project is improving pedestrian access and the removing of barriers that once separated communities.
Transportation Signal Priority (TSP)
The Department of Transportation and LYNX with the support of the City of Orlando is deploying a three phased project to improve transit on time performance for routes connecting to Sunrail. This is accomplished by using technology to reduce dwell time at traffic signals for transit vehicles by holding green lights longer or shortening red lights proceeding the transit vehicles arrival at a signalized intersection. Recognizing that provide a green to one movement reduces the time given to other movements the deployment is conditional, attempting to balance the need to move vehicles as well as transit vehicle efficiently.
I-4 Beyond the Ultimate (BtU)
The I-4 Express Lane system will be developed under multiple projects. The first project is named I-4 Ultimate. Expansion projects beyond the I-4 Ultimate project are named I-4 Beyond the Ultimate. The limits of the I-4 BtU project are from west of SR 35 (US 27) to west of SR 435 (Kirkman Road) and from east of SR 434 to east of SR 472. The I-4 BtU project will add approximately 42 miles to the I-4 Express Lane system in its final state making the total system approximately 60 miles in length. The proposed improvements to I-4 include widening the existing six lane divided urban interstate to a ten lane divided highway in order to improve safety and traffic operations, enhance connectivity, and improve mobility by providing travel choices to the motoring public.
Intersection Movement Counts (IMC)
The Department of Transportation recently executed a contract to assist local agencies and support the AAM efforts. The Intersection Movement Counts (IMC) project will provide an automated method via software and/or hardware to determine intersection movement counts. These automated counts will serve as a real-time resource for the real-time active monitoring and management for some of the AAM specific arterial roadways within FDOT District 5. The IMC project focuses on 32 signalized intersections within the Cities of Orlando, Winter Park, and Maitland along three major arterial roadway corridors.