PTC Traffic Operations Center (PTC Ops Center) - Traffic Management Functionality

Subsystem Description

The Traffic Management Subsystem (TMS) monitors and controls traffic and the road network. It represents centers that manage a broad range of transportation facilities including freeway systems, rural and suburban highway systems, and urban and suburban traffic control systems. This subsystem communicates with the Roadway Subsystem to monitor and manage traffic flow and monitor the condition of the roadway, surrounding environmental conditions, and field equipment status. This subsystem coordinates with the Maintenance and Construction Management Subsystem to maintain the road network and coordinate and adapt to maintenance activities, closures, and detours. Incidents are detected, verified, and incident information is provided to allied agencies, drivers (through Roadway Subsystem highway advisory radio and dynamic message signs), and information service providers. This subsystem also manages traffic and transportation resources to support allied agencies in responding to, and recovering from, incidents ranging from minor traffic incidents through major disasters. When required, special traffic management strategies are implemented to support evacuation and reentry. The Traffic Management Subsystem supports HOV lane management and coordination, road pricing, and other demand management policies that can alleviate congestion and influence mode selection. It also manages reversible lane facilities and barrier and safeguard systems that control access to transportation infrastructure. The subsystem communicates with other Traffic Management Subsystems to coordinate traffic information and control strategies in neighboring jurisdictions. It also coordinates with rail operations to support safer and more efficient highway traffic management at highway-rail intersections. Finally, the Traffic Management Subsystem provides the capabilities to exercise control over those devices utilized for automated highway system (AHS) traffic and vehicle control.

Functional Area: Collect Traffic Surveillance

Management of traffic sensors and surveillance (CCTV) equipment, collection of current traffic conditions, and distribution of the collected information to other centers and operators.

1The center shall monitor, analyze, and store traffic sensor data (speed, volume, occupancy) collected from field elements under remote control of the center.Future
2The center shall monitor, analyze, and distribute traffic images from CCTV systems under remote control of the center.Existing
4The center shall distribute road network conditions data (raw or processed) based on collected and analyzed traffic sensor and surveillance data to other centers.Existing

Functional Area: TMC Environmental Monitoring

Management of environmental sensors and assimilation of collected data with other current and forecast road conditions and surface weather information from weather service providers and roadway maintenance operations.

4The center shall provide weather and road condition information to weather service providers and center personnel.Future

Functional Area: TMC Incident Detection

Remotely monitors traffic sensor and surveillance systems to detect and verify incidents. Also monitors external advisory and incident reporting systems, intermodal freight depots, and border crossings for additional incident information. Identified incidents are reported to operations personnel and other centers.

1The center shall receive inputs from the Alerting and Advisory System concerning the possibility or occurrence of severe weather, terrorist activity, or other major emergency, including information provided by the Emergency Alert System.Existing
2The center shall collect and store traffic flow and image data from the field equipment to detect and verify incidents.Existing
3The center shall receive inputs concerning upcoming events that would effect the traffic network from event promoters and traveler information service providers.Existing
4The center shall exchange incident and threat information with emergency management centers as well as maintenance and construction centers; including notification of existence of incident and expected severity, location, time and nature of incident.Existing
6The center shall provide road network conditions and traffic images to emergency management centers to support the detection, verification, and classification of incidents.Existing
7The center shall provide video and traffic sensor control commands to the field equipment to detect and verify incidents.Existing

Functional Area: TMC Incident Dispatch Coordination/Communication

Formulates an incident response that takes into account the incident potential, incident impacts, and/or resources required for incident management. Facilitates the dispatch of emergency response and service vehicles and coordinates the response with cooperating agencies.

2The center shall coordinate planning for incidents with emergency management centers - including pre-planning activities for disaster response, evacuation, and recovery operations.Existing
4The center shall exchange incident information with emergency management centers, maintenance and construction centers, transit centers, information service providers, and the media including description, location, traffic impact, status, expected duration, and response information.Existing

Functional Area: TMC Work Zone Traffic Management

Coordination with maintenance systems using work zone images and traveler information systems (such as DMS), and distribution of work plans so that work zones are established that have minimum traffic impact.

1The center shall receive work zone images from a maintenance center.Future
3The center shall remotely control driver information systems (such as dynamic messages signs, highway advisory radios) to advise drivers of activity around a work zone.Existing

Functional Area: Traffic Data Collection

Collection and storage of traffic management data. For use by operations personnel or data archives in the region.

Functional Area: Traffic Equipment Maintenance

Monitoring and remote diagnostics of field equipment - detect failures, issue problem reports, and track the repair or replacement of the failed equipment.

1The center shall collect and store sensor (traffic, pedestrian, multimodal crossing) operational status.Existing
2The center shall collect and store CCTV surveillance system (traffic, pedestrian) operational status.Existing