Inventory

Each stakeholder agency, company, or group owns, operates, maintains or plans ITS systems in the region. The Regional ITS Architecture inventory is a list of "elements" that represent all existing and planned ITS systems in a region as well as non-ITS systems that provide information to or get information from the ITS systems.

ElementDescription
511PA Pittsburgh Traveler Information511PA Pittsburgh is a Twitter account for the Pittsburgh region that provides traveler information to registered users. The service includes traffic and project information, and travel alerts transmitted to user personal devices (PC, tablet, smartphone) for the counties in PennDOT Districts Ten, Eleven, and Twelve.
511PA Traveler InformationPennDOT Central Offices administers this ITS application as a website and mobile application. 511PA provides real-time traveler information including road and weather conditions, traffic video, traffic incidents, work zone information, traffic information/expected delay and travel alerts for instrumented state-owned highways, especially the interstate system. It includes information from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The 511PA app by PennDOT is supplemented by other telephone/voice, web and smartphone applications supported by PennDOT Central Offices. PennDOT Districts 10, 11, and 12 operate a complementary 511PA Pittsburgh website and mobile app with information tailored for the multi-district southwestern Pennsylvania region.
ACAA Field DevicesThis element consists of Allegheny County Airport Authority-operated field devices and includes existing/future parking management devices, variable message signs for traveler information regarding the Pittsburgh International Airport, and other information passed along from various agencies.
ACAA OfficesThe Allegheny County Airport Authority oversees and maintains the Allegheny County airport system; the Pittsburgh International Airport is the principal ACAA facility. ACAA Office includes systems and personnel managing PIA operations, including parking operations, facility maintenance and construction (and winter maintenance), on-site traffic management, emergency and disaster response, travel information and alerts, external airport communications and coordination with other agencies. Specialized airport equipment for fire suppression is available for use by other regional agencies in special cases such as tunnel emergencies. PIA travel information is more completely described as a separate ITS element.
Adjacent PennDOT District OfficesThis element includes existing and future PennDOT TMC's, county maintenance offices, and stockpiles located in PennDOT Districts 1-0, 2-0, and 9-0, which are located north, northeast, and east (respectively) of the Region. The element includes personnel and systems that coordinate with PennDOT entities within the region to perform traffic management, maintenance and construction, and incident/emergency management operations at or near district borders. PennDOT TMC's and RTMC's will coordinate responsibilities under the proposed statewide operations framework.
Airport Emergency VehiclesACAA emergency vehicles assigned to Pittsburgh International Airport can be made available for special emergency needs at other critical transportation locations in emergency situations (such as tunnel fires).
Airport Maintenance VehiclesMaintenance vehicles servicing the Pittsburgh International Airport.
BCTA Remote Traveler SupportThis element consists of Beaver County Transit Authority-operated remote traveler information and support systems and includes existing/future electronic displays with dynamic traveler information at bus stops as well as kiosks for transit information and fare payment or debit increase using electronic fare cards.
BCTA Transit Management CenterThis element consists of the Beaver County Transit Authority Expressway Travel Center and surrounding facilities and includes systems and personnel that provide centralized transit and emergency management, advanced transit information (including on-site trip planning kiosks), vehicle maintenance, and security operations for the BCTA.
BCTA Transit VehiclesBCTA-operated fixed route and paratransit vehicles. Includes drivers and systems that provide existing/future driver-to-dispatch communications, vehicle location (AVL), automated payment, automated passenger count, and security surveillance, as well as vehicle maintenance and diagnostics tracking.
City of Pittsburgh Emergency VehiclesThis element consists of City of Pittsburgh-operated emergency vehicles and includes systems and personnel operating fire, EMS, and other emergency response vehicles. Existing/future in-vehicle systems include voice/data communications and traffic signal priority systems.
City of Pittsburgh Field DevicesThis element consists of traffic and parking management field devices owned by the City of Pittsburgh and includes existing/future traffic cameras/CCTV, traffic signal system components, dynamic message signs, emergency/transit vehicle priority systems, parking lot systems and street meters that support automated payments, and work zone safety equipment.
City of Pittsburgh Maintenance VehiclesThis element consists of City of Pittsburgh construction and maintenance vehicles and includes personnel and existing/future in-vehicle systems for tracking vehicle location and monitoring equipment/operations status for routine maintenance and construction activities and especially for winter maintenance.
City of Pittsburgh OfficesCity of Pittsburgh Offices provide archive data management, management of construction and maintenance activities on city-owned facilities, incident response, and coordination of emergency/disaster planning and response. The City oversees the traffic management operations of the CityTMC and complements TMC functions in providing traveler information. A collection of travel information functions by various City departments is described in a separate ITS element - Pittsburgh Traveler Information. The City cooperates with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Universities and other Event Sponsors in providing community, corridor and event-based traveler and parking information. The City is a partner in the SmartPittsburgh ITS consortium. The City coordinates with the Pittsburgh Parking Authority in managing on-street parking in the neighborhoods and in downtown Pittsburgh.
City of Pittsburgh Police VehiclesThis element consists of City of Pittsburgh-operated police vehicles and includes systems and personnel operating police vehicles. These vehicles/personnel are involved in law enforcement activities, incident and emergency response and associated traffic control. Existing/future in-vehicle systems include voice/data communications and traffic signal priority systems.
City of Pittsburgh Public Safety OfficesProvide law enforcement, incident response, and emergency/life service for incidents, emergencies and disasters within the City's jurisdiction.
City of Pittsburgh Traffic Management Center (CityTMC)The CityTMC is located in downtown Pittsburgh and includes systems and personnel to monitor and control signalized intersections, coordinate timing plans with other agencies, exchange traffic archived data with other agencies, maintain traffic infrastructure, and coordinate emergency operations. City of Pittsburgh Offices take the lead on street maintenance and construction through the Public Works Department. Incidents and emergency response are managed through the City/County Emergency Operations Center and the City's Public Safety Offices.
City/County Emergency Operations CenterThe EOC is a joint facility with the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County responsible for receiving emergency calls from public and facilitating response in City of Pittsburgh / Allegheny County jurisdiction.
Commercial Vehicle Company OfficesCommercial Vehicle Company Offices owned by private freight hauling agencies operating in the Region as well as the Pennsylvania Motor Trucking Association. It includes the existing and future company systems which provide freight managers with driver routing information, support for safety and hazardous materials credentialing, safety check support, vehicle diagnostics and on-board monitoring, and automated recordkeeping, etc.
Commercial VehiclesPrivately-owned freight hauling vehicles operating in the Region. This element includes existing and future in-vehicle devices enabling vehicles to communicate with Company Offices, company safety and vehicle diagnostic systems, and Other Agency systems throughout Pennsylvania.
Community Traveler Information ServicesThree community-based transportation associations (TMAs) operate within the Region providing commuter and community-related traveler information for principal regional transportation/economic hubs in downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland and the Pittsburgh Airport area). They provide commuter information, transit traveler information, event information and travel alerts in addition to roadway and weather conditions and incident information (as available). The agencies include the Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA), Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP). The PDP also participates as a sponsor in the ParkPittsburgh parking management app, providing parking information and reservations in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh.
County 911 CentersThis element includes County and municipal-operated dispatch locations serving as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP's) for answering and managing 911 calls at centralized county locations; additional ring-down centers are located in specific municipalities where county 911 centers do not dispatch directly. The 911 Centers include systems and personnel to coordinate incident dispatch with various emergency response agencies and responders in the field. The centers dispatch Municipal Public Safety Vehicles and other specialty response vehicles such as wreckers and hazmat teams.
County EMA CentersThis element consists of County Emergency Management Agency-operated locations where centralized emergency coordination is activated during emergency situations. The element includes systems and personnel at the EMA center providing single-point coordination by collocated representatives from various response agencies/departments. EMA Centers manage hazard identification, risk assessment, and emergency planning as well as emergency response and recovery monitoring, coordination, and control for emergencies and disasters.
County Maintenance VehiclesCounty construction and maintenance vehicles includes personnel and existing/future in-vehicle systems for tracking vehicle location and monitoring equipment/operations status for routine maintenance and construction activities and especially for winter maintenance.
County OfficesCounty Offices provide construction and maintenance services and emergency management planning, coordination and response for county-owned transportation facilities in the ten-county SPC Region ITS Architecture. Counties administer/manage the County 911 Centers and County EMS Centers. For most ITS purposes Allegheny County is included in the generic "County Offices" element. In speciali circumstances such as the Pittsburgh International Airport or the WPRDC the ITS role of Allegheny County may be identified separately.
Cranberry Field DevicesCranberry Township field devices includes traffic cameras/CCTV, automated signal systems with emergency vehicle priority, and dynamic message signs.
Cranberry Maintenance VehiclesConstruction and maintenance vehicles including personnel and existing/future in-vehicle systems for tracking vehicle location and monitoring equipment/operations status for routine maintenance and construction activities, especially for winter maintenance.
Cranberry Township OfficesCranberry Township Offices provide archive data management, information alert services for township conditions and activities, management of construction and maintenance activities on local facilities, and coordination of emergency/disaster planning and response with outside agencies. They provide oversight for the Cranberry Traffic Management Center.
Cranberry Traffic Management CenterThe Cranberry TMC provides real-time traffic operations support for a large and growing community strategically located at the intersection of I-79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), and US-19 in southwestern Butler County. The Township's Traffic Signal Division is responsible for the maintenance and programming of forty-one signals along State and Township roads as well as seven additional signals in adjacent municipalities. Equipment includes traffic cameras/CCTV, coordinated traffic signals, and a dynamic message sign. Services include traffic management, incident detection and response, and sharing roadway status information with other agencies and the media.
High-Threat FacilitiesOperations and management headquarters for major security assets located within or adjacent to the Region, which require special treatment in terms of emergency response and security. Existing/future systems include facility surveillance and secure communications with local, state, and national police and emergency management agencies.
Local Fire and EMS VehiclesThis element consists of municipality-operated public safety vehicles and includes systems and personnel operating fire, EMS, and other emergency response vehicles. Existing/future in-vehicle systems include voice/data communications and traffic signal priority systems. In many cases these vehicles are owned and operated by volunteer fire/EMS agencies through service agreements with cooperating municipalities.
Local Fire and Rescue ServicesProvide first response and emergency / life services for incidents, emergencies, and disasters within the local jurisdiction and in accordance with local inter-municipal support agreements.
Local Police DepartmentsThis element consists of municipality-operated public safety offices and includes systems and personnel from police, fire, and EMS agencies that provide local incident response and traffic control (especially in rural areas) services. Many rural and suburban communities provide local fire and EMS services through volunteer organizations associated with the local government. In some communities police services are provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Local Police VehiclesThis element consists of municipality-operated police vehicles and includes systems and personnel operating police vehicles. Existing/future in-vehicle systems include voice/data communications and traffic signal priority systems.
Local Traveler InformationInformation on traffic and weather conditions, traffic delays, emergencies or incidents, construction or maintenance work zones for projects on local streets, winter maintenance performance, event information and other travel alerts provided by Municipal Offices (including Public Works), Municipal Traffic Offices or Local Police Departments.
MMVTA OfficesThe Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority Offices include systems and personnel that provide archived transit data, fare management, passenger counts, vehicle maintenance, security operations, and coordination of emergency/incident response for the MMVTA.
MMVTA Remote Traveler SupportMMVTA participates in the ConnectCard system, a regional transit fare card network supported by the Port Authority and a small number of regional transit providers. MMVTA administers a network of remote vendors/locations where customers can add money/value electronically to the cards.
MMVTA Transit Management CenterThe Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority transit management facilities include systems and personnel that provide centralized management services for fixed route buses and demand response transit services for the MMVTA. The transit center tracks vehicle locations and schedule adherence in real time and provides app-based and web-based traveler information. The demand response system assigns vehicles and trip requests in real-time, providing optimized routing and scheduling assistance for drivers based on network conditions. Demand response customers receive a five-minute advance notice of the vehicle's arrival.
MMVTA Transit Traveler InformationMMVTA provides transit traveler information to agency customers primarily through the internet and personal information devices (PCs, tablets, cell phones, pagers or PDAs). Transit customers are provided with fare and schedule information, schedule performance/bus arrival times, operations alerts and service changes, event information, and/or reservations and notifications for on-demand shared ride services. The MMVTA Rider Alert service provides free, timely alerts directly to email capable personal devices, notifying subscribers of emergency situations, traffic problems and other important information. Riders can subscribe to both email and text alerts. The MMVTA TraXster service can estimate bus arrival times by phone, online, scan or text. Phone - Dial 724-903-1030. Online - gommvta.com. Scan - the QR code on each bus stop sign (forwards users to the MMVTA website). Text - "MMVTA Stop #" - send to 41411. On-demand shared ride service offers same-day reservations (as available) online or by phone, with automated scheduling and a rider notification five minutes before the anticipated pickup while the vehicle in en-route. Automated, efficient software for scheduling, route planning and active navigation support ensures that shared trips closely adhere to expected schedules.
MMVTA Transit VehiclesMMVTA-operated fixed route and paratransit vehicles. Includes drivers and systems that provide existing driver-to-dispatch communications, vehicle location (AVL), automated payment, automated passenger count, security surveillance, as well as vehicle maintenance and diagnostics tracking.
Mobility Technologies ATIS AdministrationThis element consists of Mobility Technologies-owned entities (including systems at regional headquarters and staff located at PennDOT D11 TMC) operating advanced traveler information systems (ATIS). This private company collects traffic flow, construction, and incident data through its own traffic detection devices, as well as through information exchange with other agencies. Current travel conditions are then provided through a web-based service to media outlets, service subscribers (through automated alerts), and directly to the general public through its website.
Mobility Technologies Field DevicesThis element consists of Mobility Technologies-owned and operated field devices for private-sector traveler information and includes existing traffic detection, monitoring cameras, as well as future weather condition monitoring.
Municipal Field DevicesThis element consists of municipality-operated (excluding City of Pittsburgh) traffic management field devices and includes traffic signal system components and vehicle priority systems.
Municipal Maintenance VehiclesThis element consists of municipal construction and maintenance vehicles and includes personnel and existing/future in-vehicle systems for tracking vehicle location and monitoring equipment/operations status for routine maintenance and construction activities and especially for winter maintenance.
Municipal OfficesMunicipal Offices provide archive data management, management of construction and maintenance activities on local facilities, generally through a local public works department, and coordination of emergency/disaster planning and response with outside agencies. These Offices may coordinate/manage on-street parking services or other public parking facilities. They provide oversight of traffic management functions including traffic control and incident response, generally through the local police department, complemented with travel alerts or event-related traveler information for special events or in emergency situations.
Municipal Traffic OfficesThis element consists of municipality-operated (excluding City of Pittsburgh) traffic engineering and operations offices throughout the Region. It includes systems and personnel that provide existing/future monitoring, controlling, and maintaining of traffic management field devices - typically signal systems. The element also provides traffic signal timing change coordination. Operations coordinated between municipal traffic offices are also present within the Region, including existing Traffic Information Coordination and planned Traffic Control Coordination information flows. The element also includes municipal public works-led construction and maintenance planning and coordination with other agencies, work zone operations/detours, and public information aspects of local roadway conditions and status. Incident management and emergency response is managed through Municipal Public Safety Offices.
PAAC Field DevicesField devices supporting transit vehicle access to the PAAC busways and Mt Washington transit tunnel, Wabash HOV Facility, and parking management for PAAC parking garage and park-n-ride locals at major transit stations.
PAAC Maintenance VehiclesPAAC construction and maintenance vehicles include personnel and existing/future in-vehicle systems for tracking vehicle location and monitoring equipment/operations status for routine maintenance and construction activities and especially for winter maintenance. The Port Authority maintains an extensive network of transit passenger facilities, exclusive busways, a light rail network, public parking and other support facilities throughout Allegheny County.
PAAC OfficesThis element consists of various offices operated be the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC), including transit security offices, garages (vehicle maintenance, transit vehicle storage, facility construction and maintenance, and public parking). PAAC Offices include systems and personnel at Port Authority Police and Security Services Department locations, including security and incident management control systems (SCADA), and emergency signal information from rail vehicles. The PAAC administrative headquarters and other offices archive ridership data and manage fare payment systems and support. The Technology Center manages the PAAC website providing extensive transit traveler information and coordination of transit information for third-party mobile apps. PAAC garages operate automated vehicle diagnostics and manage various assets used in the construction and maintenance of PAAC's network of fixed guideways including the light rail system.
PAAC Operations CenterThis element consists of Port Authority of Allegheny County-operated management centers for fixed-route bus service, demand response transit, and light rail system operations. It includes systems and personnel located at the Transit Management Center (TMC) and Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC) located at South Hills Village and dispatching offices for contracted Access Transportation Systems Inc. demand response transit operations. The TMC manages surface street transit vehicles. The ROCC manages rail transit vehicles and existing/future in-vehicle systems; radio communications supporting operations; tracks rail vehicle locations; controls signals and traffic systems on PAAC facilities including tunnel controls.
PAAC Police and Security ServicesThe Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) Police and Security Services Department includes various security systems and personnel, including security and incident management control systems (SCADA) and emergency signal information from rail vehicles. PAAC provides law enforcement for an extensive network of transit facilities, and supports a broad range of incident and emergency response services.
PAAC Remote Traveler SupportThis element consists of Port Authority of Allegheny County-operated remote traveler information and support systems, including existing/future electronic displays with dynamic traveler information at bus and light rail facilities as well as kiosks for transit information and fare payment or debit increase using electronic fare cards.
PAAC Transit Police/Emergency VehiclesPort Authority-operated police vehicles include systems and personnel providing PAAC transit police services. These vehicles/personnel are perform various law enforcement activities, incident and emergency response and traffic control assistance. Existing/future in-vehicle systems include voice/data communications and traffic signal priority systems.
PAAC Transit Traveler InformationThe Port Authority provides transit traveler information to agency customers primarily using the internet and personal information devices (PCs, smartphones, tablets). Information can also be made available through digital message displays or electronic kiosks located in transit vehicles, park-n-rides or agency transit facilities. Transit customers are provided with fare and schedule information, schedule performance/bus arrival times, operations alerts and service changes, event information, and/or reservations for on-demand services.
PAAC Transit VehiclesThis element consists of Port Authority of Allegheny County-operated fixed route and contracted paratransit surface street vehicles and light rail T vehicles. The element includes drivers and in-vehicle systems that provide existing/future driver-to-dispatch communications, vehicle location (AVL), automated payment, transit signal priority, automated passenger count, emergency signal alert, passenger security cameras, and vehicle maintenance and diagnostics tracking.
Park-n-Ride FacilitiesThis element consists of parking systems, offices, booths, and personnel that are located at existing/planned intermodal (highway to bus/rail) transfer stations and associated facilities throughout the region. This element is operated, owned, and maintained by various agencies. Agencies contributing to park-n-ride facilities include PennDOT, Port Authority and other regional transit agencies, local municipalities, airports, and other private entities. Existing/future capabilities include real-time measuring of parking availability, payment collection, security, and transit/road information dissemination.
ParkPittsburgh Traveler InformationAn online/smartphone traveler information service meeting commuter needs for event parking in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh. Users can identify parking availability for participating locations and schedule parking reservations. Includes PPA parking facilities and participating private parking operators in the Cultural District. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and associated ParkPittsburgh partners.
Passenger VehiclesThis element consists of systems within all passenger vehicles, excluding commercial vehicles, owned by the general public. The element also encompasses existing/future in-vehicle systems such as E-Z Pass toll tags and parking facility devices, and travel information/routing/navigation systems. In connected-vehicle applications in-vehicle systems coordinate location, direction and speed information with other vehicles and infrastructure elements supporting internal and external safety responses and roadway network traffic control applications.
PEMA Emergency Operation CenterSystems housed at the PEMA Statewide Emergency Operation Center (Harrisburg), Western Area Office (Indiana), and Eastern Area Office (Hamburg). PEMA Western and Eastern Regional Offices serve as regional operational arms of the Statewide Emergency Operation Center in Harrisburg. PEMA stores, coordinates, and utilizes emergency response and evacuation information/plans to facilitate coordinated emergency response for all responding agencies throughout Pennsylvania. PEMA supports county and local governments in the areas of civil defense, disaster mitigation and preparedness, planning, and response to and recovery from manmade or natural disasters. It interfaces with other emergency management agencies to support coordinated emergency response involving multiple agencies. As the response progresses, situation information including damage assessments, response status, and evacuation and resource data are shared to keep all allied agencies apprised of the response.
PennDOT Central Office OrganizationsSystems located at the PennDOT Central Office Organizations in Harrisburg. The element consists of those Central Office Organizations operating transportations systems, including the Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (BOMO), Motor Carrier Division, Bureau of Planning and Research (BPR), Bureau of Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering (BHSTE), Bureau of Licensing, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Freights and Rails, Bureau of Information Systems, Communication Office of Information Technology, and Press Office.
PennDOT County Maintenance OfficesThis element consists of County Maintenance Offices and stockpile locations located in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering Districts Ten, Eleven and Twelve. PennDOT District 10-0 includes Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana Counties. PennDOT District 11-0 includes Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence Counties, as well as the tunnels organization office. PennDOT District 12-0 includes Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. County Maintenance Offices report to the PennDOT District Offices and include personnel and existing/future systems that provide overall coordination and support for construction and routine maintenance on PennDOT roadways, traffic control and other resources for incidents (both unexpected and planned events), and work zone safety as well as management of construction and maintenance equipment so that the impact to the transportation network and traveler safety is minimized. The offices provide roadway condition information including road and bridge closures/restrictions and detour information to other PennDOT Offices, TMCs and to the media. Work zone safety is generally a County Maintenance Office responsibility except when automated work zone equipment is operationally controlled by the Western Region TMC. Dispatch of PennDOT District Vehicles for incident support or in emergency response situations in managed through the County Maintenance Offices but may be requested/coordinated by the Western Region TMC.
PennDOT District Eleven OfficesThis element consists of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 11-0 office in Bridgeville, PA responsible for Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence counties within the Region. The element includes personnel and existing/future systems that provide maintenance and construction coordination along PennDOT roadways and additional traffic management and emergency management services through the Western Region TMC.
PennDOT District Maintenance VehiclesThis element consists of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District Ten, Eleven and Twelve vehicles and includes personnel and existing/future in-vehicle systems for tracking vehicle location and monitoring equipment/operations status for routine maintenance and construction activities and especially for winter maintenance.
PennDOT District Ten OfficesThis element consists of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 10-0 office in Indiana, PA responsible for Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana counties within the SPC Region. District Offices serve as needed as an alternate management center to the Western Region TMC for traffic management and incident/emergency response activities. District Offices work cooperatively and in a supervisory role with County Maintenance Offices regarding maintenance and construction operations along PennDOT roadways, and in the coordination of travel information such as roadway conditions and status with other agencies and the media. Existing District 10-0 ITS operations within the traffic unit will act as a District Transportation Management Office when appropriate.
PennDOT District Twelve OfficesThis element consists of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 12-0 existing office in Uniontown, PA responsible for Washington, Greene, Westmoreland, and Fayette counties. The element includes personnel and existing/future systems that provide traffic management, Emergency Call-Taking and Dispatch, incident/emergency response, and maintenance and construction coordination along PennDOT roadways.
PennDOT Field Devices - DistrictThis element consists of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District Ten, Eleven, and Twelve field devices and includes existing/future traffic detectors, CCTV, HOV lane management devices, rural crash avoidance systems, RWIS, HAR, and DMS. The field devices aid the department in managing work zones, controlling traffic in areas of the roadway where maintenance, construction, and utility work activities are underway. Traffic conditions are monitored using CCTV cameras and controlled using dynamic message signs (DMS), Highway Advisory Radio (HAR), gates and barriers. Work zone information is coordinated with other groups (e.g., ISP, traffic management, other maintenance and construction centers). Work zone speeds and delays are provided to the motorist prior to the work zones. This service package provides control of field equipment in all maintenance and construction areas, including fixed, portable, and truck-mounted devices supporting both stationary and mobile work zones. In the near-term future it will include traffic signals in corridors where the District TMC assumes operating control of the local signals.
PennDOT Field Devices - District OneThis element consists of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 1-0 field devices that are currently operated by the PennDOT D11 TMC and includes existing/future HAR, DMS, and de-icing bridge sprayers.
PennDOT Field Devices - StateField devices owned and operated by PennDOT Central Office. Field devices include existing/future RWIS stations, commercial vehicle check systems, automatic traffic recorders, and other field devices distributed on and along the roadway that monitor, control, and manage traffic.
PennDOT Parkway Service PatrolThis element consists of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 11-0 contract personnel and existing/future in-vehicle systems within highway service patrol vehicles.
PennDOT Statewide TMCA potential future PennDOT transportation management center for providing statewide coordination and operations. The STMC is based on the latest PennDOT Statewide Transportation Management Approach and will be located in Harrisburg and provide (1) traffic, incident, and emergency management operations and (2) will be a collection/distribution point for traveler information data throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, the PennDOT STMC will be responsible for (1) coordinating PennDOT statewide operations, (2) coordinating among Districts and adjacent states, (3) coordinating with other state agencies (PSP, PTC, and PEMA), (4) performing political and public relations, (5) coordinating weather events, and (6) commercial vehicle operations.
Pennsylvania Office of Homeland SecuritySteve-level department responsible for coordination of activities between other state agencies involved in security and threat management. Appropriate communications and management systems are still under development.
Personal Traveler Information DevicesThis element consists of Personal Traveler Information Devices owned by the general public used to access and provide transportation information. Personal Traveler Information devices include personal computers, phones (including cell phones for reporting incidents and retrieving travel conditions en-route), and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
PIA Travel InformationPittsburgh International Airport provides flight and other information for airport customers and traveler information for 'ground departures' including road conditions, incidents, traffic/expected delays, weather, and travel alerts. Airport status information is provided during anticipated winter snow events and in disaster response situations. Parking information for arriving customers is provided through digital message displays..
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIA)The Greater Pittsburgh International Airport is a major regional transportation hub operated by the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA). PIA provides flight and other information for airport customers and traveler information - road conditions, incidents, traffic/expected delays, weather, and travel alerts for 'ground-departures'. They also provide airport status information for man-made or natural disasters/events. Through ACAA they manage/provide parking information for arriving customers. ACAA manages the construction and maintenance of the airport facility (especially important during winter snow events), as well as other emergency/disaster response as needed.
Pittsburgh Traveler InformationInformation on traffic and weather conditions, traffic delays, emergencies or incidents, construction or maintenance work zones for projects on City streets, winter maintenance performance, event information and other travel alerts provided by City Offices or the Pittsburgh TMC. The City of Pittsburgh Public Works Department sponsors a website application displaying real-time tracking information for the the City's snow plows during winter snow events to identify progress in clearing City streets and enhance public safety.
PPA Field DevicesThis element includes roadside information displays identifying the available parking status of select PPA facilities as well as kiosks for managing parking payments both at equipped garages and surface parking lots and supporting equipped on-street parking locations in the City of Pittsburgh. This includes use of variable parking rates when used as a transportation demand management strategy to improve traffic operations.
PPA OfficeThis element consists of Pittsburgh Parking Authority offices, garages and surface parking lots in the City of Pittsburgh, including parking management of on-street paid parking. PPA manages parking payment systems; coordinates parking support for downtown events with other agencies; and provides parking patrons with road condition information and traffic alerts. Display signs at garages alert motorists of parking availability. PPA is a partner with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in the ParkPittsburgh app, providing travel information (parking availability) and reserved parking services at participating PPA locations and private operators. PPA works closely with PennDOT and the City of Pittsburgh to mitigate traffic impacts when Mon Wharf Parking is closed due to flood conditions. PPA provides bicycle parking at many locations and at select locations supports travel information/intermodal trips with Port Authority fixed-route bus or light-rail service.
PPC / Freight Traveler Information - River TerminalsThe Port of Pittsburgh Commission envisions a future freight traveler information system, providing roadway and weather information, incidents, traffic delays, construction work zone information, emergency coordination, event information and truck parking information serving the region's many privately-operated river terminals in the Port of Pittsburgh freight and passenger network.
Private Parking Facility Field DevicesParking facility equipment to automatically assess parking availability or display to drivers the status of available parking.
Private Parking OperatorsManagement of privately-owned parking garages or surface parking lots.
PSP OfficesIncludes the (1) Pennsylvania State Police Headquarters located in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, (2) existing barracks, and (3) existing/future Consolidated Dispatch Centers. PSP Offices represent public safety systems that support incident management, disaster response and evacuation, security monitoring, disseminating incident information and other security and public safety-oriented ITS applications. PSP Offices utilize several existing and future systems including mobile data terminals (MDT's) and IIMS. MDTs are used to communicate and dispatch PSP vehicles. MDTs are currently being integrated with other state agencies now (i.e. PEMA) and municipal agencies in the future. Additionally, PSP Offices interface with other Emergency Management agencies to support coordinated emergency response. The IIMS is an all exclusive system performing dispatch and reporting functions throughout the Region and state.
PSP Troop T - TurnpikeExisting Pennsylvania State Police Troop T barracks currently dispatch PSP units on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. PSP Troop T Dispatch Centers represent public safety systems that support incident management, disaster response and evacuation, security monitoring, and other security and public safety-oriented ITS applications for the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
PSP VehiclesAll existing/future systems within Pennsylvania State Police vehicles. In-vehicle systems include voice communications and mobile data terminals (MDTs) used by the vehicles to communicate and receive dispatch information from PSP and other agency systems. MDTs are currently being integrated with other state agencies (i.e., PEMA) and will be integrated with municipal agencies in the future.
PSP Vehicles - Troop TAll existing/future systems within Pennsylvania State Police vehicles Troop T vehicles. In-vehicle systems include voice communications and mobile data terminals (MDTs) used by the vehicles to communicate and receive dispatch information from PSP and other agencies' systems. MDT's are currently being integrated with other state agencies (i.e., PEMA) and will be integrated with municipal agencies in the future.
PTC Field DevicesExisting and future Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Field Devices located within the Region. This element encompasses existing/future traffic detectors, video cameras/CCTV, HAR, RWIS, DMS, over-height vehicle detection systems, call boxes, truck rollover warning systems (TRWS), and other field devices distributed on and along the roadway that monitor, control, and manage traffic.
PTC Maintenance and Construction VehiclesPennsylvania Turnpike Commission-operated in-vehicle systems that perform maintenance and construction operations along the Turnpike. Includes existing/planned in-vehicle systems on snowplows and other vehicles for communicating with dispatch centers and tracking maintenance activity.
PTC OfficesThe Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Offices consist of systems housed at the Operations Control Center, located in Harrisburg, as well as at all other offices/towers along the Turnpike. The PTC Offices' element serves as the focal point for Turnpike emergency management, traffic management, maintenance and construction management, toll administration, traveler information, and other activities associated with the Pennsylvania Turnpike. PTC Offices support incident management, disaster response and evacuation, security monitoring, and other security and public safety-oriented ITS applications along the Turnpike. It interfaces with other emergency management agencies to support coordinated emergency response. Traffic management operations performed by the PTC Offices include monitoring and controlling traffic and the road network. The PTC Offices also coordinate traffic information and control strategies with neighboring agencies, including PennDOT and adjacent states. PTC Offices are responsible for monitoring and managing Turnpike roadway infrastructure construction and maintenance activities. The offices also manage equipment at the roadside, including environmental sensors (RWIS), and the repair and maintenance of both non-ITS and ITS equipment. PTC Offices also provide toll administration capabilities. Functions include general payment administration and the electronic transfer of authenticated funds from the customer to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
PTC Service PlazasExisting/future systems housed in Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission-operated plazas along the Turnpike. Currently providing traveler information, this is fed by PTC Offices to the Service Plazas using scrolling message boards.
PTC Toll FacilitiesExisting/future Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission-operated systems/equipment located at tolling plazas. PTC Toll plazas encompass E-Z Pass electronic toll capabilities, ticketed systems, archived toll data, and E-Z Pass video enforcement systems. CVO credentialing at PTC Toll Plazas is planned for the future.
PTC Traffic Operations Center (PTC Ops Center)The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Traffic Operations Center supports safe and efficient travel for the more-than-500,000 daily motorists using the 550-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike System. The Ops Center is located near Harrisburg in Middletown Borough, Dauphin County. The TOC is responsible for traffic management operations including monitoring and controlling traffic and the road network. The Ops Center also coordinates traffic information and control strategies with neighboring agencies, including PennDOT and adjacent states. The Ops Center monitors traffic operations 24 hours a day / 7 days a week using a network of more than 70 surveillance cameras and loop detectors. There is existing traffic coverage of all interchange areas excepting Beaver Valley / New Castle (as of November 2015). Traffic sensors are focused on the most heavily traveled sections of the Turnpike; coverage continues to expand on a regular basis. When an emergency situation is identified a staff of more than 50 operators manages incident response through a variety of responders from across the state: nine state police barracks; more than 100 contracted EMS companies; K-9 dogs, life-flight helicopters, and HazMat Teams. Emergency communications (roadside telephones) are provided every 1/10 mile. The center notifies motorists and partners 90 miles in each direction from an accident location or other identified congestion, enabling system users to avoid congestion and traffic backups while preventing secondary collisions. Future PTC Ops Center participation is anticipated supporting integrated traffic management solutions in several southwestern PA transportation hubs: Cranberry (junction of I-76, I-79, US-19); Monroeville (I-376, I-76 and US-22); and New Stanton (I-70, I-76, and US-119). PennDOT's Western Regional TMC in Collier Twp. and the Cranberry TMC have offered to partner with the PTC Ops Center in developing future regional traffic management strategies. PennDOT's scheduled conversion to Cashless Tolling technology also offers new possibilities for integrating the Turnpike Mainline into the region's highway grid and local traffic operations. New interchanges along the mainline at closer intervals /key highway locations potentially increase tolled highway usage and supports more-efficient local travel. SPC will initiate a planning study in 2016 to identify possible cost-effective locations. Regional traffic management strategies should be an integral part of any of these planned improvements. Variable tolling has been raised as a possible future regional traffic management response and strategic opportunity where the Turnpike mainline and regional non-tolled highways are mutually supportive and can be used to good effect in disaster response or emergency management situations. This strategy would be more effective when cashless tolling systems and supportive DMS are in place. Traveler Information. PTC's standard driver messaging systems, Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) traffic alerts and roadside Dynamic Message Signs, are supplemented by automated telephone services and smartphone applications. There is a voice-activated telephone hotline for travel alerts, 866-976-TRIP (8747). Hands-free, audio traffic advisories can be streamed through the TRIP Talk smartphone app, making equipped customers aware of incidents while assuring that both hands remain on the wheel. Download at www.paturnpike.com/triptalk. In 2015 the PTC partnered with private technology company WAZE (also a real-time, crowd-sourced navigation app) in the Connected Citizens Program, a program to improve the accuracy, timeliness and availability of roadway and traffic information. WAZE gets real-time live feeds from the Ops Center including incidents, road closures, construction alerts and estimated travel times. Information entered into the app by turnpike motorists (Wazers!) will be viewed and verified through the Ops Center. Increased app usage is expected to directly improve driver information especially on Turnpike segments not covered by existing PTC sensors. Waze.com also offers a sync-driving feature that displays through a Facebook connection other friends driving to the same destination. WAZE can also coordinate everyone's arrival times when picking up or meeting friends. Featured services such as these are expected to drive a private-sector increase in traveler information that may eventually surpass and supplant public sector travel information services.
Regional Media OutletsThis element consists of existing/future personnel and systems housed at regional television, newspaper, and radio offices that collect, process, store, and/or disseminate transportation information to the traveling public. Regional Media provides information to the general public on basic advisories, traffic and road conditions, ridesharing, construction, transit schedules, and parking.
Regional Personal Traveler CardsThis element consists of existing/future regional fare/travel card owned by the general public. Payment cards are being used for street parking and parking garages in downtown Pittsburgh and other locations. The ConnectCard provides automated transit fare payment for Port Authority customers as well as multiple other cooperating regional transit agencies. Future regional fare card integration is anticipated with park-n-ride lots, rideshare services, and Pittsburgh International Airport parking.
Regional Transit Agency OfficesThis element consists of all transit agency offices in the region, excluding PAAC, which manage fixed-route and paratransit transit operations. The element includes systems and personnel that provide centralized transit and emergency management and vehicle maintenance.
Regional Transit Traveler InformationRegional Transit Agencies provide transit traveler information to agency customers using the internet and other personal devices (PCs, smartphones, tablets). Information can also be made available through digital message displays or electronic kiosks located in transit vehicles, park-n-rides or agency transit facilities. Transit customers are provided with fare and schedule information, schedule performance/bus arrival times, operations alerts and service changes, event information, and/or reservations for on-demand service.
Regional Transit VehiclesThis element consists of all transit agency vehicles and in-vehicle systems in the region, excluding PAAC, and includes drivers and in-vehicle systems that provide existing/future driver-to-dispatch communications, vehicle location (AVL), automated payment, automated passenger count, transit signal priority, passenger security applications, as well as vehicle maintenance and diagnostics tracking.
Regional Travel Information SystemThis element consists of a future regional traveler information system to be deployed by one or more agencies within the Region. The system may include a common regional traveler scheduling information system or traveler information website for one stop trip planning. Information that can be collected, processed, and distributed includes incident and construction locations, traffic congestion, anticipated delays, transit schedules and current vehicle adherence, emergency and travel advisories, weather and road surface conditions, tourism, rideshare and commuting services, parking and special events, as well as general travel times and suggested routes.
SPC CommuteInfo Ridesharing ProgramThis element consists of ridesharing and planning (data archiving) operations administered by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Planning Commission (SPC). Existing/future SPC ridesharing services include a website and other operations to match commuters for carpooling, provide vans for vanpooling, as well as provide information about transit, bicycling, traffic conditions, and other commuting options.
Towing Industry RespondersThis element consists of privately-owned wrecker companies operating in the Region and their corresponding vehicles responsible for the cleanup of traffic incidents and removal of impaired vehicles.
Transit Fare Payment - ConnectCardThe ConnectCard provides automated transit fare payment for Port Authority customers as well as multiple other cooperating regional transit agencies.
Trip Planning-Navigation-Traffic InformationPopular personal navigation application and trip planning service available through the internet and smartphone/tablet applications. Trip planning is accessed through the Google Maps application, providing directions for searchable locations often with multiple route options. There are options for traffic, transit, and bicycle travel information. A pedestrian-friendly street-view option is supported in many locations. The Waze navigation application supports vehicle travel (hands-free, of course!) with turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and community-curated points of interest including local events.
Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center - SmartCities InitiativeOperated by the University of Pittsburgh and co-sponsored with the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, WPRDC provides an existing public data access portal making local government data from the sponsoring agencies available for outside applications. In the future the WPRDC will work alongside the CMU Mobile Analytics Center (MAC) as a SmartCities ITS initiative to collect, analyze, and operationalize the City of Pittsburgh's existing and future multi-modal transportation data resources. The Pittsburgh TMC is expected to provide traffic operations data from adaptive signal systems and other traffic control sources to the WPRDC and MAC, with a range of additional sensor and data sources envisioned for future integration of transit, shared ride, biking, pedestrian, and disability travel information needs. This information would be processed and distributed to multi-modal transportation users as tailored travel information.
Western Region Traffic Management Center (PennDOT)The Western Region Traffic Management Center is located in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 11-0 Office in Bridgeville PA. The Region TMC is responsible for PennDOT traffic management services, incident detection, emergency response coordination and traffic response to maintenance and construction activities throughout the ten-county SPC region covering PennDOT Districts Ten, Eleven and Twelve. PennDOT traffic sensors are focused on the most-heavily traveled portions of the interstate network. The TMC operates and maintains PennDOT's extensive network of ITS field devices; monitors and supports work zone safety (where equipped); and facilitates traveler information services by providing road network status, roadway and weather conditions, incidents and construction, and travel delay information for various information applications. The TMC also provides external users and the media with video feeds from traffic surveillance cameras. The TMC manages the Parkway Service Patrols on I-79 and I-376. TMC operations staff coordinates with the District Offices and other agencies for emergency response resource coordination and disaster planning, work zone and maintenance planning. Planned future involvement with local governments includes traffic signal coordination in priority regional corridors.