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Using Operations Data for Planning the the Delaware Valley: First Steps

August 31, 2011

Real-time traffic operations data has been gathered for several years on an increasing number of roads throughout the Delaware Valley. The archives of this data are a tremendous potential resource for transportation planning. Use of the data, however, has posed significant technical challenges. This report summarizes how the data can be used, the state of operations data for planning in the Delaware Valley, and the results of two case studies. The first case study used data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Dynac system about speed and travel time on a section of I-76. The second case study used data provided by the I-95 Corridor Coalition Vehicle Probe Project (VPP) from INRIX, a private-sector traffic data company. The second case study analyzed duration of congestion on weekdays in 2009 for freeways in the Delaware Valley. This analysis was used in the region's 2011 Congestion Management Process.

Overview of the 2011 Congestion Management Process

May 31, 2011

A Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a systematic process for managing congestion. It identifies specific multimodal strategies for all locations in the region to minimize congestion and enhance the ability of people and goods to reach their destinations. The CMP advances the goals of the DVRPC Long-Range Plan and strengthens the connection between the Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The 2011 DVRPC CMP was an update of the 2009 CMP. This document summarizes the more extensive CMP Report.

Fitting the Pieces Together Improving Transportation Security Planning in the Delaware Valley

April 30, 2010

Transportation security planning is essential for the Delaware Valley to prevent, prepare for, expedite response to, and aid in the recovery from major events. The all-hazards approach prepares for any of a range of major natural or manmade events. This report provides an overview of transportation security planning in the region to facilitate communication and coordination across disciplines. It is relevant for a wide range of professionals in transportation security, operations, and planning; emergency management; emergency response; land use planning and development, and other fields at a variety of geographic levels. This report focuses on how different disciplines can better cooperate, and on the role of DVRPC in this field. Appendices include a summary of grants available and reference list.

2009 Safety Action Plan - Emphasis Area Cards

October 30, 2009

Over 450 people die in crashes on the roads of the nine-county Delaware Valley in an average year. Over 50,000 people are injured in approximately 90,000 crashes. The 2009 Safety Action Plan: Improving Transportation Safety in the Delaware Valley (Publication Number 09032) includes a methodology to define key safety emphasis areas, a range of strategies for each of the seven emphasis areas, and a focused implementation table to reduce the number of fatalities. The report was developed with guidance from the multi-disciplinary Regional Safety Task Force. This set of seven cards summarizes the seven emphasis areas in the 2009 Safety Action Plan. The cards provide a brief definition of each emphasis area, a chart detailing the number and percentage of fatalities for which the emphasis area was a contributing factor in each county, recommended strategies to address each emphasis area, and a sample of safety partners working on the issue. For more information about crashes and traffic fatalities in the Delaware Valley, please see Traffic Crash Analysis of the Delaware Valley (Publication Number 08054).

2009 Regional Safety Action Plan: Improving Transportation Safety in the Delaware Valley

October 1, 2009

Over 450 people die in crashes on the roads of the nine-county Delaware Valley in an average year. Over 50,000 people are injured in approximately 90,000 crashes. The Safety Action Plan includes a methodology to define key safety emphasis areas, a range of strategies for each of the seven emphasis areas, and a focused implementation table to reduce the number of fatalities. The Safety Action Plan was developed with guidance from the multi-disciplinary Regional Safety Task Force. The implementation table is an agreed-upon starting point for how partners will work together to improve traffic safety in the region. Each meeting of the Regional Safety Task Force will include reporting back on progress on the implementation table. The Safety Action Plan will be updated regularly. Analysis of crash data for the region is provided in Traffic Crash Analysis of the Delaware Valley (Publication Number 08054).