The Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (CORE MPO), the transportation planning agency for the Savannah urbanized area, conducted a regional traffic management study. The study is to build upon the goals and recommendations of previous studies, particularly recommendations from the Congestion Management Process which found that updating and coordinating signal timing could improve travel times and efficiency on 15-23 percent of the congested roadways. The study was completed in two phases.
The Phase I Traffic Control Center Needs Assessment completed in 2014. The Traffic Control Needs Assessment Report summarizes an inventory and high level needs assessment of existing traffic control infrastructure in the city of Savannah, Georgia and in the surrounding region. The needs assessment is the first step toward development of the Chatham County Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Traffic Management Center (TMC) Strategic Plan.
The Phase II Strategic Plan is based on a five Year deployment program of a regional traffic management center, operational improvements throughout the region, and the supporting ITS infrastructure. This plan is culmination of the work contained in several technical memorandums described below.
The Goals and Objectives Technical Memorandum summarizes the recommended goals and objectives in the development of the Chatham County Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Traffic Management Center (TMC) Strategic Plan. The three primary goals were to reduce congestion, enhance travel safety, and to improve regional transportation system operations.
The Traffic Management Improvement Options Technical Memorandum summarizes the both field and central system recommendations in the development of the Chatham County Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Traffic Management Center (TMC) Strategic Plan.
This Regional Traffic Management Case Studies Technical Memorandum builds upon the knowledge gathered from Traffic Management Center (TMC) scanning tours, which took place in 2013 and 2014, involving both CORE and Consultant Team. The scanning tours provided information and resources toward the justification for development of a regional traffic management strategy, including a summary of both field and central system recommendations.
As part of the study, the CORE MPO hosted Symposium to inform our community leaders about the benefits of advanced traffic management and provide an opportunity to hear from peers who have already implemented a system. The Symposium format featured a panel of speakers from around the state who shared their experiences.