San Diego was one of two areas in the country announced Friday to receive funds from the federal Integrated Corridor Management initiative, aimed at integrating technology to better manage highway traffic.
The Federal Transit Administration is administering the program, through which $800,000 will be coming to the San Diego region to supplement its ICM work on Interstate 15. The boost from the FTA adds to the $8.7 million awarded to the county’s ICM partnership last year.
The consortium includes the San Diego Association of Governments, the California Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transit System, the North County Transit District and the cities of San Diego, Escondido, and Poway. Another $2.1 million has been granted the program through Proposition 1B funds. The resulting traffic management system will use micro-simulations to predict problems on the freeway and nearby roadways.
“SANDAG long ago realized that new road construction alone will not solve our region’s traffic headaches,” said SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos in a statement. “Harnessing state-of-the-art technologies to create an integrated corridor management system can go a long way toward easing traffic on the I-15 corridor.”
A rapid transit bus line is scheduled to open through the corridor next year, while the new ICM system is expected to go online in spring 2013. The $800,000 will pay for technology to gather data on the speed and location of BRT buses and their passenger loads.
Dallas Area Rapit Transit was the other agency to receive funds.
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