Intelligent Transportation Systems Master Plan

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Project Background and Purpose

The City of Ann Arbor is creating an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Master Plan to guide and prioritize technology investments in the City's transportation network.  The creation of the ITS Master Plan will be a collaborative and engaging process led by the City Engineering Department with the support of City and non-City stakeholders. The ITS Master Plan will document existing conditions, define unmet stakeholder needs and create a meaningful plan that guides future ITS investments by the City. The ITS Master Plan will focus on those ITS assets that improve the City's ability to manage, monitor, operate and maintain transportation operations in the City with a focus on safety for all modes of travel. City assets to be included in the ITS Master Plan will focus upon systems such as traffic signals, traffic management center, monitoring devices, detection devices, and overall ITS communications/networks. Additionally, the plan will include addressing the City's needs for those systems as they relate to future changes associated with connected and automated vehicles.

For several decades the City has been a leader in the implementation of transportation technology focused upon enhancing the safety and mobility for all modes and users. In particular, the City has excelled at implementation of solutions focused upon the non-motorized users along with adaptive traffic signal systems to manage the wide range of travel demands on their roadways. In recent years, the City has engaged in numerous partnerships to deploy advanced technologies to support testing and operation of connected and automated vehicle infrastructure.

What is Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)?

ITS is the application of a combination of advanced technologies, robust planning, improved preparedness, and extensive interagency and intra-agency coordination to improve the safety, mobility, and reliability of the surface transportation network.

Technology is the backbone of transportation operations.  It utilizes advanced technologies: computers, communications, electronics, and control systems to improve the efficiency and safety of the surface transportation system.  Real-time systems monitor transportation facilities identifying unusual conditions that need immediate action, whether it is a bus running behind schedule or a crash on the roadways.  Technology enables Transportation Management Centers (TMCs) to impart accurate up-to-date travel information to the public, or to adjust traffic signal timings to handle a surge of traffic from a closed interstate or arterial.

Timeline and Process

The study began in October 2021 and is anticipated to be complete by July 2022.​

Project Contact

Luke Liu, Transportation Engineer
301 E. Huron St., 4th Floor
Ann Arbor, MI
734.794.6410 x43637
[email protected]