ITS stands for Intelligent Transportation Systems. The ITS Program is a transportation initiative that uses advanced electronic technologies to manage our transportation infrastructure more efficiently to provide motorists with safer, more reliable roadways. ITS is currently comprised of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras, Dynamic Message Signs, and Roadway Detectors. These technologies allow traffic managers at the regional Traffic Management Center (TMC) to operate and manage several interrelated services 24/7 that are helping to improve our existing transportation system, such the Road Ranger Service Patrol Program, the new 511 Traveler Informa-tion System and the 95 Express.
The FDOT District Six ITS Program has installed ITS technologies along the major roadways in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. These technologies are comprised of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras, Dynamic message Signs (DMS) and Roadway Detectors that are integrated together to manage and improve roadway conditions. These devices communicate back to the TMC through a fiber-optic communication network to help traffic managers at the TMC respond to real-time traffic conditions 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. District Six has a total of 437 ITS devices that cover 213.5 center line miles of managed roadway along Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
The ITS Program is reducing congestion to provide safer, more reliable roadway travel conditions. By using advanced, cost-efficient technologies to manage traffic, the ITS Program is maximizing the efficiency and overall capacity of our existing roadway systems. It is helping by relieving the problem of traffic congestion and reducing the need to build or widen additional roadways. The ITS Program also provides our transportation system with several interrelated services that serve a different function, and together are improving the overall mobility of our roadways. These services include traffic management, incident management and traveler information.
The Road Ranger Service Patrols Program provides free incident management and motorist assistance services along the major roadways of Miami-Dade County. They are dispatched by operations staff at the TMC and work alongside emergency responders to maintain reliable conditions along our regional transportation system.
Yes. As a result of the Interchange project, two additional Rangers are supplementing existing services on S.R. 826 (one regular tow truck circulates the area and one flatbed tow truck is staged at strategic points on S.R. 826 and is dispatched as needed). The new Road Rangers will travel mostly from SW 24 Street to NW 36 Street along the Palmetto Expressway. MDX manages their own Road Ranger services on S.R. 836. Road Rangers will be called into service on either roadway whenever there is a need.
The Rapid Incident Scene Clearance (RISC) Program expedites the removal of large vehicle crashes that affect our highways along Miami-Dade County.
The RISC program offers financial incentives to specialized companies to respond to and provide complete clearance of incidents such as large vehicle crashes, rollovers and cargo spills within a specified period of time. Operational staff at the TMC coordinates with FHP to activate the program accordingly to restore highway capacity in shorter time frames than they would with regular towing and recovery services.
The ITS assists in the rapid deployment of first responders and Road Rangers to aid stranded motorists and clear disabled vehicles from travel lanes. The Rangers also provide additional first-hand information regarding traffic conditions to the TMC.
Rebuilding the 826-836 Interchange
Florida Department of Transportation