Other MDOT Initiatives

MDOT has been involved in several other initiatives, including the following:
  1. ITS training and education seminars for MDOT staff to equip them with basic skills in use and interpretation of ITS technologies.

  2. Completing the ITS Pre-deployment Study to evaluate potential future expansion of the ITS infrastructure to the north, west and south of Metropolitan Detroit as well as in the Lansing area.

  3. Determining the impacts of ITS investments on tourism and trade in Michigan. The study has just been completed by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for MDOT.

  4. Evaluating TS deployment in Detroit, is being completed under contract with Michigan State University.

  5. Evaluating temporary ITS application for reconstruction of I-496 in downtown Lansing, a first of its kind use of the newest tool for calculating benefits of ITS has been completed.

  6. Initiating ITS test-bed projects, to offer an unprecedented opportunity to the private industry to test their products, services and concepts in partnership with MDOT to enhance economic development and create high tech jobs in Michigan.

  7. Exploring the feasibility of 511 in Michigan. MDOT has been awarded a national grant to study the implementation of the three-digit national telephone number, 511, for traveler information.

  8. Partaking in a Traffic Management Centers Pooled Fund Study. MDOT is participating with several other states to stay ahead of the curve in developing technologies for planning, development and operation of traffic management centers in the nation.

  9. Developing ITS regional architecture. MDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, has been taking the lead role in development of the Regional ITS Architectures that will provide a framework for ITS implementation in the future. These Regional Architectures, required for eligibility for federal funds, have been completed in Southeast Michigan, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Genesee County.

  10. Integrating ITS into the MDOT transportation planning process. Steps are being taken regarding the integration of ITS into the mainstream planning process of MDOT. For example, this is the second year of inclusion of ITS as an option for submission of projects in response to the department's annual call for projects, a major step in the direction of integration. This effort puts MDOT among the leaders in the nation. Other actions are being taken.

  11. Implementing ITS applications at the U.S.-Canada international border crossings. MDOT is taking a lead role in preparing an implementation plan for expediting traffic flow across the border at the Ambassador (Detroit) and Bluewater (Port Huron) bridges and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, using ITS technologies.