The Maricopa Association of Governments completed an update to the region’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Strategic Plan in December 2012. Since the original plan was developed in 2001, state, local agencies, transit and public safety agencies have been actively implementing various systems and infrastructure, much of which has been programmed through the MAG TIP. This Strategic Plan update shifted focus from “projects” to “programs”.
This update to the ITS Strategic Plan charts a strategic course for future ITS investments by identifying emphasis/focus areas and resource allocation goals for each area, but does not prescribe specific projects. These focus areas and goals will be used as guidance when recommending future ITS projects that are funded with arterial ITS funds programmed through the MAG TIP.
Regional funds for ITS will be focused mainly on strategies, systems and technology applications that address issues of regional impact while still supporting local agencies in addressing local ITS program needs. The pie chart shows the recommended funding allocation targets for each of the identified ITS emphasis/focus areas.
Highlights of the MAG ITS Strategic Plan include:
The ITS Strategic Plan recognizes that implementing the Plan and achieving the goals established for the region will be a collective effort among all agencies in the MAG region. MAG is responsible for formal planning and project programming in the region, and the MAG ITS Committee serves an important role in prioritizing and recommending ITS projects for inclusion in the MAG TIP. However, realization of the full benefits from improved traffic operations that utilizes ITS depends entirely on agencies such as ADOT (for freeways), Maricopa County and local agencies (for arterials) that perform day to day operations.
The graphic below depicts the interaction envisioned between the various stakeholder entities involved in planning, implementing and operating ITS in the MAG region.
Senior Program Manager - ITS and Safety