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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-13-0069
Project Name:   Multimodal Intelligent Traffic Signal System (MMITSS) Prototyping and Field Testing
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  September 15, 2013
End Date:  January 30, 2015
Contact Information
Last Name:  McKeever
First Name:  Benjamin (Ben)
Telephone:  202-493-3270
E-mail:  ben.mckeever@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Operations Applications Team [HRDO-30]
Project detail
Project Description:   This project builds on phase 1 of the Multimodal Intelligent Traffic Signal System (MMITSS) development effort, which conducted the foundational analysis and design necessary to prepare for the development and field testing/demonstration of MMITSS.  This project will conduct system and software development that will result in field implementation and testing of MMITSS.  Multimodal Intelligent Traffic Signal System (MMITSS) is a comprehensive traffic signal system taking advantage of the connected vehicle environment for multiple transportation modes, including general passenger vehicles, transit, emergency vehicles, freight vehicles, and pedestrians. The Multimodal Intelligent Traffic Signal System incorporates, at a minimum, the following arterial traffic signal applications identified by the Dynamic Mobility Application (DMA) program of the U.S. Department of Transportation: Intelligent Traffic Signal System, Transit Signal Priority, Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signal System, Emergency Vehicle Preemption, and Freight Signal Priority.
This project is a continuation of the Multimodal Intelligent Traffic Signal System (MMITSS) development effort. The objective is to conduct system and software development effort that will result in an actual real-time field implementation for testing and verification of the requirements and estimation of the performance. 
Background Information:   This project is to be conducted as part of the Cooperative Transportation System Pooled Fund Study (CTS PFS) entitled "Program to Support the Development and Deployment of Cooperative Transportation System Applications." The Cooperative Transportation System Pooled Fund Study (CTS PFS) was created by a group of State and local transportation agencies and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) serving as the lead agency. The University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies is supporting the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on the pooled fund study, serving as the technical and administrative lead for the effort. The focus of the Cooperative Transportation System Pooled Fund Study (CTS PFS) is on prototyping and testing practical infrastructure-oriented applications that lead to deployment rather than developing theoretical applications.
Field Test:   Yes, in Anthem, AZ and Palo Alto, CA
Product Type:   Other
Research report
Test Methodology:   prototype and field test application
Expected Benefits:   increased safety and mobility on arterials
Deliverables:   A plan for project management.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Traffic Signal Preemption
Traffic Signals
Emergency Vehicles
Passenger Vehicles
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Subject Areas:   Operations and Traffic Management


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