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Metro Atlanta TrafficIncident Management “Strategic Vision Update” Presented by Marvin Woodward TIME Quarterly Meeting January 23, 2007
Top Five Priority Initiatives • Open Roads Policy • Incentives for Heavy Duty Recovery • Towing Certification and Training for Tow Operators • Medical Examiner/Coroner MOUs* • TIM Teams
Priority Initiatives Open Roads Policies (State and Local) • Critical statement of senior management in support of quick clearance • Signed and supported by state, local and regional leadership • Wide distribution and awareness training
Assures prompt predictable response and 24/7 equipment availability Contains detailed specification for modern powerful 50 ton recovery wreckers with full equipment sets Requires support equipment like end loader, sweeper/skid steer and MUTCD traffic control devices Incentives for quick Clearance - TRIP
Incentives for Quick Clearance (cont) • Includes training and certification standards for operator competency including MUTCD traffic control • Cash incentives paid for “Quick Clearance” of travel lanes • Liquidated damages assessed for poor performance or delay in opening travel lanes
Training and Certification for Tow Operators • Formal training for tow operators including MUTCD traffic controls and quick clearance • Certification based on National Driver’s Certification Program (TRAA) • Working with Towing and Recovery Association of Georgia (TRAG)
Medical Examiner/Coroner MOU • Favorable support for authorizing movement of deceased to open roads • Meetings have already been held • Formalize agreement in Open Roads Policy
Traffic Incident Management Teams • Dramatically improve coordination and communications in the two existing Teams • Region needs 15-17 additional teams throughout the 13-County Region • Full-time support staff will be needed for implementation
Legislative and Administrative Initiatives • Liability exemption for quick clearance • Vehicle disposal for towing industry • Ensured payment for environmental cleanup • Axle weights limits for recovery vehicles
Project Team: TRIP Working Group • Georgia Regional Transportation Authority • Marvin Woodward (PM) • Gena Wilder • GDOT • Gary Millsaps (HERO) • Erik Fischer (TMC) • Delcan, Consultant Team • Christine Macaulay (PM) • John O’Laughlin • Ted Smith
Project Team: Steering Committee • Atlanta Police Dept • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) • Coroner’s Association • FHWA • GDOT • Georgia Motor Trucking Assoc (GMTA) • Georgia State Firefighter's Association Inc. • Georgia State Patrol (GSP) • Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) • Georgia Regional Transportation Agency (GRTA) • Towing and Recovery Association of Georgia (TRAG)
Project Team: Stakeholders • All Emergency Response Agencies effected by this program.
TRIP Project Overview • Component Of Strategic Vision • Pay Heavy-Duty Recovery Companies a Bonus For Clearing Commercial Vehicle Wrecks Quickly. • First Program On Non-Toll Facility • High Profile, Some Risk, Great Payoff
TRIP Project Objectives • Improve Traffic Incident Management in the Region • Facilitate Quick Clearance • Improve Towing Procedures • Ensure Safety
TRIP Program Development • Performance Measures • Reduction in Response Times • Improvement in Roadway Clearance Times • Reduction in Travel Lane Blockage • Reduction in Secondary Incidents • Overall Reduction in Hours of Delay • Dollar Savings from Reduced Congestion • Project Boundaries • I-285 and all Interstates and Freeways inside I-285
TRIP Program Development • Program Criteria • Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer Combo (Class 8) • Trucks > 26,000 lbs (Class 7 or 8) • Large Motor Homes & Motor Coaches (Class 5 or 6) • Busses ≥ 16 passengers (Class 6, 7, or 8) • Aircrafts
TRIP Program Development • Atlanta-area Heavy Duty Wrecker Inventory • Tow Yards and Equipment • Training Records and Certifications • Quick Clearance Strategies • Payment of Services • Billing Systems • Level of Interest
TRIP Final Program • Truck and Equipment Specifications • Training and Certification Requirements • Incentive Rates and Penalties • Concept of Operations for GDOT • Activation authority, time tracking, etc. • Incentive approval and penalty procedures • Application Process and Form
TRIP Program Implementation • On-site Inspections • Equipment • Training • TRIP Training Program • Program Demo
TRIP Steering Committee Responsibilities • Stakeholder Workshop • Tentatively February 20, 2007 • Location: TBD • Steering Committee Participation in Presentations and/or Discussions • Agency Outreach – Help Spread the Word! • Put TRIP Program on your meeting agendas (or other interested agencies)
TRIP Schedule • Project Schedule • February: Stakeholder Workshop • Late March: Draft Program Review • April: Steering Committee Quarterly Meeting • May: Final Program Review • June-November: Towing inspections & certifications, stakeholder outreach, training • July: Steering Committee Quarterly Meeting • November: Program Demo & Kick-Off!
CONCLUSION • Implementation of these strategic initiatives will improve responder and motorist safety as well as increase traffic mobility • Your support is vital to the success of this program • Much work to do!!!!!
Thank you! • Comments or Questions