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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.

Richmond Regional
Planning District Commission

9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

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Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is defined by USDOT federal regulations as“…electronics, communications, or information processing used singly or in combination to improve the efficiency or safety of a surface transportation system ”(see 23CFR Part 940 – ITS Architecture and Standards). The basic goal of ITS programs is to use modern computer and communications technologies to provide for more efficient and effective management of existing transportation systems. When integrated into the transportation system infrastructure, and in vehicles themselves, these technologies help monitor and manage traffic flow, reduce congestion, provide alternate routes to travelers, enhance productivity, and save lives, time and money.

Examples of ITS include the following:

  • Traveler information systems - Provides information on traffic conditions, accidents and other incidents, weather information, etc. directly to travelers, enabling them to make more informed decisions on routes.

  • Traffic management systems - Employs a variety of detectors, cameras, and other systems to monitor traffic, optimize traffic signal timings on major arterials, and other means to control traffic flow.

  • Incident Management Systems – Provides traffic operators with tools to allow quick and efficient response to accidents, hazardous spills, and other emergencies.

  • Emergency Vehicle Pre-Emption Devices – Carried on ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, it enables such vehicles to remotely change traffic signals for safe and speedy passage through intersections (usually by advancing or extending “green” time so traffic can move through ahead of emergency vehicle).

  • Automatic Vehicle Location – GPS-based vehicle tracking system, used on buses, paratransit vehicles, long-haul freight trucks to monitor vehicle location and provide location information to dispatchers and transit patrons.

ITS Architecture

The underlying principle for ITS deployment is adherence to established standards and an overall framework that can allow all elements of the transportation network to function and interact as one system. This is achieved through the National ITS Architecture, which provides a common framework for planning, defining, and integrating ITS; and through Regional ITS Architecture, which is the regional framework for ensuring institutional agreement and technical integration for implementation of ITS projects. Federal policy provides that regional ITS architecture should be consistent with the transportation planning process for Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Planning.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into five regions for ITS planning and project development. The Richmond Regional TPO along with Tri-Cities Area MPO, portions of the Fredericksburg Area MPO, and rural area jurisdictions are covered by VDOT’s Central Region. ITS program development and project deployment for jurisdictions in the Central Region is provided through VDOT’s Virginia Central Region ITS Architecture Implementation Plan and Virginia Central Region ITS Architecture Maintenance Plan. The Implementation Plan covers the process for ITS deployment, project sequencing, developing various levels of agency/jurisdiction cooperative agreements, and establishing standards for exchange of information among ITS systems. The Maintenance Plan establishes the agency responsible for ITS architecture maintenance, defines the ITS Architecture maintenance process, the architecture update process, and defines the ITS Architecture Maintenance Committee.

ITS Work Group

The Richmond Region ITS Work Group was established under the MPO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide planning and programming support and assistance for TAC on ITS related matters. Members are appointed by TAC members for their respective jurisdictions/agencies. Representatives from the Crater Planning District Commission and the FHWA Virginia Division office are included in the work group. The work group’s duties and responsibilities are subject to TAC review, consideration and action.

The primary responsibilities for the ITS/TAC Work Wroup are as follows:

  1. Provide a regional forum for discussion of ITS related issues, projects, plans and programs.

  2. Facilitate and promote use and maintenance of the VDOT Central Region ITS Architecture.

  3. Promote and assist in integrating the ITS architecture into the regional planning process.

  4. Provide recommendations to TAC on ITS projects, programs and services for development and/or funding consideration.

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Elderly/Disability/Low-Income | Intelligent Transportation Systems | Intermodal | Public Transportation

Long-Range Transportation Plan | Socioeconomic Data | Title VI | Transportation Database/GIS

Transportation Improvement Program | Unified Work Program

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission | 9211 Forest Hill Avenue | Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235 | (804) 323-2033

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