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Applying a Regional ITS Architecture to Support Planning for Operations: A Primer


This primer offers transportation planners and operations managers a menu of opportunities for applying the regional ITS architecture to enhance planning for operations. Because many TSM&O strategies are underpinned by ITS, the coordination of planning for ITS among agencies at the institutional and technical level is an essential element to planning for operations. This primer focuses on the use of an “objectives-driven, performance-based” approach to planning for operations; an approach that increases the potential support from the regional ITS architecture given the approach’s emphasis on data and performance measures.

Opportunities to leverage the regional ITS architecture in support of planning for operations include:

  • Sustain and build on the collaborative relationships from the regional ITS architecture development
  • Consult the architecture to identify available sources of operations data to track measurable objectives
  • Gather information on operations needs from the architecture and ITS stakeholders.
  • Examine service packages in architecture when identifying ITS-based M&O strategies
  • Include the architecture as part of the transportation improvement program (TIP) development process
  • Use the architecture’s operational concepts, functional requirements, and other contents to kick-start project development

Source Organization Location


Operations Area of Practice

    ITS System architecture
    Interagency Agreements / Cooperation / MOUs
    Business Processes/Policies and Procedures
    Planning for Operations

Organizational Capability Element

    System Architecture / Engineering
    Local government/MPO/RTPA cooperation

Content Type

Informational Product

Role in Organization

Transportation Planner
Senior Engineer
Principal Engineer
Manager / First Line Supervisor
Director / Program Manager
Senior Manager
Transit Professional

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Maturity Level of Program

Monitoring (L4)
Deployment (L3)
Assessment (L1)
Development (L2)


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Prime Contractor
SAIC (Ron Ice & Associates and DKS Associates
Ronald C. Ice,
Jocelyn K. Bauer,
William R. Loudon, and
Kevin Fehon
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