Projects

The Regional ITS Architecture provides a starting point for project definition. It provides an overall framework that shows how anticipated projects will integrate with each other and with existing systems. Specific project architectures were developed as part of the September 2006 Treasure Valley Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Plan. Most of these projects have been implemented or rolled into different projects. No updates were made to these project architectures as part of the 2013 ITS Plan update.

ProjectStatusTimeframeDescription
ACHD TMCExisting Existing TMC performing traffic management functions in the Treasure Valley
ACHD Web SiteExisting Web site providing real time traveler and traffic information
Ada County Emergency ResponseExisting Existing emergency response for all cities within Ada County
Airport Parking ManagementPlanned1 = short-termAutomated management of parking facilities at the airport, and provide travelers with information about parking conditions at the airport
Canyon County Emergency ResponseExisting Existing emergency response in Canyon County
CCTV Camera ExpansionPlanned1= short-termExpand the deployment of CCTV cameras
CommuterRide - Park and Ride SurveillancePlanned Commuteride manages a number of park and ride lots and uses them to arrange ride sharing. Many of the lots are remote and used during early morning and late evening hours. Users have expressed concerns regarding both personal safety and vehicle security at the lots. This technology would install CCTV cameras at park and ride lots to enhance security. These cameras could be made accessible to Commuteride operations personnel, State EMS Communications Center, ITD, ISP or others as deemed appropriate and could be configured to record video for playback if needed.
CommuterRide Dynamic Rideshare MatchingPlanned Commuteride currently provides ridesharing services and has programs in place to help users with rideshare matching for carpools. The application was developed for the King County Washington region and is not entirely effective for the Treasure Valley needs. In addition, the current service is not set up to work for the vanpool services and does not yet meet the near real time measure for dynamic ridesharing. This effort will implement a solution that meets both the carpool ride matching and vanpool ride matching needs as well as providing a near real time service via the internet.
CommuterRide in-vehicle safetyPlanned Currently, Commuteride does not provide communications for vanpool vans. The drivers are volunteers and are allowed to carry their own personal cellular devices. However, a more focused approach deploying in-vehicle equipment such as an MDT or palmtop device for the purpose of providing drivers access to the ITD 511 system and other weather and road condition reports will add significantly to the safety of vanpool trips. This technology could also be combined with GPS capabilities for the purpose of incident response. Because of the nature of vanpool operations AVL for dispatch is unnecessary but the use of GPS and communications for response to incidents involving a vanpool van such as a crash or disabled vehicle will greatly enhance overall safety.
CommuterRide Vanpool ManagementPlanned Commuteride currently uses an ACHD resident system to manage some of the business elements such as financial and maintenance recording. However, management of vanpool operations is currently being done using a Microsoft Access database developed in house. A more robust and comprehensive system would greatly streamline the vanpool management and improve the accuracy, reporting and efficiency of the vanpool management activity. Several options are envisioned to meet this need. 1. Purchase an off the shelf system and tailor to Commuteride's needs 2. Contract to have a system built from scratch 3. Contract to build upon and expand the capabilities of the existing Access system
DMS ExpansionPlanned1 = short-termDeploy additional DMS in the region on highways
Downtown Boise Multimodal CenterPlanned1 - short-termMultimodal center being developed to serve transit, traffic, pedestrians by coordination trips and providing travelers with information
Downtown Boise Parking ManagementPlanned1 = short-termManage parking facilities through parking information and control.
Emergency Services Upgrade 1Planned2 = mid-termThe deployment of ITS systems to improve the efficiency, safety and quality of emergency planning and response
Emergency Services Upgrade 2Planned3 = long-termA continuation of the integration and deployment of ITS to improve the coordination, efficiency, safety and quality of emergency response.
Emissions MonitoringPlanned2 = mid-term 
IROCPlanned The regional operations center will serve to manage traffic and exchange information among several agencies in the region, including the cities, counties and state.
ISP Emergency ResponseExisting Existing dispatching and emergency response by ISP
ITD RWISExisting Existing ITS RWIS for the collection and processing of weather information
ITD TMCExisting Existing Traffic Management functions performed by ITD
Nampa Police DispatchExisting Existing police response and dispatch for Nampa
Ramp MeteringPlanned2 = medium-termDeployment of ramp meters
RWIS ExpansionPlanned1 = short-termDeploy additional RWIS for use at the state and regional level
Transit Operations Upgrade 1Planned2 = mid-termITS upgrade for Valley Regional Transit including several integrated components to improve transit operations and customer service
Transit Operations Upgrade 2Planned3 = long-termContinuation of the initial transit operations upgrade project with additional hardware and integration to improve transit efficiency.
Traveler Information UpgradePlanned1 = short-termAn upgrade to remote traveler information systems such as telephone and Internet access. The upgrade will be primarily an expension of information and locations covered by system.
Treasure Valley Transit - 2009Existing The existing ITS deployed for transit in 2009
VRT - Automated Stop AnnunciatorsPlanned Stops are announced on buses in accordance with ADA requirements. Announcements can be made manually by the operator or automated to varying degrees - via push button, GPS trigger, transponder, etc. This technology will deploy automatic stop annunciators on VRT buses to integrate with the AVL/GPS system. Stops will be automatically announced based on GPS information as compared with the next stop location without input from the operator. The market package for this technology was identified in the 2006 architecture as existing.
VRT- Automated Passenger CountersPlanned Several technologies exist to count passengers boarding and alighting from buses. Most use either infrared or optical scanning technologies. Automated passenger counters can provide a useful means of more accurately reporting ridership data to the NTD and provide better data for effective transit systems operational refinements. The market package for this technology was not identified in the 2006 architecture because it was not available in version 5.1 of the National ITS Architecture.
VRT On-board SurveillancePlanned While security issues on busses occur only rarely, video monitoring systems can provide a significant measure of safety for passengers and drivers as well as support to law enforcement and emergency responders. The systems being considered and planned consist of CCTV cameras and communications links to allow remote monitoring of busses and bus facilities. Once deployed, the cameras will provide real time video images to dispatchers who could then initiate a response to any security related issues. The market package for this technology was identified in the 2006 architecture as planned.
VRT Personalized Push-based Traveler InformationPlanned With this technology in place users can sign up for transit information and news. The information can be prioritized and the system can be configured so users can select a level of priority for which they would like to get messages. These systems can allow service area based messaging, route level based messaging or both depending on the robustness of system and data collection and the needs of users. The market package for this technology was identified in the 2006 architecture as existing.
VRT- Real-time Bus Stop DisplaysPlanned Transit travelers often need transit related information while at a bus stop or transit center. Information displays such as video monitors and reader boards can help to provide real-time information to users helping them to assess delays and estimated arrival times. This technology would be deployed at select locations where large numbers of users access transit and utilities are available. The market package for this technology was identified in the 2006 architecture as existing.
VRT Web-based Route/Trip PlanningPlanned Closely associated with trip planning technology, traveler information is provided to on-line customers from a combination of static data and real-time information. Users are able to more effectively consider transit options for future trips or to assess immediate transportation options and scheduling. The real-time information relies on automatic vehicle location and can provide users with up-to-the-minute delays and schedule adjustments. The market package for this technology was identified in the 2006 architecture as existing.
VRT Web-based Traveler InformationPlanned This technology allows transit users to effectively plan transit trips via Internet-based applications that couple users needs with available services. When users input trip related needs, the system works with stored data to select the appropriate route and timing. The output is then presented to the user for on-screen viewing or printing and can include route designations, stop locations, required fares, transfer information, walking times or distances, and overall transit time estimates. The market packages for this technology were identified in the 2006 architecture as existing.