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Added safety and convenience just down the road for San Antonio motorists
SwRI to develop six systems for the $13.5 million Model Deployment Initiative
San Antonio -- April 4, 1997 -- The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has named Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) systems integrator for the Model Deployment Initiative (MDI). The one-year, multimillion dollar project is part of the Federal Highway Administration's Model Deployment Program, which includes only three other metropolitan areas. The TxDOT project will result in new ways to improve traffic flow and increase traveler safety through the TransGuide Advanced Traffic Management System in San Antonio.
TransGuide operations, which began in July 1995 on 26 miles of San Antonio freeways, have so far resulted in a 15 percent reduction in accidents, according to a Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) study. Incident response time has decreased as well, and the corresponding savings from these reductions is estimated by TTI at $5 million a year. Operations will eventually cover a total of 191 miles of roadway in the San Antonio area.
According to Dr. Steve Dellenback, SwRI staff scientist and TransGuide MDI program manager, the Institute will develop the following systems to further improve area traffic flow and safety conditions:
The total MDI contract is for just over $13.5 million, with SwRI receiving approximately $8.5 million. The city of San Antonio and Via Metropolitan Transit are partners in the project with TxDOT.
San Antonio joins the Seattle, Phoenix, and New York/New Jersey/Connecticut areas in showcasing advanced Intelligent Transportation System features under the nation's Model Deployment Program. Such efforts began with the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, which promotes reduced energy consumption and air pollution as well as improved public transportation and commerce through economically efficient, environmentally sound innovations.
Find out more about TransGuide on the Internet at http://www.transguide.dot.state.tx.us/
For more information about SwRI's involvement in the TransGuide program, contact Deborah Deffenbaugh, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-2046, Fax (210) 522-3547.