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Title:North/West Passage: Lessons Learned Comparing Reporting Systems in WI & ND
End Date:August 2005
Keywords:case studies, intelligent transportation systems, lessons learned


States are increasingly looking at deploying condition reporting systems to support their transportation system operations and provide timely and accurate information to travelers. Although several condition reporting systems have been developed, these systems have not been fully embraced by the majority of state transportation departments. A number of issues, sometimes unique to each state, contribute to the lack of widespread deployment of condition reporting systems, including data collection and coding requirements; staff and funding resources; and integration with other systems. At the same time, there is an increased focus on real-time system information, including new federal regulations which promote data standards and interoperability.

This project aimed at documenting some of the lessons learned from limited deployment of condition reporting systems in North Dakota and Wisconsin. The project was later modified because of funding issues that delayed North Dakota's deployment and CARS updates that affected Wisconsin's pilot. The final report for the project included the following:

  1. A description of new federal requirements for (real-time) statewide information systems
  2. General descriptions of CARS, IRIS, and Arizona's HCRS
  3. Lesson-learned from Wisconsin's CARS limited deployment
  4. Review of South Dakota Department of Transportation's (SDDOT) limited Meridian condition reporting system deployment and study on improved road condition reporting
  5. A listing of state traveler information sources and contact information

Final Report

Completed Report: Download Report (PDF, 1266K)

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