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Traffic Incident Management

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Management of traffic crashes and roadway incidents is essential to the reliability of and mobility on the region’s transportation system. The Traffic Incident Management Training Program was developed to improve transportation system reliability, while making roads safer for first responders and the driving public. The program helps increase awareness of safety issues, improve multi-agency coordination, reduce response and clearance times for traffic incidents, and build partnerships.


What does that mean to the driving public? Agencies better prepared for the challenges posed by traffic incidents are able to open affected roads more quickly. Resolving traffic incidents more efficiently results in fewer secondary crashes in the traffic backup and allows drivers to get to and from work more easily, improving productivity and quality of life. Since the TIM Training Program’s inception in 2003, about 3,400 emergency responders and executives have completed the training. In 2015, 298 executives and first responders participated.

The Mobility Assistance Patrol Program, or Courtesy Patrol, is operated by the Dallas and Tarrant County Sheriff’s Offices along 464 miles of congested freeways in Dallas County, Tarrant County, and portions of Collin and Denton counties. The program assists stranded motorists by helping to clear highways of disabled vehicles at no charge. This includes flat-tire repairs, jump starts and help with minor mechanical problems. In 2015, the program assisted 92,961 motorists, slightly more than 2014. NTTA helped 24,535 motorists on its network of roads in 2015, while North Tarrant Express and LBJ Express assisted 3,479 and 3,928, respectively.

Tow truck image with written fact that 298 executives and first responsers participated in TIM training in 2015.


Traffic Demand Management

The Regional Vanpool Program plays an integral role in reducing congestion, improving air quality and making participants’ work commutes less stressful. Operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and Denton County Transportation Authority, the program’s 349 vans included 3,158 average monthly participants at the end of 2015. This user-friendly alternative to driving alone reduced monthly travel by an average of 4.66 million vehicle miles. In 2014, the program led to a reduction of 4.55 million vehicle miles per month. The table on the next page provides 2015 vanpool data from each transit agency involved with the program.    

A flurry of construction activity and service enhancements are improving commutes.

An image showing that TryParkingIt participants have saved around 7 million vehicle miles traveled.

Regional Vanpool Performance

Growth has resulted in additional commuters, meaning the transportation system must evolve to provide reliability regardless of the chosen mode of travel. 

And the expansion shows no signs of slowing. By 2040, the population of the DFW area is projected to be 10.6 million. The North Central Texas Council of Governments plans to spend $94.5 billion in the 12-county transportation planning area through 2035 to accommodate growth and meet the needs of its existing residents. 

This includes $40.1 billion in roadway enhancements, 29.2 billion in infrastructure maintenance; $16.5 billion in public transportation, $4.86 billion in management and operations and $3.9 billion in growth and land use. This year, planners are working on a new long-range transportation blueprint, Mobility 2040. New demographic data projecting population and density will help planners make more efficient use of the public’s money.

The NCTCOG and its transportation partners are taking steps to provide choices to the expanding region. This includes roadway, transit and bicycle-pedestrian enhancements intended to make travel easier and allow people to spend more time with their families.




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