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Los Angeles Regional Update

Uploaded By: Terry Conner Reference Number: AA-00419 Views: 952 Created: 2016-12-28 17:47 Last Updated: 2016-12-28 17:48 0 Rating/ Voters

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in conjunction with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), conducted a one and a half day advanced workshop for traffic incident management (TIM) practitioners in the Los Angeles, CA metropolitan area, in 2012 as a part of the FHWA TIM Workshop effort. The workshops brought together multi-disciplinary mid-level managers in the top 40 metropolitan areas. The Los Angeles workshop resulted in an action plan to further enhance the metro area’s TIM program. In 2013, FHWA conducted a post-workshop follow up call to check on the TIM Program’s progress. The following summarizes the status and future direction of the Los Angeles metro area’s TIM Program, as discussed at this post-workshop call, as well as a summary of the area’s best practices.

Status of Los Angeles Metro Area TIM Program:

There is significant interest in the Los Angeles area to create a Regional TIM Task Force to help improve the region’s incident response efforts. Due to recent changes in Caltrans’ leadership, this needed to be put on hold temporarily. While independently the responders do a very good job, there are opportunities to join together to do an even better job. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will work with Caltrans, CHP, and other partner agencies to define roles, responsibilities, and funding opportunities. When large planned events are going to occur, the various partners meet during the planning stages and after the events are over. Caltrans, CHP, and Metro maintain an effective mid-level Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program, and Caltrans supports Traffic Management Teams (TMTs), which are focused on reducing the potential for secondary incidents by managing traffic at large incident scenes. The Los Angeles region has benefited from Caltrans’ statewide Move Over Law public outreach campaign. Future Direction Once the LA Regional TIM Task Force is formed, various resources will be developed, such as an MOU and TIM partner resource manual. The SHRP2 TIM Responder Training will be held in LA, and additional efforts will be made to continue educating the public about the importance of the Move Over law. The region will better engage members of the media, as well as focus on collecting secondary incident data and conducting After Action Reviews. The region will also benefit from the CA Tow Truck Association’s newly released Training Manual, which includes on-scene recovery protocol.

Agency/Organization (or Publication/Conference):FHWA and Regional LA Partners
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