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Boston Regional Update

Uploaded By: Terry Conner Reference Number: AA-00423 Views: 1178 Created: 2016-12-28 18:08 Last Updated: 2016-12-28 18:08 0 Rating/ Voters

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), conducted a 1.5-day workshop for 33 traffic incident management (TIM) practitioners in the Boston, MA, metropolitan area, as a part of the FHWA TIM Workshop effort. The workshops bring together multi-disciplinary practitioners in the top 40 metropolitan areas to: (1) discuss the state of their TIM programs; (2) identify ways to improve their TIM operations; (3) collect good practices and lessons learned from the participants; and (4) provide information on the latest national information on FHWA-endorsed good practices and processes. The workshop resulted in discussions of the TIM Program in the Boston area and an action plan that outlines the steps the jurisdiction will take to improve its TIM program.

Current TIM Program Status:

TIM task force meetings are currently being held twice per year. The group noted that it can be difficult to focus on a topic when things are going well, however they also recognized that a more formal TIM program would allow for proactive planning. MassDOT’s Event Reporting System (ERS) is scheduled to be rolled out by the end of 2010. This system is expected to serve as a good foundation/tool for recording incident-related data. The group agreed that authority and driver removal laws would be beneficial, but have encountered difficulties in developing legislation.

Public information and awareness for Massachusetts’ Move Over Law has diminished significantly since the law passed. However, the law has been included in the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual.

Agency/Organization (or Publication/Conference):FHWA and Regional Partners
National Unifying Goal (NUG) Strategies:None
Industry Topics:None
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