Operational Concept

An Operational Concept documents each stakeholder’s current and future roles and responsibilities in the operation of the regional ITS systems. The operational concept documents these roles and responsibilities across a range of transportation services.

Archived Data ManagementThe archived data management service area includes the tasks associated with archiving, sharing, and analyzing historic ITS data.
Emergency ManagementThe emergency management service area includes the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery actions associated with major emergencies larger in scale than incidents, which are defined in the Incident Management Operational Concept section. Emergencies include any manmade (e.g. riot, terrorist attack) or natural event (e.g. forest fire, earthquake, volcano) that threatens or causes the loss of life, injury to person or property, or financial loss at a local, regionwide, or statewide level. The operational concept for emergency management includes the additional ITS components used for emergency management beyond those already described in the Incident Management Operational Concept. See the ODOT Emergency Operations Plan and the State of Oregon Emergency Management Plan for detailed documentation of emergency management in Oregon.
Incident ManagementPer the ODOT Emergency Operations Plan, "Incidents may include disabled vehicles, obstacles or debris on the roadway, spilled cargo or material, motor vehicle accidents, or any other situation which affects normal traffic flow or poses a hazard to the public." The incident management service area includes all of the roadway subsystems, communications, and agency coordination required to quickly and accurately identify incidents and implement a response that safely minimizes incident-related impacts such as delay to people and freight and negative environmental effects. ODOT has taken a proactive approach to incident management by using their TOCs to monitor, detect, and verify incidents on state roadways, using highway service patrols to detect and respond to incidents, and by partnering with emergency management agencies to provide a coordinated response. Local traffic management agencies provide incident management on a smaller scale using their emergency management departments and maintenance crews. The incident management operational concept covers the roadway incidents that occur on a day-to-day basis while the emergency management operational concept described in the next section focuses on major emergencies.
Maintenance and Construction OperationsPublic agencies and private utility companies throughout Oregon conduct maintenance and construction activities on a day-to-day basis to monitor, operate, maintain, or manage the physical condition of the roadway or other assets. The maintenance and construction operations service area focuses on these activities.
Public TransportationThe public transportation operational concept describes the statewide concept for advanced public transportation systems in Oregon. It describes advanced public transportation systems that can be applied to improve the customer experience including systems that deliver real-time transit traveler information, and improve the speed and reliability of transit vehicles.
Regional Traffic ControlUnlike any other state in the nation, public agencies in Oregon have a long tradition of utilizing common traffic signal control systems and devices across the state. Interagency coordination and information exchanges are critical to supporting regional traffic control management and responses. Common standards-based traffic control and surveillance systems across Oregon will support an integrated response to maintain local, regional and statewide travel times.
Road Weather OperationsAlthough a subset of maintenance and construction operations, road weather operations is an important service area of public agencies in Oregon due to the transportation network impacts caused by inclement winter weather, rain, and high winds. These agencies monitor road weather conditions, track available equipment and personnel, and coordinate a response during inclement weather events.
Transportation Operation Centers (TOCs)ODOT's regional transportation operations centers (TOCs) and other TOCs (local traffic management agencies and external state departments of transportation) are the hub for the operations, management, and maintenance activities related to the Oregon transportation network.
Traveler InformationPublic agencies and the private sector coordinate to collect and disseminate static and real-time traveler information to Oregon travelers primarily using the TripCheck system, which is also supplemented by field devices and systems linked to TripCheck. *Traveler information includes, but is not limited to, information about road/traffic conditions, weather, transit, heavy rail, parking, incidents, major emergencies, maintenance and construction activities, special events, and traveler services.