To meet the transportation needs of Montgomery County, an Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) is being implemented. The ATMS is operated from the Transportation Management Center (TMC) and is based on over 20 years of experience in designing, constructing, and operating a real-time computerized signal system composed of over 780 traffic signals. The ATMS features an open architecture and is composed of multiple subsystems that are integrated into a system that is managed and operated through common transportation workstations. The ATMS is designed by the users and implemented by various contractors. The ATMS is designed to provide control, monitoring, and traveler information in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, travel time, and accidents. Its emphasis is on safety and efficiency of mobility that include mode, route, and travel time choices.
In 1996, Montgomery County began integrated traffic and transit operations. As part of a joint project with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maryland Department of Transportation, the County began equipping its Ride On buses with the latest in GPS (Global Positioning System) based automatic vehicle locating technology. Vehicle tracking will be integrated with the traffic signal control system to provide priority treatment for buses. Montgomery County has funded a multi-million dollar capital improvement project to implement and test advanced transportation technologies in the County.
The ATMS includes the following existing and planned Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects and related capabilities and functions: