Central Coast Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)

ITS technologies are generally considered to be the incorporation of advanced technology into all parts of the transportation system to improve the movement of people, goods, services and information. They can include more immediately recognizable features such as emergency call boxes, changeable message signs, signal synchronization and preemption, and Highway Advisory Radio, to more advanced technologies such as Traffic Operations Centers, Automatic Vehicle Location devices, information kiosks, and electronic payment services for tolls.

Central Coast Intelligent Transportation Systems Project (CCITS)

As follow-up to the 2000 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Deployment Plan for the Central Coast Region, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) secured grant funding through Caltrans to prepare the Central Coast ITS Project. The project, managed by AMBAG, covers Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz Counties collectively representing California's Central Coast. Project partners include Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Central Coast Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, the public transit operators, and the California Highway Patrol.

The project continues ITS collaboration among the multiple partners working to better unify their ITS planning, programming and project development processes. At the culmination of this effort in 2006, regional ITS inventories, architectures, maintenance plans, promotional materials/website, and user agreement templates will be in place better laying the foundation and framework for continued ITS deployment success on California's Central Coast.

ITS Education/Promotion Project

AMBAG also has received AB 2766 grant funding from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District to educate local decision makers and public works staff regarding the benefits of ITS by conducting ITS outreach activities in the Monterey Bay Region.

Status of Projects

We welcome your interest in ITS. For current Central Coast ITS project status, contact Bhupendra Patel at (831) 264-5091 or check the CCITS website at http://www.iteris.com/ccits-admin/.