Title

THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA'S APPROACH TO SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

operations - traffic, infrastructure - vehicle, organisation - management, technology - intelligent transport systems, mode - mass transit

Keywords

TSM, Transportation systems management, Transportation system management, Transportation policy, Transportation operations, Transportation corridors, Transit, Traffic corridors, Streets, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco (California), RTI, Road transport informatics, Regional transportation, Public transit, Public policy, Optimization, Optimisation, Mass transit, Management, Maintenance management, Local transit, IVHS, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Intrastate transportation, Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Infrastructure, Highways, Government funding, Corridors (Transportation), City streets, ATT, Advanced transport telematics

Abstract

Today, transportation system management generally implies efforts to make the best use of an existing system over the long run. It encompasses maintenance of existing infrastructure, efficiency improvements such as those achieved through deployment of intelligent transportation systems technologies and operating agreements, and strategic capacity expansion on the margins. In an effort to advance the idea of system management, transportation partners in the San Francisco, California, Bay Area have developed a management strategy: an umbrella structure covering the region's multilevel system-management activities. This feature gives an overview of the management strategy and explores several themes evident in its development and implementation: federal and state policy as enablers, importance of the corridor framework, need for new institutional structures to meet management needs, importance of dedicated funding, and appropriate spheres for resolving the conflicts inherent in system management. A table outlines the chronology of the management strategy development.