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Unformatted text preview: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CRITIQUE : THE REGIONAL ITS ARCHITECTURE FOR BOSTON METROPOLITAN REGION PREPARED FOR: PROFESSOR JOSEPH SUSSMAN (1.212) INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SPRING 2005 MAY 11, 2005 PREPARED BY: STEVE ALPERT ANGELA HO LEV PINELIS TYLER SMITH INTRODUCTION “Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the major center of economic and cultural life for all of New England. It is the hub of a metropolitan region which extends into neighboring states, and the center of the regional transportation system, with highway and rail corridors radiating deep into New England.” 1 In light of this prestigious place in the region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts developed a Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture for the Boston Metropolitan area, in a report dated January, 2005, with a stated goal to “establish a framework for an integrated transportation system in the region.” 2 In addition to this overall goal, there are three more specific major objectives to the development of a regional architecture: Improved Interagency Coordination, Cost Savings, and Improved Services to the Public. These objectives are the key elements of the vision of regional ITS architecture deployment. In an effort to ensure a seamless plan for Boston’s ITS deployment, the first step of the architecture development was a detailed needs analysis of the region. This approach “ensured that the systems and technologies recommended for implementation were consistent with the needs and goals of the region.” 3 During this needs analysis phase, the project developers identified 7 key regional needs that the stakeholders felt identified the key areas where ITS technology and concepts could be leveraged to assist the region in meeting its aforementioned goals and objectives. These Regional needs were: 1. Safety and Security 2. Congestion Management 3. Transit Demand 4. Para transit Efficiency 5. Information Sharing 6. Communications Infrastructure 7. Operations and Maintenance. We will start off by examining the Boston ITS architecture within the pretext of these regional needs analysis and present some general comments about issues with the Boston ITS Architecture. After that, we will analyze the Boston proposed architecture in terms of meeting user-needs using Thomas Horan’s proposed framework and how ITS allows the provision of building flexibility into the transportation system. In the appendix, we look at the rules that FHWA sets up for Architecture and Standards and analyze if Boston and Massachusetts regions’ architectures are consistent with the national architecture. We also include a remedy to Governor Romney’s State Transportation Plan....
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- Fall '04
- Architecture, Massachusetts, Greater Boston