Transportation systems have not traditionally utilized computer managed systems. That has changed in the recent over the past 10 years through “Intelligent Transportation Systems” or ITS. ITS is the application of modern computer technology to manage congestion by improving transportation, signal and other traffic systems, including goods movement for the GCOOG area. ITS improves traffic flow, air quality as well as safety.

An integrated ITS plan for the GCCOG area will increase mobility and safety and freight on complete end-to-end trips as efficiently as possible using technology. This technology will improve connectivity among different transportation modes, eliminate bottlenecks and unnecessary delays, improve travel time and expand the options available for interregional and intra-regional travel.

To address transportation technology, the GCCOG has developed the following ITS Mission Statement:

To improve safety and mobility of people and goods on freeways and arterial highways; to enhance economic competitiveness; and to improve the quality of the environment of residents for today and in the future by using technology to address traffic congestion, roadway deficiencies, pavement degradation and traveler information by serving commuters, tourists and commercial vehicles.

Advancing Technology

Some specific ITS Applications and a summary of their uses follow:

Click here for ITS materialsTraveler Information – This ITS Application would provide “real-time” (or current) roadway information for freeways and arterial highways to drivers through such devices as computers, PDA’s, cellular phones and transponders so that drivers will have current information on the roadways ahead of the them (congested or not, e.g.) so that they can make route decisions.

Air Quality Monitoring – Air quality is currently monitored via air quality monitoring stations in the GCCOG area.  This information is not currently readily available to residents and improved (and additional) air quality monitoring stations are being examined for the GCCOG area.

Click to see Plan for Goods Movement

Alternative Cargo Movement Technologies – Currently cargo moves into and from the two ports by either rail or trucks.  Alternative technologies are potentially available to move cargo via other methods.  These other methods would use methods to “shuttle” cargo on platforms (similar to conveyor belts) from the ports to other destinations.  These other methods include (but not limited to) magnetic-levitation, shuttles on rubber wheeled tires or induction motors (electricity) to move these platforms.  All of these alternative cargo movement technologies would be non-polluting automated.  These alternative technologies are currently being evaluated by the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the Ports and the MTA.

Automated Truck Safety Inspections – Safety inspections are currently only performed on diesel trucks manually. This is time consuming manpower intensive and not very productive.  Automated truck safety inspections are planned to be developed that could perform these inspections without having to stop the trucks.  This would include downloading truck operations from transponders located in the truck, automatic brake inspections, automatic size and width dimensions determination for trailers, automatic tire inspections, etc.


Automated Truck Security Inspections – Automatic truck security inspections would include radiation detection equipment, gamma ray (x-ray) truck equipment, automatic license plate identification and other methods to provide automated security inspections for trucks.

Automated Truck Weigh Inspections – Automatic truck weight inspections would include Weigh-in-Motion devices that would weigh trucks in motion at freeway or ramp speeds to determine if any trucks are overweight and then direct any overweight trucks to enforcement facilities for more precise weighing and enforcement.

Truck Traffic Management – Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies would be used to provide both dispatchers and truck drivers “real-time” traveler information so that they can better manage their trips for both efficiency and safety.

ITS News Briefs:  Vol.1   Vol.2

Project Overview

Gateway Cities ITS Plan Overview Flier
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Overview Flier
Date: December 16, 2012
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Gateway Cities ITS Plan Poster 22x28
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Poster 22x28
Date: February 22, 2013
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Gateway Cities ITS Plan Brochure 11x17
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Brochure 11x17
Date: February 22, 2013
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ITS News Summer 2013
ITS News Summer 2013
Date: October 4, 2013
1.4 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Integration Plan Exec Summary (Draft - May 2)
451.1 KiB

Background Research and User Needs

Gateway Cities ITS Plan User Needs Infographic
297.4 KiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan User Needs Final
934.3 KiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Survey Results Infographic
543.5 KiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Vendor Part II
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Vendor Part II
Date: December 16, 2012
68.1 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Vendor Part I
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Vendor Part I
Date: December 16, 2012
56.2 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Vendor Showcase Summary
3.4 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Background Research Report Exec Summary
2.6 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Survey Results Report
479.3 KiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Background Research Report
11.8 MiB

Technical Project Reports

Gateway Cities ITS Implementation Plan
Gateway Cities ITS Implementation Plan
Date: December 15, 2012
1.9 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Truck Enforcement Network Plan
20.3 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Conceptual Project Descriptions
3.2 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Autonomous Vehicle Reseach Summary
1.7 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Plan Concept Of Operations
2.0 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS  Integration Plan Tech Memo 3
1.5 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS  Integration Plan Tech Memo 1 Revised
1.9 MiB
Gateway Cities ITS Integration Plan Tech Memo 2 (Draft May 7)
2.0 MiB