TR010 Traffic Management Systems


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/2/2022

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Allan Klugman

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/30/2026

Department Priority: 15 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-2743

Website: TBD


Project Location:

Address: Traffic Management Systems

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Various locations throughout the City.


Project Description:

The goal of this program is to increase mobility and safety for people who walk, bike, take transit, and drive throughout the City. This is accomplished by improving the infrastructure and devices in the field that City staff use to monitor and manage traffic operations at the City’s Traffic Management Center (TMC). The main focus of projects is to upgrade and expand the existing communication links from traffic signals back to the TMC which will achieve higher bandwidth and increase reliability.


Purpose and Justification:

Most of the existing communication links consist of interconnecting traffic signal cable that are over 30 years old, which have limited bandwidth. The TMC uses CCTV cameras to monitor traffic conditions, evaluate traffic signal operations, and validate maintenance requests for faster response time. Video detection systems can also be viewed and adjusted from the TMC. There is an increasing need to install more CCTV cameras and video detection systems making it essential that there are adequate communication links to support the video feed.



Traffic signals that communicate with the TMC are able to be remotely monitored and timing parameters can be adjusted as needed to improve operations and coordination with adjacent signals. Maintaining communication at all times with the traffic signals is important so that controller clocks maintain synchronization and staff can respond quickly to power outages and signal wrecks. Thus it is essential to build a reliable communication network to prevent single communication link failures from causing entire traffic signal groups to lose communication.



The City operates over 800 traffic signals and approximately 15 are not connected to the City’s TMC. Part of this program’s focus is to install communication links to traffic signals not currently connected to the City’s TMC. Depending on the bandwidth demands and site conditions, city staff will install either fiber optic cable or radio communication devices.



As connected vehicles and other smart technology emerge, it is anticipated that more devices will need to be implemented in the field. Larger signal cabinets will be needed to operate all the new technology and more data will need to be sent via the communication network.


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Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

No


Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

In addition to the City’s communication needs for the traffic signal systems, Hennepin County is implementing communication paths to its facilities in Minneapolis. The City and County have successfully partnered on a similar project in 2015/2016 that benefitted both agencies. Initial conversations with the County have indicated that they will participate in the costs for these proposed projects.


Currently there is no federal funding for these projects. City staff will explore applying for future federal funds through Met Council’s Regional Solicitation grant process.


Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

Hennepin County will be contributing money towards the design and construction of the proposed projects.


Planning


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects.

Transportation: Minneapolis will build, maintain and enhance access to multi-modal transportation options for residents and businesses through a balanced system of transportation modes that supports the City’s land use vision, reduces adverse transportation impacts, decreases the overall dependency on automobiles, and reflects the city’s pivotal role as the center of the regional transportation network. This project is consistent with planning and policy guidelines set forth in the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.


Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Location and Design Review for this project took place on May 4, 2009. The project was found consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.


Economic Development


Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? Maintains existing tax base


Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not applicable.


Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not Applicable

Transportation


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

Not Applicable


Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

Not Applicable


Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Not Applicable

Operating Impacts


Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Both

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 25 Years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? NA

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? Not Applicable

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $606,527


Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

The new communication links require about the same operating and maintenance costs as the existing network.


If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Not Applicable


For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

Not Applicable

Project Coordination


Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

A communication project was delayed to better align with the C-line BRT project along Penn Ave N to be completed in 2019.


If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Not Applicable


Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

There is flexibility to increase the amount of funding for each year, which would help cover unexpected costs. A reduction in funding could reduce or delay improvements to several areas of the City.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.


Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety


Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

Increase accessibility of public infrastructure and public amenities.


Use design principles that ensure a safe and welcoming environment when designing all projects that impact the public realm.

Prioritize safety investments in line with the Complete Streets Policy.


Improve safety for pedestrians, and prioritize pedestrians over other road users, especially at street intersections; focus on signals, crosswalks, lighting, signage, visibility and lowering vehicular speeds through street design and other measures.


Public Health

The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.



Environmental Justice:


The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Reduce the energy, carbon, and health impacts of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles.


Plan, design, build, maintain, and operate the city’s transportation system in a way that prioritizes pedestrians first, followed by bicycling and transit use, and lastly motor vehicle use. (Complete Streets Policy. Adopted May 2016.)


Improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.


Improve and expand bicycle facilities in order to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation.


Improve access to goods and services via walking, biking and transit.


Support development and public realm improvements near existing and planned METRO stations that result in walkable districts for living, working, shopping, and recreating.


Proactively improve the public realm to support a pedestrian friendly, high-quality and distinctive built environment.


Improve the tree canopy and urban forest.


Improve air quality by reducing emissions of pollutants that harm human health and the environment.


Minneapolis has also declared a climate emergency that demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address the consequences and causes of climate change. Through the Transportation Action Plan, Public Works has stated its intention to drastically reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and this program/project aims to develop networks that will bring a climate-forward transportation system for the people of Minneapolis.



Built Environment & Transportation:


The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

The City of Minneapolis will promote design for the built environment that is dynamic and durable, reflects the diversity of Minneapolis residents, and contributes to a sense of place and community identity. The City will also proactively improve the public realm, including streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces between buildings, to ensure that public spaces and private development are thoughtfully connected.


Achieving this goal also requires changes to the transportation system that make it easier to walk, bike or use transit to access daily needs. The City will proactively improve the pedestrian environment and continue to build and maintain a network of bikeways, while working with Metro Transit to increase the frequency, speed and reliability of the public transit system.


Additional Information

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