MORPC has always been a strong proponent of sharing resources and information in order to achieve the most efficient and effective transportation system. The Central Ohio region currently has several good transportation information systems, including the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Buckeye Traffic, City of Columbus’ Paving the Way, and Central Ohio Transit Authority’s trip planning website, among others. In addition, MORPC’s RideSolutions program offers car- and vanpool matching options. There are also other data collection systems where the information is not widely disseminated to the public.

Although all of these stakeholders work together, the systems are not always linked with each other. It is therefore difficult for the public to obtain all information related to any particular trip at one site. None of the websites offer the option to compare transportation modes for a requested trip based on travel time, length, and cost.

In order to allow these functionalities, MORPC, together with Cambridge Systematics, has studied the feasibility of a system that displays all travel related information so that travelers can make informed decisions about the best transportation mode, route, time, and cost for each trip. Modal options should not be restricted to just highways and transit but should also consider bicycling, air travel, and other modes. The system should also serve as a clearinghouse for information about construction, congestion, incidents, emergencies, and evacuations. The system should be a consistent and credible voice to the media, general public, and system operators.

Regional Multimodal Traveler Information – Feasibility & Strategic Plan
ITS Stakeholders Survey Results
Traveler Information Perceptions and Preferences Study
Advanced Traveler Information System Study 

Based on the results of the feasibility study, the project team developed a strategic plan and rough cost estimate to implement such a regional traveler information system in the region. MORPC developed a fact sheet summarizing the benefits of an advanced traveler information system for Central Ohio.

For more information, please contact Kerstin Carr at 614.233.4163.