Connected Corridors is a collaborative program to research, develop, and test an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) approach to managing transportation corridors in California. ICM looks comprehensively at an entire transportation network—including freeways, arterial streets, transit, parking, travel demand, agency collaboration, and more—and considers all opportunities to move people and goods in the most efficient and safest way possible. Rather than focusing on improving only specific elements such as freeways or transit, ICM views the corridor as a total system to be managed as an integrated and cohesive whole; it seeks to address the corridor’s overall transportation needs rather than the needs of particular elements or agencies alone.
Connected Corridors represents a significant departure from traditional transportation management practice, and in pursuing an ICM approach the program aims to fundamentally change the way the State of California manages its transportation corridors for years to come. Led by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in partnership with Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) at the University of California, Berkeley, the Connected Corridors program seeks to:
- Reduce congestion and improve mobility, travel-time reliability, safety, and system efficiency in California’s most congested corridors
- Make better use of existing capacities across all transportation modes (car, bus, train, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.) to increase the throughput of vehicles, people, and goods with minimal or no new infrastructure
- Bring together corridor stakeholders to create an environment for mutual cooperation, including sharing knowledge, developing working pilots, and researching and resolving key issues
- Improve the availability and quality of data on travel conditions in the corridor to better understand corridor behavior and improve performance
- Provide corridor users with timely, accurate information so they can make informed choices about when, how, and by what route to travel
- Equip traffic managers and first responders with the information and tools to make real-time decisions and quickly improve traffic flow along the corridor
- Foster positive, collaborative, ongoing corridor management practices
- Evaluate program effectiveness to help future ICM implementations in the state and across the country
Starting with a pilot deployment on Interstate 210 in the San Gabriel Valley near Los Angeles, the Connected Corridors program will expand to multiple corridors throughout California over the next ten years.