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Regional Communications Network

MTC is helping to develop a robust and reliable regional communications network that will promote the sharing of data to spur implementation of technology-based congestion management strategies focused on enhancing the livability and economic vitality of communities throughout the Bay Area.

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With input from other agencies, MTC is leading the effort to prepare the Bay Area Regional Communications Infrastructure Strategic Investment Plan.

This Plan includes proposed projects to complete the regional communications backbone around the Bay, and to connect multiple Points-of-Presence, express lanes, and transportation centers to the regional communications network.  Proposed projects are prioritized based on these factors: availability of existing/planned infrastructure, ease of construction, cost, congestion level, availability of potential funding sources, and the level of partner agencies' coordination.  The Plan also outlines best practices for sharing communications infrastructure.

The Bay Area Regional Communications Infrastructure Strategic Investment the Plan will enable MTC, Caltrans and other stakeholders develop a regional communications network to support initiatives like managed lanes, Integrated Corridor Management and Smart Cities, as well as other advanced technologies yet to come.

For more information, contact Kaki Cheung, Senior Project Manager, Field Operations and Asset Management, at kcheung@bayareametro.gov.

To provide the technical and policy framework to develop a fast, reliable, redundant, and cost-effective regional communications network that will enable the sharing of data, infrastructure, and maintenance costs among project partners; support coordinated and interoperable transportation systems across multiple jurisdictions; and facilitate technology-based strategies focused on enhancing safety, mobility, livability and economic vitality of communities throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

This Bay Area Regional Communications Infrastructure Strategic Investment Plan highlights benefits of a regional communications network at a regional and local level. A shared communications network would result in long-term cost savings by leveraging investments made in existing infrastructure, and eliminating monthly recurring leased line costs. Other benefits include but are not limited to: decreased reliance on a single communications system owned by one agency, increased coverage and capacity, and enhanced redundancy.
 
Potential use cases of the regional communications network include but are not limited to: synchronized traffic signals across jurisdictions to enable better traffic flow, shared video feeds to monitor real time traffic conditions and make congestion mitigation decisions, and having regional control of traffic systems to respond and adjust signal timing in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.