The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Seattle were estimated at $132.1 million.

Estimate of 100% ITS Delployment Costs in Seattle

Made Public Date
09/26/2008

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Seattle
Washington
United States
Identifier
2008-00165
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Summary Information

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conducted a study to explore the potential benefits and costs of fully deploying ITS operational strategies in large, medium, and small metropolitan areas. ITS deployment and operations were modeled for Seattle, Cincinnati, and Tucson, respectively. The strategies developed for Seattle and Cincinnati were based on 2003 traffic conditions while those for Tucson were based on traffic conditions forecast for 2025. The analysis considered a 25 year period, and the annual costs to implement, operate, and maintain each system were adjusted to 2003 dollars. This summary report presents the costs of the Seattle ITS full deployment scenario.

ITS Strategies

Extracted from Table 1 in the source report, the details of the ITS strategies for the Seattle full-deployment scenario are presented below.
 

Strategy
Deployment
Coverage
Arterial Traffic Management Systems Central Control Signal Coordination 2,760 intersections 100% of urban intersections
Emergency Vehicle Signal Preemption 2,760 intersections 100% of urban intersections
1,030 emergency vehicles 100% of emergency vehicles
Transit Vehicle Signal Priority 830 intersections 30% of urban intersections
2,260 transit vehicles 100% of fixed-route transit vehicles
Highway Advisory Radio 6 transceivers 4% of arterial miles covered
Dynamic Message Signs 30 locations Located on the approach to all
major automobile ferry terminals
Freeway Management Systems Central Control Ramping Metering 165 on-ramps 65% of on-ramps
Highway Advisory Radio 13 transceiver 70% of freeway miles
Dynamic Message Signs 85 locations 100% of freeway miles
Transit Management Systems Fixed Route Automated Scheduling and Automatic Vehicle Location 2,260 transit vehicles 100% fixed-route transit vehicles
Fixed Route Security Systems 2,260 transit vehicles 100%fixed–route transit vehicles
40 transit stations 100% of major transit transfer stations and park-and-ride locations
Incident Management System Incident Detection, Verification, Response, and Management 32 freeway service patrol vehicles 100% of freeway and expressway miles
Emergency Management Systems Emergency Vehicle Control Service 1,030 emergency vehicles 100% of emergency vehicles
Emergency Vehicle AVL 1,030 emergency vehicles 100% of emergency vehicles
Telemedicine 100 ambulances 100% ambulances
Electronic Payment Systems Electronic Transit Fare Payment 2,260 transit vehicles 100% of fixed-route transit vehicles
Traveler Information Telephone– and Web–Based Traveler Information System Region-wide 40% market penetration
Kiosk–Based Traveler Information 20 kiosks 100% of major transit transfer stations
Crash Prevention and Safety Railroad Crossing Monitoring Systems 12 rail crossings 5% of major arterial at–grade rail crossings
Commercial Vehicle Operations Weigh–in–Motion and Safety Information Exchange 2 check stations 100% of check stations
Combination Screening and Clearance–Credentials and Safety 2 check stations 100% of check stations
60,000 equipped commercial vehicles 40% market penetration
Supporting Deployments Traffic Management Center One 100% of region
Transit Management Center One 100% of region
Emergency Management One 100% of region
Information Service Provider Center One 100% of region
Traffic Surveillance—Closed Circuit Television 1,520 locations 100% of freeway, expressway, and urban arterial miles
Traffic Surveillance—Loop Detectors 3,270 locations 100% of freeway and expressway miles
100% controlled signals


Systems Costs

The table below, extracted from the source report (Table 4), shows the annual average life–cycle costs required to implement, operate, and maintain the ITS strategies identified above. The estimated annual cost was $132.1 million for the full ITS deployment and operations in the Seattle metropolitan area.

 

 

ITS Deployment Strategies
Annualized
Life-cycle cost
(Millions in 2003 Dollars)
Percentage of
total costs
Arterial management systems
$12.1
9.1%
Freeway management systems
$7.0
5.3%
Transit management systems
$8.9
6.8%
Incident management systems
$7.7
5.9%
Emergency management systems
$1.8
1.4%
Electronic payment systems
$5.9
4.4%
Traveler information
$2.4
1.8%
Crash prevention and safety
$0.5
0.4%
Commercial vehicle operations
$23.0
17.4%
Supporting deployments
$62.9
47.6%
Total costs
$132.1
100.0%
Private sector costs
$22.4
17.0%
Public sector costs
$109.7
83.0%


The public sector was expected to fund 83 percent of the ITS strategies and the private sector 17 percent. The private sector funds were to be used to equip the commercial trucks to enable automated screening and clearance of the trucks at check stations.

One of the strategies identified was emergency management systems. Deployment data included the number of emergency vehicles and ambulances equipped with control service, automated vehicle location, and telemedicine. At full deployment, 1030 emergency vehicles and 100 ambulances were estimated to be equipped with ITS devices. The annualized life-cycle costs of emergency management systems for Seattle were estimated at $1.8 million.

 

 

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