PS14-Disaster Traveler Information

Status: Planned


This service package uses ITS to provide disaster–related traveler information to the general public, including evacuation and reentry information and other information concerning the operation of the transportation system during a disaster. This service package collects information from multiple sources including traffic, transit, public safety, emergency management, shelter provider, and travel service provider organizations. The collected information is processed and the public is provided with real–time disaster and evacuation information using ITS traveler information systems.

A disaster will stress the surface transportation system since it may damage transportation facilities at the same time that it places unique demands on these facilities to support public evacuation and provide access for emergency responders. Similarly, a disaster may interrupt or degrade the operation of many traveler information systems at the same time that safety–critical information must be provided to the traveling public. This service package keeps the public informed in these scenarios, using all available means to provide information about the disaster area including damage to the transportation system, detours and closures in effect, special traffic restrictions and allowances, special transit schedules, and real–time information on traffic conditions and transit system performance in and around the disaster.

This service package also provides emergency information to assist the public with evacuations when necessary. Information on mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones, evacuation times, and instructions are provided. Available evacuation routes and destinations and current and anticipated travel conditions along those routes are provided so evacuees are prepared and know their destination and preferred evacuation route. Information on available transit services and traveler services (shelters, medical services, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, etc.) is also provided. In addition to general evacuation information, this service package provides specific evacuation trip planning information that is tailored for the evacuee based on origin, selected destination, and evacuee–specified evacuation requirements and route parameters.

This service package augments the Traveler Information (TI) service packages that provide traveler information on a day–to–day basis for the surface transportation system. This service package provides focus on the special requirements for traveler information dissemination in disaster situations.

Includes Elements

TANK Transit System Dispatch
KYTC District 6 Traffic Operations Center
ODOT District 8 Signal Operations
Cincinnati Traffic Control Center
Hamilton County Signal Operations
SORTA Transit Dispatch Center
ODOT / KYTC Traveler Information System
Regional Operations Center
Cincinnati Public Information Office
ODOT OHGO Traveler Information System
Ohio State Highway Patrol Posts
KSP Troop Posts
Private Vehicles
Regional 911 Call Centers
City and County Traffic Control Center
City and County Public Information Systems
National Weather Service
Regional Medical Centers
Traveler Information Devices
SORTA Regional Transit Hubs
INDOT Traffic Operations Center
Regional Public Safety Dispatch Centers
Ohio Statewide EOC/JDF
Local Transit Systems
CTC Transit Dispatch
Private Traveler Information Systems
TANK Regional Transit Hubs
BCRTA Transit System Dispatch
INDOT CARS 511 System
Media Outlets
INDOT Traveler Information System
Private Weather Service Systems
SORTA Transit Information Systems
BCRTA Transit Information Systems
TANK Transit Information Systems
Local Transit Agency Transit Information Systems
University of Cincinnati Shuttle Dispatch
Connected/Automated Vehicles
Indiana State Police Posts
Indiana Statewide Emergency Operations Center
Kentucky Statewide Emergency Operations Center
Cincinnati Streetcar Transit Information Systems
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