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MAXIMIZING TRAFFIC FLOW AND MINIMIZING CONGESTION
by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 07/2007

The New Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center is Open for Business!

Nestled between the Glendale Freeway (SR-2) and the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) in the Eagle Rock District of Los Angeles, is a glimmering, five-story, 88,000 square foot, building.  Many people in the transportation industry have anticipated its completion for several years.  

The first thing that the public and Caltrans employees will soon need to know when the new Transportation Management Center (TMC) officially opens later this summer is that it has a new acronym: LARTMC, now known as the Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center.  The facility is the operations focal point for maximizing traffic flow and reducing congestion on the Los Angeles and Ventura County freeway systems.

“Adding 'Los Angeles Regional' to the name identifies the communities being served and that the facility is a team effort,” says Frank Quon, District 7 Deputy Director, Operations.

Partnering their expertise to jointly operate LARTMC, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are eager to demonstrate this working example of inter-departmental cooperation, as the hub for emergency response efforts and to manage freeway incidents in District 7.

Quon, whose staff oversees the Caltrans part of the operation, adds, “With the help of the latest state-of-the-art technologies, Caltrans District 7 and the CHP have developed a strategy to rapidly detect and respond to traffic incidents, while managing the resulting congestion caused by those incidents.  This cooperative strategy is housed together at LARTMC, a fully automated traffic control system designed to provide 24/7 real-time surveillance of traffic conditions.”

Among its many capabilities and functions, the LARTMC will monitor 350 cameras, 110 Changeable Message Signs, 1,100 ramp meters and 400 directional miles of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) carpool lanes on District 7's freeway system.