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Dr. Hamed Benouar's Presentation on "Corridor Management Plan Demonstratoin - I-880 Freeway"

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly videoconferences on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.

Dr. Hamed Benouar
Dr. Hamed Benouar
Director of the California Center for Innovative Transportation

On August 24, 2006, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Brown Bag Lunch), Dr. Hamed Benouar and Tarek Hatata presented "Corridor Management Plan Demonstration - I-880 Freeway."

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Dr. Hamed Benouar is the Director of the California Center for InnovativeTransportation (CCIT). He joined the University of California in 2000. While working with the California Department of transportation (Caltrans) and industry partners to launch CCIT, Hamed also served as Deputy Director of the Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) in charge of transportation management and information systems research. CCIT became a center independent of PATH in 2003. Prior to joining the University of California, Hamed was responsible for Caltrans’ Transportation Operations Program (December 1997 to November 1999). In this capacity, he served as the State’s Chief Traffic Engineer and was responsible for managing the statewide Operations program resources including more than 1,600 employees, the operations of more than 48,000 lane miles of state highway system, a network of eight transportation management centers, nine toll bridges and the transportation (commercial vehicle) and encroachment permit programs. Prior to this position, from 1994 to 1997, Hamed served as Chief of the Advanced Highway Systems Office in the Caltrans New Technology and Research Program where he managed for Caltrans the National ITS Architecture development as a member of the Rockwell team and the 1997 Automated Highway System Demonstration in San Diego as a member of the National Automated Highway Systems Consortium. From 1992 to 1993, he also served as the Chief of the Caltrans Rail Division. Prior to joining the State of California in 1989, Hamed spent several years as a senior manager in the private sector.

Tarek Hatata is the founder and President of System Metrics Group, Inc. with more than 20 years of experience in management consulting. Mr. Hatata specializes in transportation operations, planning, and policy. He is known for his ability to work with the most technical and complicated of issues, synthesize their importance to diverse constituencies, and to clearly explain the implications to technical and non-technical audiences so decisions can be made with confidence. His many California clients include Caltrans, SCAG, SANDAG, and MTC. In addition, he has worked with numerous other state DOTs (e.g., Washington DOT, Indiana DOT, Colorado DOT) and has also assisted many international transportation agencies (e.g., Athens Metro, Argentina's Metrovias). In his recent engagement, Mr. Hatata has championed the integration of operations and planning at all levels, a commitment to comprehensive performance measurement, and a focus on maximizing the productivity of the transportation system. Mr. Hatata holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Topic Description:  Corridor Management Plan Demonstration - I-880 Freeway

The goal is to incorporate detailed multi-modal performance measurement and operational analysis into the traditional corridor planning efforts. System management is needed to get the most out of the current system and must be an important consideration as we evaluate the need for facility expansion investments. A result of the study would be a template for Caltrans to use in corridor planning efforts that will integrate both planning and operations. This will help to address the problem of lost system productivity during congestion, thereby improving mobility in the most cost effective manner. This study focuses on the I-880 freeway corridor, which is located east of San Francisco. It is a 37-mile long traffic route and included in the simulation is 163 actuated signals, 20 fixed-time signals, and 149 traffic responsive ramp meters. The study will use mainly Paramics microsimulations and will evaluate a number of scenarios.