Transportation Management Center
The City of Oceanside’s newly established Transportation Management Center (TMC) is located at City Hall and is the primary location for the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). TheTMC is operated and maintained by the Transportation Engineering Section.
The TMC uses an extensive wireline and wireless communications network to collect, monitor, and distribute traffic information from a centralized location.
The most important aspect of the City of Oceanside’s TMC is that it provides the communications infrastructure necessary for coordinated transportation management on both local and regional levels. The TMC uses a central computer and video wall connected to the City’s traffic signal communication system to monitor real-time traffic flows and make adjustments, as needed, from one centralized location. Using remote communications allows signal timing plans to be installed quickly and accurately, with little delay. The Transportation Engineering Section monitors and controls approximately 140 of the city’s 150 traffic signals through the use of the TMC.
The TMC allows the Transportation Engineering Section to:
- Control and maintain traffic signal timings from one centralized location
- Improve traffic Levels of Service (LOS) along road segments and at signalized intersections
- Improve travel times along the City’s major streets
- Detect, monitor, and apply transportation management measures at incident locations as they occur within the City in real time
- Monitor and adjust traffic signal timing plans during special events
The Transportation Engineering Section is currently working on a project to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, placed at several major intersections within the city limits, which will aid in the communication with the TMC to help staff visually adjust traffic signal timing to meet traffic demands.