KIRKLAND, WA /PRNewswire/ -- INRIX has been awarded a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract by the I-95 Corridor Coalition to provide travel time and speed data on a network of U.S. highways and arterials—across borders and beyond state boundaries—that contribute to interstate movement along the I-95 Corridor. The initial system will span from New Jersey to North Carolina covering approximately 1500 center line miles of freeways and 1000 center line miles of major arterials and is projected to be operational in mid-2008. Ultimately the system may expand throughout the entire eastern seaboard.
INRIX was awarded the contract as a result of a competitive solicitation process conducted by the University of Maryland on behalf of the I-95 Corridor Coalition and its member agencies. The solicitation process began officially in early 2007 with release of a Request for Proposals and concluded in December with a sole contract award to INRIX. The I-95 Corridor Coalition region handles 565 million long distance trips, 5.3 billion tons of freight, represents $3.95 trillion of the Gross Domestic Product and is equivalent to the third largest economy in the world (1).
The real-time traffic data to be provided will be available to the I-95 Corridor Coalition and its members in mid-2008 and is targeted to support various applications including travel time on signs, 511 systems, incident management systems, Internet-based traveler information services, congestion performance measures, and other planning and operations applications. The INRIX Smart Dust Network and INRIX Traffic Fusion Engine provide a unique platform to deliver the project by aggregating and blending traffic data from a variety of sources including over 750,000 GPS-enabled vehicles and traditional road sensors. This highly accurate method allows for the delivery of best-available traffic information and is an extremely scalable and cost-effective program that provides the Coalition with many of the highly desired and preferred elements sought in the RFP. Specifically, the INRIX method of collecting and delivering this real-time traffic data presents the opportunity to grow coverage into state highways and arterials to other regions within the Coalition without the need for the deployment of expensive new road-side equipment.
"The member agencies of our 16-state Coalition identified multi-state availability of real-time traffic data as a key element of achieving our goal to improve transportation services through information sharing and coordinated management and operations," said George Schoener, Executive Director, I-95 Corridor Coalition. "We selected INRIX as they had the ability to specifically deliver the coverage and quality of the traffic information we require for this significant initiative. INRIX real-time traffic data will support the development of seamless networks of corridor-wide traveler information systems and support the coordination and implementation of interagency efforts in response to major incidents and special events."
The project, and INRIX's approach, is ground-breaking in a variety of ways. The I-95 Corridor Coalition initiative is the largest implementation of real-time traffic flow data sharing across a multi-state region and the first multi-state project leveraging GPS vehicle probes and traditional road sensor information. With the Indefinite Deliver, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract initially slated for a period of three years (with the opportunity to extend the contract length up to ten years), it is designed to accommodate additional task orders to expand coverage, integrate data into existing systems or create applications to use data as the Coalition and/or a specific agency member desires.
With well over 12,000 center line miles of freeways in the 16-state region spanning from Maine to Florida, this contract could evolve into the largest network of its kind, by far. INRIX has offered several additional data enhancement options for the Coalition and/or its agency members to consider if additional source data is desired to improve or expand coverage. PBS&J, a nationally recognized architecture-engineering-construction services and program management consulting firm, under subcontract to INRIX, is leading a multi-disciplinary team that will assist the Coalition and its members in an on-call basis for data integration, application development and data analysis tasks.
Another distinctive element of the project is that pricing for expansion of coverage, enhanced data options and consulting resources have been established in the base contract, greatly simplifying task order creation.
"The award of this contract by the I-95 Corridor Coalition is a significant milestone for public-private partnerships of real-time traffic information," said INRIX president and CEO Bryan Mistele. "We applaud the Coalition and its member agencies for the foresight to establish such a bold corridor-wide project and we look forward to our collaboration."
About I-95 Corridor Coalition
The I-95 Corridor Coalition is a partnership of transportation agencies, toll authorities, and related organizations, including public safety, port, transit and rail organizations—from the State of Maine to the State of Florida—working together to improve long distance travel for passengers and freight.
PBS&J is an employee-owned company that provides infrastructure planning, engineering, construction management, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients. The firm is ranked by Engineering News-Record as 25th among the nation's top consulting firms. PBS&J has 4,000 employees and more than 80 offices across the United States and abroad.
INRIX is the leading provider of accurate real time, historical and predictive traffic information nationwide, providing over 40 industry partners and customers including Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network, deCarta, MapQuest, Microsoft, TCS, Tele Atlas, TeleNav, Telmap, Tom Tom and others with the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation, mapping, and other location-based service applications in the car, online and on mobile devices.
INRIX Traffic Services leverage sophisticated statistical analysis techniques, originally developed by Microsoft Research, to aggregate and enhance traffic-related information from hundreds of public and private sources, going well beyond the limitations of static road sensor networks, historical-based models and cellular data aggregators, to offer customers the most sophisticated understanding of the unique system-wide traffic patterns in each metropolitan area. Additionally, INRIX offers real-time for 117 markets in the U.S. and the U.K. and incident data for 122 markets across the country.
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