The Tahoe Gateway Counties project area includes the Counties of Sierra, Nevada, Placer and El Dorado and encompasses approximately 5,500 square miles and nearly 450,000 people. The overall goal of the Tahoe Gateway Counties Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Deployment Plan (SDP) is to develop a plan to define the potential for ITS applications available to address the needs of the region. The ITS planning process is much like any other transportation planning activity, with the focus on technological solutions as described below.
Using the federal ITS planning process as a guideline, the overall approach to the Tahoe Gateway Counties ITS SDP includes the following tasks:
- Define and inventory existing and planned transportation system and current and planned technology uses
- Define existing and future transportation-related deficiencies and opportunities
- Identify user service objectives and ITS vision
- Establish performance criteria
- Develop ITS market package plan and develop a regional architecture
- Identify and screen technology options
- Develop SDP and outreach materials.
The participation of the Tahoe Gateway Counties ITS planning stakeholders is key to the success of the planning process. The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) serves as the project manager, which includes project oversight and administrative responsibilities. Planning partners working with PCTPA include other Tahoe Gateway Counties representatives including Sierra County, the Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC), and the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC), in cooperation with Caltrans, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), various transit agencies, USDA Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, state communications, AMTRAK, National Weather Service, Nevada Department of Transportation, California Division of Tourism, and several cities within the Tahoe Gateway Counties.