Traffic Management

Traffic Management tools apply advanced technology to a transportation system at a regional level.  Tools employed at various centers make travel more reliable, convenient and efficient. VDOT uses Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in to ensure Virginians arrive at their destination quickly and safely.


Traffic Management Centers

VDOT's Traffic Management Centers are designed to keep Virginia moving.


Technology to Keep Virginia Moving

  • Smart Travel Laboratory at the University of Virginia, is a state-of-the-art facility supporting research and education in the rapidly emerging area of intelligent transportation systems (ITS).
  • Virginia's Smart Road snows and rains on command and is paving the way for driving improvements. 
  • E-ZPass is an electronic collection system that moves traffic through toll facilities in Virginia and along much of the East Coast. Motorists with an E-ZPass transponder can travel through clearly marked E-ZPass toll lanes. The toll is automatically deducted from a pre-paid account. In Virginia, the E-ZPass system has also been known as Smart Tag.
  • VDOT's Traffic Management Centers use the latest technology to assist in congestion mitigation, incident management and traffic planning efforts in these metropolitan areas.


Smart Traffic Centers in Northern Virginia


VDOT's Northern Region Operations (NRO) has several documents that describe the vision, goals and activities of the NRO and that offer guidance in working with the NRO regional architecture:
  • VDOT NRO Program Plan: The executive summary Acrobat required provides a high-level description of program activity areas and program development methodology. The program plan Acrobat requiredprovides details regarding specific project activities for the fiscal year, and how those map to the program activity areas.
  • VDOT NRO Regional Architecture User Guide Acrobat required – describes the architecture, details how to use the architecture via the architecture Web site, and provides a checklist that can be used to achieve Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Rule 940 compliance for projects.


I-81 Traffic Management Centers


I-81 ITS


Statewide Travel Planning


Smart Travel Strategic Plan 2001 Acrobat required
Smart Travel Implementation Framework - June 2004 Acrobat required offers guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the Smart Travel Program in Virginia, the planning and programming of the Smart Travel Program at the project level, and project-level implementation issues and barriers.
ITS/CVO Business Plan
describes the Commonwealth of Virginia's Intelligent Transportation Systems/Commercial Vehicle Operations activities throughout the state.
ITS Virginia
, the Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia, serves as a forum within which public and private organizations can work cooperatively to advance intelligent transportation technology in the Commonwealth.


Nationwide Intelligent Transportation Efforts


ITS America fosters public/private partnerships to increase the safety and efficiency of surface transportation through the application of advanced technologies.


Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Contacts


Name, phone and e-mail addresses

Page last modified: Oct. 14, 2012