As Florida – the nation’s third-largest state by population – continues to grow and attract even more residents and visitors, its transportation needs also continue to grow.
In Central Florida, the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate team has developed a comprehensive traffic management plan to increase safety and mobility. Intelligent Transportation Systems and the Regional Traffic Management Center play key roles in managing traffic, and you can learn more about these efforts of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in this section.
What is the RTMC?
The new Regional Transportation Management Center, also known as the RTMC, is a 44,700-square-foot, hurricane-ready facility that serves as the nerve center for traffic management across the nine counties that comprise FDOT’s District Five.
The RTMC monitors traffic, and it coordinates responses to incidents and crashes on Central Florida’s roughly 800 miles of highways and state roads. That includes Central Florida’s interstate highways – Interstate 4 (I-4), I-75, and I-95
More than 100 traffic managers and other staffers work at the headquarters in Seminole County. They monitor highways and roads with the help of hundreds of highway camera feeds, thousands of live data streams from roadway sensors and ongoing communications with first responders. The Florida Highway Patrol dispatch center is also located in the RTMC.
The RTMC operates 24/7.
How does the RTMC help minimize congestion?
At the heart of the RTMC are the operators who monitor traffic conditions from their computer workstations in the control center.
When a crash or other incident occurs, the RTMC quickly dispatches Road Rangers and communicates with police, firefighters, and medical responders. Managers also send alerts to overhead roadway signs, news outlets and social media platforms, and they may activate temporary signal timing plans on nearby traffic signals. This process also helps minimize secondary crashes.
RTMC staff also actively manage arterial roads—important, continuous routes that accommodate high traffic volumes and speeds. In addition, they develop timing plans for day-to-day operations and special events.
In an emergency…
The RTMC can function as an emergency response center when major storms, flooding or wildfires hit the area. It is built to withstand a Category 3 hurricane.
Ready for the future …
The RTMC’s technology is designed to help set pricing for dynamically tolled express lanes and to accommodate the expected arrival of connected and autonomous vehicles.