What is AZTech?
AZTech is a regional traffic management partnership in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. All of the major governmental transportation agencies along with some public safety agencies in the region are members.
The partnership, led by the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Arizona Department of Transportation
(ADOT), and working through several collaborating committees, guides the application of ITS technologies for managing regional
traffic. The goal is to achieve more efficient mobility, less congestion, and a higher level of safety for travelers throughout
the metropolitan area.
AZTech began as a Federally-sponsored traffic management Model Deployment Initiative (MDI) in 1996. Its beginnings
were an experiment in regional cooperation---on both institutional and technological levels. At its start, AZTech
was one of four regions in the country seeking to demonstrate successful methods of using technology for traffic management
and traveler information.
AZTech completed the MDI in 2000. MDI accomplishments represented a validation of new, real-time, technology-driven
traffic management and traveler information systems. Building on that success, AZTech began a transition in 2005
into a regionally integrated, traffic data sharing, permanent partnership entity. The “Center-to-Center System”---
whereby MDI-validated traffic management tools and information could be shared among traffic and emergency management agencies,
in real time---became the central data-sharing system for accomplishing the integration goals that AZTech envisioned
from the beginning. The AZTech Timeline summarizes the key iniatives
completed by the partnership.
Throughout the initial demonstration project and continuing into a permanent partnership, AZTech has now evolved
into a successful regional traffic management entity. The partnership has carefully integrated individual traffic management
strategies and technologies for the region’s benefit, yet has retained most operational control protocols important
to individual units of government.
Early on, AZTech adopted several Values, Goals, and Strategies to guide its growth from a demonstration project to
what has become a full-fledged regional partnership:
Integrate the existing Intelligent Transportation System infrastructure (ITI) into a regional system.
- Establish a regional integrated traveler information system.
- Expand the transportation management system for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
- Establish Education and Outreach Programs
- Expand & Strengthen Partnerships
- Optimize Regional Operations and Management
- Plan, Develop, & Deploy Integrated Regional Systems
- Research and Test New Technological Opportunities