Our experts provide regular updates on federal regulation, legislation and policy advancements at MDOT’s agency-wide CAV Working Group, as well as information on CAV activities in other states. We have also supported many initiatives and exploratory conversations within the Maryland Transit Administration and Motor Vehicle Administration specific to next generation mobility issues and CAV technology impacts.
For the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), our team developed a CAV road map in 2017, and are now working toward delivery of a 5-year business plan for CAV. In pursuit of this effort we are supporting an internal CAV working group within MDTA, and soliciting stakeholder feedback on various issues unique to the MDTA including law enforcement and revenue collection.
For the State Highway Administration (SHA), we are supporting an internal CAV working group, helping various departments incorporate CAV into their programs. We track state legislation, provide technology updates and develop presentation materials for conferences and workshops.
For the SHA’s first CAV Strategic Action Plan, completed in December 2017, WSP helped SHA’s working group explore and develop a plan that bridges the gap between strategic and operational issues. The document was a collaborative effort among several offices and divisions within SHA. In addition to proposing an agency-wide vision for CAV, the plan supported that vision with five key goals, 17 strategies and 35 individual recommendations specific to SHA’s current program and organizational structure.
We are also nearing completion of a comprehensive technical planning and requirements document for the SHA for the first connected vehicle pilot in the state. The US 1 Innovative Technology Deployment Corridor project will combine arterial traffic management, incident management and CAV readiness. The project includes the deployment of dedicated short-range communications at 20 intersections along the corridor. This will represent Maryland’s response to the National SPaT Challenge, while also providing the agency with valuable experience and workforce development exploration with the new technology.