Manatee's Advanced Traffic Management System receives state recognition

  • Dec 21, 2015

Fla. Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers presents
top honors to regional traffic management system


 MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 21, 2015) – Manatee County’s Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) recently received Florida’s top traffic engineering honor.


The Florida Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers awarded Manatee’s ATMS with the John W. Barr achievement award at its recent annual meeting in Tampa. The award recognizes “significant and outstanding achievements by organizations concerned with transportation … that demonstrate advancements of the Transportation Engineering and Planning profession.”


Deputy Director of Manatee County Public Works Sage Kamiya and Vishal Kakkad, Traffic Design Division Manager, recognized the ATMS team before Manatee County Commissioners during a regular meeting last week.


“This is an honor and we are very proud to have this statewide award and for being recognized for what we do,” Kakkad said, recognizing the engineers, monitoring team and maintenance teams that keep the expansive system running reliably.


The ATMS is comprised of over 200 traffic signals, nearly 60 CCTV traffic monitoring cameras, and over 100 vehicle detection devices throughout Manatee County that enables the Regional Traffic Management Center staff to monitor in real time, traffic conditions and traffic incidents. This is part of a regional system that enables staff to optimize local traffic flow along the roads in both Manatee and Sarasota counties by implementing signal timing changes to accommodate regional traffic.


This system is a significant tool for traffic management staff to monitor and manage traffic. It does not include any law enforcement activities. The most visible use of this system occurs when a vehicle crash causes traffic congestion and traffic management staff can implement temporary changes to reduce those impacts to the traveling public. Currently each individual stakeholder manages the day-to-day traffic signal timing in their jurisdiction. While real-time signal timing changes are not appropriate for every situation, adjustments can aid in maximizing the roadway network’s capacity by managing congestion levels.


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