Philadelphia, September 15, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Streets Commissioner David J. Perri announced the opening of the City of Philadelphia’s new Traffic Operations Center (TOC) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The TOC, located at G and Ramona Streets in the Feltonville section, serves as the traffic control nerve center for the city and region, receiving live video feed from traffic and surveillance cameras operated by the Streets Department, Police Department, SEPTA, the University of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC).
“The goal of the Traffic Operations Center is to reduce congestion on Philadelphia streets by improving traffic flow,” said Mayor Nutter. “This improved traffic efficiency will benefit all users of the City’s transportation network: motorists, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians. A better managed traffic network is a key tool in implementing the City’s Complete Streets Policy – allowing more physical space on our streets to better accommodate all types of traffic.”
The TOC houses video monitors and computer terminals that enable traffic engineers to view all types of all situations on the City’s major roadways. Problem areas can be viewed in real time, allowing for quicker emergency response and instantaneous adjustments to traffic signals to clear the roadways. Eventually, the camera network in the TOC will have more than 5,000 locations across the city and region.
“The Streets Department is excited to introduce state-of-the-art technology that will be the ‘eyes’ of the City,” said Streets Commissioner David J. Perri. “One of the many advantages of the Traffic Operations Center is the integration and live sharing of video, data and intelligence amongst partner agencies”.
Over the last decade, the City of Philadelphia has undertaken a series of projects designed to modernize transportation technologies with the goal of improving traffic conditions for its citizens and many visitors. These improvements have resulted in more reliable operation of traffic signals and more effective monitoring of traffic conditions.
This innovative technology opens a new chapter in maintaining a safer Philadelphia and supports the Mayor’s vision for high efficiency and innovative service. A test run of the Center’s equipment was completed during the Labor Day weekend and will be fully operational by September 17 when the facilities will be up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.