This project builds off a series of projects (ITS Warrants – Phase 1 and Phase 2) that have been conducted by the ENTERPRISE Pooled Fund Study to develop preliminary warrants for ITS devices. The warrants were designed to assist agencies with deployment decisions and site selection. ENTERPRISE continues to test and refine the warrants while exploring industry acceptance for the concept. The overall approach to developing the ITS warrants was modeled after the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) warrants for traffic signal installations.
Ideally, the ENTERPRISE Program envisioned that a National or International agency would embrace the concept of technology device warrants and carry the concept forward in order to support traffic engineers for years to come. In order to move towards this vision, ENTERPRISE approved this project “Supporting the Transition of ENTERPRISE ITS Warrants to a Permanent Home”. The objective of this project was to document activities ENTERPRISE had conducted as owner and maintainer of the warrants to assist in identifying potential organizations for transitioning the warrants to a new owner.
As ENTERPRISE documented the details of each task that was involved with owning the warrants, a number of options were suggested as potential organizations to transition the ownership and maintenance of the warrants. However after the ENTERPRISE Board reviewed the different options for one organization to maintain the warrants, it was agreed that ENTERPRISE should continue to own and maintain the warrants and partner with organizations to review the warrants. This approach was based on the understanding that it would be easier to find agencies willing to review and comment on one or more warrants periodically than it would be to find an organization willing to accept the entire workload of all the warrants. Given this, ENTERPRISE as part of this project developed a warrants review process to assist with review and modifications of the warrants.
The Phase 3 effort, also included developing ITS warrants for Intersection Conflict Warning Systems.
At the completion of this project, ENTERPRISE moved forward with Phase 4 to work with a task force from the AASHTO Subcommittee on Traffic Engineering to review and provide input to the ITS Warrants.
The ITS Warrants developed by ENTERPRISE are available at: http://enterprise.prog.org/itswarrants/