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Living up to its role of supporting transportation decisions using effective analysis tools, ATAC activities have evolved over the past few years into three distinct program areas. Each area encompasses a wide range of activities and services depending on partners' needs and national and regional priorities for addressing transportation problems.

Below is a description of these areas and links which offer detailed information on activities, projects, and reports for each area.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

ATAC's activities in this area focus on conducting ITS plans, developing regional architecture, supporting ITS deployment, and carrying out ITS project evaluation. In addition, ATAC provides training opportunities for partner agencies related to these activities.

Traffic Operations

Traffic congestion continues to plague transportation systems in urban areas all over the world. From developing better traffic signal timing plans to evaluating the impacts of roadway improvements, ATAC staff uses state-of-the-art computer models to support operational decisions. ATAC provides advanced traffic data collection equipment, conducts research on new control strategies, and supports the use of microscopic traffic simulation models.

Metropolitan Transportation Planning and Demand Modeling

Understanding the current and future demand on the transportation network provides the foundation for planning future systems improvements. ATAC, in partnership with the NDDOT and MPOs, established a long-term program to support travel demand and transportation planning models, especially in the small-to-medium size urban areas. ATAC staff work with MPOs on enhancing modeling systems, improving supporting data, and facilitating the use of models to support impact assessment from land-use or transportation network changes.

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