Integrated Corridor Management (ICM)
The Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative is a multi-year USDOT initiative being conducted jointly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) to develop and demonstrate innovative multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional strategies, using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), to better manage traffic congestion and more effectively move people and goods through metropolitan corridors. Simply put, ICM is the integrated management of freeway, transit, arterial, and parking systems within a corridor using ITS technologies and innovative practices. It is the management of a corridor as a system rather than the management of the individual transportation networks (e.g., rail lines, bus routes, arterials, freeways) within a corridor, which is the current practice in the U.S.
The initiative contains four phases, which are the following:
- Phase 1 - Foundational Research;
- Phase 2 - Corridor Tools, Strategies, and Integration Development;
- Phase 3 - Corridor Site Development, Analysis, and Integration;
- Phase 4 - Knowledge and Technology Transfer.
In 2006, the USDOT selected eight “Pioneer Sites” as partners to develop and model ICM systems and to demonstrate the benefits of ICM. These sites are innovators and leaders in congestion management, and include the following: Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery County, MD; Oakland, CA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, TX; and Seattle, WA.
Additional information about the ICM Initiative can be found at http://www.its.dot.gov/icms/index.htm.