An Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), referred to as TRIMARC (Traffic Response and Incident Management Assisting the River Cities), was installed in the Louisville, Kentucky and southern Indiana area beginning in the summer of 1998. A system integrator approach was used for the installation, operation, and maintenance of this system. The system integrator approach involved using Special Experimental Project No. 14 (SEP-14) procedures to procure the services of an equipment installation contractor.

The SEP-14 process is an innovative means of procuring projects that may be uncharacteristic to the traditional projects normally encountered by highway departments. SEP-14 provides an opportunity to use and evaluate the contractual arrangements when an alternate process is more beneficial than the traditional process. In this case, selection of the equipment installation contractor was based on criteria other than cost. The SEP-14 process allowed the equipment installation contract to be based on cost, schedule, and experience/past performance.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and success of the TRIMARC project including the SEP-14 process. The overall project has been received positively and the contract is now being extended to include a larger incident management program. The SEP-14 process has provided the system integrator more flexibility with such aspects as receiving the specific equipment desired and contracting with an equipment installation contractor that had previous experience with similar projects. This resulted in time and cost savings to Kentucky and Indiana.

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