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The Transportation Ministry is building a center for management and control of transportation in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, which will deal with implementation of a system-wide transportation management policy, and integrate within it all control systems controlling the intracity and intercity road networks, and modes of public transportation in the metropolitan area.
The center will be managed by a forum of mayors, with the forum chairman being the Transportation Supervisor for the Tel Aviv and Central Region.
The center will be built by NTA and operated by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality.
The gathering of the bodies under one roof will enable coordinated action among them, optimization of system operations, and maximum exploitation of the transportation infrastructure in the metropolitan area.
Borders of the supervised area set by the Transportation Ministry
In the east: Road 40
In the south: Road 431
In the north: Road 5
In the west: The Mediterranean Sea
Stakeholders and bodies representing the main partners in operating the center, and that will operate out of the center or have representatives working at the center on a permanent basis:
- LRT operators, BRT operators, public transportation operators (buses)
- Israel Police
- Traffic light control system operators for participating municipalities
- National Society for Road Safety
- Israel Railways
- Israel National Road Safety Authority (Ma’atz)
- Media representatives
External stakeholders directly affected or benefited by activities of the center, but who do not have representatives in permanent positions at the control center:
- Transportation users: drivers, public transportation passengers, pedestrians, bicycle riders
- Emergency services (Home Front Command, Magen David Adom, Fire Department, Environmental Protection Ministry, etc.)
- Service providers: traffic light firms, towing firms, changing sign contractors, cranes, etc.
- Freeway operators: 431, 6, and 531
- Fast Lane operators
- Information providers, such as cellular companies
Objectives of the control center:
- Improvement of service level and accessibility for transportation users, with emphasis on public transportation
- Improvement of transportation safety level
- Reduction of harm to environment
- Maximum exploitation of transportation resources and infrastructure, and increased benefit derived from them
View from the North
Objectives of Control Center:
Assistance in reduction of delays and shortening of door-to-door travel times for public transportation users (granting of right-of-way at traffic lights, coordination of systems, passenger information, etc.)
- Assistance in increasing availability of public transportation (synchronization of lines, real-time responses, etc.)
- Assistance in increasing reliability of public transportation (meeting of schedules, precision of information, etc.)
- Reduction of delays and shortening of travel time for users of private vehicles
- Reduction of waiting times and shortening of crossing times for pedestrians
- Increasing capacity and improving exploitation of the existing road and transportation systems
- Reduction of the duration and extent of transportation impact of events, expected and unexpected
- Improvement of level of available traffic information and a system for its distribution
- Shorter times for identifying malfunctions in equipment monitored by the center, and for treatment of them
- Improved coordination between all bodies at the control center
- Assistance for improved level of enforcement for the prevention of public transportation disturbances
- Assistance in increasing the personal security of light rail users
The main systems that will be operated from the control center:
- Operation of LRT and BRT lines
- Management and control of traffic lights, changing signs, etc.
- Management of information for operators and users
- Management of freeways
- Information management
- Traffic monitoring
View from the South
The start of construction for the center is planned for the first quarter of 2014 and is expected to continue for two years.
The control center building was designed by the office of NIr-Kotz Archictects.