WINNIPEG – The long awaited Transportation Management Centre (TMC) opened on Tuesday and is now fully operational.
The $3.6 million facility is meant to improve traffic flow and by using an app known as Waze, it will provide real-time traffic information to drivers travelling through the city.
“This is a game changer for us with how we provide city services,” said Michael Cantor, Traffic Signal Engineer with the City of Winnipeg.
Operators at this facility can monitor 650 intersections in the city and within minutes they can remotely respond to signal malfunctions and other incidents, such as crashes or barricades.
The system will be able to get traffic information from 311, the signals, sensors and the Waze app.
That information is then used by operators to make adjustments and then share it to drivers using the Waze app.
As part of the hub, the city has also installed 70 traffic monitoring cameras acting as the facility’s eyes on the street.
“We can take our cameras and go and look really quickly to see what’s going on, identify it and then put that information back to Waze so people can make better decisions and also provide it to city services,” said Signals Asset Engineer Jonathan Foord.
The footage on the camera is stored for seven days and only the Public Works Department has access to it, but protocols are being develop so all city departments can have access, along with law enforcement.
“We’ve been advised is that a protocol would be developed in accordance with FIPPA (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) and that the ombudsman would be consulted,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The purposes of this at present is solely for traffic management.”