PBX is proud to have been the Owner’s Engineer for the award-winning Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC) project.
The RTMC facility houses offices for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s South Coast Region, Transportation Investment Corp (TiCorp), and Treo. The building is designed as a post-disaster recovery structure, built to LEED Gold standard. This autonomous state-of-the-art facility is able to withstand a substantial seismic event and remain fully functional and operational for 7 days without external water or power supply. In the event of a major disaster the facility is intended to act as a multi-agency post-disaster recovery centre.
The RTMC has a complex operational environment that addresses daily on-going coordination, as well as unique incidents. In order to manage incidents and keep traffic flowing the RTMC communicates frequently with partner agencies, media, emergency personnel, and road maintenance contractors .
Ministry personnel supply the traveling public with comprehensive, relevant, current, and accurate travel information from a centralized control room, located within the facility. The Centre utilizes modern traffic management systems which incorporate regional maps, congestion data, dynamic message signs, real-time and historic weather data, and real-time video footage from hundreds of traffic cameras installed across the region.
Operators are able to quickly implement responses via dynamic message signs on the corridors to inform the traveling public of conditions and issues. The Centre integrates provincial dynamic message signs, border wait times, and travel-time signs to provide a dynamic and responsive method of communicating information to travelers.
The Ministry has a rich ecosystem of transportation technologies and systems deployed throughout the Province. Several of these systems such as the Variable Speed Limit System, the Wildlife Detection System, the Advanced Traveler Information System, the Earthquake Early Warning System and Lane/Counterflow Control Systems – on several traffic routes in the Lower Mainland – were designed and engineered by PBX Engineering. The systems provide information on current conditions and gather data for use by the RTMC staff during monitoring and event management activities. Sensor data is logged into the centralized data warehouse for future planning and analysis purposes. Systems that respond dynamically to events and changing traffic conditions provide information via the RTMC to motorists to help inform route choices and reduce travel times.
Please view this brief video from the Hon. Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Deputy House Leader, discussing the roles and responsibilities of the RTMC including some of the transportation technologies designed by PBX Engineering mentioned above .