The Akron Regional ITS Architecture is a tool for ITS project planning and development for the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) over the next 15 years. AMATS is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Akron metropolitan area that includes Portage and Summit counties and a portion of Wayne County in Ohio. The architecture was developed through a cooperative effort by the region's transportation agencies, covering all modes and all roads in the region. In addition, this website is useful in gathering stakeholder feedback.
This website contains the Akron Regional ITS Architecture that was updated in 2022. The purpose of this ITS architecture website is to organize the details of the architecture into a form that is more readily accessible to stakeholders. It provides a method for stakeholders to access the architecture information in order to encourage use of the Akron Regional ITS Architecture in both transportation planning and project implementation. In addition, this website is useful in gathering stakeholder feedback.
The menu bar at left provides access to the stakeholders, the transportation systems in the region (the "Inventory"), the transportation services that will be provided, transportation–related ITS functions that have been selected for the Region, and the existing and future interfaces in the Region.
This architecture will guide the region in planning how the region's ITS systems will work together with other agencies in the future and how sharing of information and resources will help provide a safer, more efficient, and more effective transportation system for travelers in the region. The architecture is an important tool that can be used by:
– Planning agencies to incorporate integration opportunities and operational needs into the transportation planning process;
– Operating and implementing agencies to recognize and implement transportation integration opportunities in the Region; and
– Other organizations and individuals that use the transportation system in the Region.
The architecture provides an overarching framework that spans all of these organizations and individual transportation projects. Using the architecture, each transportation project can be viewed as an element of the overall transportation system, providing visibility into the relationship between individual transportation projects and ways to cost–effectively build an integrated transportation system over time.