This project provided an early, objective assessment of selected efforts to develop Washington State Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATISs). To accomplish this goal, the study team developed a taxonomy of current ATISs nationwide; this taxonomy was used to develop instruments for the assessment. In addition to the specific assessments done under this project, the taxonomy and assessment tools developed could, with some refinement, be used as a model for iterative, standardized assessment of ATIS projects nationwide. Using these assessment tools, some of the study team's conclusions were as follow: (1) FLOW's system goals are appropriate to the audience but cannot be fully achieved in the location at which it was assessed, and an interactive interface would be more appropriate for the delivery of FLOW's information; (2) Traffic Reporter has a high degree of user acceptance, but it is hindered in achieving its implicit goals because of location; (3) the proposed Canadian Border Crossing ATIS would not achieve its goals with two of the three technologies proposed; and (4) although Bellevue Smart Traveler achieves two of its goals, the other two are not fully achieved, mainly because of an appropriate audience.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Advanced traveler information systems, Evaluation and assessment, Intelligent transportation systems,