TIME's 1st Quarter 2016 Newsletter

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Expect Traffic Pacing on Metro Atlanta Interstates for HERO Funeral Procession

The funeral procession for HERO Operator Moses King will travel on multiple interstates in DeKalb and Fulton counties. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, the funeral procession will leave the HERO Headquarters at 515 Plasters Avenue Atlanta, Georgia 30324 to the Murray Brothers Funeral Home, 1199 Utoy Springs Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Georgia State Patrol, Fulton County Police Department, and Atlanta Police Department will escort the funeral procession. Law enforcement will close all lanes on I-85 southbound at the Buford Spring Connector (exit 86) to allow the funeral procession line enter the interstate. The same operation will take place on I-285 southbound (exit 9) at the I-20 interchange. The funeral procession will require approximately 2 lanes to be paced. The traffic pace will require motorists to drive 5 mph -10 mph.

Funeral Procession will leave at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 24
Funeral Service will begin at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 24

• HERO Headquarters, 515 Plasters Avenue Atlanta, Georgia 30324
• All lanes will close on I-85 southbound at the Buford Spring Connector (exit 86) to allow all funeral procession vehicles to enter the interstate
• Continue on I-85 southbound to I-75/I-85 (Downtown Connector) southbound
• Exit off I-75/I-85 southbound to I-20 westbound (exit 247)
• Travel on I-20 westbound to the I-285 interchange (exit 51)
• All lanes will close on I-285 southbound (exit 9) at the I-20 interchange to allow all funeral procession vehicles to enter the interstate
• Continue driving on I-285 southbound exit at Cascade Road (exit 7)
• Continue traveling on Cascade Road to the Murray Brothers Funeral Home, 1199 Utoy Springs Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Heavy-Duty Towing & Recovery Companies Support Open Roads Policy

As part of the recent program application process, all existing and prospective TRIP service providers that had not already signed the Georgia Open Roads Policy supplied their endorsements.

The Open Road Policy states that whenever a roadway or travel lane is closed or partially blocked by a traffic incident, the Georgia State Patrol, Department of Transportation, local law enforcement and other public safety agencies and responders will re-open the roadway as soon as possible.

Individuals from agencies, cities, counties and businesses endorsing the Open Roads Policy receive recognition as TIME Task Force members.

The following TRIP companies and applicants have signed the Open Roads Policy:

Barrow Wrecker Service
Chancey's Wrecker Service
Corner Lot Inc.
Discount Truck Tires & Towing
Lickety Split Towing Inc.
Marietta Wrecker Service
Martins Wrecker Service
Matthews Garage Inc.
Mauldin Body Shop Inc.
New Image Towing and Recovery Inc.
Parker Towing
Parish Wrecker Service
S & W Towing Service
Seymour’s Wrecker Service
Southside Wrecker Service
Statewide Wrecker Service Inc.
TCR Towing & Recovery LLC
Terry’s Auto Towing Service
United Towing
Willard Wrecker Service
Wrecker 1 Inc.

This list includes some companies that had signed prior to the most recent application process.


National SHRP2 TIM Training

This video from the Virginia DOT underscores the importance of the free SHRP2 TIM training that is also offered in Georgia. Be part of the next SHRP2 class taking place on Feb. 29. Click here for more details.


TIME Task Force Quarterly Meeting - Feb. 23, 2016

Make plans to be part of the TIME Task Force quarterly meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 23. This meeting will take place at Cox Communications in Sandy Springs (click for directions).

The meeting will include presentations on drone technology for accident investigations, the I-285/Ga. 400 project and incident debriefings.

The quarterly meeting will start at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 11:30 a.m. The TIME Board of Directors will conduct their regular monthly meeting at the conclusion of the quarterly meeting.

Special notice on event directions:

Please enter the visitor parking deck directly off of Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. This is the only visitor entrance.  Remember that there are height restrictions into the deck (maximum height is 6’8”). The parking deck officer will sign guest in and allow them into the deck.  From there, take the parking deck elevator to the 2M level and proceed to the 6205 Rotunda area.


8-hour TIM class @ HERO HQ (FREE)

The TIME Task Force is pleased to offer free of charge eight hours of traffic incident management training. All first responders are invited to attend this free training.

The class will include the 4-hour SHRP2 traffic incident management training as well as hands-on traffic control instruction. This opportunity will provide credit for the annual TRIP continuing education commitment (for those who have not previously attended SHRP2 training) as well as the one-time TRIP requirement for eight hours of incident management training.

The training is free, but registration is required. You must attend the entire class to receive credit for TRIP's 8-hour traffic incident management training requirement. Please click to register:  http://tinyurl.com/jrx6cd8

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

515 Plasters Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30324


Webinar Announcement – Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool

FHWA Webinar Announcement – Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Research and Development will host a webinar to share and discuss the features of a new software tool, Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool,  developed to help transportation managers and decision-makers in evaluating the benefits and costs of a variety of TIM strategies.

Webinar Details:
When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 2 PM – 3 PM EST
Where: WebEx
Please click the link below to join the WebEx meeting:

For better audio quality, please dial the telephone number provided below:
Dial-in: (855)462-5367. Conference code: 2835711.
*DO NOT join the audio call via WebEx when you login to the meeting. Please use the conference telephone number above to join the discussion
This event is open to all interested parties.  Please RSVP at the following link

Traffic incidents contribute significantly to service level deterioration of both freeways and arterials. Traffic Incident Management (TIM) programs have been introduced world-wide with the aim of mitigating the impact of traffic incidents on safety and roadway performance. These programs support quick incident response, thereby shortening incident duration, and control traffic demand around the incident scene. Some TIM programs can be costly to tax payers, thus, it is important to be able to evaluate their benefits and determine the associated return on investment. Though Benefit-Cost (BC) estimation studies have been conducted for numerous TIM programs, these studies employ a wide range of estimation methodologies and monetary equivalent conversion factors. Consequently, resulting B/C ratio estimates vary widely and have been shown to be sensitive to these choices. Moreover, these studies can be quite costly. Thus, this project develops a TIM-BC tool with standardized methodology.

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