The Bismarck-Mandan Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture was prepared in March 2005 under the leadership of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization. ITS, very simply, is computer technology applied to the transportation system to make it a more efficient, safer system for the users. The goal of the Bismarck-Mandan regional architecture (RA) is to guide the implementation of ITS within the Bismarck-Mandan region, as well as to coordinate the funding, deployment, information sharing, and operations of ITS systems. The Bismarck-Mandan RA is comprised of the following five major components:
Traffic and travel management
Maintenance and construction management
Advanced data management
As part of the RA development, the Bismarck-Mandan MPO has been designated with the role of maintaining and updating the Bis-Man Regional ITS Architecture as needed. The RA is a living document requiring regular maintenance to reflect the most up-to-date ITS picture in the region. An update cycle of every 2-3 years as been identified for this effort.
The Policy Board of the Bismarck-Mandan MPO approved the most recent update to the ITS Architecture on January 21, 2014.