General Transportation


Smart Region Sacramento
ITS Architecture and Future Technology Project

Our Mission

To improve system performance, safety, sustainability, and reliability by ensuring efficient investments in regional smart transportation projects. 

Regional Technology and Mobility Master Plan

The Regional Technology and Mobility Master Plan documents an assessment of regionally-influenced needs such as emerging technology readiness, mainstreaming technology, and regional mobility. This assessment can be used to create regional synergy, prepare for emergencies, and establish performance metrics, preparing the region for future advancements in mobility through unified movement.

The Regional Technology Master Plan also includes three additional regionally significant documents:

Concept of Operations
The Concept of Operations is based on the collective mission, objectives, and strategies developed by the member agencies. This effort documents operational concepts and potential opportunities for enhancing the existing ITS networks and defines how the region will function under various scenarios. The core of the Concept of Operations is based on functionality to be provided by various activities and projects in the region and the associated scenarios for how operational activities will be conducted.

Regional ITS Architecture
The Regional ITS Architecture represents an update to the SACOG Regional ITS Architecture that is compliant with Rule 940.10, covering the relevant intercounty systems (urban, suburban, and rural), services, connections, and projects. The update includes new systems and data connections not previously addressed in the 2001 ITS Architecture. The Architecture update also includes new and emerging services such as shared mobility and CAV.

STARNET Modernization Strategy
The STARNET Modernization Strategy provides a review and assessment of the current status of STARNET to enable forward-looking discussions on the system’s application as part of the updated local and regional vision for ITS. This project component incorporates stakeholder feedback on current STARNET activities and perceptions of the STARNET program. This input will be used to inform future enhancement strategies and functionality of the system, and establish a plan to increase its value and utilization across the region. Other regional and local needs and objectives also inform future enhancements of STARNET to support the region in achieving a variety of local and regional ITS goals and objectives.

Regional Technology and Mobility Master Plan

Concept of Operations

STARNET Gap Analysis and Future Roadmap

ITS Architecture

Objectives + Strategies

1. Address smart transportation strategies for urban, suburban, and rural communities

a. Identify latest strategies and solutions for rural areas
b. Active fleet management
c. Plan and create a communication protocol between partner agencies

2. Prepare for smart region infrastructure adapting to new technology

a. Create traffic operations center at all agencies
b. Create lifecycle infrastructure replacement program (urban/suburban/rural)
c. Define how systems will operate together
d. Create plan for infrastructure compatibility
e. Share operational control of ITS field elements/systems
f. Identify technology pieces of shared mobility plan
g. Implement ICM along regionally significant arterial corridors

3. Reduce user frustration by providing consistency and reliability

a. Utilize high resolution data
b. Improve multi-modal options
c. Improve multi-modal reliability
d. Improve public outreach regarding planned lane/road closures
e. Centralize signal control
f. Improve traffic signal infrastructure

4. Proactively improve transportation system safety

a. Create ITS projects to proactively improve safety
b. Use ITS to prevent secondary collisions

5. Improve traveler information and dissemination to public and within region

a. Integrate third party data
b. Consolidate public information systems
c. Implement integrated parking management strategies

6. Disaster preparedness


Complete Streets

Complete Streets integrate people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks by designing streets so pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders can coexist peacefully and safely. Each complete street is designed according to each community’s unique needs that will ultimately provide safe access for all users, regardless of age.

Overview Darren Conly

Congestion Management Process

The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a collaboratively developed set of objectives, performance metrics, and strategies the Sacramento region uses to monitor and manage traffic congestion on select roadways that comprise its CMP network. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires all metro regions with a population of more than 200,000 to maintain a CMP. SACOG’s CMP forms part of its Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and brings several benefits, including:


Intelligent Transportation Systems

SACOG is working with local partners to plan and implement Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects to improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle emissions.

ITS projects use advanced technology and tools such as freeway ramp meters, dynamic message signs and traffic signal timing to provide real-time information on traffic conditions and coordinate operations at local traffic centers.


Zero Emission Vehicle Planning

The Sacramento Area ZEV Deployment Strategy is focused on concentrating investment in electrification of the region’s transportation fleet to demonstrate technologies and our region’s interest in a zero-emission transportation future. The plan prioritizes electrification in under resourced communities, personal vehicles, shared-ride vehicles, public and private transit, micro-transit and shuttles, and medium-duty and heavy-duty (MD-HD) fleets.