Traffic Incident Management (TIM)
Traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for emergency responders and are a key cause of unexpected congestion. Americans burn more than 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline each year as a result of being stuck in incident-related traffic congestion. And for every minute that a primary crash continues to be a hazard, the risk of secondary crashes increases by almost 3%.
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is a multi-disciplinary effort to improve the way we respond to incidents that impact traffic flow on regional roadways. The primary goals of TIM are encompassed in the National Unified Goal (NUG) for Traffic Incident Management and include ensuring the safety of first responders, clearing the roadways quickly in order to reduce traffic congestion and minimize the potential for secondary crashes, and having reliable interoperable communications between responding agencies. The idea is to get first responders to communicate, collaborate, train together and build relationships outside of an actual incident, so that way they can work more effectively together when they get on an actual incident scene.
TIM efforts in Southwestern Pennsylvania began in May 2011 with a 2-day Advanced TIM Workshop conducted by the Federal Highway Administration. Following that workshop, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) initiated a Regional TIM Steering Committee in August 2011. Since that time, the Steering Committee has been working on a number of issues including the start-up of two Local TIM Teams.
SPC has received a great deal of positive feedback from first responders who have participated in the region’s TIM activities to date and hopes to continue building on this effort and spreading it to other parts of the region. (SPC's TIM program will actually be highlighted in an upcoming article in Traffic Technology International magazine.)
For more information on SPC's TIM initiative, please contact Doug Smith at email@example.com or visit the TIM webpage.
Indiana County Commissioners Announce the Creation of a County TIM Team
Trainings & Handouts
If you would like more information via the SharePoint site which is built and maintained by Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission for TIM Teams across the region. If you are an emergency responder, and would like access to this site, please contact Doug Smith via firstname.lastname@example.org for a Username and Password.
Phone: (724) 465-3870
Fax 1: (724) 465-3150
Fax 2: (724) 465-3151
801 Water St.
Indiana, PA 15701-1705
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday EST