Today, a 12-year partnership among the North Florida TPO, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) culminated with the opening of the North Florida Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) at 980 North Jefferson Street.
The state-of-the art facility will house employees from FHP. FDOT and others whose main objective is to work towards safe and efficient travel in the Northeast Florida area. This is the first Transportation Management Center in Florida to co-locate staff across these agencies.
The new Center was funded by the North Florida TPO as part of their ongoing investment in Intelligent Transportation Systems which totals more than $30 million since 2003. The TPO’s new offices cover 5,000-square feet adjacent to the RTMC and include an expansive Board Room featuring advanced communications and environmental controls. In addition, the TPO is providing designated electric vehicle parking with ChargeWell charging stations through their Clean Fuels program.
The 20,000-square foot RTMC facility has the latest technology in monitoring and responding to incidents on our highways to provide a safe transportation system.
Included in the 6,572-square foot RTMC:
- A total of 32 workstations, each with their own ergonomic adjustments and climate control, costing $30,000 each.
- A video wall measuring 24-feet by 6-feet, 9-inches equivalent to 300 inches of TV to monitor the more than 600 roadway cameras throughout the area.
- Six smaller four-monitor video walls.
- Approximately 23 miles of communication cable within the building.
- Energy-efficient features including LED lighting to save money and reduce worker fatigue.
The building itself is capable of withstanding a Category 3 hurricane and sustaining itself for seven days through a power outage. The south wall is comprised of bullet proof windows per FHP requirements, who provide dispatching for 10 state law enforcement agencies in 18 counties in the North Florida area.
It’s the first facility in Florida to be interconnected to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for combined response to Homeland Security threats.