A Minnesota integrated communications system project to share application of ITS across transportation, public safety, and transit agencies cost just over $1.5 million.

From the Rural ITS Toolbox report: Subsection 8.1 Integrated Communication Systems

November 2001
Minnesota,United States

Summary Information

The purpose of the Advanced Rural Transportation Information and Coordination (ARTIC) project in Minnesota was to share application of ITS across various public agencies such as transportation, public safety, and transit utilizing a central communications and dispatching center. AVL/GPS equipment was installed on fleet vehicles for ease of location, identification, and dispatching. Mobile data terminals (MDTs) were also installed allowing for data transmission between the vehicles and the dispatch center. AVL and MDTs were installed on 15 Mn/DOT vehicles, 4 Minnesota State Police (MSP) vehicles, and 15 transit buses. To demonstrate the capability of transmitting data from fleet vehicles to the center, an interface was developed between the MDTs and the sand spreader control on the snow plows.

The total project cost was $1.574 million. Funding for the project came from three primary sources: federal ($903,000), state ($622,000), and other partners ($49,000).

See Also:
Advanced Rural Transportation Information and Coordination (ARTIC) Operational Test Evaluation Report. Prepared for the Minnesota DOT, Office of Advanced Transportation Systems by: Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. and C.J. Olson Market Research, July 2000. Available at

Rural ITS Toolbox (Sections 6.1 and 6.2). Prepared for the Federal Highway Administration by SAIC (FHWA-OP-01-030). Washington, DC. November 2001. Available at

Click here for a diagram showing the ARTIC system components and data flow.

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Rural ITS Toolbox

Author: Deeter, D., H. M. Zarean, and D. Register

Published By: U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

Source Date: November 2001

EDL Number: 13477

Other Reference Number: FHWA-OP-01-030

System Cost

Project cost: $1.574 million.


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Cost ID: 2003-00050