Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS Architecture

Region Home
ITS Inventory
Inventory by Stakeholder
Inventory by Entity
Sausage Diagram
Market Packages by Functional Area
Market Packages by Stakeholder
Market Package Descriptions
Equipment Package Descriptions
Architecture Flow Descriptions
Project Documents
Send Your Comments


Home Page

How to use this web site.

The Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS Architecture is a roadmap for transportation systems integration for the metropolitan area of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and the surrounding municipalities in New York as well as Region Niagara in Ontario, Canada over the next 15 years. The Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS Architecture has been developed through a cooperative effort by the region's transportation agencies, covering all surface transportation modes and all roads in the region.

The Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS Architecture was developed from existing documentation and information gathered for international border crossings. Additional information for the Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS Archtecture will be reviewed and elaborated on through extensive stakeholder input gathered through a series of stakeholder group meetings/workshops (April 19-20, 2005; June 15-16, 2005; July 14, 2005), from review with individual stakeholders, and from comments received during the review period. The Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS Architecture represents a shared vision of how each agencies' systems will work together in the future, sharing information and resources to provide a safer, more efficient, and more effective transportation system for travelers in the region.

The architecture is an important new tool that will be used by:

  • Planning agencies/organizations to better reflect integration opportunities and operational needs into the transportation planning process.  
  • Operating and implementing agencies to recognize and plan for transportation integration opportunities in the region.
  • Other organizations and individuals that use the transportation system in the region.
  • The architecture provides an overarching framework that spans all of these organizations and individual transportation projects.  Using the architecture, each transportation project can be viewed as an element of the overall transportation system, providing visibility into the relationship between individual transportation projects and ways to cost-effectively build an integrated transportation system over time.

    Time Horizon and Services

    The Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS architecture has a time horizon of up to fifteen years with particular focus on those systems and interfaces that are likely to be implemented in the next ten years. The architecture covers the broad spectrum of Intelligent Transportation Systems, including Traffic Management, Transit Management, Traveler Information, Maintenance and Construction, Emergency Management, Commercial Vehicle Operations, and Archived Data Management over this time horizon.

    Elements in the architecture are classified as either “existing” or “planned”.  Elements classified as “existing” are those whose interface design is complete, regardless of whether the actual element or interface is implemented.  Elements classified as “planned” are those whose interfaces have not yet been designed.

    About this Web Site

    The purpose of this regional ITS architecture web site is to organize the details of the architecture into a form that is more readily accessible to stakeholders. It will provide a method for stakeholders to access the architecture information in order to encourage the use of the Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National Regional ITS Architecture in both transportation planning and project implementation. In addition, this website will be useful in gathering stakeholder feedback so that the architecture is used and continues to reflect the intelligent transportation system vision for the region. The menu bar at left provides access to the stakeholders, the transportation systems in the region (the "Inventory"), the transportation services that will be provided, transportation-related functions that are envisioned, and the existing and planned interfaces in the region.

    The majority of this web site was generated directly from a Turbo Architecture database which defines the architecture for the Buffalo-Niagara Bi-National region.  The source database in Microsoft Access format is also available for download.
    NOTE: The Turbo Architecture database file was updated to Version 1.00.01 and includes market package instances under the Services tab.

    Last updated: 08-19-2006