The Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG) serves an important function on behalf of the US Department of Transportation (US DOT), Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), and its ITS-Joint Program Office, (ITS-JPO). TSAG is committed to its purpose of gaining insight and knowledge of transportation safety needs and how these may be served through proven and emerging technologies. Through a dedicated group of volunteer transportation and public safety professionals, TSAG is a significant advocate for employing public safety technologies to address our national transportation safety challenge (see summary presentation and talking points). Through pursuit of its charter to advance transportation safety via the ITS Joint Program Office on Intelligent Transportation Systems and advanced technologies, TSAG supports the ITS Joint Program Office mission (see fact sheet).
Accordingly, TSAG looks toward a national transportation services Vision that fulfills a state of public safety such that:
The TSAG vision represents the long-range ideal that its partners collectively pursue. This ideal inspires the TSAG, its stakeholders, partners, and like-minded interest groups to unite behind a core purpose and recognize a service to TSAG’s communities of public and transportation safety interests.
Public and responder safety that is fully integrated and enabled through the use of transportation technology.
The companion TSAG Mission focuses on who we are, how we will progress toward this ideal, and the focus of TSAG activity to serve its charter and its stakeholders.
In concert with the US Department of Transportation ITS Joint Program Office, TSAG identifies and promotes transportation related technologies that improve the safety of responders and the public.
To optimize Strategic Plan effectiveness, TSAG seeks to assimilate a core strategy for achieving its projects and meeting objectives, and understands that it cannot be distracted from this core strategy. This declaration of strategic discipline is termed our Strategic Direction. The focus of this TSAG 2019-2020 Strategic Plan is defined through this Strategic Direction.
The Transportation Safety Advancement Group, through its special projects, work plan, and outreach activities, promotes technologies and best practices that minimize transportation incident impacts and support safe and efficient emergency response and management through interdisciplinary and inter-agency communications and coordination.
In support of its charter to provide feedback and insight to US DOT ITS Joint Program Office, TSAG is dedicated to advancing public safety across transportation modes, transportation services and functions, and transportation and public safety jurisdictions. To this end, TSAG has shaped this Strategic Plan through observance of its refined Operating Principles, including:
- Public Safety Through Technology – The advancement of proven and emerging technologies for traveler safety and for the safety of emergency responders remains a TSAG priority as these technologies and broader Intelligent Transportation Systems are deployed along our nation’s multi-modal transportation networks.
- Public Safety Through Strategic Alliances – SStrategic alliances, partnerships, and institutional frameworks that serve to advance transportation safety and mobility through technology are encouraged and will be promoted through TSAG support of relevant public policy, technology research, and competitive and open technology markets.
- Public Safety Through Knowledge Transfer – TSAG will advance traveler and emergency responder safety through forums that share knowledge, promote awareness, and exchange experiences – all employed to create a national awareness of, and connection to, transportation and public safety goals and achievements.
Guided by the Operating Principles, a companion set of strategic Operating Goals supports cohesion among TSAG members, their communities of interest, and TSAG strategic partners as all come together to support a unified program of actions. Accordingly, specific TSAG Operating Goals will be pursued in support of this 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and companion special projects, meetings, and outreach activities. These include:
- Support operating partnerships within TSAG Interest Communities and like-minded stakeholders
- Strengthen the interplay among TSAG members and partners through interactive working events
- Establish functional knowledge transfer and information exchange mechanisms
- Strengthen TSAG’s identity with federal, state, regional and local transportation operators and with US DOT modal administrations
- Support and help expand a national partnership among leading transportation operations and public safety organizations as well as related technology industries
- Identify and support the needs of first responder safety technologies
- Identify and promote best practices for improving public safety inter-disciplinary coordination
- Identify and promote public safety communications technologies
2019-2020 Work Plan
2019-2020 Special Projects
TSAG has pursued several special projects in order to advance its vision of protecting travelers and the public safety personnel who serve them. These special projects allow TSAG to take creative and innovative approaches to advocating for and promoting emergency responder and traveler safety. These projects have been developed by TSAG at business meetings and during conference calls, and were incubated through special project committees, assigned by the TSAG Executive Committee.
- CAV Needs Specific to Emergency Response (use cases)
- Transportation-related Public Safety Apps
- TMC – PSAP Interoperability
Each project will be developed to include outreach strategies and measures of effectiveness. In addition to targeted outreach around the special projects, TSAG will continue to help bring together the emergency responder and general transportation/ITS communities whenever the opportunity presents itself, through webinars, presentations at conferences, demonstrations or other events, and in coordination with the National Operations Center of Excellence.
Outreach around Special Projects
TSAG can only fulfill its vision and pursue its mission with an effective outreach program. Because of the often segmented nature of the transportation community, effective channels of communication and knowledge transfer must be undertaken in order for traveler and emergency responder safety advocacy to be effective. Therefore, as special projects are completed, TSAG fosters and manages strategic partnerships with appropriate transportation communities, using tools such as meetings, briefings, presentations, a widely marketed website, and outreach materials to be distributed at key industry events.
The following special projects were identified and completed in the 2016-2018 Work Plan:
- Emergency Vehicle Operator On-Board Device Distractions
- Model Emergency Response Components for State Highway Safety/Highway Improvement/ITS Strategic Plans (State Plan Project)
- Synthesis of Technologies that Protect and Support Incidents and Emergency Respsonders: At least one demo was completed during Q3 2016 with live and web outreach
- Connected Responder: Interest, Context, and Business Development