What is the Coalition?

What is the Coalition?
The I-95 Corridor Coalition is an alliance of transportation agencies, toll authorities, and related organizations, including public safety, from the State of Maine to the State of Florida, with affiliate members in Canada. The Coalition provides a forum for key decision and policy makers to address transportation management and operations issues of common interest. This volunteer, consensus-driven organization enables its myriad state, local and regional member agencies to work together to improve transportation system performance far more than they could working individually. The Coalition has successfully served as a model for multi-state/jurisdictional interagency cooperation and coordination for over a decade. 

  How it all Began

The Coalition began in the early 1990's as an informal group of transportation professionals working together to more effectively manage major highway incidents that impacted travel across jurisdictional boundaries. In 1993, the Coalition was formally established to enhance transportation mobility, safety, and efficiency in the region.

During the 1990’s, the focus of the Coalition's program evolved from studying and testing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies to a broader perspective that embraced integrated deployments and coordinated operations. The Coalition's perspective evolved from a concentration on highways to one that encompasses all modes of travel and focuses on the efficient transfer of people and goods between modes. Facilitation of regional incident management in areas such as pre-planning, coordination and communication among transportation and public safety agencies in the corridor remains a key part of the Coalition’s focus. Today, the Coalition emphasizes information management as the underpinning of seamless operations across jurisdictions and modes.

  The Future of the Coalition
  • The Coalition continues to expand its perspective by paying increased attention to areas of growing national and regional concern.
  • It will provide organizational and technical support to foster learning and information sharing among Coalition member organizations and others.
  • It will help develop and manage information systems that will assist member agencies with system management and operations, provide a source of long-distance travel information for the traveling public, and support investment decisions of the Coalition and its member agencies.
  • It will accelerate coordinated system management and operations by facilitating deployments of cross-jurisdictional and multimodal programs and services.

The Coalition will continue to be a doing organization. Our future holds a more active role in performing analyses of important regional transportation management and operations issues, and stronger ties to sister organizations such as the regional organizations of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and ITS America. Our future also holds a continuing successful partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and other modal agencies of the US Department of Transportation.

The members of the I-95 Corridor Coalition recognize that the region’s complex and growing transportation management and operations problems must be addressed through an institution that provides a mechanism for coordinating and resolving issues in a spirit of cooperation and consensus. The I-95 Corridor Coalition will continue to evolve in directions that allow it to effectively serve the needs of its member agencies and the traveling public for seamless and effective transportation system management and operations across all modes of travel.

  Procedural Guidelines Minimize

The I-95 Corridor Coalition does not have a formal set of By-laws. However, since its establishment, the Coalition has adopted a number of procedures, policies and guidelines that determine the manner in which it operates. These operating guidelines have been compiled and are contained in the Procedural Guidelines Manual available as a PDF version. Since procedures are always being revised, this manual will be updated on an as-needed basis. Any comments or suggestions should be addressed to the current co-chairs of the Steering Committee or to any of the Coalition staff.

Bullet View the 2014 Procedural Guidelines Acrobat

  Coalition Members

Members come to the Coalition table because of the importance of the Coalition’s work. The table is held together by members’ good will and the Coalition’s “Four C’s”: consensus, cooperation, coordination, and communication. The Coalition’s lifeblood is the work of its member agency volunteers.

Coalition membership has broadened over the years, reflecting the depth and application of Coalition projects. Recent Coalition work plans include projects that involve regional passenger and freight movements analysis, long distance trip planning on public transportation modes, development of real-time travel data across multiple jurisdictions, and quick clearance training for incident management. Within the Coalition region this had led to an expansion of the number and types of agencies that participate in Coalition projects and activities, including transit agencies and metropolitan planning organizations. Outside of the Coalition region, it has led to expressed interest in participating in Coalition work.

The Coalition brings to the table the key decision makers that have or will influence the operation of the Corridor including:

  • State and Local Departments of Transportation,
  • Transportation Authorities,
  • Transit and Rail Agencies,
  • Port Authorities,
  • Motor Vehicle Agencies,
  • State Police/Law Enforcement,
  • US Department of Transportation,
  • Canadian Province Department of Transportation,
  • Intercity Passenger and Freight Transportation Providers, and
  • Transportation Industry Associates.

The I-95 Corridor Coalition region of the United States hosts many of the nation's vital governmental, business, industrial, agricultural, entertainment, and recreational activities. In order for the nation to thrive, the transportation facilities that serve these activities must be managed and operated efficiently. Since many of the trips resulting from these activities, whether transporting freight or people, cross over multiple state and authority jurisdictional boundaries, no single operating entity is responsible for the overall efficiency, safety, comfort, or cost of travel, or its effects on the environment.