Interstates 90 and 94 between Wisconsin and Washington function as major corridors for commercial and recreational travel. Extreme winter weather conditions, prevalent in the northern states within this corridor, pose significant operational and travel-related challenges. Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are predominantly rural and face similar transportation issues related to traffic management, traveler information, and commercial vehicle operations.
Recognizing the value of coordinated, cross-border collaboration for ITS deployment to address these issues, Minnesota initiated a meeting in 2002 with representatives from each of the states within the corridor. The group established itself as a Transportation Pooled Fund in 2003 through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The vision of the North/West Passage Corridor is to focus on developing effective methods for sharing, coordinating, and integrating traveler information and operational activities across state and provincial borders. The vision provides a framework to guide the states’ future projects in the corridor.
Congratulations to the North/West Passage Pooled Fund Study!
In 2012, FHWA selected North/West Passage for funding through the Multistate Corridor Operations and Management (MCOM) Program. The purpose of the MCOM program is to promote regional cooperation, planning, and shared project implementation for research programs and projects that improve multimodal transportation system management and operations.
In 2010, at the Opening Session of the 2010 National Rural ITS Conference, the North/West Passage Transportation Pooled Fund Study was recognized as the winner of the 2010 Best of ITS Rural Award (PDF, 74K) under the category Best New Practice. The Best of ITS Rural Awards is the only program in the world that recognizes the best and brightest of the rural ITS community. Bill Legg, North/West Passage Chair, accepted the award on behalf of the North/West Passage Program.