Following experiences from the 9/11 attacks and other major incidents, transportation officials from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) have committed to share information and coordinate their incident management practices for both day-to-day operations and during larger regional incidents. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) has partnered with the major transportation agencies in creating MATOC, the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination Program. By integrating traffic management systems, improving procedures and planning, and providing more accurate and timely transportation information to the public, your transportation agencies are working together to make travel smoother and safer. This is the vision of MATOC.
MATOC’s mission is to provide situational awareness of transportation operations in the National Capital Region (NCR). This is achieved through the communication of consistent and reliable information that enables operating agencies and the traveling public to make effective and timely decisions. MATOC also develops new tools and processes needed to facilitate coordinated operating agency responses.
To improve traveler safety and reduce the delay that results from incidents and emergencies by:
- Providing timely and reliable information that enables individuals to make better travel decisions.
- Enabling better coordination of the transportation management agencies in the National Capital Region.
- To provide for the quick and reliable exchange of transportation system information among operating agencies in the NCR.
- To enable agency operations' staffs to more effectively and reliably coordinate with each other, and their peers in other agencies, when a major incident or emergency has occurred.
- To continually improve the region's ability to inform the public and manage the transportation system.
- To continually improve regional preparedness for effectively managing the transportation system in response to major incidents.