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 sharing information and coordinating their incident management practices for both day-to-day operations and during larger regional incidents. The National Capital Region (NCR) Transportation Planning Board (TPB) has partnered with these agencies to create MATOC, the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination Program. By integrating traffic management systems, improving procedures and planning, and providing fast, accurate transportation information, your transportation agencies are working together to make travel smoother and safer.
MATOC’s mission is to provide situational awareness of transportation operations in the 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 between transportation management agencies in the NCR.
- Providing for the quick and reliable exchange of transportation system information between operating agencies in the NCR.
- Helping agency operations staff to more effectively and reliably coordinate with each other and with their peers in other agencies when a major incident or emergency has occurred.
- Continually improving the region’s ability to inform the public and manage the transportation system.
- Continually improving regional preparedness to effectively manage the transportation system in response to major incidents.
- MATOC Fact Sheet: Download the latest 2-page Fact Sheet that provides a quick overview of the MATOC program.