The Maryland Transportation Authority on Friday opened a new $13 million emergency operations center, consolidating police dispatch and civilian traffic management into a single location.
The new 11,860-square foot facility will feature 28 workstations and 180 television monitors, allowing for quicker response to incidents on Maryland’s roads. Its location near the Francis Scott Key Bridge offers easy access to I-95, I-695 and I-895 in Maryland. There will be 66 employees assigned to the new center.
The MDTA center includes a situation room that will allow incident commanders to collect and share information more efficiently. It is designed to remain open and sustain operations regardless of weather conditions or other challenges.
“With the opening of this new EOC, the MDTA truly has made a commitment to Governor Hogan’s customer-service initiative and to its customers by providing a centralized emergency management facility that can disseminate information more quickly,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Peter Rahn said in a press release.