What is the TOC?

The Transportation Operations Center (TOC) is the part of SDOT responsible for the general operation of the City’s street system. The TOC uses the latest technologies and resources to track and improve transportation throughout the city in real-time.

The TOC is SDOT's control center.

The TOC is SDOT’s control center.

We monitor live video cameras, traffic detectors, social media, 911 dispatch, and more for incidents which could impact Seattle’s complex transportation network.

When something happens, we update our Twitter (@SeattleDOT), our Travelers Information Map, and Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) mounted all over the city. We also dispatch our Maintenance Units to respond to incidents where they can clear a stalled vehicle or even provide fuel.

A dynamic messaging sign letting people know there's a game.

A dynamic messaging sign letting people know there’s a game.

Mel and Ed, two of our friendly neighborhood TOC operators.

Mel and Ed, two of our friendly neighborhood TOC operators.

 

 

 

 

There’s also a lot of coordination happening behind the scenes at the TOC. Whenever an incident occurs, we work with the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Department of Transportation, King County Metro, and other agencies in the region to help mitigate the impact as safely and quickly as possible.

Traffic is almost always a topic of commuters’ daily conversation, so our goal is to keep you as informed as possible. Follow @Seattledot on Twitter for the latest.