Statewide Multi-Discipline Safety Team (MDST) Program

The Purpose of an mdst

Improve traffic safety

Develop interagency cooperation

Help resolve local safety issues

Identify and mitigate crash causes

Improve crash response practices

Identify funding opportunities

who is involved


Emergency Management

Emergency Responders


Law Enforcement



the benefits of an mdst

By coordinating communication and collaborating with other stakeholders, participants gain a broader perspective on safety issues and learn best practices from professionals outside their area of expertise. This ultimately leads to the development of solutions that may not have been considered otherwise.

program assistance

In addition to the other services Iowa LTAP offers, the Statewide MDST program can assist with a number of technical services that can help further develop existing safety groups, establish new relationships and foster growth of innovative and effective safety practices within the transportation community in the state of Iowa. One of the program's main goals is interagency collaboration and information exchange. This approach will improve communication on technical transportation issues among professionals from local governments, cities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations and regional entities and the DOT statewide. Some of the services the MDST program assists with include the following:

  • Provide technical briefs, technical reports and research documentation
  • Provisions for technical and safety workshops
  • Outreach and technology services
  • Traffic safety assessments

success stories

Wrong Way Driver Detections and Treatments along US 30 near Ames, Iowa

Over 80 wrong way drivers have been officially reported along US 30 corridor between Boone and Nevada, Iowa, over the past five years. The Iowa DOT in concert with local enforcement agencies and InTrans have formed a multidisciplinary safety team (MDST) to address this issue. Enhanced signing, painting, lighting, and use of technology through intelligent transportation systems (ITS) tools are being used to detect and inform drivers and 911 centers.

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traffic INCIDENT management dashboard


The purpose of the traffic management center (TMC) is to monitor traffic, and keep traffic flowing throughout the state of Iowa on the state's primary highway system


Includes data of motor vehicle-related crashes occurring on any public road in Iowa, regardless of jurisdiction.