A new Traffic Management Center has opened in Santa Monica City Hall.

The traffic center is designed to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of cars, people, transit, and bicycles within the city of Santa Monica.

A division of the city Planning and Community Development Department, the Traffic Management Center provides a centralized control center for ongoing city traffic signal operations and incident response, and coordinates traffic operations with other city transportation management functions including Public Safety, Public Works and Big Blue Bus.

The center additionally focuses on special event traffic management and recurring congestion management related to beach and downtown visitors.

Several city departments will coordinate with Planning and Community Development in day-to-day activities that could include construction closures, response to accidents as well as performing various operations related to the TMC. In addition, the TMC integrates information and coordinates operations with other agencies outside the city, including: the California Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Metro, and the California Highway Patrol.

The downtown Santa Monica area is the first area to be connected to the traffic center.

Construction of the TMC and other associated infrastructure was funded through mitigation funds the city received from the Playa Vista housing development, officials said.