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Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News May 23, 2016
Those driving through Pittsburgh in the next few weeks might see Uber's first test self-driving car taking a spin through the streets. The hybrid Ford Fusion car, out of Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, will be gathering mapping data and testing out its autonomous driving abilities, according...
Funding News May 23, 2016
Associations representing state departments of transportation, legislatures and the nation's governors worked this month to head off a Senate appropriations provision that could potentially take away billions of dollars in already-authorized highway funds.   The groups sent joint letters to Senate...
Funding News May 23, 2016
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Transit News May 19, 2016
Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) would operate and maintain the city’s rail line, instead of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), under a plan that Oahu voters might be asked to approve this fall.   The Honolulu Charter Commission's four-member...
Bridge Construction News May 19, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration last month approved a proposal to build a new Champ Clark Bridge 50 ft south of the existing one in Louisiana, a town of 3,300 residents about 90 miles north of St. Louis, the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig reported.   Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of...
Gravel Roads Case Studies May 18, 2016
Polk County, Minn. has approximately 400 miles of gravel roads that it maintains.   “Every year the county would spend money adding gravel that was lost during the winter snowplowing season, have to fix frost boils, and receive complaints about muddy conditions during the rainy season,” said...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News May 18, 2016
Siemens announced Seattle, Wash. will implement Concert, an integrated traffic management platform that connects both Siemens and third-party systems across the city including traffic control centers, intersection controllers, and parking guidance systems.   The software will link these traffic...
Pothole Patching News May 18, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is seeing a sharp reduction in the number of potholes thanks in large part to its decision to deploy automated pothole patching machines.   Dubbed the "Pothole Killer," these machines were brought into service to help restore roads following the...
Safety Products May 18, 2016
Traditional concrete walls are more and more often being replaced with high-strength zinc-galvanized or Bezinal-coated barrier cable. The primary focus is safety – these barriers act as the “safety net” between your car, other vehicles and pedestrians. Using barrier cables also improves the...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News May 17, 2016
Robot-loving engineer Anthony Levandowski, who helped steer Google's self-driving technology, is convinced autonomous big rigs will be the next big thing on the road to a safer transportation system.   Levandowski left Google earlier this year to pursue his vision at Otto, a San Francisco startup...
Bridges News May 17, 2016
Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, Foundation Professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Engineering, is leading something of a revolution in the field of earthquake engineering for bridges.   For years, bridges in seismically active zones have been designed...

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Traffic Management Article May 16, 2016
Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) is located in the heart of Hampton Roads, occupying over 3,400 acres.   Home to over 300 commands, NSN serves as the deep-water homeport for 75 warships and submarines, including five of the U.S. Navy’s 12 aircraft carriers. On any given weekday, approximately 60,000...
Transportation Management Article May 16, 2016
In an effort to reduce vehicular congestion on I-95, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with northern Virginia’s military installations to offer transportation demand management (TDM) solutions to the hundreds of Department of Defense (...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article May 16, 2016
It is 2025, and a series of disruptive innovations in the auto industry has led to a critical mass of self-driving vehicles traveling on U.S. roadways.   This future is merely speculative; it is plausible. So too, is a future of gradual and incremental technological evolutions, wherein a critical...
Transportation Management Article May 16, 2016
The idea for a new, elevated pedestrian bridge along Lake Michigan in the heart of downtown Chicago was born more than 15 years ago out of a need to ease heavy pedestrian traffic at the entry point to Navy Pier, one of the city’s principle tourist sites.   Unfortunately, the project remained stuck...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article May 16, 2016
Connected vehicles—those that “talk” to each other and share data about the environment they travel through—have arrived.   Paired with advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and smart infrastructure, we are gearing up for a dramatic change in how we navigate cities and by extension, our...
Traffic Safety News May 16, 2016
Georgia transportation officials are studying how to add semi-only lanes for truck traffic on Interstate 75 between Macon and Atlanta's southern suburbs.   State officials have yet to decide how to schedule the semi-only lanes and other big initiatives over the next 10 years, according to Georgia...
Road Design News May 16, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has now finalized a trimmed-down list of design criteria for roads on the National Highway System (NHS) in a change that will simplify many projects and give more design flexibility to state and local governments.   Instead of the 13 design criteria it had...
Funding News May 16, 2016
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DOT in Crisis News May 13, 2016
The American Society of Civil Engineers has concluded that over the next decade, it will cost more than $3.3 trillion to keep up with repairs and replacements to U.S. roads, bridges, airports, power grid and other critical infrastructure, but based on current funding levels, the nation will come up...
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