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TME Traffic Management

Welcome to the Traffic Management Channel, a special section that provides the user an in-depth look at the multiple aspects of traffic management — straight from sources of Roads & Bridges magazine and our Transportation Management & Engineering supplement.  Topics covered include intelligent transportation systems, traffic signals, traffic monitoring, intersection safety, traffic design software, electronic tolling and congestion pricing.

News July 29, 2014
The first portion of the $5.6 billion Silver Line of Washington, D.C.’s, Metrorail subway system is now open for business, with more than 11 miles of new track in northern Virginia. It is the first extension of the Metrorail system since 2004.   While the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit...
News July 28, 2014
The “Century Crunch” sounds more like late-night snack, but thankfully it did not give many Los Angeles motorists a bad case of indigestion.   Century and Aviation boulevards near the entrance of the Los Angeles International Airport were completely shutdown on Saturday, July 26, so crew could...
News July 22, 2014
Bike-lane design could soon feature more prominently in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) after the national advisory committee behind the list approved 11 bike-lane treatments in late June. The recommendations from the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices now...
News July 15, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover revealed that it is working on self-learning technology for its next generation of vehicles, which would make note of driver behaviors and preferences with the goal of automating daily driving tasks.   Dubbed Smart Assistant by JLR, the technology utilizes a learning algorithm...
News July 15, 2014
U.S. DOT has announced plans for several regional connected vehicle pilot projects in different parts of the U.S., and a new website has been established to help educate interested stakeholders about this potential opportunity. U.S. DOT plans to release a request for proposals for the pilot program...
News July 14, 2014
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project planners got their first look at a new ITS project planning tool last week following U.S. DOT’s alpha release of the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT) software. The agency has begun seeking comments on the software from...
Videos July 10, 2014
This video shows The Road Zipper System in action on some of America’s busiest roadways, juxtaposed with shots of commuter life without the congestion mitigation and safety benefits that the system provides.
News July 10, 2014
L.A. Metro revealed at its April board meeting that its ExpressLanes trial—which added new toll and bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes to I-10 and I-110—has exceeded expectations on all fronts, with transponder sales and tolling revenue well above projections. With these numbers in hand, the agency...
News July 01, 2014
Visitors to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will now be able to go between the airport and the city via light rail after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority unanimously voted to construct a new $200 million station east of the central terminal. Service could begin as early as 2022....
News June 25, 2014
With bus ridership down 7% since 2007, the New York City DOT and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have introduced a series of new Select Bus Service (SBS) lines—some of which employ signal priority technology—to improve bus service and control congestion.   The SBS lines tackle two of...
News June 25, 2014
Motorists anxious to own a self-driving car may not have to wait much longer thanks to San Francisco-based startup Cruise, which is taking pre-orders for its new aftermarket self-driving kit. Each unit will cost $10,000, with installations expected to start early in 2015.   Cruise has already...
News June 17, 2014
With the prevalence of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) growing rapidly in the U.S., U.S. DOT Chief Information Officer Richard McKinney acknowledged this week that standards will need to be developed for collecting and disseminating traffic data.   The announcement came during the...
News June 13, 2014
The first decade of the 21st century saw Americans place greater value on public transportation, as a new study shows both overall ridership and proximity to transit stations grew significantly during that time.   According to the study, conducted by the Federal Transit Administration and the...
News June 12, 2014
The city of Virginia Beach, Va., has completed work on an advanced traffic-prediction computer model that can analyze the movement of individual vehicles and even predict the effect of traffic signals on congestion.   Known as the Beach model, the new tool was developed by city engineers and the...
News June 11, 2014
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) could be using drones to monitor traffic in the next several years, following a recent Georgia Tech study that found 40 different ways the agency could utilize unmanned aerial vehicles.   GDOT commissioned the $75,000 study to see if the prominent...
News June 05, 2014
The city of Boston has initiated a beta test on a new “pop-up” bus service that analyzes demographic data to determine bus routes.   The service was developed by Bridj, a technology startup based in Cambridge, Mass. It mines dozens of data sources—from Google Earth to census data and social media—...
News June 04, 2014
The New York City Council passed a package of traffic-safety laws largely focused on greater protection for pedestrians and bicyclists. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bills into law.   The series of measures are the first steps in a new campaign spearheaded by de Blasio known as...
News June 03, 2014
The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) rolled out its new free mobile ticketing app for train riders on the South Shore Line between Chicago and northwest Indiana. Smartphone users will now be able to purchase and store their train tickets on their devices instead of using...
News June 02, 2014
Officials at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s Traffic Management Center will soon be able to alert motorists to changing traffic conditions in real-time thanks to a new regional traffic management system scheduled to be in place by 2016. Vermont and Maine have also signed on to make...
News May 27, 2014
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has begun seeking public opinion on several plans to improve traffic flow between the Dallas-Fort Worth area to rural northeastern Texas. NCTCOG will continue weighing public and private financing options as discussions are ongoing.   The area...