Traffic Management

Real-time adaptive signals aiding traffic flow in Pima County, Az.
News November 15, 2018
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) installed an adaptive signal timing system this past summer in Pima County to improve traffic flow on S.R. 77 (Oracle Road), the primary north-south route connecting Tucson and Oro Valley, which handles about 60,000 vehicles per day.   Thus far,...
NTSB report finds 95% of all 2017 transportation fatalities were highway-related

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News November 02, 2018
Data accumulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that of the 38,958 people who died in transportation-related accidents in calendar 2017, 95% or 37,133 were the result of highway...
bicycle and transit lane
News November 01, 2018
Two traffic lanes will be designated for bicyclists and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses on a mile-long stretch of Halsted Street on the Near North Side of the city under a pilot program launching Thursday.   Beginning this week, a shared curbside lane in each direction of Halsted between...
infrastructure software
News October 30, 2018
Bentley Systems Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, recently announced some of their latest acquisitions, resources and services at the company’s 2018 Year in Infrastructure Conference in...
NHTSA headlights
News October 16, 2018
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week said it was moving to allow advanced headlights known as “adaptive driving beams” to be used in vehicles on U.S. roads that could help prevent nighttime crashes.   The agency said it was acting in response to a petition filed...
JTA bus simulator
Article October 16, 2018
With the understanding that many transit professionals throughout the nation experience similar safety challenges, the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) funded TCRP Synthesis 126, with the purpose of documenting and sharing successful practices and...
public transportation
News October 11, 2018
Almost nine in 10 Americans, 86%, believe government should help fund public transportation, according to the findings of a new HNTB Corp. America THINKS national public opinion survey.   While this belief is held most strongly among Americans living in urban areas (92%), 85% of suburban...
smart cities work
News October 09, 2018
The Greater Phoenix Smart Region Initiative, a new public-private nonprofit partnership created to grow smart city projects, is taking hold in the Phoenix metro region.   The coalition includes the Arizona State University (ASU) Center for Smart Cities and Regions (CSCR), the Arizona Institute for...
Detroit smart intersections

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Article October 05, 2018
Everyone knows about the hard times that hit Detroit a few years ago. The auto industry was struggling. The local economy collapsed. The housing market imploded, and homes were selling for a couple thousand dollars at auction. Crime was out of control because there were not enough police to keep...
Mobility-as-a-Service for small urban and rural communities

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Article October 05, 2018
According to the MaaS Alliance, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) puts customers at the center of transport services, offering them tailor-made mobility solutions based on their individual needs. MaaS integrates and sells mobility services in real-time information primarily by app. Currently, there are...
Rails next to trails
Article October 05, 2018
There are approximately 212,000 at-grade railroad crossings in the U.S., usually consisting of one or more railroad tracks crossing a public highway. In some cases, and increasingly commonly, there is an additional presence of a multi-use path or trail, which adds a new level of complexity to...
U.S. 23 Flex Route project Michigan
Article October 05, 2018
In 2017, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) opened its first Flex Route along U.S. 23 in Washtenaw and Livingston counties. For years, the problems of peak-hour directional traffic, incident management, and corridor operations and safety eluded the department. All short-term solutions...
Illinois DOT may add EV charging to I-294
News October 04, 2018
The Illinois Tollway has begun to examine the addition of embedded equipment on the I-294 corridor that would enable electric vehicles (EVs) to charge on route. At present the interstate is undergoing a $4 billion reconstruction, which includes the widening of a 22-mile stretch of the roadway.  ...
Contra Costa Transportation Authority breaks ground on I-680 express lane
News October 04, 2018
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 4 announced the start of construction on a new southbound Express Lane on I-680 that will stretch 11 miles from south of Marina...
roundabouts
News September 28, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently announced that according to department data, crashes, injuries and fatalities decreased at 11 roundabouts in the state after they were installed.   PennDOT recently reviewed data for 11 roundabouts on state routes at intersections...
bus route express lanes
News September 27, 2018
Washington State transportation officials have agreed to create direct transit lines between the booming South Lake Union and the Eastside in Seattle by building a new reversible I-5 express lane between S.R. 520 and Mercer Street for buses only.   The $70 million project, scheduled to open in 2023...
Leaders from both transit agencies and transportation network companies were on-hand at the APTA Annual Meeting to discuss present and future operations
News September 25, 2018
An increasingly important (and somewhat treacherous) topic in the transportation world is the question of whether mass transit and transportation network companies (TNCs) can operate in conjunction with one another, or, failing that, in, at least, something like mutually exclusive harmony.   In my...
U.S. DOT emergency funding
News September 21, 2018
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina.    The $14 million payment is an...
Road traffic monitoring data
News September 18, 2018
Canadian highway traffic management technology company International Road Dynamics (IRD) has been awarded a five-year $8.1 million contract to supply traffic data collection and services to the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT).   Under the new contract IRD will supply HDOT with Continuous...
Positive Train Control funding
News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
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