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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 March 25, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking to replace the aging passenger cars on its three Amtrak routes between Detroit and Chicago. The proposed plan to purchase new cars has been met with criticism based on a prior unused purchase of another set of cars.   A state audit last...
News March 24, 2015
According to recent findings disclosed by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the portion of the Washington D.C. streetcar line that describes a 2.2-mile route along H Street and Benning Road NE bears “no fatal flaws” that would prevent it’s opening to passengers.   The APTA...
News March 20, 2015
The Chicago Transit Authority this week has disheartening news for Chicago-area commuters in light of Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed plan to cut $170 million from mass transit by 2016. The CTA provides 81% of transit rides in the metropolitan area, according to the Regional Transportation...
News March 18, 2015
The fate of streetcar systems is losing steam as many cities are abandoning building plans.  Most recently, Arlington, Va., decided revitalizing its streetcar system was not worth the expense.    The faltering support has stalled larger cities from accelerating plans to revitalize citywide trolley...
News March 13, 2015
The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Fastrak program, a $600 million bus line, was put through a trial run this week, which began in the town of New Britian.   The Fastrak buses are equipped with free WiFi and GPS tracking, which will allow riders to pinpoint exactly where the...
News March 11, 2015
Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, the highest annual public transit ridership number in 58 years, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).   “Some public transit systems experienced all-time record high ridership last...
News March 10, 2015
Following what is quickly becoming a sign of digital progress within the state transit agencies, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has thrown it’s ring into the digital court in effort to help its Park and Ride service patrons no longer have to wonder how much longer they have to...
News March 06, 2015
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives moved to boost Amtrak’s service capabilities between Boston and Washington while simultaneously giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize.   Approved by a vote of 316-101, the bipartisan bill authorizes $7.2 billion in federal...
News March 04, 2015
Of the multiple projects presently on the slate in some form or other of planning and construction for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), there is one that might never meet the full potential of the agency’s vision for it.   According to MTA chairman Tom Prendergast, the...
News March 03, 2015
In effort to instill more efficiency, dependability and predictability into the bus service portion of its overall transit system, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has announced its intention to begin work on a project that will effectively double the present 3-mph average bus speed in a pre-...
Article March 02, 2015

The new “Twins” offer three 12-ft driving lanes, a 4-ft inside shoulder and a 10-ft outside shoulder, as well as portal extensions beyond the rock face.

Colorado. Hearing the name of this great state brings to mind images of snow-capped peaks, clear mountain water used to brew Coors beer and the soft melody of John Denver’s timeless song, “Rocky Mountain High.”   One of the primary benefits of living in Colorado is the availability of so many...
News February 27, 2015
If a freshman Republican representative gets his way, it will soon become more of a penalty to carry an opened 40 oz. beer on a public bus in the state of Utah than to carry a concealed, unpermitted weapon.   Presently, carrying a concealed weapon on a train or bus within the state without a...
News February 25, 2015
Miovision, a Canadian tech startup provides automated traffic data that seeks to decongest jam-packed roadways in major metro areas. After raising $30 million in financing, the startup is looking to expand beyond just car-counting and into a go-to traffic management system for commonly-named “smart...
News February 24, 2015
Funding for Amtrak rail services will see a $16 million cut in spending under Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget. This budget is among billions of dollars in cuts designed to relieve state debt.    This cut in spending is a somewhat unanticipated move considering it follows a unanimously...
Article February 19, 2015
In February the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would begin taking steps to require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology that will significantly reduce the number of crashes on our nation’s roadways by enabling real-time communication...
Article February 19, 2015
To assist the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in meeting the challenges of a $2 billion reconstruction of I-35 in central Texas, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) has designed, deployed and implemented an advanced construction traveler information system to keep the public...
Article February 19, 2015
While Phoenix-area residents eagerly await the completion of a major extension of the city’s light-rail system, known as the Northwest Extension, they can use an application developed by the project’s joint venture contractors to stay connected with local businesses and get project updates. The...
Article February 19, 2015
We’ve all heard the saying a picture is worth 1,000 words, even if it’s unclear who determined that value proposition. No one has determined the universal value of a video yet, but for the Melrose Park (Ill.) Police Department, it’s apparently $100.  That was the price of the ticket I got for...
Article February 19, 2015
2014 has seen a government and auto industry cooperative effort to develop connected vehicles (CV), which may well lead to an explosion in public attention to intelligent transportation systems (ITS). According to Thomas Kern, interim president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of...
News February 17, 2015
  This past Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), approved nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak, at a rate of $1.7 billion over four years, an increase over recent allotments.   In a twist to what has been described as contentious...
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