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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 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...
News February 13, 2015
Railroads looking for an extension on the Dec. 31 deadline to install positive train control (PTC) will not get their wish, according to U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. The federal government is contemplating a series of measures to help railroads implement the technology in the near-term.   PTC...
News February 12, 2015
A new wrong-way driver alert system in Florida has already helped improve safety in its first three months of operation, detecting six incidents in that timespan with no crashes reported.   The pilot project, deployed by the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), employs a ramp-based detection and...
News February 12, 2015
In a recent survey taken by Transportation Management & Engineering (TM&E), congestion relief was cited as a major factor in both 2014 state-level DOT spending and anticipated 2015 spending. And yet the dissemination of funds, over which most lawmakers are alternately brash and hedging, has...
News February 10, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking to move its wealth of transportation data into the cloud to allow greater access for commercial and government groups, and is searching for potential technology partners to facilitate the transition.   The agency issued a request for information...
News February 09, 2015
The Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) received a major boost for its planned modernization of the Blue Line last week, gaining approval for a $120 million federal loan for the project.   The Blue Line is one of the most popular in the city’s elevated train system, carrying 80,000 passengers...
News February 05, 2015
A new report from the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) assesses the use of advanced transportation technology in 70 cities across the U.S., with Austin, Texas, leading all others in adopting new resources.   The PIRG report focuses on 11 up-and-coming technologies changing public...
News February 03, 2015
Truckers traveling I-75 in eastern Tennessee will be able to spend less time searching for places to park and rest thanks to a new smartphone-based technology being built by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).   The SmartPark pilot program is the brainchild of TDOT and the Federal...
News February 02, 2015
Crowdsourced traffic app Waze has come under fire from police forces across the country for a feature that lets drivers report when they’ve spotted an officer on the roadways. Several law enforcement organizations are calling for the app to remove the feature completely, citing safety of their...
News January 30, 2015
As Oregon prepares to launch the nation’s first large-scale road usage charge (RUC) program, the state DOT announced Verizon, Azuga and Sanef as its primary vendors on the project. All three companies must still receive official ODOT certification before the project gets underway.   Sanef, a French...
News January 27, 2015
Transportation research companies received a total of $5.7 billion in venture investments in 2014, eclipsing the combined 2012 and 2013 totals by more than double, according to Forbes. Looking ahead to 2015 and beyond, Brook Porter, Michael Linse and Zach Barasz—investors with the Green Growth Fund...
News January 26, 2015
New smart parking meters coming to the streets of Sacramento, Calif., will allow drivers to pay for their spots via smartphone. Deployment has already begun in Old Sacramento, according to Government Technology, and will expand into downtown and midtown through the month of February.   The upgrade...
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