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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 August 29, 2014
The city of Austin, Texas, is preparing to implement a new advanced traffic management system (ATMS) that will monitor location data from drivers’ smartphones and adjust traffic-signal timing accordingly to reduce congestion.   As explained by the Austin Department of Transportation, the ATMS will...
News August 28, 2014
With the 2014 ITS World Congress approaching, the U.S. DOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office revealed its slate of demonstrations, simulations and information sessions related to connected-vehicle technology.   Highlights of the Joint Program Office’s program for the...
News August 26, 2014
A new study ranking states based on their highest posted speed limit puts Texas in the top spot at 85 mph. The Lone Star State is the most extreme example of a national trend toward higher and higher speed limits over the last few decades, according to the study, which was published by cars.com.  ...
News August 25, 2014
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has launched the first bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the northern Virginia-Washington, D.C., region, focusing on Arlington and Alexandria, Va.   Metroway, as the service is known, will initially cover a 5-mile route; only the first mile...
News August 22, 2014
A groundbreaking new feature on the 2015 Ford Falcon will allow the vehicle to automatically dial emergency services in the event of an accident, according to the company. The hope is that contacting emergency services right away will help save lives in the event of a severe crash.   The 000...
News August 19, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and a comprehensive research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology. The report will include analysis of the...
News August 18, 2014
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation awarded Raytheon Co. a $130 million contract for an All Electronic Tolling System (AETS). Raytheon and a team of Massachusetts-based companies will convert and replace all manual cash and electronic toll collection systems with an advanced system that...
News August 18, 2014
TriMet in Portland, Oregon, hopes to add electric buses to its local routes, eliminating loud motors and exhaust smells. The mass transit agency is currently looking at vehicles from two different manufacturers.   An electric bus from BYD, a Chinese manufacturer, operated alongside other buses...
News August 15, 2014
Ride-sharing services are in a new “non-luxury limousines” category in Hillsborough County, Florida. Services such as Uber and Lyft can operate if they charge customers a minimum of $30 and require riders to book a half-hour in advance.   Neither company has responded to these restrictions, which...
News August 15, 2014
Leaders in Phoenix, Arizona, have formed a citizen committee in order to plan proposed light rail expansion and city bus and street improvements. This comes after Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton said he wants to triple light rail mileage in the next 30 years.   Currently there are 20 miles of light rail...
News August 12, 2014
Thanks to a new partnership between BMW and technology company JustPark, Mini drivers in the U.K. can now access the JustPark parking locator app from their vehicle dashboards. BMW hopes to have the app integrated across its full lineup by the end of this year.   JustPark allows drivers to search...
News August 06, 2014
Researchers at Virginia Tech recently completed a 17-week test of new connected-vehicle technology that would determine if drivers should stop or yield at an intersection based on current traffic levels. Though still in the proof-of-concept stage, the technology could eventually reduce the need for...
News August 04, 2014
For the last six months, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has been making use of a new predictive analytics software to better anticipate when and where traffic accidents are likely to occur. While it’s too soon to tell exactly how effective the technology has been, THP reports that traffic fatalities...
Case Studies August 01, 2014
Road departure devices
The city of Varenne, Québec, is on a mission to improve the safety of Canadian highways while saving taxpayer dollars. After recently completing a bridge replacement project on Autoroute 30, the city of Varenne decided to upgrade already-installed road departure devices.   Many contractors,...
News July 31, 2014
Up to three cities in the U.K. will have the opportunity to play host to self-driving-vehicle researchers thanks to a new competition enacted by the British government. If all goes according to plan, testing is scheduled to begin in less than six months.   The British government is offering a total...
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...
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