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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 November 26, 2014
Researchers at the University of Washington are developing new camera technology based in smart cars that could eventually be used to track pedestrian and vehicle traffic on an individual level.   The project makes use of a fleet of smart cars equipped with the cameras. Each individual camera is...
News November 25, 2014
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials announced the opening of the “BART TO OAK” transit line, following a 4-year construction period and estimate $484 million infrastructural investment.   The line offers a “train to plain” service to and from Oakland International Airport. Passengers will be...
News November 19, 2014
As fully-autonomous vehicles come closer to being a reality, Nokia is working to build a comprehensive set of 3-D maps that could guide self-driving cars along the roadway.   HERE, the mapping division of Nokia, has sent out 200 vehicles in the last 18 months armed with high-resolution cameras,...
News November 17, 2014
With winter rapidly approaching, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has launched a new crowdsourcing app that allows drivers to report hazardous highway surface conditions in real time. It is the first app of its kind to debut in the U.S.   The UDOT Citizen Reports app, available for...
News November 14, 2014
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started putting the latest version of its SunGuide traffic management software through its paces, with no word on when final deployment will occur. If testing proves successful, the program will move on to independent verification and validation...
News November 13, 2014
Transportation management agencies and individuals across Europe now have access to a wealth of new resources following the launch of the Eltis urban mobility web portal last week.   A product of the European Commission, Eltis is designed as an information hub on various European Union (EU)-funded...
News November 11, 2014
Searching the streets for a parking spot may become an infrequent pastime in downtown Seattle starting in 2015 if the city’s deployment of 2,200 smart parking meters works as planned.   The new meters, from the IPS Group, will all be connected over one cellular network, with the ability to record...
News November 06, 2014
Iteris Inc. was awarded a $1.4 million contract by the city of Omaha, Neb., to serve as system manager for the deployment of their intelligent transportation system (ITS). The project builds upon Omaha’s Traffic Signal System Master Plan, developed by Iteris in 2012, and will include the management...
News November 03, 2014
Researchers in Spain are taking a unique approach to intelligent transportation systems (ITS), having just completed a two-year trial of new audio-based technology to help gauge traffic levels and alleviate congestion.   The system, dubbed Ear-It, makes use of acoustic processing units (APUs) that...
News October 31, 2014
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) may soon have a new way to share information with bus and train riders if an upcoming pilot test of beacon technology proves fruitful.   Smart beacons are a Bluetooth-based technology that send out a signal to communicate with nearby mobile devices. Many...
News October 30, 2014
Plans for a 300-mile high-speed rail (HSR) corridor connecting Detroit to Chicago and beyond took greater shape this week following discussion of a draft environmental impact statement on the project. Those in charge hope to have a final decision made on the project by next spring.   At present,...
News October 28, 2014
Researchers at the University of Illinois are using an advanced computer model to study the effects that Hurricane Sandy had on traffic in New York City when the storm rolled through in October 2012. Early results indicate that gridlock was the worst when residents began returning to the city after...
News October 27, 2014
The times are changing in Louisville, Ky., with the governing Transit Authority of River City (TARC) preparing to debut a new fleet of all-electric buses to replace the long-standing trolley car system. TARC plans to have the full fleet of 10 buses roaming the city streets by the end of 2014.  ...
News October 24, 2014
Boston’s oldest subway line is set to enter the 21st century, as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced it would begin providing real-time location data for Green Line trains starting in October. The MBTA will implement data sharing in three stages, with full integration...
News October 23, 2014
Connected-vehicle technology was at the heart of many of the winning apps in AT&T's Connected Intersections Challenge, which encouraged contestants to develop mobile traffic-safety solutions for the New York City area. AT&T received submissions from 45 teams in 13 countries and 26 states,...
News October 22, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed the comment period Monday for a proposed ruling to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) capability in all cars and light trucks in the future.   While the number of manufacturers and researchers investigating V2V technology is rapidly...
News October 21, 2014
California’s long-awaited, long-debated high-speed rail (HSR) received confirmation to begin construction on Monday when the state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lawsuit blocking the project. A second part of the suit still must be argued before a Sacramento County judge.   The...
News October 20, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has won the Best New Innovative Practice – Partnership Deployment award in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) America’s “Best of ITS Awards,” honoring the most innovative, effective and influential achievements in the ITS industry.  ...
News October 17, 2014
Officials in the city of Jacksonville, N.C., began operation of a new $5 million intelligent transportation system (ITS) Oct. 16, with 210 traffic detectors, 41 traffic cameras and nine digital-message signs. Operations will be handled remotely until the brand-new Center for Public Safety is ready...
News October 16, 2014
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges & Tunnels (MTA B&T) has selected TransCore to deploy the agency’s first all-electronic tolling (AET) system. This system will be implemented on the historic Henry Hudson Bridge.   Built in 1936, the Henry Hudson Bridge provides passage for...
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