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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 September 16, 2014
Visitors to downtown Walnut Creek, Calif., have been getting parking tickets for expired meters when they have already paid in full. City officials say the sensitivity of the sensors connected to the meters was set too high and that they are already fixing the problem. The new smart meters were...
News September 12, 2014
Continuing the transformation of Michigan into the national hub for connected-vehicle research, the Michigan DOT announced it is working with automakers and the University of Michigan to deploy more than 120 miles of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) corridors in the metro Detroit area. The...
Products September 12, 2014
The Avery Dennison TrafficJet inkjet printing system features the TrafficJet 1638, an eight-color inkjet printer. Specially formulated eco-solvent inks in red, green, blue and black for the traffic sign industry are available, providing reflective sign-makers and government agencies the opportunity...
News September 11, 2014
With 22 bridge strikes by truck drivers so far in Westchester County, N.Y., in 2014, the New York state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will deploy new “over-height detection systems” along Hutchinson River Parkway to determine if these systems can help reduce crashes.   The devices project...
News September 11, 2014
Verizon users may never be without a ride again thanks to the telecom provider’s new Auto Share service debuted this week at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit.   The new service operates in a similar fashion to Zipcar: Users scan a QR code on a car’s windshield via a smartphone app to get that...
News September 04, 2014
During its Advanced Safety Seminar in Ypsilanti, Mich., Toyota announced it would be putting an additional $35 million toward automated- and connected-vehicle safety research over the next six years.   The funding will be channeled to Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in Ann...
News September 03, 2014
Responding to safety concerns regarding access to MnPASS express lanes, researchers at the University of Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) evaluated two types of lane designs to see if one was safer than the other. Results indicate, however, that lane design has little impact on traffic mobility...
Products September 02, 2014
ComNet has introduced the NetWave NW8 wireless Ethernet link that is designed to support redundant ring and “Drop-and-Insert” functionality on a wireless network. The NW8 is a dual radio version of the recently introduced NW series of environmentally hardened wireless Ethernet products.   ComNet...
Products September 02, 2014
From bridges and tunnels to intelligent traffic control, Red Lion understands every network application is not the same. That is why our new N-Tron and Sixnet industrial Ethernet switches, Wi-Fi radio and cellular devices are designed to meet diverse networking environments. Built-in redundancy...
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...
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