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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 28, 2015
Hawaii County is making its transit system compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a Maui resident who claimed the county denied him equal access to public transportation.   The claimant employs an electric scooter to get around, and...
News August 28, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first ever toy powered paper airplane to fly commercially in U.S. airspace.   A Section 333 Exemption, which endows a specific person or entity to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in open airspace, was granted to Peter Sachs, a...
News August 27, 2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested collision-avoidance systems on 19 new auto models and granted its highest rating of “superior” to 14 of them. The remaining five were considered “advanced,” which is the institute’s second-highest designation.   “We've seen an uptick in the number...
News August 26, 2015
The first driverless vehicle to hit U.S. highways is going to be a truck, not a car, and it is expected to hit construction sites in Florida later this year. Developed by Royal Truck & Equipment, a specialty vehicle manufacturer based near Bethlehem, Penn., the trucks will be fitted with...
News August 25, 2015
On the heels of the ongoing M1-RAIL project that is reintroducing light rail service to he city’s downtown area, Detroit will now receive more than $1 million toward the opening of a public bike share program, one of 14 projects tapped to get federal funding in the region, according to the...
News August 25, 2015
Sacramento Regional Transit celebrated the opening of the Blue Line light rail extension this week. The 4.3-mile extension added four new stations, two pedestrian bridges and more than 2,700 park-and-ride spaces to the system, according to Regional Transit.   Regional Transit officials have stated...
News August 21, 2015
In a speech given at the recently held Irving Transportation and Water Summit, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) executive director Joe Weber told a room full of government officials and industry representatives that his agency would not stand as an advocate for rail transit or other mass...
News August 21, 2015
Starting Aug. 27, motorists may see a new alert message on Washington’s electronic highway signs.   The new Silver Alert messages will be for endangered missing people who are 60 years or older. Previously, those messages were handled as Endangered Missing Person alerts, which are for anyone who...
News August 20, 2015
The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is launching an interactive map of the tolling lanes along I-405, set to be released by the end of August. The online map offers users a point-and-click view the new I-405 Express Toll Lanes, which will be open to traffic in September.   The...
News August 18, 2015
The U.S. 301 toll road is on schedule for a January 2016 construction start and projected project completion date of December 2018.  A $211.3 million federal loan will cover roughly a third of the overall $643 million project, with construction costs expected to total $471 million.   U.S. 301 would...
News August 18, 2015
The Federal Railroad Administration has announced its intention to look into how Amtrak could better serve the Midwest with interstate passenger rail transit. Leaders in Ohio have expressed optimism that this investigation could take Cincinnati one step closer toward daily rail service to Chicago...
News August 17, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) said the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) has awarded more than $6.4 million in implementation assistance funding to 34 new transportation projects using...
News August 17, 2015
This past week, the state of Louisiana, under the direction of Go. Bobby Jindal’s administration, began installing tracking devices in each and every vehicle the entire state government’s fleet.   Some 10,543 vehicles are owned by state government agencies, and now each of them will feature a...
News August 14, 2015
The dream of solar-based, renewable energy driven mass transit may be taking a leap forward for select east coast cities. According to a recent report by the Boston Globe, city officials are considering the adoption of something called JPods, an above-ground rapid transit system that acts not...
News August 13, 2015
The county seat of Williamson County now has boasting rights to an Illinois first: a  diverging diamond interchange. Planning for the project, which opened yesterday to traffic, dates back to 2003.   Moreover, the recently renamed The Hill Avenue, formerly Morgan Avenue, was widened to satisfy...
News August 13, 2015
Maryland’s Red Line project was meant to be a 14.1-mile east-west corridor from Woodlawn to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus, punctuated by 19 stations. It would have served areas in western Baltimore County/City and downtown Baltimore, including Woodlawn, Edmondson Village, West...
News August 11, 2015
The town of Dwight, Ill., will today be the site of a significant groundbreaking that is being characterized as the first step toward the fulfillment of the promise of high-speed rail connecting the metropolises of Chicago and St. Louis.   The official groundbreaking event is expected to bring Sen...
News August 05, 2015
Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven, Conn., to Springfield, Mass., began this week, a project that aims to boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 per day south of Hartford and 12 per day north of Hartford.   According to...
News August 03, 2015
According to the Wall Street Journal, Germany’s biggest auto makers have clinched a deal to buy Nokia Corp.’s digital mapping business, beating out rival bidders for some of the vital technology for self-driving cars in a $3.1 billion acquisition. BMW AG, Daimler AG and Audi AG are confirmed as the...
News August 03, 2015
Every officer in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority” (SEPTA) Transit Police Department will soon be equipped with a body camera. The agency intends to spend some $300,000 on the cameras in order to equip more than 270 officers by the end of this calendar year.   “Cameras will make good...
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