Traffic Signals

Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
News June 07, 2018
Once again, I missed more than I got to experience, but nonetheless there was much of interest. (Side note: Two members of the ITSA board visited the Traffic & Transit booth and I told them directly my dissatisfaction and concern about the number of concurrent sessions, and they did listen, so...
The first full day of the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit has come and gone, and with it some interesting stuff and also some undue frustration.
News June 06, 2018
Every annual gathering of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is an excellent opportunity to engage in a condensed forum with a wide swathe of technological and operational issues and challenges related to developing smarter and safer modes of transportation. This year’s schedule is...
smart traffic signals
News May 09, 2018
Gwinnett County commissioners recently approved a four-project partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to install technology which will allow Gwinnett transportation engineers to communicate with traffic signals and cameras on portions of four key corridors in the county...
Miovision Orange County
Article May 02, 2018
While tourists scream through Disney World’s Space Mountain and stroll the faux Parisian streets of Epcot Center, officials at the Orange County Department of Transportation have to worry about how all those people are going to get around the greater Orlando area—not to mention how to manage the...
Active traffic management signage debuts on U.S. 95 in Las Vegas
News March 06, 2018
Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most congested urban areas in the nation. But Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials hope to crack the traffic crunch with a series of digital active traffic management signs, which are set to go live today.   Some 300,000 vehicles travel through the U...
bus communication systems
News February 15, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has developed a communication system between Utah Transit Authority (UTA) buses and traffic signals that will help buses arrive on time in Salt Lake City.   The Dedicated Short Range Communications system uses software called Multi-Modal Intelligent...
traffic signal systems
News February 07, 2018
The city of Dallas recently signed an agreement with Ericsson, a provider of communications and Internet of Things infrastructure, to provide hardware and software upgrades for its traffic management systems.   Improvements to the traffic signal infrastructure in Dallas could pave the way toward...
U.S. DOT
News October 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Thursday announced the immediate availability of $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico.  ...
North Avenue Smart Corridor
News September 14, 2017
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed along with other Georgia officials will celebrate the launch of the North Avenue Smart Corridor Demonstration project today.   The North Avenue Smart Corridor Demonstration project, funded by the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond, leverages multiple “smart” technologies...
crosswalk traffic signal
Article September 11, 2017
According to the World Health Organization, in 2013 nearly half of all fatalities in traffic crashes involved pedestrians, cyclists or people using motorized two-wheeled vehicles. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in the U.S. in 2016, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.   Many of...
I-90 SmartRoad

View of an overhead SmartRoad sign along the Jane Addams Tollway from inside a Pace bus

News September 05, 2017
The Illinois Tollway in partnership with Pace Bus Service activated the new I-90 SmartRoad in the northwest Chicago suburbs that provides real-time traffic and travel information to drivers and allows Pace buses to travel on the inside flex lane during traffic congestion.   On the I-90 Jane Addams...
Seattle installs protected bike lanes downtown
News September 01, 2017
This month, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be installing protected bike lanes on two of its busiest downtown streets. The lanes will cover six blocks of Pike Street and Pine Street between 2nd Avenue and 8th Avenue.   According to DOT officials, traffic signals in these areas will be...
Hurricane Harvey aftermath in Houston
News August 29, 2017
The catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and continued rainfall over the past few days has most modes of transportation in Houston and a larger region of the state at a standstill.   State highway conditions consist of road closures because of flooding all along the Texas coastal area...
Bus stop demonstration
Article August 16, 2017
A field study performed at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute tested the effectiveness of the “School Bus Stopped Ahead” message.   School buses are frequently touted as the safest way to transport students to and from school. Overall, school buses account for only 2% of all fatal motor vehicle...
Solar-powered traffic pads will manage traffic at Florida intersections
News August 04, 2017
Solar-powered traffic pads have been added on Lake Mary Boulevard in Lake Mary, Fla., and are about to be tested at a couple other intersections.   The traffic pads made by a Sanford company are designed to keep track of traffic and talk to traffic engineers in real time. The designers said more...
Boston on cusp of algorithm-based light system management
News July 03, 2017
Boston city officials are in the planning stages of upgrading the city’s traffic management system from its present manual control, which scans literally hundreds of cameras citywide, to a second-by-second micromanagement of the stoplights handled by an algorithm.   Computers will measure the city’...
Michigan DOT, GM collaborate on smart signal technology
News May 26, 2017
Michigan road agencies and General Motors' (GM) Research & Development are collaborating to showcase the state's leadership in the connected and automated vehicle environment by successfully demonstrating smart signal technology.   Successful demonstrations were recently conducted in Macomb...
Intelligent Transportations Systems
News March 28, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently completed installation of a $1.35 million intelligent transportation system (ITS) at nine intersections along a three-mile stretch along McKnight Road between Evergreen Road in Ross and Peebles Road in McCandless.   The system will be...
Fremont, Calif., got caught doing something shady
News February 13, 2017
In Fremont, Calif., merely shaving 0.7 seconds from the yellow-light timing at a pair of intersections a year ago led to the city's private ticketing vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, generating nearly $200,000 a month in extra citations over the course of nine months.   Originally, the intersection...
Light-rail vehicles operate in an exclusive right-of-way adjacent to vehicular traffic, except at intersections where they operate on shared right-of-way controlled by signals.
Article February 08, 2017
Light-rail vehicles operate in an exclusive right-of-way adjacent to vehicular traffic, except at intersections where they operate on shared right-of-way controlled by signals.     Residents of the Valley of the Sun account for more than 4.5 million of the state’s 6.8 million population. Phoenix...
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