Transportation Management

Welcome to the Transportation 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 March 20, 2018
The first Milwaukee streetcar is scheduled to arrive in the city on March 26.   On Friday, city leaders met to talk about updates on the project. Once the first car arrives, the four others will come to Milwaukee on a monthly basis.   When the first streetcar arrives, it will undergo testing inside...
Uber autonomous vehicle
News March 19, 2018
A pedestrian was killed overnight in Tempe, Ariz., after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber.   This incident appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.   The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the...
Bridge collapse

Bridge collapse

News March 19, 2018
Five days after the deadly bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU) there are still a lot of unknowns, but this is what we know:   The number of confirmed dead is six, and 10 people were injured;   There have been conflicting reports as to what was being done on the bridge prior to...
Bridge collapse

NTSB officials have still not been able to access the FIU bridge accident site. AP Photo

News March 16, 2018
As rescue workers continued recovery efforts at the site of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater on Friday, officials were waiting to get a chance to do their job.   At least six have been confirmed dead and more may be pulled from the rubble...
public transportation funding
News March 15, 2018
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) raised concern over the small amount of transit projects that received Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) last week.   APTA urged the department to...
traffic safety older drivers
News March 14, 2018
A report released by nonprofit transportation research group TRIP finds fatalities in traffic crashes involving drivers 65 years old or older increased 22% from 2012 to 2016.   The number of seniors killed in those crashes increased by 16% nationwide. The TRIP report identified Florida as having...
Copenhagen bikeways

Copenhagen has hundreds of miles of separated bikeways built next to their sidewalks.

Article March 12, 2018
U.S. travelers to many European cities often note the very large number of bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Indeed, bicycles are used for nearly half of urban trips in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Another notable feature of these cities is their extensive network of infrastructure...
News March 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) last week announced a list of 41 recipients of nearly $500 million in discretionary grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.   “TIGER grants are...
News March 09, 2018
After replacing necessary rails on the Metro SubwayLink system, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has reopened the Metro line as of 5 a.m. on Friday, March 9.   The subway was shut down Feb. 11, and reopened three days ahead of schedule. The...
Ill. DOT gets TIGER grant to aid I-57 safety
News March 08, 2018
A federal grant has been awarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to help to make I-57 safer near the town of Marion.   In a news release from Democratic U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, it was announced that IDOT was awarded a $7.6 million TIGER grant for...
Calif. tests first fully autonomous shuttle on state roads
News March 07, 2018
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and GoMentum Station have announced that permission was granted and testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads will begin at Bishop Ranch, the largest mixed-use business community in Northern California, located in the city of San Ramon. This is...
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...
carpool lanes
News March 05, 2018
The Ventura County Transportation Commission in California recently awarded an engineering contract to add carpool lanes to help relieve congestion on U.S. Highway 101.   The commission awarded a contract of up to $15.2 million to consulting firm WSP for preliminary engineering design and...
solar-powered pavement markers

Image: Idaho Transportation Department

News March 02, 2018
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is piloting new wireless technology aimed at shedding some light on the state’s darkest highways with the first 100 of an eventual 700 solar-powered pavement markers.   Last month, state employees installed the patented markers in Pocatello, which measure 4...
X2X communications
News March 01, 2018
The city of Marietta, Ga., has entered the deployment and public testing phase of the TravelSafely smartphone app that offers smart city services through everything-to-everything (X2X) communications.   Now available to citizens using mobile devices, the Marietta TravelSafely app is designed to...
Driverless vehicles
News February 27, 2018
The state of California will allow fully autonomous cars without safety drivers to test on public roads for the first time.   The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced the change Monday, which outlines a permitting process for companies wishing to deploy driverless vehicles without...
connected buses
News February 26, 2018
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), working with technology development nonprofit Battelle, will launch a six-month project to evaluate enhanced safety systems on buses.   With a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), GCRTA will test cutting-edge safety...
Rail line extension
News February 26, 2018
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined local, state and federal officials on Friday to break ground on Section 2 of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project that will add 2.6 miles of new subway service to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City.   Major...
smart roads
News February 23, 2018
WSP USA was selected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to design Minnesota’s first smart road, which would transform a major state highway west of Minneapolis into a road capable of testing and deploying numerous connected-vehicle applications.   As prime consultant, the company...
News February 22, 2018
New York, San Francisco and Boston top the list of the 10 best cities for public transit according to the updated Transit Score rankings for 2018 by real-estate company Redfin.   Transit Score, a tool by Redfin company Walk Score, rates locations based on how convenient they are to public...
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