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UAV program
Transportation Management News August 14, 2018
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) this week will begin the state’s first unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights as part of its participation in a new federal program aimed at further incorporating drones into U.S. airspace.   KDOT says in a media advisory that it will conduct its...
Brian Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article August 07, 2018
I recently drove from my home in the western suburbs of Chicago up to northern Wisconsin on a family matter, and I pretty much had two options for getting there in a reasonable amount of time—both of them, if you took your information from Google maps alone, pretty bad.   One alternative had me...
parking guidance sensors
Transportation Management News July 23, 2018
IPsens, a leading provider of cloud-based parking and transportation management solutions, announced last week that its technology has been selected to manage the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) T-Pass program in South Florida.   The program uses parking guidance sensors installed in...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Associations Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
Transportation Management 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...
Dallas smart technology
Transportation Management Article June 05, 2018
A safe and efficient transportation system is an invaluable asset to any city.   This statement comes directly out of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) plan for the city of Dallas. The city’s transportation leaders and partners are attempting to foster the concept of a safe and efficient...
Drone surveying work
Road Design News May 29, 2018
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KSDOT) is beginning a pilot project to determine how drones could be used in future road design work, employing UAV technology in conjunction with a road project for the first time last week.   KSDOT has contracted the Kirkham Michael engineering firm to...
smart operating system
Transportation Management News May 17, 2018
Smart Columbus—a partnership of businesses, local governments and research groups that oversees the city’s work on the federal Smart Cities grant—is introducing the initial version of a computer operating system meant to address a variety of transportation-related challenges in the city of Columbus...
UAVs
Bridge Inspection News May 03, 2018
This October, the 4th Annual Commercial UAV Expo trade show will host a variety of unmanned aerial system (UAS) vendors showcasing airframes, components, software and services all focused on commercial applications.   The event, which was recently recognized by Trade Show Network News as one of the...
Shailen Bhatt
Editorial/Commentary Article May 02, 2018
Ah, the great American dream.   The interstate highway system was built during the post-World War II boom, and with it came the freedom to drive almost anywhere. Grandparents in Florida drove to see grandchildren in California. Families in Chicago and Philadelphia moved to far-flung suburbs.   But...
Traffic tech patents
Law Article May 02, 2018
  Brian Mack; Anna Quinn   The traffic and transit industry continues to make significant technological strides impacting traffic safety and efficiency. New and improved traffic systems, vehicle automation, and enhanced communications all contribute to safer, more connected roadways. Each idea...
UAV drones
Survey News April 26, 2018
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is adding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help its engineering staff safely and more efficiently inspect bridges and perform surveying work along state highways.   Through a federal innovative technology grant, ADOT has eight new aerial drones that...
U.S. DOT
Funding 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...
Active traffic management signage debuts on U.S. 95 in Las Vegas
Safety 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...
X2X communications
Transportation Management 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...
Missouri lawmakers consider axing vehicle safety inspections
Safety News February 16, 2018
A proposal in the Missouri state legislature would do away with mandatory vehicle safety inspections. State law presently requires mechanical inspections of vehicles every other year once a vehicle is five years old. Such inspections are required for an owner to renew their motor vehicle license...
podcast
Editorial/Commentary News February 05, 2018
What a Super Bowl!! Still waiting on Congress to score on a big infrastructure bill. Also, budget continuing resolution makes it difficult for DOTs, Illinois DOT receives input on I-80 corridor improvements, and the state of New York is taking down all of its love signs. For the latest podcast,...
St. Charles County transportation planning
Transportation Management Article January 29, 2018
As one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties and the third-largest county in Missouri, St. Charles County has faced significant transportation challenges over the last decade. In response to growing transportation needs, a half-cent sales tax was enacted by voters in 1985 and has been...
Kevin Hoeflich
Editorial/Commentary Article January 29, 2018
In Washington, D.C., the U.S. House voted unanimously to pass the SELF DRIVE Act, H.R. 3388, which would: Advance safety by prioritizing the protection of consumers; Reaffirm the role and responsibilities of federal and state governments; Update Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to account for...
podcast
Road Construction News January 15, 2018
I have frost in my attic!! Help!! Also, Louisiana governor announces $600 million transportation plan, Arkansas motorists are not happy with the condition of the state's roads, and more. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
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