Smart & Resilient Cities

intelligent transportation systems
News January 21, 2019
The city of Montgomery, Ala., is trying out new technologies in its Smart City Living Lab, including new intelligent streetlights, free Wi-Fi, app-based parking management and more.   According to Future Structure, the project is a public-private agreement known as the Montgomery Smart Community...
smart cities work
News October 09, 2018
The Greater Phoenix Smart Region Initiative, a new public-private nonprofit partnership created to grow smart city projects, is taking hold in the Phoenix metro region.   The coalition includes the Arizona State University (ASU) Center for Smart Cities and Regions (CSCR), the Arizona Institute for...
Illinois DOT may add EV charging to I-294
News October 04, 2018
The Illinois Tollway has begun to examine the addition of embedded equipment on the I-294 corridor that would enable electric vehicles (EVs) to charge on route. At present the interstate is undergoing a $4 billion reconstruction, which includes the widening of a 22-mile stretch of the roadway.  ...
SmartTransit is the go-to event for senior transit industry figures from across North America.
News September 17, 2018
SmartTransit is the go-to event for senior transit industry figures from across North America. Transportation technology is evolving faster than ever; digitalization, modernization and innovation are essential for transit to fight car culture and continue to be a viable mode of transportation. With...
WSDOT traffic management centers

The Washington State DOT operates six regional traffic management centers, which provide 24/7 real-time information

Article August 07, 2018
Technology is central to all we do in transportation and its importance is only growing in our changing transportation landscape.   From roadway sensors to entire traffic management systems, technology has been key to both our urban and rural transportation systems for quite some time. As...
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...
Dallas smart technology
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...
smart operating system
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...
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...
A new agreement between the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and the city of Tampa will allows this new partnership to explore smart transportation projects in central Florida.
News April 19, 2018
A new agreement between the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research and the city of Tampa will allows this new partnership to explore smart transportation projects in central Florida. Tampa Bay officials signed a memorandum of understanding with USF as an initial step...
autonomous transportation
News February 13, 2018
Next Transportation, which recently launched at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, introduced a new form of autonomous, electric transportation that uses swarming modular pods that connect and disconnect while transporting passengers, organizing riders based on upcoming...
smart city infrastructure
News January 30, 2018
As it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is partnering with the Smart Cities Council to rebuild its infrastructure in a way that includes advanced technologies.   The council, which provides resources for cities to develop emerging technologies, announced the partnership with...
Boston AV

Image: Tech Crunch

News November 29, 2017
A new partnership between autonomous driving startup Optimus Ride and real estate developer LStar Ventures will see self-driving vehicle access offered up to residents of a new urban development near Boston.   The partnership will see the Union Point neighborhood, which occupies 1,550 acres just...
Uber, Lyft and Ford’s Chariot are all in contention to spearhead the MicroTransit project
News October 27, 2017
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun to accept proposals for a pilot project known as MicroTransit, by which service vans will circulate through different zones rather than operate on fixed routes, to pick up passengers at “virtual” bus stops within minutes of...
Jim Barbaresso
Article October 12, 2017
Two main components of becoming a Smart City are the seamless sharing of data and leveraging emerging and innovative technology.   Generally speaking, emerging technology might include developments in the electrical grid to support smart street lighting and electric vehicle charging. It might be...
Jim Barbaresso
Article August 16, 2017
Over the past few years, I’ve given presentations about the growing trend of Smart City initiatives to numerous planning commissions and government agencies around the country. One of the questions I get most often during the post-presentation Q&A is, “How do they do that?”   In other words, “...
The department is investing in highway technology along a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33
News December 01, 2016
The State of Ohio is investing $15 million to install advanced highway technology along its "Smart Mobility Corridor"—a 35‑mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus. It was used Wednesday, Nov. 30 for a demonstration run by Otto, a developer of self-driving vehicle technology.   Gov. John...
Portland among cities selected for White House smart cities programs
News September 28, 2016
As part of Smart Cities Week, the White House announced Monday that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Global City Teams Challenge is establishing “super-clusters” comprised of smart city teams spanning multiple cities, and Portland is one of them.   The purpose of these...
Missouri dives into solar roadway development on historic Route 66
News August 05, 2016
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has decided to investigate the plausibility of employing solar panels on its roadways with a pilot project that will convert a section of sidewalk at the historic Route 66 Welcome Center off I-44 in Conway.   “We want to start kind of smaller and...
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