Traffic Management

smart corridor
News July 20, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is preparing to transform a 30-mile stretch of I-24 from Nashville to Murfreesboro into the state's first smart corridor designed to notify motorists and keep traffic moving when an accident takes place.   Work is expected to be done in several...
Driver-friendly cities
News July 10, 2018
The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's best and worst cities to drive in.   To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities in the nation across 29 key metrics of driver-friendliness. The data set ranges from...
interstate improvements
News July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).   The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
Utah DOT uses variable message signs to get personal with the driving public
News July 02, 2018
Utah has something called the 100 Deadliest Days, a span of time that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day during which road incidents increase by approximately 50%. Consequently, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is getting creative with its traffic sign messaging by employing...
Infrastructure and its need for upgrade are the theme at a recent California technology summit
News June 29, 2018
The state of this country’s infrastructure is truly something of a paradox. Its desperate need for upgrade is one of the few things that members of both major political parties can agree upon. It is an issue that affects literally every U.S. citizen, and yet action on it seems to be repeatedly...
Smart pavement
News June 28, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is working to install smart pavement technology in the highway to notify first responders whenever a car has run off the road.    The high-tech surface is installed in premade, modular slabs that contain a mesh network of fiber-optic sensing cables...
traffic control network
News June 28, 2018
McCain Inc., a leader in the supply of advanced intelligent transportation solutions for safety and mobility, won a one-year contract with a renewal option for four additional years with the city of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (L.A. DOT) to replace existing traffic control cabinets...
tolling
News June 22, 2018
Toll lanes along U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder and a nearby segment of I-25 in Colorado will get a high-tech upgrade starting this fall as part of a test to more effectively relieve traffic tie-ups and provide more reliable travel times for motorists.   If it works in those heavily traveled...
Strawberry Hill Avenue bridge Norwalk, Conn.

Image: Google Street View via The Hour

News June 20, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is moving ahead with a $10 million project to raise an I-95 bridge that has been hit several times by trucks due to low clearance.   According to CDOT, the bridge has been struck many times, and it is structurally deficient and functionally...
smart city planning
News June 12, 2018
The city of Kansas City, Mo., is moving forward with its next expansion of smart city technologies, in part, through the issuance of an RFP as the first step to partner with the private sector in the form of hiring a program manager, or private sector partner.   The 54 smart city blocks currently...
UAV testing
News June 11, 2018
DriveOhio will use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to understand how to manage traffic, roadway incidents and roadway conditions along the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor beginning July 1.   The three-year $5.9 million project is intended to complement autonomous and connected vehicle tests along the 35...
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...
wrong-way crashes
News May 30, 2018
The state of Arizona is investing in a potential high-tech solution to instantly alert police and motorists to the presence of a wrong-way driver on a roadway.   The state is the first in the nation to test thermal cameras to combat the rate of wrong-way collisions. The number of Americans killed...
Smart pavement
News May 22, 2018
Integrated Roadways, a Kansas City technology start-up, is developing “smart pavement” technology that would not only help increase roadway safety but also serve as the Wi-Fi platform for cars and other future mobility services.   The road system uses high-resolution fiber optic sensors and other...
temporary roundabout intersection
News May 17, 2018
Salt Lake City is seeking the community's feedback on two "pop-up" intersection designs ahead of road construction work planned for next year.   From May 16-23, the city is testing out a temporary intersection design at 900 South and 1100 East, which will be part of a reconstruction project in 2019...
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...
pedestrian safety
News May 14, 2018
A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that pedestrian deaths have jumped 46% since reaching their lowest point in 2009, as pedestrian crashes have become both deadlier and more frequent.   According to the IIHS study, a total of 5,987 pedestrians were killed in...
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...
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