Traffic Management

Traffic management
News October 17, 2017
The city of San Antonio’s transportation committee approved an $83.5 million package that will be presented to members of the city council sometime this year.   Assistant Director of Transportation and Capital Improvements Art Reinhart briefed the committee on the seven projects that would be...
TMA truck
Article October 12, 2017
Trying to list all the maintenance of traffic (MOT) challenges posed by the I-4 Ultimate project can be a project in itself.   The MOT challenge on I-4 is nothing less than what happens when the largest infrastructure project in Florida’s history is being built in the middle of the fastest-growing...
Green bike lane NYC
Article October 12, 2017
The increase in green bike lanes around NYC is reflective of the city’s goals for its Vision Zero traffic safety initiative.   New York City is world-renowned for many reasons, and perhaps one of its most iconic aspects is the network of transit systems that make the city run. Yet maintaining over...
Smartphone app
Article October 12, 2017
An in-house smartphone app was designed specifically for FAST engineers to obtain current data on traffic signals.   American drivers spend an average of 42 hours each year in traffic during peak hours, according to Inrix, a leading transportation analysis company. Idling in traffic not only costs...
silica rule

Image source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

News October 02, 2017
Construction firms will have an extra 30 days to comply with the new, tougher Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard for airborne silica on jobsites.   OSHA began enforcing the construction silica regulation on Sept. 23. But Thomas Galassi, acting deputy assistant secretary...
Kosciuszko Bridge

Image source: New York Daily News / NY Gov. Cuomo

News October 02, 2017
The old Kosciuszko Bridge, which connected Brooklyn and Queens for 78 years in New York, was imploded Sunday morning.   The long-delayed implosion of portions of the bridge began Sunday at 8 a.m. as Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a 10-second countdown in front of a crowd that witnessed the big booms and...
highways
News September 26, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) responded yesterday to a lawsuit brought by environmental groups by reinstating a federal requirement that state and local planners track and curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks on the national highways.   On July 31, the Natural Resources Defense...
Florida tolling suspended
News September 26, 2017
More than $45 million in revenue is believed to have been lost when the state of Florida suspended highway toll collections to help speed evacuations and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, the state's turnpike system estimates.   However, the estimated $3 million-a-day impact is not expected to...
Uber stripped of its license in London
News September 22, 2017
The city of London has stripped Uber of its license to operate from the end of September, according to Reuters. The decision will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities.   Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber’s conduct posed risks to public safety and it...
Road crews recently completed the installation of fiber-optic cable on US 160 in Colorado.
News September 20, 2017
Crews have completed a five-month project on U.S. 160 / Wolf Creek Pass on which 95,000 ft of fiber-optic cable was installed.   Other work on this $4.5 million project included: installing 54 manholes; milling and repaving; striping; and seeding along the 16-mile stretch of the U.S. 160 mountain...
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...
road and bridge work
News September 11, 2017
Nearly three-quarters of Americans are willing to pay increased taxes or tolls to fund roads and other transportation infrastructure, according to a survey from HNTB Corp. to be released today.   The number rises to 84% if those tax and toll hikes are mandated by law to be spent only on the...
Hurricane Irma heading towards Florida
News September 07, 2017
Every stretch of South Florida's highways is being closely monitored, as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is making sure any accidents get cleared up as quickly as possible and all lanes on I-95 stay open in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.   There's a steady traffic flow on South...
Railroad crossing
News September 06, 2017
A proposal to ease rail and traffic congestion by constructing a 261-mile rail line around the Chicago area has been rejected by federal regulators.   Great Lakes Basin Transportation's proposed tri-state rail line, which would have bypassed Chicago's busy terminal and operated through parts 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...
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...
traffic light
News August 30, 2017
New data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 1.58 trillion miles in the first six months of 2017, continuing a streak of steadily increasing vehicle miles travelled (VMT) that began in 2011.   The...
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...
city autonomous vehicle mapping
News August 17, 2017
On August 10, authorities for the city of Jaworzno, located in southern Poland west of Krakow, signed a letter of intent with Comtegra and the Polish Ministry of Transport to begin mapping the entire city so that autonomous cars can operate there.   Thanks to an ongoing City of Ideas process,...
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