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.

Chicago-area Metra rail service suffers decreased ridership
News February 21, 2019
In the Chicago metropolitan area, Metra Rail is the system that gets commuting workers in and out of the city. It’s service runs nearly 50 miles outside the city proper, but a recent disclosure by Metra seems to indicate that some people are turning away from the ease of a train ride and are more...
Rhode Island DOT begins testing autonomous vehicle technology
News February 21, 2019
Rhode Island DOT (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., along with state and local officials, this week hosted a demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. The vehicles being tested on low-volume roads in the Park are the initial phase of a pilot...
I-4 Ultimate improvement project
News February 20, 2019
Three workers sustained minor injuries from a fall that occurred last week while working on the I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla.   The incident took place only four days after construction on the interstate resumed after a worker was killed earlier this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel...
California high-speed rail
News February 20, 2019
The U.S. DOT announced yesterday that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) intends to cancel $929 million in federal grant funds yet to be paid for the California High-Speed Rail project envisioned to connect the L.A. Basin to the San Francisco Bay Area.   In addition, the department announced...
positive train control railroad
News February 19, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released a status update regarding railroads’ self-reported progress toward full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems as of the end of 2018.     All required railroads either met the December 31, 2018, deadline for fully...
tribal lands transit

Image: Federal Transit Administration

News February 18, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $5 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments under FTA’s Tribal Transit Program.   The Fiscal Year 2018 grants will support 36 projects in 14 states. "These grants will help American Indian and Alaskan...
San Francisco’s Transbay Tube will receive a seismic retrofit

Image source: Bay Area Rapid Transit

News February 14, 2019
The San Francisco Bay area has become almost notorious for its high cost of living and the plethora of out-of-town commuters who may work in the city but can’t afford to live there. One major artery that aids such commuters is the Transbay Tube, the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s 3.6-mile transit chord...
intelligent transportation systems
News February 14, 2019
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 17 miles of fiber optic cable to connect U.S. 24 between Woodland Park and I-25/Cimarron Street in Colorado Springs.    The $2.5 million fiber optic project will be part of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in Colorado and is...
Northbound Lake Shore Drive bridge structural cracking emergency

Image: @RoseanneTellez on Twitter

News February 12, 2019
Transportation officials in the city of Chicago have shut down the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive at the bridge over the Chicago River due to what is being referred to as a structural emergency.   Crews first spotted cracks in the support beams of the structure around 10 a.m. Monday beneath...
traffic congestion study
News February 12, 2019
INRIX Inc., the world leader in mobility analytics and connected car services, recently published the company's 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard that identifies and ranks congestion and mobility trends in more than 200 cities across 38 countries.   According to INRIX data, Americans lost an average of...
White House is expected to address 5G for transportation
News February 07, 2019
According to sources at The Hill, the White House is expected to address the deployment of the 5G network, as well as artificial intelligence, as regards technological advancement and application to the national transportation network.   The plan will offer the "first deliverables" of the National...
winter maintenance
News February 06, 2019
Finance company Value Penguin recently released a list of the states with the highest winter weather-related driving fatalities, compiled from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   From 2013 to 2017, there were 2,718 fatalities that resulted from winter weather-...
road transportation safety
News February 05, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced its 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.   First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent...
autonomous vehicle task force NJDOT
News February 04, 2019
Legislation to create a task force to evaluate autonomous vehicles was approved last week by the full New Jersey General Assembly.   The measure would create the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, comprised of eight members. The group would be responsible for conducting a study of...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article February 01, 2019
Corporations protect their investments. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?   In fact, it seems­—to me at least—so obvious that my default attitude toward any corporation is one of suspicion. To wit: I do not believe there is a company in the world with my human interest at the fore of its mission or...
connected vehicles SmartDrive demo
Article February 01, 2019
Roadway intersections are fascinating things. At the core, they are the connecting piece between two byways where you find two similar, but competing interests at play—the right to pass through and the desire for minimal disruption to travel. These competing interests create opportunity for crashes...
truck platooning
Article February 01, 2019
Developments in vehicle automation technology are accelerating at a breakneck pace, leaving transportation planners and regulatory agencies racing to catch up. Most mid-range and higher 2017 model automobiles and trucks come equipped with the key building blocks of vehicle automation and...
I-35W near Highway 62

This stretch of I-35W near the Highway 62 merge was chosen for the pilot study due to its high traffic congestion during peak drive times.

Article February 01, 2019
A pilot test on the functionality of using existing freeway lanes as autonomous vehicle lanes was completed to quantify the effects that connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) would have on the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) metro freeway system in Minnesota. With the current progress of...
Patrick McPharlin
Article February 01, 2019
Insurance is in the early stages of disruption at each point in the value chain due to technology and innovation, similar to the impacts of technology on the banking industry in the early 2000s. Autonomous vehicles also are a force beginning to impact the insurance industry. What is the future...
transit services Uber app
News February 01, 2019
After announcing its intentions to get into public transit last April, Uber is preparing to launch its transit-related services in Denver.   According to a TechCrunch report, Uber is partnering with the Regional Transportation District and transit data provider Moovit so that residents of Denver...
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