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.

U.S. DOT emergency funding
News September 21, 2018
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina.    The $14 million payment is an...
traffic signal systems
News September 20, 2018
The Norwalk Common Council in Connecticut this month authorized Mayor Harry Rilling to execute data-sharing agreements with Traffic Technology Services, Inc., Connected Signals, Inc., and Live Traffic Data Corp. “to share real-time traffic signal information in exchange for autonomous information...
autonomous vehicles
News September 19, 2018
Less than half of Americans (43%) are interested in utilizing autonomous vehicles, down from 53% last year, according to the fourth annual Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance.   The lack of interest is primarily attributed to safety concerns (71% in 2018, compared to 65% in...
Road traffic monitoring data
News September 18, 2018
Canadian highway traffic management technology company International Road Dynamics (IRD) has been awarded a five-year $8.1 million contract to supply traffic data collection and services to the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT).   Under the new contract IRD will supply HDOT with Continuous...
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...
Positive Train Control funding
News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Georgia

Image: GDOT

News September 13, 2018
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), state officials—including Gov. Nathan Deal—and project partners recently celebrated the completion and opening of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.   Construction for the project began in October 2014 and the lanes...
innovative highway projects
News September 11, 2018
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced $8.4 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration awards to the state transportation agencies in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Utah.   Projects will soon be under...
Hurricane impacts to traffic, roadways
News September 11, 2018
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Florence's arrival, a Category 4 hurricane expected to hit the Atlantic Coast later this week, including evacuation plans and transit cancellations for some.   An evacuation of South...
NYC subway station
News September 10, 2018
The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line, a once heavily-used subway station destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, finally reopened Saturday after being closed for nearly two decades.   The station, located directly below the World Trade Center, is one of the last...
bicycle projects
News September 07, 2018
Gov. Scott Walker announced yesterday that 29 agencies across the state of Wisconsin will receive $15.7 million in funding for Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects.   TAP projects are federally funded, smaller scale transportation projects which have a utilitarian purpose which expand...
autonomous vehicle systems
News September 06, 2018
A Utah woman is suing Tesla, saying her Model S crashed into another car while it was in Autopilot mode earlier this year in the city of South Jordan.   The Tesla Model S, which the woman bought in 2016, is advertised to have “enhanced Autopilot,” including 360° of visibility and 250 meters of “...
Variable speed limit warning sign
Article September 05, 2018
In Lake County, Ohio, winter weather spells trouble for a stretch of I-90 between S.R. 528 and S.R. 44.   Over a 10-year span, more than 800 winter crashes were recorded along this corridor. On Dec. 8, 2016, an intense snow band that produced massive squalls contributed to a bus crash that led to a...
traffic safety reflectors
News September 05, 2018
As part of the Toward Zero Deaths plan for the northern part of the state, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin placing hundreds of roadside reflectors this week along 76 miles of the iconic M-22 route.   The $300,000 project includes more than 1,300 reflectors—called road...
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Figure 1. TMA light configurations investigated in the study.

Article September 04, 2018
As state departments of transportation (DOTs) shift their attention towards maintenance of existing infrastructure, improving safety in both stationary and mobile work zones is becoming more of a consideration.   One countermeasure to help improve safety in mobile work zones is the truck-mounted...
smart road technology
News September 04, 2018
This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will test out a new technology placed inside the pavement along Brighton Boulevard in Denver to measure the speed of cars traveling over that stretch of road.   This is an example of the agency’s RoadX program, a combination of new methods...
public transit usage
News August 31, 2018
More public transit usage can significantly lessen cities' traffic death rates, according to a recent American Public Transportation Association (APTA) analysis.   Conducted by APTA and advocacy group Vision Zero Network, the analysis showed that metro areas that log more than 40 annual transit...
L.A. Metro Willowbrook
News August 29, 2018
The Los Angeles office of Stantec is working with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project in Los Angeles.   The Project will reimagine the existing Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station as a community hub with an...
News August 28, 2018
Toyota announced on Monday that it is investing $500 million in Uber and working more closely with the company to accelerate the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles.    Uber plans to retrofit Toyota Sienna minivans with its autonomous technology and begin real-world testing in 2021...
autonomous public transit
News August 23, 2018
Arlington, Texas, city leaders say they have approved a contract with a California-based self-driving car company for a one-year pilot program to run autonomous public transit within the city's entertainment district beginning this fall.    Beginning Oct. 19, the city and Drive.ai will roll out...
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