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.

News February 23, 2017
New estimates released today by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 3.2 trillion miles last year. It is the fifth straight year of increased mileage on public roads throughout the nation, and underscores the demands facing America’s roads and bridges, and...
News February 17, 2017
In the city of Columbia, Mo., public works members have been working to address traffic issues on many of its streets—most recently Stewart Road, which is one of 64 streets on the city’s neighborhood traffic management program list.   The program started in November 2013, and the list started with...
News February 16, 2017
The latest report on traffic fatality estimates were released yesterday by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that works closely with federal auto-safety regulators. According to its estimates, 40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016, a 6% rise from the...

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News February 16, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) began installing the first of 52 Active Traffic Management (ATM) signs on a portion of U.S. 95 last week. The installations will continue through July 2019 and will feature intermittent lane closures.   The signs are part of the almost $1 billion...

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News February 15, 2017
Sensors installed at three Interstate 40 locations west of Flagstaff are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) forecast the likelihood of ice forming and respond accordingly.   The combination of freezing temperatures and moisture means ice can form overnight in Arizona’s high...
Article February 14, 2017
Figure 1—the trip planner My Trips provides the current estimated travel time and notifications of traffic incidents along a route.   The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), and Maine Department of Transportation (ME DOT) acting through...
News February 13, 2017
In Fremont, Calif., merely shaving 0.7 seconds from the yellow-light timing at a pair of intersections a year ago led to the city's private ticketing vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, generating nearly $200,000 a month in extra citations over the course of nine months.   Originally, the intersection...
News February 09, 2017
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently awarded a $7.6 million contract to Michael Baker International to study the I-605/SR-91 interchange, identify improvements and widen a particularly choked three-mile stretch of westbound SR-91 in Los Angeles. The contract...
Article February 08, 2017
Pedestrian refuge islands are an effective tool of road diets used to reduce the exposure time experienced by a pedestrian in an intersection.     Is there really a low-cost strategy that reduces crashes and improves mobility for the wide variety of highway users? Does that sound too good to be...
News February 08, 2017
The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) has received $2.5 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Work Zone Safety Grant Program. This grant includes opportunities for more than 300 work-zone safety training courses to be held in classrooms across the U.S. over...
Article February 08, 2017
There are approximately 400,000 signalized intersections in the U.S. Delays at traffic signals contribute 5–10% of all traffic delays on major roadways alone. What if we had a systematic procedure for identifying traffic operation problems—and fixing them using controller and probe data? Well, we...
Article February 08, 2017
The new protected pedestrian lane at South Park.   A small investment can change the face of a community. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) serves a diverse population, and recognizes the importance of celebrating that diversity in all its projects. In recent years, SDOT has been...

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News February 08, 2017
Last week the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) executed the design/build contract for the I-405 Improvement Project with OC405 Partners, a joint venture consisting of OHL USA and Astaldi Construction Corporation.   With a contract price of over $1.2 billion and a total estimated...
News February 07, 2017
The nation’s governors will submit a list of more than 300 infrastructure projects to President Trump’s administration this week, aiming to share billions he is urging for nationwide construction projects.   The requests by governors from at least 44 states are in addition to a preliminary list of...

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News February 07, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) new Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) begins its phased launch today in Northeast Georgia, with plans to roll out the service to five other districts in the state by this May.   CHAMP will serve most interstates across...
News February 06, 2017
Highway officials have loaded up a handful of freeway ramps in Sacramento and San Diego with blinking lights, 6-ft-tall “Wrong Way” signs, red pavement reflectors and cameras warning drivers they’re about to hit the freeway in the wrong direction.   California Department of Transportation (Caltrans...
News February 01, 2017
Gov. John Kasich is asking the Ohio Legislature to permit variable speed limits that change based on how congested the roadway is.   If legislators allow it, the program would be piloted as early as summer 2018 on I-670 in Columbus. If successful, it could expand.   Currently the limit on the...
News January 30, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll, which discusses the possibility of expanding tolling to fund infrastructure projects.
News January 27, 2017
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated more than $127 million to 49 projects to maintain the state's infrastructure systems.   The allocation includes more than $25 million for freight and rail transit projects that will improve service and safety.   The largest allocation, $...
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