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 April 25, 2017
Ride New Orleans, a transit advocacy group, repeated its call last week to have wait times and travel distances reduced for people in the city who rely on buses and streetcars to get on with their everyday lives.   The group hopes to influence the planning phase of what is being called the Regional...
News April 21, 2017
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has started another round of safety improvements on Rte. 130, the road dubbed the state’s most dangerous.   Rte. 130 has been repeatedly singled out by pedestrian-safety groups because of a high number of fatalities over the last few years.  ...

Image source: West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.)

News April 21, 2017
Two local landowners have teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in District 8 to improve safety on the notorious stretch of Highway 67 west of Granite Falls by building a permanent snow fence.   The landowners and MnDOT have installed a 1,500-ft fence, or approximately ¼...
News April 20, 2017
New data released by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has highlighted a troubling trend on state roads.   There were 25,713 crashes in work zones last year that resulted in 181 deaths, representing a 27% spike in fatal work-zone crashes from 2015—a stark increase that TxDOT officials...
News April 18, 2017
There were 1,188 traffic deaths recorded across Pennsylvania last year, an all-time low since record keeping began in 1928.   The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Monday there were significant decreases in fatalities from drunken driving, as well as “run-off the road”...
News April 13, 2017
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is rolling out a fleet of “talking” buses to serve the state’s communities.   The new technology allows the buses to alert pedestrians and motorists with an automated announcement through a “Safe Turn Alert” system that voices messages such as “...

Image source: Hyperloop One via CityLab

News April 12, 2017
Hyperloop One recently announced that it has built its first U.S. testing site, a 1,640-ft long full-scale track in the deserts of Nevada, putting the company one step ahead of its competitors in the race to build Elon Musk’s futuristic transportation system.   Engineers have already begun testing...
News April 12, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has launched a project to install enhanced roadway signage, ramp meters, wrong-way driver detection systems and more to help improve traffic safety and mobility on U.S. 395 in the North Valleys.   Beginning Monday, April 10 through early 2018, periodic...
News April 11, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has operated the Intelligent Transportations Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) for decades, and the recent technological advances in vehicle connectivity and smart infrastructure design have led to a number of programs adaptable for state and...
News April 10, 2017
Public highways in the state of New York will soon be open to testing self-driving cars over the next year.   Tucked into a state budget bill approved by lawmakers this week is a measure allowing autonomous vehicles on New York's highways, but it is limited to testing or demonstrations.   A decades...
News April 07, 2017
The state of Tennessee has begun preparations to remove and replace the majority of the 1,700 Lindsay X-LITE guardrails on its roads system due to their alleged defectiveness. This decision has spurred further reports of traffic collision deaths caused by the guardrail in other states.   At least...
News April 05, 2017
Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon flip the switch on its $10 million Intelligent Traffic System to alert motorists of traffic backups, accidents and weather conditions along I-10 in Jackson County.   The intelligent traffic control (ITC) overhead messenger boards and cameras...

A double strip configuration was tested at the MnROAD facility in Albertville, Minn.

Article April 03, 2017
The Sinusoidal (Sine) Rumble Strip Design Optimization Study presents results of sound-level monitoring of four types of centerline rumble strips installed along Trunk Highway (TH) 18 in Mille Lacs and Aitken counties in Minnesota.   This study follows an extensive study completed in 2015 that...

Image source: Larry Higgs/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

News April 03, 2017
Permanent repairs to damage caused in the Hoboken Terminal by a Sept. 29 commuter train crash that killed a woman in the station and injured more than 100 people will not be completed for another two years, according to N.J. Transit documents.   N.J. Transit's board of directors is scheduled to...

Image source: David Goldman/AP

News March 31, 2017
Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has declared a state of emergency for Fulton County, Ga., after a huge fire caused a bridge on I-85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night.   With the heavily used road closed in both directions, Georgia transportation officials are telling drivers to find other options—from...
News March 30, 2017
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has announced the two companies that will be responsible for a design/build intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project along the Frederick E Everett Turnpike (Central New Hampshire Turnpike).   Tilson, a Portland, Maine-based information...

Image source: Julie Duewel / Nevada DOT; Las Vegas Sun

News March 30, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is in the initial stages of road projects that have been planned to address traffic growth on the I-15 corridor over the next 20 years as a result of the proposed Raiders’ stadium site going up on Russell Road west of the interstate in Las Vegas.   A...
News March 29, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia, local government organizations and employers are partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sponsor one-hour events to train road workers on the dangers of distracted drivers,...
News March 28, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently completed installation of a $1.35 million intelligent transportation system (ITS) at nine intersections along a three-mile stretch along McKnight Road between Evergreen Road in Ross and Peebles Road in McCandless.   The system will be...
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