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.

Sacramento transit system hit by hackers
News November 22, 2017
The Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) system fell victim this past weekend to computer hackers. The hackers erased data and are now threatening to do more harm if SacRT doesn't pay them one bitcoin, now worth approximately $8,000.   The attack erased parts of computer programs on the agency’s...
VDOT wildlife fence

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News November 21, 2017
A fence lining a mile-long stretch of I-64 in Albemarle County, Va., has reportedly been significantly reducing crashes involving wildlife.   The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) installed the fence in Ivy as the first test site in the commonwealth for this safety system.   The Virginia...
Uber AV

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News November 21, 2017
Swedish carmaker Volvo has agreed to supply Uber with vehicles for use in the company’s planned autonomous car ride-hailing service.   According to Volvo’s Nov. 20 announcement, the car company will sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles to Uber from 2019 to 2021.  ...
Minneapolis Metro Transit to limit Super Bowl LRT use to ticket holders
News November 16, 2017
With Super Bowl LII less than three months away, planning is well in process, and one aspect of that planning—public light rail transit service—is causing something of a stir.   Metro Transit has indicated that Blue Line trains between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis will be restricted...
FHWA National Roadway Safety Award winners announced
News November 16, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Roadway Safety Foundation have announced this year’s nine National Roadway Safety Award winners, which represent the nation’s best examples of innovation in highway safety. The biennial competition, which began in 1999, is an acknowledgement of...
Traffic & Transit State of the Industry survey
News November 15, 2017
Each year, we send to you our annual State of the Industry survey, in effort to gauge your viewpoint and opinion of the ITS segment of the road and bridge construction industry.   However, more often than not, this survey goes unanswered. This year, we are hoping that will be different. Our new...
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its US 23 Flex Route system.

Image source: MDOT

News November 14, 2017
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to open up its U.S. 23 Flex Route system.   Flex Route is a lane-control system that employs cameras and electronic dynamic message signs to keep drivers abreast of morning and afternoon peak travel times and the availability of an additional...
The Downtown Tampa Autonomous Transit Project will be funded by the Florida Department of Transportation
News November 14, 2017
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) recently selected the Stantec/Coast Autonomous team to provide autonomous mobility services for the Marion Street Transitway. HART is a regional transportation authority charged with planning, financing, constructing and operating public...
crane

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News November 13, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule last week that delayed its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until Nov. 10, 2018.   OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely...
News November 13, 2017
A new transportation funding formula is needed in tax reform. Also: California voters want to repeal gas tax increase; driverless vehicles are being tested on Phoenix streets; and repairs will be made to Buck O'Neil Bridge in Kansas City while officials figure out a way to fund a new bridge. For...
Uber loses appeal bid in U.K. to overturn workers’ rights decision
News November 10, 2017
Uber lost its bid this week to overturn a decision by U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), which determined that the company’ drivers deserved workers’ rights, such as minimum wage. This decision comes as the company continues to struggle against losing its license to operate in London.   Uber...
Transit
News November 09, 2017
Nearly 90% of all public transportation initiatives were approved by voters across the United States this year. In the Nov. 7th election, seven of eight initiatives passed with one result still to be determined. Throughout the country this year, voters in 17 states and communities of all sizes...
MnDOT roundabout
News November 08, 2017
According to a new study released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the state’s nearly 200 roundabouts are reducing serious injuries and saving lives.   Minnesota built its first roundabout in 1995 in Brooklyn Park. Since then, MnDOT as well as the state’s counties and cities...
Autonomous vehicle systems
News November 07, 2017
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station to test autonomous vehicle technology at the 5,000-acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds located in Concord, Calif.   Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), this partnership enables TRI to expand...
carpooling app
News November 06, 2017
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) has announced an expanded partnership with Scoop Technologies.   CCTA will utilize its transportation demand management program known as 511 Contra Costa to provide additional carpool incentives to Scoop drivers who carpool from or within the county...
News November 06, 2017
An editorial is exactly what an editorial is . . . an opinion, and I will talk politics. Also, the GOP tax plan would effect bonding; the FHWA reopens pilot program to allow tolling on existing interstates; TxDOT to add capacity on U.S. 183; and MoDOT's solar road program is on hold. To hear the...
gas tax
News November 02, 2017
As of this week, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel as a result of the new gas tax.   The tax, approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor in April, is expected to raise roughly $5...
I-76 Work zone
Case Studies November 02, 2017
As the prime highway contractor, Shelly & Sands recently installed temporary portable rumble strips (TPRS) in a work zone in Mahoning County, Ohio. The concrete joint repair project was located on I-76/I-80 eastbound, between Bailey Road and the Ohio Turnpike, in the Warren-Youngstown area.  ...
automated vehicles
News October 31, 2017
The National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked for feedback on the state of autonomous vehicles and how current U.S. regulations can be refined to promote research and deployment.   The NHTSA released a report on potential rule changes on Friday, which states the agency is...
News October 30, 2017
With chaos happening all around us this Halloween Eve, let's take a break from it all and discuss Highway Trust Fund receipts, U.S. road and bridge aid to Puerto Rico, Missouri's plan to increase DOT revenue and a new road project brewing in Texas. For the latest podcast, click here.
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