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.

Jane Byrne Interchange Chicago

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News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced that work on the Jane Byrne Interchange in Chicago has been extended to a 2022 completion date, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.   This change stretches the project duration three years longer than the original...
C-470 Express Lanes project

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News December 10, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is expecting to complete work on the C-470 Express Lanes project along 12.5 miles of the roadway from Wadsworth Boulevard to I-25 by summer 2019.   CDOT recently held its fourth and final public presentation on the C-470 project in Highlands Ranch...
THEA CV pilot

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News December 05, 2018
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) in Florida recently demonstrated connected vehicle technology in HART transit vehicles for the first time.   The live demonstrations, which took place on Thursday, Nov. 29, were a...
SunTrax AV test track

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News December 04, 2018
New renderings released during this week’s Florida Autonomous Vehicle Summit in Tampa reveal the latest vision for SunTrax, the new center for transportation advancement in Florida.   Situated on 475 acres in Polk County, SunTrax is composed of a 2.25-mile-long, high-speed oval test track around a...
V2I cybersecurity

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Article December 03, 2018
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications are emerging for next-generation vehicles in surface transportation systems.   Using V2V and V2I communications, connected vehicles (CVs) share information with other vehicles and with transportation infrastructure, which...
NYSDOT bringing ITS to Hudson Valley
News November 30, 2018
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced that construction is underway on two projects in the Hudson Valley. The first project will install intelligent transportation system (ITS) equipment on roadways in the Hudson Valley, while the second...
Oregon DOT considering tolling I-5 through Portland
News November 30, 2018
Tolling is never anyone’s first choice, and it is largely unpopular with the motoring public. (For an example of such discord, keep an eye out for our upcoming December issue’s Region Report.) But it cannot be feasibly denied that it is a source of revenue for any state’s ailing—or developing—road...
high-speed rail in Florida
News November 29, 2018
Brightline got the go-ahead Wednesday from the state of Florida to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa.   The link envisioned would eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida. The Florida Department of Transportation’s...
Boring Company tunnel

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News November 28, 2018
Elon Musk's Boring Co. is abandoning plans to build a 2.5-mile test tunnel underneath the 405 freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westside area of Los Angeles.   The controversial project had been the focus of a lawsuit filed by two neighborhood groups, accusing L.A. officials of violating state...
GAToRS bus stops
Article November 27, 2018
The implementation of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), as part of the Florida Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative (Florida-CAVI), has led to a collaboration with the University of Florida to create a test bed called the I-...
artificial intelligence, traffic management
News November 26, 2018
A partnership between area public safety agencies and startup technology firm Waycare has led to increased safety on a stretch of I-15, the busiest roadway in Las Vegas.   The yearlong crash prevention pilot program between Waycare, a provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and...
high-speed rail
News November 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule establishing safety standards for railroad passenger equipment.   The rule represents one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century,...
variable speed limit sign

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News November 20, 2018
McCain Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the SWARCO Group and a leader in the supply of intelligent transportation solutions for safety and mobility, recently announced that the company’s Variable Speed Limit Signs (VSLS) have been chosen for the new I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) smart corridor...
light-rail line
News November 20, 2018
Sound Transit has secured an agreement with the federal government for a $1.2 billion grant to go towards the planned 8.5-mile Northgate-to-Lynnwood light-rail line in Washington State, in the Seattle area.   The agreement between Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) still...
Uber JUMP bike share

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News November 19, 2018
Uber is launching its JUMP bike-share service today in Seattle, rolling out 300 electric-assist bicycles to begin.   The ride-sharing company will continue to ramp up the number of red JUMP bikes on Seattle streets in the coming weeks. Uber is betting it can compete with Lime, the only remaining...
rideRTC transit app

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News November 16, 2018
Beginning Dec. 2, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada will implement its annual transit service changes and improvements that include increased service on nine popular routes.   In addition to these service changes, the transit agency also has updated its rideRTC transit...
Real-time adaptive signals aiding traffic flow in Pima County, Az.
News November 15, 2018
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) installed an adaptive signal timing system this past summer in Pima County to improve traffic flow on S.R. 77 (Oracle Road), the primary north-south route connecting Tucson and Oro Valley, which handles about 60,000 vehicles per day.   Thus far,...
Connecticut DOT opens rail discount program to boost ridership
News November 14, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced a new program that offers discounts and deals for rail riders at a variety of businesses in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The Transit Rewards Program will be applied to riders that use the Hartford Line, the Shore Line East...
smart shuttles
News November 13, 2018
A new line of low-speed, self-driving shuttle buses will begin operating in Columbus, Ohio, starting in December as part of citywide efforts to improve transportation.   The project comes from the combined work of DriveOhio, a new initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation; Smart...
work-zone safety
News November 12, 2018
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced their top 10 most-cited safety violations list for fiscal year 2018.   The list covers violations that OSHA issued between Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, but the data is preliminary. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of...
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