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.

smart roads
News February 23, 2018
WSP USA was selected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to design Minnesota’s first smart road, which would transform a major state highway west of Minneapolis into a road capable of testing and deploying numerous connected-vehicle applications.   As prime consultant, the company...
transit
News February 22, 2018
New York, San Francisco and Boston top the list of the 10 best cities for public transit according to the updated Transit Score rankings for 2018 by real-estate company Redfin.   Transit Score, a tool by Redfin company Walk Score, rates locations based on how convenient they are to public...
Automated vehicle ride-hailing service
News February 20, 2018
Waymo is preparing to launch a ride-hailing service similar to Uber’s, but with driverless cars.   The self-driving carmaker spun out of Google was approved on Jan. 24 to operate as a transportation network company (TNC) in Arizona. Waymo applied for the permit on Jan. 12. Its application contained...
HTT
News February 19, 2018
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed its first agreements that could lead to an interstate Hyperloop system.   The deal includes agreements with both the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to start work on a...
Missouri lawmakers consider axing vehicle safety inspections
News February 16, 2018
A proposal in the Missouri state legislature would do away with mandatory vehicle safety inspections. State law presently requires mechanical inspections of vehicles every other year once a vehicle is five years old. Such inspections are required for an owner to renew their motor vehicle license...
bus communication systems
News February 15, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has developed a communication system between Utah Transit Authority (UTA) buses and traffic signals that will help buses arrive on time in Salt Lake City.   The Dedicated Short Range Communications system uses software called Multi-Modal Intelligent...
Transit projects
News February 14, 2018
The Trump administration’s proposed budget for fiscal 2019 would leave cities and states on the hook for billions of dollars in spending on public transportation projects that are already underway.   The $4.4 trillion budget proposal rolled out this week would cut several grant programs funded by...
autonomous transportation
News February 13, 2018
Next Transportation, which recently launched at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, introduced a new form of autonomous, electric transportation that uses swarming modular pods that connect and disconnect while transporting passengers, organizing riders based on upcoming...
White House
News February 12, 2018
The White House today officially released a 55-page proposal for President Trump's long-awaited infrastructure overhaul.   The plan puts forth a framework for lawmakers to craft legislation for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that would focus on public-private partnerships and funding from...
road widening
News February 09, 2018
A project to widen 6 miles of U.S. 95 in northwest Las Vegas has begun.   Las Vegas Paving won the $64.6 million general contract for the work between Durango Drive and Kyle Canyon Road. The project will expand the highway from four to six lanes to relieve congestion and improve safety, according...
multimodal projects
News February 09, 2018
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects will benefit communities in 22 counties through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund.   The $41.5 million investment follows PennDOT's...
U.S. Capitol
News February 08, 2018
A bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday includes $20 billion for U.S. infrastructure programs, an investment plan that comes ahead of the Trump administration's highly anticipated rebuilding proposal.   The funds would go toward “existing” projects for water and energy...
Embark self-driving truck

Image: Embark

News February 07, 2018
An autonomous truck just recently completed a coast-to-coast trip from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Fla., driving 2,400 miles from one end of the U.S. to the other.   This follows trucking company Embark‘s prior test route, which ran from L.A. to El Paso, and covers more than four times the...
traffic signal systems
News February 07, 2018
The city of Dallas recently signed an agreement with Ericsson, a provider of communications and Internet of Things infrastructure, to provide hardware and software upgrades for its traffic management systems.   Improvements to the traffic signal infrastructure in Dallas could pave the way toward...
Positive train control
News February 06, 2018
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the correct implementation of a key train safety feature could have prevented the early Sunday morning Amtrak crash in South Carolina.   Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a press conference that the implementation of Positive Train...
podcast
News February 05, 2018
What a Super Bowl!! Still waiting on Congress to score on a big infrastructure bill. Also, budget continuing resolution makes it difficult for DOTs, Illinois DOT receives input on I-80 corridor improvements, and the state of New York is taking down all of its love signs. For the latest podcast,...
I Love NY sign

Source: WHEC-TV

News February 05, 2018
The blue ‘I Love NY’ road signs found along the state of New York's highways will soon come down, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.   Cuomo's top transportation officials announced Friday the state would soon remove the controversial highway signs, which have been at the center of a...
traffic technology at intersections
News February 02, 2018
A team of University of Wisconsin (UW) researchers is developing a corridor along Park Street around the campus in early 2018 to test autonomous and connected vehicles.   The U.S. Department of Transportation selected Wisconsin as one of 10 “proving grounds” for autonomous vehicle technologies back...
transportation improvements
News January 31, 2018
Cincinnati officials have struck a major deal with Uber aimed at improving the region’s transportation system using the ride-sharing service’s data-gathering abilities as they create the Cincinnati Mobility Lab.   The lab will share data, conduct studies and talk with employers in order to craft...
smart city infrastructure
News January 30, 2018
As it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is partnering with the Smart Cities Council to rebuild its infrastructure in a way that includes advanced technologies.   The council, which provides resources for cities to develop emerging technologies, announced the partnership with...
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