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.

transit bus infrastructure
News June 22, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $366.3 million in FY 2018 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.    The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment...
tolling
News June 22, 2018
Toll lanes along U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder and a nearby segment of I-25 in Colorado will get a high-tech upgrade starting this fall as part of a test to more effectively relieve traffic tie-ups and provide more reliable travel times for motorists.   If it works in those heavily traveled...
Strawberry Hill Avenue bridge Norwalk, Conn.

Image: Google Street View via The Hour

News June 20, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) is moving ahead with a $10 million project to raise an I-95 bridge that has been hit several times by trucks due to low clearance.   According to CDOT, the bridge has been struck many times, and it is structurally deficient and functionally...
autonomous vehicles
News June 19, 2018
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation issued an updated transportation strategy on June 14 that seeks to integrate autonomous vehicles and other technologies into its future plans.   The city's updated planning document—dubbed the Urban Mobility in a Digital Age Strategic Implementation Plan...
commuter rail line
News June 19, 2018
A long-awaited commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield in Connecticut opened over the weekend with two days of free rides for the public.    The new line will nearly triple the number of trains that run along the I-91 corridor.   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy rode the new rail line...
autonomous and connected technologies
News June 15, 2018
Gwinnett County and the city of Chamblee in Georgia were among the recent winners of a “smart communities challenge” led by Georgia Tech.    The communities will get seed funding and help from a Georgia Tech researcher for their winning projects, which involve exploring connected vehicle and...
smart city planning
News June 12, 2018
The city of Kansas City, Mo., is moving forward with its next expansion of smart city technologies, in part, through the issuance of an RFP as the first step to partner with the private sector in the form of hiring a program manager, or private sector partner.   The 54 smart city blocks currently...
bike-share for transit
News June 11, 2018
Coupling bike-share with public transit could be an important component when trying to increase light rail transit (LRT) ridership, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo.   In their study, researchers from Waterloo explored the most efficient size of a bike pool that would...
UAV testing
News June 11, 2018
DriveOhio will use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to understand how to manage traffic, roadway incidents and roadway conditions along the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor beginning July 1.   The three-year $5.9 million project is intended to complement autonomous and connected vehicle tests along the 35...
Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
News June 07, 2018
Once again, I missed more than I got to experience, but nonetheless there was much of interest. (Side note: Two members of the ITSA board visited the Traffic & Transit booth and I told them directly my dissatisfaction and concern about the number of concurrent sessions, and they did listen, so...
The first full day of the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit has come and gone, and with it some interesting stuff and also some undue frustration.
News June 06, 2018
Every annual gathering of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is an excellent opportunity to engage in a condensed forum with a wide swathe of technological and operational issues and challenges related to developing smarter and safer modes of transportation. This year’s schedule is...
Dallas smart technology
Article June 05, 2018
A safe and efficient transportation system is an invaluable asset to any city.   This statement comes directly out of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) plan for the city of Dallas. The city’s transportation leaders and partners are attempting to foster the concept of a safe and efficient...
Autonomous vehicle survey
News June 05, 2018
Americans expect self-driving vehicles will routinely travel American streets and highways in the not-too-distant future, according to the findings of the latest HNTB America THINKS national public opinion survey.   The survey also identifies expected benefits and uses of these vehicles, and...
C-V2X technology
News June 05, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation is working with Qualcomm, Panasonic and Ford to test cellular-vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology, which enables vehicles to automatically communicate with each other while on the road, in limited areas this summer.   These would be the first road...
Channelizing posts
Article June 04, 2018
  Statistics developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that driver behavior is responsible for 94% of all crashes. The agency and its state counterparts support a variety of programs targeted at changing and improving driver behavior. Areas of focus include...
Vancouver transportation safety
Article June 01, 2018
In the last 20 years in Vancouver, the number of transportation-related fatalities decreased by 40%, despite significant increases in population over this same period (20%). Additionally, between 2011 and 2015, the city of Vancouver had an overall transportation fatality rate of 2.4 fatalities per...
Road fatalities decline
Article June 01, 2018
From 2005 and 2011, the number of U.S. traffic fatalities declined by over 25%, from 43,510 to 32,479.   Most of the drop occurred in 2008 and 2009, which coincided with what has been dubbed the Great Recession, running from December 2007 to June 2009.   Historically, recessions have been...
transit rules
News May 31, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday issued the Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) Final Rule that describes new procedures aimed at helping the federal government develop more effective approaches to spurring private...
wrong-way crashes
News May 30, 2018
The state of Arizona is investing in a potential high-tech solution to instantly alert police and motorists to the presence of a wrong-way driver on a roadway.   The state is the first in the nation to test thermal cameras to combat the rate of wrong-way collisions. The number of Americans killed...
Drone surveying work
News May 29, 2018
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KSDOT) is beginning a pilot project to determine how drones could be used in future road design work, employing UAV technology in conjunction with a road project for the first time last week.   KSDOT has contracted the Kirkham Michael engineering firm to...
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