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.

variable speed limit sign

Image: McCain Inc.

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

Image: Uber

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

Image: Southern Nevada RTC

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...
traffic safety
News November 09, 2018
San Francisco-based Zendrive, an analytics firm, conducted a study dubbed the 2018 Distracted Driving Snapshot, which surveyed 7.1 billion miles and 4.5 million drivers from December 2017 through February 2018.   The study found that more than 60% of drivers—roughly 69 million—use their phones at...
autonomous vehicle readiness
News November 08, 2018
This year, KPMG released its 2018 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI), a report which evaluates the preparedness of 20 countries globally for the introduction of self-driving vehicles, and highlights best practices to help countries accelerate AV adoption.   The AVRI examines where countries...
road funding
News November 07, 2018
California voters rejected Proposition 6 at the polls on Tuesday, a measure to repeal a recent increase in the state’s gas tax, according to a report from The Mercury News.   The fate of Prop 6 was believed to determine the fate of California’s roads, bridges and transit, as the measure would have...
News November 06, 2018
The new streetcar system in the city of Milwaukee opened late last week.   The roughly 2-mile system, known locally as The Hop, connects the city's east side to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, which is served by Amtrak and intercity buses.   According to The Hop website, this initial route...
Report finds that in rural Utah lack of transportation is a medical issue

Report finds that in rural Utah lack of transportation is a medical issue

News November 02, 2018
Utah Public Radio’s series, Diagnosis, has seen a trend among rural residents in Utah who cannot affordably seek medical treatment due to transportation limitations. The state’s Urban-Rural Specialized Transportation Association has been working to address the disparity between need and...
NTSB report finds 95% of all 2017 transportation fatalities were highway-related

Image source: NTSB website

News November 02, 2018
Data accumulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that of the 38,958 people who died in transportation-related accidents in calendar 2017, 95% or 37,133 were the result of highway...
bicycle and transit lane
News November 01, 2018
Two traffic lanes will be designated for bicyclists and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses on a mile-long stretch of Halsted Street on the Near North Side of the city under a pilot program launching Thursday.   Beginning this week, a shared curbside lane in each direction of Halsted between...
autonomous vehicles
News October 31, 2018
Waymo has obtained a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the company announced Tuesday.   It is the first company to receive a fully driverless permit in the state, and it gives the Google spinoff the green light to test its self-driving Chrysler...
infrastructure software
News October 30, 2018
Bentley Systems Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, recently announced some of their latest acquisitions, resources and services at the company’s 2018 Year in Infrastructure Conference in...
FTA grants
News October 29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently awarded more than $12 million in competitive grant funds to improve bus transit service in central Illinois.   The grants will enable transit agencies to modernize bus fleets, improve service and enhance safety...
Wrong-way driving

Image: Florida State University

News October 29, 2018
Innovative traffic safety research from Florida State University (FSU), incorporating a fascinating mix of engineering and psychology, is being deployed on highways to save lives by targeting a deadly problem: wrong-way driving crashes.   Nationwide, wrong-way crashes kill about 350 people a year...
railroad crossing
News October 26, 2018
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow, in the western part of the state.   This funding is expected to cover approximately 90...
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