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 pavement
News May 22, 2018
Integrated Roadways, a Kansas City technology start-up, is developing “smart pavement” technology that would not only help increase roadway safety but also serve as the Wi-Fi platform for cars and other future mobility services.   The road system uses high-resolution fiber optic sensors and other...
Transit funding
News May 21, 2018
If the $90 billion public transit repair backlog in the U.S. is not addressed soon, it could result in a $340 billion loss to the country's economy over the next six years, according to a study recently released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).    Conducted by the Economic...
U.S. Capitol
News May 21, 2018
The House Appropriations Committee recently released the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation includes funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies.   In total...
temporary roundabout intersection
News May 17, 2018
Salt Lake City is seeking the community's feedback on two "pop-up" intersection designs ahead of road construction work planned for next year.   From May 16-23, the city is testing out a temporary intersection design at 900 South and 1100 East, which will be part of a reconstruction project in 2019...
smart operating system
News May 17, 2018
Smart Columbus—a partnership of businesses, local governments and research groups that oversees the city’s work on the federal Smart Cities grant—is introducing the initial version of a computer operating system meant to address a variety of transportation-related challenges in the city of Columbus...
Honolulu rail project
News May 16, 2018
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) wants to partner with private businesses to complete and sustain the city’s rail system.   More than a decade ago, Honolulu’s elevated fixed guideway rail system was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. Today, that price tag has nearly doubled, and ...
Transit projects
News May 15, 2018
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the city of Atlanta have proposed building 21 miles of light-rail lines and other transit improvements with the proceeds of a sales tax approved by city voters in 2016.   The list of projects recommended by the city and MARTA, obtained by...
Autonomous vehicles
News May 14, 2018
Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at attracting more testing of autonomous-vehicle technology on Ohio's roadways.   The executive order also provides direction to both government and industry on how to regulate and stage such testing. Kasich also pitched autonomous vehicles...
pedestrian safety
News May 14, 2018
A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that pedestrian deaths have jumped 46% since reaching their lowest point in 2009, as pedestrian crashes have become both deadlier and more frequent.   According to the IIHS study, a total of 5,987 pedestrians were killed in...
infrastructure improvements
News May 09, 2018
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for New York state to spend another $125 billion on infrastructure improvement projects over the next five years.   The Democratic governor announced Tuesday the proposal would be the next phase in his agenda to rebuild the state of New York and create thousands of...
smart traffic signals
News May 09, 2018
Gwinnett County commissioners recently approved a four-project partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to install technology which will allow Gwinnett transportation engineers to communicate with traffic signals and cameras on portions of four key corridors in the county...
Self-driving car service
News May 08, 2018
The city of Frisco in the North Texas region is reportedly set to get the nation's first self-driving car service.   The service will first be accessible in July for roughly 10,000 employees working in a cluster of corporate offices located less than a mile away from The Star, a retail and dining...
autonomous transit
News May 07, 2018
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) last week announced that it is accepting proposals from companies who can test and eventually deliver an automated vehicle service to fill a transportation gap between downtown Providence and Olneyville via the Woonasquatucket River corridor.  ...
News May 03, 2018
This October, the 4th Annual Commercial UAV Expo trade show will host a variety of unmanned aerial system (UAS) vendors showcasing airframes, components, software and services all focused on commercial applications.   The event, which was recently recognized by Trade Show Network News as one of the...
Self-driving vehicles
News May 03, 2018
The Pentagon may deploy self-driving vehicles in combat zones to reduce the risk for military personnel attempting to deliver supplies to troops, according to a Bloomberg report.   At an April hearing on Capitol Hill, Michael Griffin, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for research and engineering...
Shailen Bhatt
Article May 02, 2018
Ah, the great American dream.   The interstate highway system was built during the post-World War II boom, and with it came the freedom to drive almost anywhere. Grandparents in Florida drove to see grandchildren in California. Families in Chicago and Philadelphia moved to far-flung suburbs.   But...
Buena Vista Drive

Median bus lanes provide streamlined access and increased safety to Disney Springs.

Article May 02, 2018
The goal of every road project is to get motorists to their destinations safely and efficiently. But getting tourists, employees and residents in and out of a major theme park and its environs requires some engineering and construction magic all its own.   HNTB Corp. and the Reedy Creek Improvement...
GO transit trains at York Station

GO transit trains at York Station. Photo: Isac Lima

Article May 02, 2018
In the early 1900s, the personal automobile was the newest advancement in mobility. This development led to dramatic changes in our lives and in our communities. After a century of automobile improvements, freeway construction, and increasing congestion, new advances in mobility connect people in...
Protected Chicago intersection

A protected intersection in Chicago.

Article May 02, 2018
Bicycling has been on the rise in communities across the U.S. As cities and towns grapple with high growth in dense areas, as well as challenging mobility demands, the demand for bikeable, walkable places is rising commensurately. Businesses are increasingly seeking out cities with multimodal...
UTA connected bus service

The intent of implementing MMITSS on Redwood Road was to improve schedule reliability of the UTA bus along that corridor.

Article May 02, 2018
A 2013 AASHTO report on connected vehicle systems stated, “The fundamental premise of the Connected Vehicle Environment lies in the power of wireless connectivity among vehicles, the infrastructure, and mobile devices to bring about transformative changes in highway safety, mobility, and in the...
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