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Public transportation could unlock anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion per year in value depending on the size of the city, according to a study by Rutgers University.
These benefits come from many different places. Riders that don’t need to purchase a second vehicle can save nearly $10,000 per year. Commutes tend to be shorter in many major cities, and public transit options increase the supply of potential workers. Buses also emit far less carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide … Continue Reading
Traffic congestion costs more than $300 billion each year in the U.S. alone, according to INRIX, due to lost productivity, increased transportation cost, wasted fuel and other factors.
New smart city advancements aim to alleviate traffic congestion with the help of new technologies, including cellular connectivity, artificial intelligence, new sensors and connected vehicle technologies. Combined with public transportation investments, these efforts could reduce traffic costs and eliminate a major stressor for many Americans.
Let’s take a look at four … Continue Reading
Imagine that a strong storm sweeps through a city and high winds knock traffic signals down from wires and off poles. In addition to creating unsafe driving conditions, these outages can slow emergency response efforts and require emergency personnel to direct traffic when their services might be needed elsewhere. These side effects can quickly add up in cost and social impact.
Let’s take a look at how to prevent knockdowns and improve the response times when they occur.
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Imagine that you’re merging onto the highway and your vehicle suddenly takes care of the driving. The car accelerates to fit bumper-to-bumper with a group of vehicles traveling at a fast speed. You’re free to make the most of your commute without worrying about sudden congestion or other dangers of highway driving.
While this scenario may seem far-fetched, the reality is closer than many people imagine. Modern autonomous vehicles can already adjust their speed and pass other vehicles on highways. … Continue Reading
Imagine driving down a street and your car suddenly brakes. You didn’t notice, but a pedestrian was running across the road and passed right in front of your vehicle. Technology in the pedestrian’s pocket communicated with your vehicle to stop it in time, and what once could have been yet another traffic fatality became a minor inconvenience. Imagine the impact this technology could have on traffic safety if it were deployed all the way around the world.
While this scenario … Continue Reading
Anyone who has driven in Los Angeles will attest that traffic congestion is a major problem, but what they may not realize is that the city ranks worst for congestion in the entire world. In fact, the list of top 25 worst cities for traffic is dominated by cities in the United States—all of them large and fast-growing.
Let’s take a look at how much this traffic costs each year and some strategies that cities use to reduce these … Continue Reading
Bryan Mulligan, President of Applied Information, Inc., was recently interviewed by host Mike Strawn on his radio show Case and Point.
During the interview, Mulligan shared his thoughts on the transportation industry and the significant role that technology continues to play in the advancement of safety and efficiency. At Applied Information, Mulligan and his team are successfully leveraging technology to save lives, improve traffic, drive commerce and improve the environment.
Connectivity changes everything
The idea that “when everything is … Continue Reading
President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord drew global criticism. While the federal government isn’t taking action, nearly 250 cities across the country have joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda to uphold the emissions targets and other environmental commitments contained within the Paris agreement.
Cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all emissions in the United States. In fact, each gallon of gas emits nearly 20 pounds of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. This makes … Continue Reading
Many cities manually collect traffic data and base traffic management designs on industry standards rather than local information. For example, engineers might count cars at a certain intersection at various times of the day and then time signals based on a standard set of recommendations.
The problem is that traffic patterns are constantly changing and a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely optimal. Sporting events, festivals, holidays, road closures, emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and other factors also influence traffic patterns in unpredictable ways.… Continue Reading
Preemption systems can dramatically decrease response times for emergency vehicles. Nationwide studies have demonstrated a 15 to 50 percent reduction in response times and a 70 percent decrease in crashes involving emergency vehicles. These improvements have a big impact on the outcomes of medical emergencies and greatly improved traffic safety.
Let’s take a look at some common issues with preemption systems, as well as some possible solutions to help further improve response times.
Preemption systems dramatically reduce emergency response times, … Continue Reading
There’s no doubt that slower vehicles make roads safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists, but what’s the best way to persuade motorists to reduce speeds without creating traffic congestion?
Traffic calming techniques use physical devices to accomplish these goals.
In this article, we will take a closer look at various traffic calming techniques, their cost effectiveness, and some next-generation technologies that could offer further improvements.
How do you persuade motorists to slow down without creating traffic congestion? Click To … Continue Reading
Autonomous driving has gone from a distant possibility to an inevitable future over the past five years. While Tesla has been an unquestionable pioneer in the space, every major automaker is actively developing autonomous technology in partnership with a growing number of Silicon Valley firms.
Consumers have also become increasingly interested in autonomous vehicles. While many are still skeptical of fully self-driving cars (39%), more than two-thirds (67%) are interested in adaptive safety features and nearly half (43%) want limited … Continue Reading
Traffic signals drive both traffic safety and mobility, making it vital that they function properly. While federal regulators recommend retiming signals every three to seven years, changing city demographics and traffic patterns make more frequent retiming necessary to optimize traffic flow. The problem is that retiming signals is a time-consuming and expensive process.
The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) program aims to address these kinds of problems with new and innovative technologies. In last year’s EDC-4 (2017-2018), … Continue Reading
It’s easy to assume that pedestrians will cross roadways at established intersections, but in reality, pedestrians rarely go out of their way to cross at an intersection. Most pedestrians will take the most direct route possible unless they’re rewarded with a far superior crossing by going out of their way.
Mid-block traffic crossings can solve these problems by enabling pedestrians to cross at non-intersections without endangering themselves or motorists.
What Are Mid-Block Traffic Crossings?
Downtown areas often have numerous intersections … Continue Reading
City planners in Austin, Texas were brainstorming ways to fix traffic congestion back in 2014. After crunching the numbers, the planners found that moving just seven percent of car drivers onto bicycles could have as big of an impact on congestion as expanding a nearby freeway—at a fraction of the cost. The move would also reduce transportation costs for thousands of lower-income households and help the city meet emissions goals.
While Austin set aside just $70 million for cycling infrastructure … Continue ReadingNext »