public transportation – Commuter Connection http://commuter-connection.org/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 01:46:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://commuter-connection.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/commuter.png public transportation – Commuter Connection http://commuter-connection.org/ 32 32 FDOT is hosting a public transport open house for 2 projects at Hillsborough Co. https://commuter-connection.org/fdot-is-hosting-a-public-transport-open-house-for-2-projects-at-hillsborough-co/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 01:16:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/fdot-is-hosting-a-public-transport-open-house-for-2-projects-at-hillsborough-co/ HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida – District Seven of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a public transportation open house for two projects in Hillsborough County. The I-275 Capacity Improvement Project is currently under construction and extends along I-275 north of I-4 to north of Hillsborough Avenue. This project involves adding one lane in each […]]]>


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida – District Seven of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a public transportation open house for two projects in Hillsborough County.

The I-275 Capacity Improvement Project is currently under construction and extends along I-275 north of I-4 to north of Hillsborough Avenue. This project involves adding one lane in each direction on I-275 north to I-4 north to Hillsborough Avenue (US 92).

Other improvements include:

  • Construction of noise barriers along most of the corridor
  • Installation of intelligent transport system (ITS) devices
  • Improve the underpasses of Floribraska Avenue, Lake Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chelsea Street, Osborne Avenue and Hillsborough Avenue to widen sidewalks and ” improve the lighting under the bridge.

All improvements are made in the existing right-of-way.

The Tampa Downtown Interchange (I-275 / I-4) Safety and Operational Improvement Project is scheduled to begin construction in 2023.

This project will include:

  • Widened flyover ramp from I-275 Southbound to I-4 Eastbound two-lane
  • Changed the exit ramp to Ybor City / East Tampa from 21st / 22nd streets to 14th / 15th streets
  • Widening I-4 Westbound Ramp to I-275 Northbound from one to two lanes
  • Widening I-4 Westbound Exit to I-275 Southbound Exit from two to three lanes
  • Provide trail connections to local networks and adjacent communities

The open house will be held on Wednesday, January 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library.

The meeting will take place in person with the option of attending online. FDOT staff will be available to answer questions in person and virtually via online chat.

If you would like to register for virtual participation, click here. A commented presentation will be presented at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. during the open house. Staff will be available throughout the open house to answer questions via the online chat feature.


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Bloomington transport board secures new chairman in controversial election https://commuter-connection.org/bloomington-transport-board-secures-new-chairman-in-controversial-election/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 10:49:56 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/bloomington-transport-board-secures-new-chairman-in-controversial-election/ Serious acrimony accompanied the election on Tuesday night of new officers to the board of directors of Bloomington Public Transportation Corp. By a 3-2 vote, board members elected James McLary as the new board chair, demoting former chair Nancy Obermeyer to secretary. Board member Marilyn Hartman had proposed the changes, and she, McLary and member […]]]>


Serious acrimony accompanied the election on Tuesday night of new officers to the board of directors of Bloomington Public Transportation Corp. By a 3-2 vote, board members elected James McLary as the new board chair, demoting former chair Nancy Obermeyer to secretary.

Board member Marilyn Hartman had proposed the changes, and she, McLary and member Doug Horn voted in favor, while Obermeyer and Vice President Kent McDaniel voted against.

Following:Upcoming changes to Bloomington bus routes from Crestmont

The leadership changes on the board appear to be unusual, as Obermeyer held the post for six years and said his predecessor had held the post for decades.

Obermeyer objected to the move and said McLary had spoken to everyone on the board – except her – about her intention to run for the leadership position.

“It seems sexist to me,” she said.

McLary said his desire to serve as president was not a reflection on Obermeyer’s leadership.

He then also proposed that McDaniel be removed from his post as a board representative on the policy committee of the Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization, on which he had served for many years.

McLary has said he wants to take a different direction, given the recent retirement of Lew May, the longtime BPTC chief executive, noting that new chief executive John Connell is doing things a little differently.

McDaniel pointed out that his service on the DFO committee preceded May’s arrival as CEO and said institutional knowledge can be important.

Following:Monroe County Council rejects County Commissioners’ request for larger increase

Hartman suggested that McDaniel could still attend policy committee meetings as a member of the public.

“It’s pretty lame, Marilyn,” McDaniel said.

The board removed McDaniel from the MPO committee and replaced him with Horn in the same 3-2 vote with which he ousted Obermeyer as chairman.

At the end of the meeting, McDaniel said he was “very disappointed” with the board atmosphere on Tuesday night and said it was very different from the board’s past, in which he generally worked cooperatively and without serious disagreements.

One of the best things a board can do, he said, is pick a good CEO and stay out of the way.

“I am afraid this is not the case,” he said.

“Jim has mentioned at least three times that he is not a micromanager. I don’t agree with that, ”McDaniel said. “I think he is a lot.”

“I am very concerned about the new direction we have chosen,” he said.

Hartman and McLary also praised Connell for his leadership and for providing them with timely information.

“And I want to thank Nancy,” McLary said, “for all the effort, time and energy she put into it. I appreciate that.”

Obermeyer and McDaniel were appointed to council by Bloomington City Council, all Democrats. Hartman and McLary were appointed by Mayor John Hamilton, also a Democrat.

Horn’s seat is normally a board nomination, but, according to a previous story from HT, the board left the post vacant for more than 90 days, which transferred the nominating power to the county chairman of the member’s political party. of the outgoing board. This allowed William Ellis, then chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party, to fill the vacant position by appointing Horn in November 2020.

State law requires that the board of directors have divided political representation.

Boris Ladwig is the municipal government reporter for the Herald-Times. Contact him at bladwig@heraldt.com.


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Treepz partners with CMS T&M to digitize transport for 1.2 million customers per year https://commuter-connection.org/treepz-partners-with-cms-tm-to-digitize-transport-for-1-2-million-customers-per-year/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 20:21:57 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/treepz-partners-with-cms-tm-to-digitize-transport-for-1-2-million-customers-per-year/ From Steve Agbota, Lagos Treepz, a commuter services operator, has partnered with CMS Taxi and Motor Nigeria Limited (CMS T&M) in Lagos, as part of its mission to provide commuters with convenient and affordable transportation across Africa. The partnership will provide CMS T&M passengers with access to a more convenient payment option and predictable journey […]]]>


From Steve Agbota, Lagos

Treepz, a commuter services operator, has partnered with CMS Taxi and Motor Nigeria Limited (CMS T&M) in Lagos, as part of its mission to provide commuters with convenient and affordable transportation across Africa.

The partnership will provide CMS T&M passengers with access to a more convenient payment option and predictable journey times. The technology provided by Treepz will allow CMS T&M management to efficiently manage their operations and digitize their ticketing systems to ensure bus operator transparency.

CMS T&M is a 53-year-old licensed shuttle company operating in the central business district of Lagos, including the Marina, Lagos Island, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki areas in Lagos State, with buses and large capacity minibuses. With more than 1.2 million passengers per year, CMS T&M offers adapted vehicles that facilitate the daily journeys of workers, students and traders in the city.

“At Treepz, our goal is to improve the public transport system in Africa using technology and we are constantly looking for partnership opportunities with major bus operators and state governments to digitize the transport sector.

“By combining Treepz’s expertise and technologies, with CMS T&M’s 53 years of experience in public transport and fleet management in Nigeria, we are on track to achieve this goal. I’m especially excited about the opportunity for this leading transportation company to use Treepz technology to move away from cash payments, paper ticketing, and the general issues with this old way of buying tickets. bus. “CMS T&M will now enter the digital age with different ways for its 1.2 million annual customers to purchase their travel tickets while providing transparency and an efficient way to manage their operations with our technology. This will dramatically improve the experience of daily commuters in Lagos and kick off the digitization of transportation systems across Nigeria, ”said Mr. Onyeka Akumah, CEO and Co-Founder of Treepz Inc.

Also speaking on the partnership, CMS T&M Managing Director Andrew Akhigbe said: commuters. Being a company for over 53 years, one of our goals is to have a transparent operating system and Treepz helps us achieve this using technology.

Treepz shares a common goal with bus partners like CMS T&M to provide the most efficient and affordable bus transportation solutions to parks and bus stops in Lagos towns.

As a company, Treepz has continued to increase its impact on transforming the transportation sector with its technology currently being deployed across Africa. With operations in Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria, Treepz introduced the Transport Operator System to provide bus fleets and bus operators with the technology to digitize their services while increasing their customer base and managing their income.

As many transportation players examine how they move away from paper ticketing, cash transactions, and understanding their customers’ inventory, bus operators are turning to Treepz to develop the technology that will enable them to operate. ” achieve their goals. Beyond CMS T&M, more than 12 bus operators have also partnered with Treepz including GUO Transport, Libra Motors, EFEX Transport Service, ABC Transport, Anambra Executive and a list of other intercity carriers with a total of 1,500 vehicles in their fleet. Beyond transportation companies, Treepz continues to provide bus rental services to schools for their school bus solutions, corporate bus rental services for their staff bus solutions, and technology to government governments. States to power their public transportation systems.

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Retiring in Colombia? 6 things to know about transportation https://commuter-connection.org/retiring-in-colombia-6-things-to-know-about-transportation/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 16:05:36 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/retiring-in-colombia-6-things-to-know-about-transportation/ There are many differences between Colombia and the United States, but one of the most shocking for those considering retiring in Colombia is the country’s transportation. With a culture that relies almost exclusively on public buses and taxis rather than personal cars, daily commutes are very different in Colombia compared to the United States. Here […]]]>


There are many differences between Colombia and the United States, but one of the most shocking for those considering retiring in Colombia is the country’s transportation. With a culture that relies almost exclusively on public buses and taxis rather than personal cars, daily commutes are very different in Colombia compared to the United States. Here are six things to know about transportation in Colombia before you retire.

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1. Buses are the main mode of transport

Ask any Colombian resident what their primary mode of transportation is, and it’s rare to find an answer other than The bus. Buses are the main mode of transportation in the country, with routes connecting just about every city.

Some buses take standard commuter routes through cities, while others run long distances across the country. Residents can board a bus from any of the bus terminals, which are present in just about every city in the country. Sometimes people can also jump halfway when the bus passes. When this is the case, the driver stops and the passengers pay the price at the time of boarding.

While ticket prices are set online, in-person purchases at a terminal can sometimes involve going back and forth to bring the price down. While this is a handy tip, the prices are already so low that most expatriate retirees find the advertised rates perfectly reasonable.

The quality of the buses varies between companies, but most of the buses are clean, spacious and air conditioned. Some smaller buses, called collective, are crowded minibuses resembling vans that usually only hold a few passengers. However, passengers always know what type of bus the tickets are for and can skip the smaller ones if they choose.

Streets of Medellin in Colombia.
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2. Taxis are great for getting around town centers

If a resident is simply moving from one part of a city to another, taxis are sometimes the easiest form of transportation. Taxis are common in large towns and small towns and are a great resource when there are no direct bus lines to a desired destination.

Just like in the United States, most Colombian taxis have meters that charge by the mile. The rate depends on where the resident is in the country, with rates in large cities like Bogotá being much more expensive than in smaller towns. In the rare event that a resident ends up in an unmetered taxi, the driver and passenger must mutually agree on an amount prior to departure.

Twin-engine propeller plane on the runway at Armenia International Airport, Quindio, Colombia.
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3. Air travel is ideal for long distance travel

While long-distance buses are always an option, the best choice for travel across the country is often a domestic flight. A quick plane ride will take a fraction of the time of a bus trip, and ticket prices are often cheap.

Although Colombia has only one international airport, there is no shortage of domestic airports. With over 150 airports scattered across the country, residents can easily reach any corner of the country by air.

View of the driver on a scenic asphalt country road in the canyon mountains of Colombia, South America.
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4. Personal vehicles are an option, but not common

Unlike the United States, personal vehicles are not the primary mode of transportation in Colombia. Instead, most residents depend on public transportation for their daily commute.

However, traveling behind the wheel of your own car is always an option, as the country has an extensive road network and most of the roads are paved and have frequent signage. Driving can be difficult in large cities, where traffic is congested and parking is scarce. As in any other country, driving habits differ from those in the United States, and it may take a little practice to learn the quirks and customs of Colombian drivers.

boat in islas de rosario colombia.
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5. Some areas of Colombia depend on boats for transport

While bustling cities make do with their buses and taxis, parts of the country use ferries and riverboats. Areas such as Nuqui and Providencia are beautiful corners of the country, but can only be reached by plane or boat. Conocemos Navegando offers a convenient and direct route from San Andrés to Providencia.

If retirees are heading to one of these popular coastal destinations, they may need to rely on boating services to get around. Travelers to these areas are recommended to book in advance with a trusted shipping company rather than trying to find transportation on arrival.

Metro train ad "San Antonio" Arrived at the door by a large group of people waiting.
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6. The country’s only passenger train offers a fun ride around the city

The Tren Turistico de la Sabana – also known as Turistren – is the only regularly active train in Colombia. The train connects Bogotá to Zipaquirá, and only on weekends and holidays. Although it does not operate as a commuter train, it is a popular attraction that can add an extra level of city sightseeing fun for tourists and residents alike. With cheap fares and gorgeous views of the country, it’s hard to turn down the opportunity.

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Tell the county how it should spend $ 11 million in transportation funds https://commuter-connection.org/tell-the-county-how-it-should-spend-11-million-in-transportation-funds/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 18:06:37 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/tell-the-county-how-it-should-spend-11-million-in-transportation-funds/ SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif .– Santa Cruz County transportation officials are holding a virtual meeting Thursday to seek comments on how $ 11.2 million in state and federal funding should be spent on improving roads, bicycles, pedestrians and public transportation in the county. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transport Commission is charged as a state-mandated […]]]>


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif .– Santa Cruz County transportation officials are holding a virtual meeting Thursday to seek comments on how $ 11.2 million in state and federal funding should be spent on improving roads, bicycles, pedestrians and public transportation in the county.

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transport Commission is charged as a state-mandated agency with selecting projects to receive transport funds and launched a call for projects this summer, receiving 19 applications for projects in the region. county.

A county staff report for Thursday’s meeting describes how the applications were assessed and invites comment on proposed projects.

Some of the largest projects recommended for funding include pedestrian and bicycle improvements in downtown Watsonville for $ 1.2 million, $ 1 million for pavement, bicycle and pedestrian improvements on Chestnut Street and $ 600,000 for Ocean Street, both in Santa Cruz, $ 1 million for improved bus transit, buffered bike lanes and other changes in the Soquel Avenue and Soquel Drive areas , and $ 1 million for two new METRO Santa Cruz buses.

The full list of applications and recommended funding amounts are available here.

Thursday’s hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday online.


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Rail and public transport | Legal notices https://commuter-connection.org/rail-and-public-transport-legal-notices/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/rail-and-public-transport-legal-notices/ PUBLIC NOTICE DRPT FY23 The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is accepting applications from qualified eligible applicants for the Transit, Rail and Commuter Assistance Program (CAP) grants for fiscal year 2023. The Annual state grant application period is open from December 1, 2021 to February 1, 2022. Public transit and CAP funds […]]]>


PUBLIC NOTICE DRPT FY23 The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is accepting applications from qualified eligible applicants for the Transit, Rail and Commuter Assistance Program (CAP) grants for fiscal year 2023. The Annual state grant application period is open from December 1, 2021 to February 1, 2022. Public transit and CAP funds are available through several state and federal funding sources to support transit services, personal transportation services and commuter assistance programs in Virginia. Eligible project categories include capital purchases, administrative and operating costs, technical assistance, demonstration grants, and commuter assistance program costs. Funds are available for rail initiatives under the FRET and Rail Preservation program. In addition, funding to provide rail freight access for businesses in Virginia is available year-round through the Rail Industrial Access program. Complete details on eligibility and application procedures for DRPT grant programs are available online. To learn more about funding for transit, rail, and transportation demand management in Virginia, visit www.drpt.virginia.gov. Nominations can be submitted online at https://olga.drpt.virginia.gov/. DRPT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participating in its services or is denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color or national origin, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. DRPT will also provide reasonable accommodation and interpretation services for people who need special assistance to participate in the grant application process as required by the ADA. For housing, additional information on how to file a complaint, please contact our Title VI Compliance Officer, (804) 786-4440, or 600 E. Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond, VA 23219, or visit our site Web at www.drpt .virginia.gov


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Grand Rapids launches online transportation resource https://commuter-connection.org/grand-rapids-launches-online-transportation-resource/ https://commuter-connection.org/grand-rapids-launches-online-transportation-resource/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/grand-rapids-launches-online-transportation-resource/ GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – A new social media transportation resource aims to help people navigate Grand Rapids’ range of transportation options throughout the year. It launches this week, just before ArtPrize, when thousands of visitors are expected to descend into the city. GR Transportation will host “dynamic information” intended to be useful to both visitors […]]]>


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – A new social media transportation resource aims to help people navigate Grand Rapids’ range of transportation options throughout the year.

It launches this week, just before ArtPrize, when thousands of visitors are expected to descend into the city.

GR Transportation will host “dynamic information” intended to be useful to both visitors and residents, city officials said in a press release on Monday.

Those interested can search @OnTheGoGR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Daily posts on mobility, public transport, parking, roads, public rights of way, safety messages and more on all three social channels will help keep the public informed and up to date on how to stay. move around Grand Rapids in a safe and efficient manner.

Scheduled safety and education messages with urgent news and updates by city staff from GR mobile services and communications make up the transport-related content.

“GR Transportation @OnTheGoGR is a one stop source for getting around Grand Rapids,” said Director of Communications David Green. “We plan to provide information on everything related to transportation – from electric scooters, bike sharing and other public transportation options to road closures and construction detours and more. This project helps achieve several of the city’s priorities included in our strategic plan, primarily those related to mobility, an engaged and connected community, and a safe community.

Green says future posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will also include topics like pedestrian and bicycle safety, how to report traffic light failures, bike lanes, parking and carpooling options, DASH routes. and more.


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Guawa: Puerto Rico’s First Transportation App | Business https://commuter-connection.org/guawa-puerto-ricos-first-transportation-app-business/ https://commuter-connection.org/guawa-puerto-ricos-first-transportation-app-business/#respond Wed, 01 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/guawa-puerto-ricos-first-transportation-app-business/ New York, Boston, Buenos Aires, Paris and Rome have them. Now San Juan joins the growing group of cities with its own app for navigating the metro area’s public transportation system. The name? Guawa, an app launched three weeks ago by the creators of the Tren Urbano app. Still in beta testing, Guawa is available […]]]>


New York, Boston, Buenos Aires, Paris and Rome have them. Now San Juan joins the growing group of cities with its own app for navigating the metro area’s public transportation system.

The name? Guawa, an app launched three weeks ago by the creators of the Tren Urbano app.

Still in beta testing, Guawa is available for free on the Apple Store, while the Android version should be available by the end of the month. The beta phase is the last period of testing before the official release of a computer program or application.






Giancarlo González, entrepreneur, investor and advisor was also Chief Information Officer from January 2013 to May 2015. (Twitter)


“The app is easy to use. The map looks like the Uber map. Depending on your location, it shows you the available routes, ”explained Giancarlo González, one of the creators of Guawa.

As of now, the island’s premier transportation app includes the ALSA route from Caguas to San Juan and Isla Verde, the First Transit route from Santurce to Old San Juan, the Tren Urbano stops (San Juan rail system) and the free shuttle service from Plaza Las Américas to the Hato Rey district nicknamed “Pon de Plaza”.

In addition to helping you find bus and train stops in the metro area, Guawa offers an estimate of wait time and cost of the trip. For example, a bus ride from Covadonga Station in Old San Juan to Caguas Terminal costs $ 2.50.

“The idea is to keep adding routes and developing the app to make it economically viable,” González said. THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER.

Guawa is following in the path of popular apps like Moovit and Transit, trying to make it easier to get around the city by public transit. However, along the way, its developers had to overcome some obstacles.

González explained that while more than 162 cities around the world have adopted a Global Positioning System (GPS) policy to make data available to citizens on the island, this information has remained secret.

To get around this hurdle, Guawa has installed its own GPS on Plaza’s Pon shuttle service and free streetcar system in Old San Juan. Due to its unreliability and the poor shape of the vehicles, Guawa removed the GPS from the carts and deleted the information from its app. The Pon de Plaza schedule remains on the app.

“Initially, the Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA by its Spanish acronym) installed GPS for fleet management purposes, to track routes, speed, fuel consumption and mileage … But it has been waiting for more than one year an application which is not ready. again, ”said González, who discussed his concerns with WADA Executive Director Santos Delgado.

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“You can pay with the app that creates a passenger record. The application could maintain a rate of 20 to 30 percent [of the fare],” he stated.

Despite the challenge of accessing official information, González said the island’s ecosystem favors the development of new technologies.

As part of his argument, he noted that Puerto Ricans are increasingly connected to the world of digital information through smartphones and easily adapt to new technologies. According to the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board, the island has more cell phones than people. In November, the agency reported 3,380,477 mobile connections for a population of 3.1 million.

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Last year, Guawa won a $ 20,000 grant from the Small Business Innovation Grant program of the Department of Economic Development. He also received a $ 15,000 grant from StartUP Puerto Rico.

“People deserve reliable and accessible transportation,” González said.


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Smart transportation technology and your quality of life https://commuter-connection.org/smart-transportation-technology-and-your-quality-of-life/ https://commuter-connection.org/smart-transportation-technology-and-your-quality-of-life/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/smart-transportation-technology-and-your-quality-of-life/ Traffic management centers Texas A&M Institute of Transportation Traffic management includes high and low-tech Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions, from synchronized traffic lights to rapid clearance of disabled vehicles. Today, technological advances have an even greater impact on the quality of life of commuters. For example, TMC employees examine the camera, sensor and other data […]]]>


Traffic management centers
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Traffic management includes high and low-tech Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions, from synchronized traffic lights to rapid clearance of disabled vehicles. Today, technological advances have an even greater impact on the quality of life of commuters.

For example, TMC employees examine the camera, sensor and other data to deploy first responders and alert commuters via dynamic messaging to incidents that could cause delays or compromise safety. Some centers have colocation agreements with first responders to help offset start-up and operating costs.

At our TMC located just outside of Austin, Texas, we have developed a Traffic and Incident Management Center (TIM) to serve as a traffic situation room that uses technology to control different layers of traffic management. traffic. For example, in order to implement an automated variable toll, we used data from 17 high-definition cameras and sensors to enable a pre-programmed algorithm to assess congestion at four-minute intervals, automatically adjusting the prices of the road. express way to manage congestion.

While our TIM uses sensors and cameras, the LA Metro uses Sensys Networks washers. These pavement traffic detection systems capture and analyze traffic data to help regulate flow through optimization of traffic light timing, intersection performance, speed and red light violations. The system can count both vehicle and bicycle traffic to monitor multimodal performance and help TMC operators focus on high congestion areas.

Take another example, the Washington State Department of Transportation, one of the first transportation agencies in the United States to implement a active management of traffic and demand system, which he attributes to the reduction in last-second avoidance maneuvers and “panic braking”.

Simplify your life with apps

Algorithms are only one part of intelligent transport. In Gainesville, Florida, commuters with the Enlighten mobile app receive real time information for the remaining time at green lights.

Mobility optimization application Metropia is committed to what many transport leaders see as the future of mobility applications: the integration of multiple mobility services with agencies and transport providers. These mobility as a service (MaaS) and mobility on demand applications integrate transit, guidance and payment in a single application.

There are other examples of transport technologies being used via apps, although these lines would be expected to be blurred with increased integration of services:

• Route search: Waze and Google Maps are common examples.

• Public transport: Applications like Moovit help users find the best public transportation options in their respective cities. These apps also use data from the crowd (real-time user input) to improve the transit experience for other members. Other early ridesharing entries such as Uber are increasingly lumped into this category as they integrate the available transit options into their app features.

• VTC: Include Uber and Lyft in this category.

• Car sharing: Carsharing companies such as Car2Go have given many American commuters their first experiences with emerging transportation concepts. In the same way, Bike sharing participants expanded non-motorized options with dockless bikes and scooters.

• Car park: Finally, we have parking apps. American motorists spend on average 17 hours a year looking for a parking space. The result is increased costs for the environment, congestion and the overall quality of life.

Driving with data

Fiber optic cables and Wi-Fi built into roads are becoming “smart pavements”. Transportation agencies prepared for future advances by inserting fiber strands into roads during construction (aka “dark fiber”). By installing the communication and power infrastructure, we prepare ourselves for road applications of emerging and future technologies.

Data is crucial for the Smart cities concept, helping urban and regional planners and administrators to rationalize and even predict what services are needed. It will also lay the foundation for emerging automotive technologies such as autonomous vehicles.

Cities, agencies and innovative companies are increasingly joining forces to create systems to manage this growing information in real time. In 2017, the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility announced a agreement with Israel-based Nexar hoping to install the Nexar app that turns smartphones into dash cameras on its state vehicles. Such integrated technology can eliminate or rationalize other disparate technologies.

TMC and transport technologies are no longer imagined. Whether it’s getting drivers safely home to their families or giving back time to commuters, the well-planned and astute use of technology in mobility solutions is a key part of our quality of life. .


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Canadian transit agency teases amazing new transportation technology: the bus https://commuter-connection.org/canadian-transit-agency-teases-amazing-new-transportation-technology-the-bus/ https://commuter-connection.org/canadian-transit-agency-teases-amazing-new-transportation-technology-the-bus/#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://commuter-connection.org/canadian-transit-agency-teases-amazing-new-transportation-technology-the-bus/ Last week, one of Toronto’s regional transit services teased a radical and futuristic mode of transportation on Twitter. In a dramatic video full of lightning bolts and movie trailer music, GO Transit asked viewers to imagine this scenario: you get into a vehicle, slip into a comfortable seat, and text or browse. chat memes until […]]]>


Last week, one of Toronto’s regional transit services teased a radical and futuristic mode of transportation on Twitter. In a dramatic video full of lightning bolts and movie trailer music, GO Transit asked viewers to imagine this scenario: you get into a vehicle, slip into a comfortable seat, and text or browse. chat memes until you reach your destination. Best of all, you never even have to type in where you’re going. The vehicle brings you right there.

And then pow! Another love at first sight! Surprise! It’s a bus!

The cheeky video makes a decent point. Public transit already offers some of the benefits that we’re trying to get from technologies that aren’t quite there yet, like self-driving cars. Yes, there are issues with even the best public transportation systems, like poor infrastructure, lack of funds, Politics infighting, or even raccoons. But when it works, it works really well! This is why it is unfortunate that the traffic in the big cities across the United States struggled.

I don’t know if irreverent bus advertising will solve a transportation crisis. But hey, the one in Toronto solid figures for public transit ridership seem to imply that our neighbor to the north is on to something! It is also not the first transit agency to try this strategy. from Sweden Västtrafik released a (very similar) video in 2017, and guess what? Their public transportation system too looks a lot better than what we have in the US.

Maybe we thought about it all wrong. We are a country that loves visual entertainment, and we are read less and less anyway. Would it be so bad if our transit agencies got a little sassy and made some popping video ads, provided it increases ridership? At the very least, I would love to see them try.


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