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Outsourcing Traffic Data Collection

Outsourcing Traffic Data Collection Research InitiativeIn July, we contacted engineering firms across Canada and the US to take part in Miovision’s second research initiative. It would focus on engineering firms who outsource some or all of their traffic data collection to vendors.

We targeted engineering firms, as many of these firms complete large transportation projects, where data collection is only a fraction of the project.

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Europe’s Most Congested Cities

In the last blog article, we reviewed North America’s Most Congested Cities. Although Canada and the US are one of the largest countries in the world, Europe has a larger population and population density. North America has a population of approximately 529 million and population density around 32 people per km. Europe is less than half the size and has a population of about 738 million and population density of approximately 72.5 people per km.

Countries across Europe have a longer history and established infrastructure earlier on. European congestion is ranked at 24%, which is 4% higher than in North America.

In this week’s blog article, we will be reviewing the most congested European cities according to GPS manufacturer, TomTom.

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North America’s Most Congested Cities

With population growth on the rise, many urban areas are growing faster than their city’s infrastructure and transportation networks. Last year the world’s population exceeded seven billion people and many large cities are already encountering overcrowding on public transit, increased pollution levels, and longer traffic delays.

The GPS manufacturer, Tom Tom, published its latest Congestion Index, which measures congestion as a percentage difference when compared to free-flow traffic.  This percentage indicates how much longer it will take to travel through the city with the normal amount of traffic than if there were no vehicles or congestion on the road.

North American congestion is rated at 20%. This week, we’ll review the top 5 congested cities in North America.

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Proven Safety Countermeasures

In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created a document outlining 9 safety countermeasures which utilize a data driven approach to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on American highways.

According to Anthony T. Furst, Associate Administrator with the FHWA Office of Safety, these countermeasures’ implementation are tracked and monitored. Based on the most recent research, the FHWA updated the safety countermeasures in January 2012.

This week’s blog, we’ll review the first five safety countermeasures.

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Faulty Traffic Data Used in Northern Virginia BRAC

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog article entitled, Top 5 Reasons to Automate Your Spring Counts, which briefly covered the use of faulty data in Northern Virginia and the importance of accurate traffic data collection. This started a number of discussions about traffic data accuracy and the consequences for cutting corners, so I decided to dedicate this week’s blog to this occurrence.

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Extending Intersection Counts to 24 Hours

Intersection counts are usually collected during peak periods typically during the morning, midday and evening for a few hours at a time. The traffic data collected by an intersection count is usually used for timing traffic signals, designing channelization, planning turn prohibitions, computing capacity, analyzing high crash intersections, and evaluating congestion.
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