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Traffic Congestion: 180 km Traffic Jams in Sao Paulo

We previously covered traffic congestion across the United States, in Europe and in China. Residents of these areas have experienced the joy of traffic congestion that stretches many kilometers and increases their daily commute time substantially. Sao Paulo in Brazil is no exception.

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Traffic Studies: Overview for Starting the Fall Count Season

Now that the summer holidays are over, we’re getting back into the swing of things and starting to ramp up our fall count season. This season is usually hectic for transportation professionals who are executing transportation projects which include executing or requesting traffic data collection.

To provide some information into traffic data collection, the next two week’s blogs will be focusing on reviewing a few study types, their applications and challenges.It’ll provide some insight into how engineers are utilizing each study type and perhaps it will apply to your objectives.

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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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Signal Timing Research Initiative Follow-up

Miovision Signal Retiming ReportIn March, we reached out to government agencies across Canada and the US to take part in Miovision’s first research initiative, which was about signal timing. Survey respondents enthusiastically shared their insights and opinions on this oft-discussed topic. The research initiative was very well received and generated much food for thought.

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Miovision Introduces Traffic Data On Demand

Miovision is a leading provider of traffic data collection technology, specifically through our Scout video collection units (VCU). The Scout provides traffic engineers with the ability to easily collect traffic data by deploying these portable, non-intrusive units to record traffic movements within an intersection which are processed using our proprietary video analytics software.

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Proven Safety Countermeasures – Part 2

Last week’s blog, we reviewed the first 5 proven safety countermeasures which were established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in January 2012. This week, we’ll review the remaining four proven safety countermeasures which focus on using a data driven approach to improve road safety and reducing fatalities on American highways.

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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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Top 5 Reasons to Automate Your Spring Counts

Spring is officially upon us and transportation professionals are in the midst of kicking off the traffic count season. Last week’s blog, Top 3 Traffic Data Projects to Start Off Your Spring Count Season, focused on maximizing your traffic data collection efforts amongst three transportation projects.

This week, we’ll focus on why many transportation professionals are now automating their traffic studies. The start of a new year provides a great time to step up your traffic data collection efforts and leave the manual counters in the dust.

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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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Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade from Road Tubes

Road tubes have been used for decades for average annual daily traffic (AADT) counts (also average daily traffic (ADT), automatic traffic recorder (ATR) counts, midblock counts or link counts). They have been effective in capturing ADT counts in the past, however, improvements in technology have made road tubes the “VHS” of data collection.

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