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Multi-Modal Traffic Data Collection with TERRA Engineering

On August 21, 2013, Miovision co-hosted a webinar with TERRA Engineering that highlighted their multi-modal approach to traffic data collection for engineering projects. Chris Hutchinson and Scott Presslak of TERRA reviewed six different projects that were executed in Illinois.

In this week’s blog article, we’ll summarize the six projects which were presented in the webinar and we do encourage you to view the webinar in its entirety by clicking here.

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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the United States

Last week’s blog was on the topic of the potential new bus lanes in India, specifically Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). These types of bus lanes are scattered throughout the United States including in New York City, Boston and Phoenix. Most recently, the US Federal Government gave the green light for BRT funding in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

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Plans for New Bus Lanes in India

India is the second largest country in terms of population with over 1.2 billion people and is continuously growing. Although there are varying modes of transportation including by land, water and air, access to all modes isn’t uniform across the country.

Private vehicles are used by the more affluent community and there are only about 103 million on the road and only 10% of households own a motorcycle. The primary mode of transportation is public transit, the most common being buses.

As a result of high bus usage, the government created an initiative in Delhi, the Indian capital, to reduce traffic congestion by creating an experimental fast lane for buses. This Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor system allows bus users a smoother ride and reduce traffic congestion.

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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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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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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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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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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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National Traffic Signal Report Card 2012 from the NTOC – Part Two

In the previous blog article, National Traffic Signal Report Card 2012 from the NTOC – Part One, we reviewed previous results of NTOC Report Cards and this year’s results including two of the five criteria that attribute to the overall grade.

This week’s blog article will focus on the importance of signal operations as well as the remaining three criteria that contributed to the NTOC Report Card.

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