In 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.
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.
This month we celebrate Earth Day which is an annual event to bring awareness to the environment and focus on environmental issues. The transportation industry has been implementing many green initiatives and this Earth Day, we’ll focus on what government organizations and State DOTs are putting into action.
This past weekend Miovision attended the Green Living show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This is one of North America’s largest green living consumer events and attracts over 400 exhibitors and 30,000 individuals over three days. It features a wide range of different green products and services, such as transportation, food, green building, eco-tourism and fashion.
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.
With the days being longer and the first day of spring having arrived yesterday, traffic engineers are ramping up to begin the spring count season. The spring is a great time to plan your traffic data collection and project objectives for the remainder of the year. Planning ahead will help provide efficiencies in traffic data collection equipment deployment, traffic study turnaround time and resource availability.
In this week’s blog, Miovision reviews the Top 3 Traffic Data Projects to Start Off Your Spring Count Season. These top three traffic data collection projects will provide resource efficiencies– the equipment can be used across these three projects. The traffic data collected is also relatable and can be used for various other projects.
The US has about 300,000 traffic signals and Canada has about 50,000. Many of the signals could improve their operations simply by adjusting the timing and/or updating equipment. Signal optimization is one of the most cost effective measures that can significantly reduce congestion and help with traffic flow on arterial roads.
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.
Last week, Miovision was at the America’s Center in St. Louis for the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting and Exhibit. ITE provided attendees with the opportunity to connect both professionally and personally through both their tradeshow and several seminars embedded into the technical program to offer the flexibility of meeting core learning objectives. Technical tours focused on roundabouts, innovative intersections and streetscapes offered lessons learned and a hands-on context for implementing solutions.
The importance of regular signal timing and why regular re-timing intervals aren’t met.
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