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Utah DOT Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Traffic Signal

A replica of the first electric traffic signal unveiled by UDOT Executive Director, John Njord.

On October 4, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the modern, electric traffic signal. It was invented by Lester Wire, a Salt Lake City police officer, back in 1912. He was looking for a way to control busy intersections as congestion was growing and could potentially be a safety issue.

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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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Investing in Walking and Bicycling Infrastructure

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released the results from their pilot project which increased investments in non-motorized transportation. From 2007 to 2010, the FHWA provided funding to four pilot communities within the U.S. in order to evaluate the effectiveness of investing Federal funds in non-motorized transportation. Each community was to focus its resources on increasing walking and bicycling and then examine the impacts over this four year period.

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

On May 16, 2012, the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) released their 2012 National Traffic Signal Report Card. This is a national traffic signal assessment where US agencies grade themselves on 5 categories related to the management and operation of traffic signals. The overall grade was 69 or a D+ based on 241 respondents, representing approximately 39 percent of all traffic signals in the United States.

 

This week’s blog we’ll review the previous results of NTOC Report Cards as well as the results from this year and two of the five criteria that attribute to the overall grade.

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Miovision Attends ITS America and Introduces Traffic Data On Demand

Miovision attended the ITS America Annual Meeting and Expo at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland from May 21-23. The event was entitled, “Smart Transportation: A Future We Can Afford”, and focused on affordable strategies to create smart cities and communities that are safer, cleaner, more affordable and less congested.

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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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National Work Zone Awareness Week

From April 23-27, the USA Federal Highway Administration celebrates National Work Zone Awareness Week along with State Departments of Transportation (DOT) and other government agencies. It is the 11th annual event which aims to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety as well as mobility issues in work zones.

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Top 3 Traffic Data Projects to Start Off Your Spring Count Season

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.

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