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Why the FHWA is making ATSPMs a priority

ATSPMs present a significant opportunity for cities to reduce congestion and costs, while improving traffic flow

Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPMs) are a hot topic for transportation professionals in 2017. So much so, that the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has made ATSPMs a priority for Every Day Counts (EDC-4) this year. Why? Because, as the FHWA puts it, ATSPMs modernize traffic signal management. And, they can dramatically improve safety and efficiency while cutting down on congestion and cost.

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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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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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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The Transportation Industry Celebrates Earth Day

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.

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Traffic Data Collection at the Green Living Show 2012

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.

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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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Reducing Crashes on Urban Arterial Roads – Part 2

Last week’s blog article was the first half of a two part blog exploring how arterial roads can be improved to reduce crashes from a traffic engineer’s perspective. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), crashes on arterial roads are becoming exceeding serious due to the frequency of travel and because many urban arterial roads weren’t designed to accommodate the current vehicle capacity within the USA.

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