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Wyoming DOT I-80 Master Plan Seeks Improved Winter Safety, Proposes New Funding Options Interstate 80 has a lot of two things: heavy trucks and crashes. Trucks comprise half the traffic on Wyoming’s primary east-west transit corridor and are involved in roughly 40 percent of the 1,500 crashes that take place on the route every year. […]
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Michigan’s New Flex Route Can Cut Travel Time in Half, MDOT Says Drivers on Michigan’s U.S. 23 north of Ann Arbor are experiencing a new traffic management system called Flex Route, in which they can use the inside median shoulder during rush hours. Overhead signs direct drivers when the additional lane is available. A green […]
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Florida DOT Barrier Island Traffic Study Pitches Innovative Solution: Driverless Vehicles An update on the Florida Department of Transportation barrier island traffic study went better than the previous discussion, when critics questioned the study and how it was being conducted. DOT project manager Frank Domingo and Tricia Labud, District 1 traffic operations spokeswoman, emphasized solutions […]
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New Mexico DOT Solicits Input on Bike Routes The New Mexico Department of Transportation is gathering input through the end of December about the possible creation of bike routes along state and U.S. highways. Representatives of NMDOT and Bohannan Huston, a firm hired to undertake the bike route study, met with the Farmington Metropolitan Planning […]
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North Dakota DOT Looking Into the Future with ‘ND Moves’ The North Dakota Department of Transportation is changing the future of transportation. A new project is getting started and targeting the needs of North Dakotans. What does North Dakota need for the future of biking, walking, rolling and public transportation? The North Dakota Department of […]
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PLANNING What’s the Federal Government’s Role in Smart Cities? Cities could soon be largely automated with sensors that regulate traffic patterns, garbage trucks that are deployed only when the dumpsters are filled, and with cameras monitoring crime-ridden areas and using artificial intelligence to identify perpetrators. Those and other futuristic elements constitute some technologists’ vision of […]
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Texas Transportation Commission Funds $44 Million for Bicycle, Pedestrian Projects The cities of Waco and Belton are receiving funding to develop new ways for pedestrians and bicyclists to get around their communities. In a press release Saturday, the Texas Transportation Commission announced that 46 projects across the state would receive a total of $44 million […]
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PLANNING More Accurate Traffic Modeling Could Improve Planning for Construction Projects Construction on Twin Cities freeways gives drivers plenty of chances to try alternative routes-and sometimes, find that those routes are under construction, too. In a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), U of M researchers evaluated the capabilities of simulation software […]
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Caltrans Releases Vision for California’s Rail Plan Caltrans today released the public draft of the California State Rail Plan, which outlines a new framework for California’s rail network. The Rail Plan sets the stage for new and better rail, and multimodal and community connections in the state for the next 20 years and beyond. The […]
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PLANNING Can Mayor’s Ambitious Mobility Action Plan Unsnarl Denver Traffic?  From his desk in Denver’s Traffic Management Center, Mark Meulemans can see buses crawling up East Colfax toward the Capitol. He can also see trucks rumbling through the drizzle at 56th and Dallas, a dense pack of commuters on rain-slicked Colorado Boulevard, a blocks-long queue […]
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