2012 Urban Mobility Report

In December 2012, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute released their 2012 Urban Mobility Report which reviews congestion and mobility in 498 urban areas across the United States.

Although some areas improved and congestion levels have dipped in recent years, congestion is a significant ongoing problem that needs to be addressed.

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Trends in Transportation for 2013

On Wednesday January 23, 2012, we hosted a webinar on the top trends in transportation for 2013. This webinar focused on identifying the challenges in 2012, changes within the industry over the past few years, the goals and most talked about topics for 2013.

The webinar content was gathered from a number of sources including government agencies, engineering firms, our executive team as well as online research and trade publications. We had a great turnout for the webinar.

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US Megacities – Growth and Road Safety

The world population is growing rapidly, especially in urban areas. According to the United Nations, about 29% of the population lived in urban areas in 1950.

In 2011, that number nearly doubled to 52% and is expected to grow to almost 70% by 2050.

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Road Space Rationing in Heavily Congested Cities

Road space rationing is a method of decreasing traffic congestion in a city by limiting the amount of vehicles allowed in a certain area based on license plate numbers. This method is usually exercised during peak periods in heavily congested city centers. The objective is to reduce vehicles in order to reduce traffic jams and air pollution.

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The Road to Jobs and Growth – Federation of Canadian Municipalities

In mid-November, I posted a blog on The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge, which is an initiative by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to get Canadians involved in the Nation’s transportation networks and infrastructure.

The FCM released a report in November entitled, The Road to Job’s and Growth: Solving Canada’s Municipal Infrastructure Challenge. The document provides recommendations for Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP) which was a commitment made by the federal government in 2011 to create a plan that improves infrastructure over the long-term.
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Miovision Attends Gulf Traffic in the UAE

Miovision attended the Gulf Traffic Exhibition and Conference at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre November 19-21, 2012.

Over the three days, transportation professionals were able to engage with exhibitors, including Miovision and network with each other while discussing current transportation topics.

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The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) launched The Great Canadian Challenge earlier this November. This initiative aims at getting more Canadians involved within the Nation’s transportation specifically around the state of the roads, transit systems and other municipal infrastructure. It invites Canadians into the discussion, debate and support of infrastructure solutions and investments.

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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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