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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Traffic Studies: Overview for Starting the Fall Count Season (Part 2)

Many organizations are preparing for the fall count season. Whether collecting traffic data in-house or using a data collection vendor, transportation professionals are ramping up their efforts for this busy season.

Continuing from last week’s blog article, we will review the remaining traffic study types including Trip Generation, ALPR, Origin Destination, Travel Time and Parking Study. The goal is to provide insight into each traffic study, how it is utilized and what challenges can come up.

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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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Miovision at Intertraffic Amsterdam

Last week, Miovision attended Intertraffic Amsterdam which is one of the top international events for infrastructure, traffic management, safety and parking. It was held from March 27-30 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center. It is one of Europe’s most attractive and innovative conference and exhibition centers and hosts more than 1000 international conferences, tradeshows, meetings, presentations and other gatherings.

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Miovision Attends TRB’s 91st Annual Meeting in DC

Last week, Miovision attended the Transportation Research Board’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. We setup shop at booth #1507 and showcased our traffic data collection equipment. Each year, this event attracts over 11,000 transportation professionals from around the world. With such a worldwide and diverse audience, there were so many different events to attend ranging from poster sessions to workshops to exhibits.

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Miovision and the Transportation Industry in 2012

Last week, we discussed the top transportation topics for the coming year. I followed up with the CEO of Miovision, Kurtis McBride, to get his take on the industry and Miovision’s outlook for 2012.

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Congestion Charges – Effective Traffic Management Tool?

Many urban cities around the world are dealing with constant growth and as a result, traffic in city centers is becoming a challenge to manage. In Toronto, there are discussions on how to decrease the strain in the downtown core. Gas and parking prices have all increased, but traffic seems to be getting worse. One suggestion is implementing a congestion charge. This is where a fee is paid to travel within a certain area during peak hours in an effort to decrease unnecessary traffic.

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Thinking Intelligent Transport: ALPR Studies

Many cities throughout the world have started to integrate intelligent transport systems (ITS) into their transportation system infrastructure to help monitor and manage traffic flow and reduce congestion. Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) can provide transportation professionals with the tools to analyze, archive, and collect data that helps assess the performance of these systems.

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Awesome ALPR Applications

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) is Miovision’s newest data collection tool, opening up some cool applications for our system including O-D Studies and Travel-Time Studies. We’re all pretty excited about it.

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