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 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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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the United States

Last week’s blog was on the topic of the potential new bus lanes in India, specifically Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). These types of bus lanes are scattered throughout the United States including in New York City, Boston and Phoenix. Most recently, the US Federal Government gave the green light for BRT funding in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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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 Studies: Overview for Starting the Fall Count Season

Now that the summer holidays are over, we’re getting back into the swing of things and starting to ramp up our fall count season. This season is usually hectic for transportation professionals who are executing transportation projects which include executing or requesting traffic data collection.

To provide some information into traffic data collection, the next two week’s blogs will be focusing on reviewing a few study types, their applications and challenges.It’ll provide some insight into how engineers are utilizing each study type and perhaps it will apply to your objectives.

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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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Top 5 Reasons to Automate Your Spring Counts

Spring is officially upon us and transportation professionals are in the midst of kicking off the traffic count season. Last week’s blog, Top 3 Traffic Data Projects to Start Off Your Spring Count Season, focused on maximizing your traffic data collection efforts amongst three transportation projects.

This week, we’ll focus on why many transportation professionals are now automating their traffic studies. The start of a new year provides a great time to step up your traffic data collection efforts and leave the manual counters in the dust.

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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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Reducing Crashes on Urban Arterial Roads

Although fatal crashes are more likely to occur on rural arterial roads, most occur on urban streets due to the sheer volume and frequency of traffic. This week’s blog will be a ‘two parter’, exploring how arterial roads can be improved to reduce crashes from a traffic engineer’s perspective.

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