pricing, rush hour, traffic, traffic management, sensors, congestion, back up, delay, smart city

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There is nothing worse than having to travel during rush hour! Traveling during these times is chaotic and unpredictable. There have been attempts to determine the best possible solution to rush hour traffic with no clear answer. Cities have a potential solution to traffic, that is, congestion pricing through toll pricing or putting in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Read More

Speeding: Getting Us Nowhere Fast

Whether we’re rushing to work or soccer practice, we are all familiar with the sense of urgency affiliated with being late. It’s stressful, so we look for any way to ease that, even if we aren’t actually doing anything productive. This includes yelling at our children, sprinting around the house, and speeding to our destination. Each of these things is done out of panic, not logic.

I introduce you to the time old question: IS SPEEDING WORTH IT?

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Costs of Congestion: Economic Effects

Congestion

Let’s talk tangibles. So many of the issues in our lives can go unrecognized or unaddressed for ages. The laundry? It can wait until tomorrow. Visiting your in-laws? Next summer. However, there is one thing that almost always gets us moving: money. If you want someone to care about a problem, tell them how much it costs to ignore it!

Traffic congestion affects many different aspects of our day-to-day lives. It harms us and our environment, as mentioned previously, but it is also hurting our wallets. That’s right. We’re talking about real dollars and cents. But don’t take our word for it… Instead, we can direct you to The Economist. After reading through their article entitled “The Cost of Traffic Jams”, it became clear that we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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Costs of Congestion: The Environment

Environmental impact of traffic

For so many years, we lived in our own bubble. If it didn’t affect us, it didn’t concern us. We were told to keep our “noses out of other’s business” and so on. In today’s climate (no pun intended), that is no longer an option. We have to take action against the problems that threaten the world around us, otherwise there will be no world at all. One of the first places to look is directly around us: in our homes, communities, and cities. What do you see? If your area is anything like most cities and towns, you see traffic. A lot of traffic.

Air Pollution

As mentioned in our previous blog post, air pollution is incredibly harmful to people. We must also consider its harmful effects on the environment around us. According to an excerpt from the EPA, an estimated 27% of the yearly greenhouse gas emissions can be linked back to the transportation industry. While this number seems low for all of the traffic congestion that we encounter on a daily basis, it still deserves attention. CO2 especially is one of the major gases contributing to the pollution crisis, so every bit released into the atmosphere has a consequence. Read More

Costs of Congestion: Your Health

Traffic Congestion
It has become a matter of public knowledge that pollution is unhealthy, both for the planet and for those who call it home. A sign outside the community centre warns against idling. A teacher tells you to turn off the car in the school drop-off lane. We try to protect our children from the harmful effects of pollution, and rightfully so! So why are we so quick to forget this on our commute? Don’t we also need protecting? We do, and its about time we became our own advocates!

The Harmful Effects

According to a Harvard study, the pollution produced by traffic congestion is no longer just a concern. Now, it is scientifically proven to kill. As the first report to actually attach numbers to the problem, it observes that air pollution caused by traffic congestion contributes to 2,200 deaths and costs $18 billion in healthcare yearly in the US. While there are many other frightening stats surrounding this issue, the message is clear: no one is safe. You might be saying to yourself “but I bike to work, so this doesn’t affect me”. While you may not be directly contributing to the issue, if you bike along roadways you are inhaling the same fumes. Air pollution applies to everyone, not just the culprits.
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How to Improve Your Traffic Monitoring and Data Collection

Smart Traffic on City Road - Data Collection

Should you be measuring the performance of your traffic operations? You probably guessed “yes!”, so why are few agencies and municipalities doing so?

In fact, the category “traffic monitoring and data collection” was given a failing grade on a national level in the National Transportation Operations (NTOC) 2012 US report card.

Considering the importance, it is imperative that our industry continues to improve upon this.

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Here’s How Much Border Delays Cost the US and Canada

Cost Border Delay Canada and United States

If you have ever crossed the Canada-US border, you have been part of the over 400,000 people and $2 billion in business that moves across the two countries every day. That’s a lot of volume to handle, and with volume comes delay.

According to a study at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, border delays cost Canadians and Americans over $30 billion each year.

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How Technology is Revolutionising Intersection Performance Evaluation

Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) traditionally proposes an 8-step method to evaluate the performance of signalized intersections. This evaluation begins from the calculation of the saturation flow rate all the way to estimating the Level of Service (LOS) of the intersection. This method makes use of a volume-delay function based on a traffic simulation model developed in early 1970s. The HCM and similar methods although provide an “estimation” of the intersection performance, there are several disadvantages associated with it that can be also the sources for inaccuracies:

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Can Autonomous Vehicles Kill Traffic Lights?

Improvements in the sensor technology and the emergence of connected vehicles and wireless communication have provided a base for the development of a new generation of vehicles with the ability to navigate on roads without human intervention. Autonomous vehicles use different sensor technologies such as LIDAR, ultrasonic, etc. to mimic the inception of human drivers of the surrounding environment in order to navigate on streets.

 

Many applications have been envisioned for autonomous vehicles. Among those, the Autonomous Intersection Management (AIM) has received special attention. 

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