While exhibitors were busy handling the rush of visitors at their stalls, subjects of highway and urban traffic management and safety were being discussed in detail at seminars held side by side on the second and third days of TrafficInfraTech Expo. Experts discussed various related issues in depth and also took serious questions from the audience.
In a message issued on November 21, 2010 to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims, the UN Secretary General called on all countries, international government & non-government organisations, private sector and community leaders to ensure that the Decade of Action for Road Safety leads to “real improvements” to save lives.
The pace of ITS technology deployment in Canada is increasing steadily. The Canadian Government, under the $2.1 billion Gateways and Border Crossings Fund (GBCF) programme, has allocated $400 million for the construction of new access roads, equipped with state-of-the-art ITS technologies for surveillance, real-time traveller information, fully-automated border clearance and commercial vehicle operation system technologies.
Today, nearly 50 major works related to surface transport are going on in Bangalore city - flyovers, underpasses, road widening and Metro work. Roads have been dug up for laying water sewerage pipe lines or power / telephone cables along 60km, which has affected 80 junctions. There are 70-80 junctions with traffic diversions. The number of vehicles on the roads has reached 35 lakh of which 75% are two-wheelers. There are 40,000 intersections of which at least 1000 require constant monitoring. Topping all these is the shortage of the police personnel. Yet, under the leadership of Praveen Sood, the Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, the Bangalore City Traffic Police has been keeping the city very much ‘under control’. Sood spoke with TrafficInfraTech’s Editor-in-Chief Mangala Chandran on the City’s Traffic Management Centre (TMC) and the adoption of technology to collect, process and disseminating traffic data.
While forecasting parking demand, it is important to perform follow-up surveys over time to understand how the demand changes over time. The authors bring over 45 years of combined experience in transport planning to explain how parking demand can be assessed and how this demand can be managed, with specific reference to experience in Hong Kong and China.
Florida, which now moves into rail transit, faces the challenge of getting the residents to ride the trains as its population is heavily dependent on personal automobiles for travel. For the “buy-in” to happen, it has to provide the overall “rider experience” that is a step up from their current mobility options.