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American ITS safety and mobility solutions detailed at House hearing

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ITS America’s CEO has explained to a key group at the American Congress how Transportation agencies across the USA are using intelligent transportation technologies to save lives, improve mobility, extend the life of infrastructure and increase sustainability.

Shailen Bhatt (pictured) outlined key benefits of projects in California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Nevada at the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit’s hearing on Innovation in Surface Transportation.  ITS America is cataloguing these and other projects in a best practices report, which will include information from cites, states, MPOs, research universities and private sector organisations.

The report will provide a detailed body of data on intelligent transport technology deployment, which ITS America will use to inform Congress and the Administration on the need to prioritise intelligent transport technologies in the reauthorisation of the FAST Act.

“We are in the midst of a technology revolution, and this transformation can substantially improve the safety and operations of our nation’s transportation system,” Bhatt said and talked about.

  • Bay Bridge Forward, which uses multiple projects to move more people in fewer vehicles through the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Corridor, the most congested travel corridor in the nine-county Bay Area region;
  • Smart 25 Pilot, a management system that addresses recurring peak-period congestion along the critical I-25 corridor,which connects Denver’s central business district and the Southeast Denver business corridor;
  • Truck Parking Availability System, which provides real-time parking availability information in Florida so truckers can make decisions that will save time and allows dispatchers to pre-plan the trips – saving an average of 30 minutes of driving time for most truck drivers;
  • US-23 Flex Route, which uses real?time data to open the shoulder, harmonize speeds, warn drivers of conditions ahead and respond to incidents on the freeway between Brighton and Ann Arbor, Michigan – the most congested corridor in the state outside of metropolitan Detroit; and
  • Las Vegas self-driving shuttle that operates in mixed traffic on a half-mile loop. A public-private partnership, it is the country’s first autonomous bus to be fully integrated with smart city infrastructure.

 “We are on the cusp of a technology revolution that will transform communities large and small,” Bhatt said. “Just as infrastructure was critical to the development of our economy in the 20th century, maintenance of existing infrastructure and deployment of smart infrastructure will be critical for our global competitiveness as this century moves forward,” Bhatt said.

More details available in his written testimony.


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