New York City, TransCore Launch Nation’s Most Sophisticated Active Traffic Management System


Posted on September 27, 2011 @ 10:29 am



TransCore’s traffic management expertise supports the New York City Department of Transportation’s (NYCDOT) “Midtown in Motion” program that launched the most advanced active traffic management (ATM) system in the nation.

TransCore designed New York’s next generation traffic control system that will encompass 12,400 traffic signals located throughout the five boroughs, creating the largest traffic signal control system in North America.

TransCore’s work includes its integrated TransSuite traffic management software and the integration of its Encompass RFID readers, microwave sensors, KLD’s adaptive control module and other related equipment using the New York City Wireless Network (NYCWiN).

New York City’s deployment will serve as a model for other metropolitans deploying intelligent transportation systems to mitigate choke points in their transportation network and reduce congestion and vehicle carbon emissions.

In a press conference held at New York City’s Joint Traffic Management Center (TMC), Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, joined by Federal Highway Administration administrator Victor Mendez, announced the "Midtown in Motion" program, a sophisticated traffic management system that will improve the flow of traffic in a 110-square-block area in Manhattan.

Many existing traffic management systems use pre-programmed signal patterns for different times of day; however, with the new traffic management system, real-time traffic data is transmitted from the field sensors, RFID readers and cameras, and integrated into the TransSuite traffic management software running at the TMC. This integrated view of active traffic conditions enables engineers to immediately address factors that contribute to traffic backups caused by congestion, construction, special events, dignitary motorcades or accidents.

Currently half of the City’s signalized intersections have been converted and integrated to the TransSuite management system, and the city plans to complete integration of all 12,400 signals by 2013. The work also includes the installation of 53 new turn lanes and 23 new turn signals, enabling vehicles to turn from cross-town streets onto the avenues without blocking an entire lane of through-traffic.

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