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New Tools, AI Help Transportation Officials Better Understand Traffic Patterns

New Tools, AI Help Transportation Officials Better Understand Traffic Patterns

Departments of transportation in Massachusetts and Pima County, Ariz., are exploring technology that connects them more closely to their traffic signals.

Government Technology
BY THEO DOUGLAS / APRIL 2, 2018

Two public agencies in opposite regions of the United States are using the same intelligent software and devices to resolve unique transportation needs around maintenance, construction and, above all, communication.

In urban New England, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) realized the agency needed a more efficient way to keep watch over thousands of state-owned signals that might “come into flash,” or cease to function properly, and to monitor its busier highways, according to traffic engineer Jeff Gomes.

In Pima County, Ariz., the state’s second-most populous county, Michelle Montagnino, a civil engineer at the Department of Transportation, said officials were looking for a better way to move vehicles through construction zones, and to circle in one remote signal where distance limited communication... FULL ARTICLE

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