Better Together: Stormwater Facilities Target More Than Roadway Runoff

Stormwater management is more than just keeping streets dry. It also means keeping water clean. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is responsible for managing the water that runs off the state highway system. Regulations require an annual target amount of nitrogen and phosphorous to be removed from stormwater runoff. To do this, FDOT constructs … Continue reading Better Together: Stormwater Facilities Target More Than Roadway Runoff

Strength in Numbers: Using Crowdsourcing to Improve Transit

Crowdsourcing is part of your life, whether you know it or not. Since the advent of smart phones and Web 2.0, crowdsourcing has blossomed into a mainstay of two-way communication between customers and the organizations with which they engage online. It is used for everything from emergency management to hailing a ride downtown to finding … Continue reading Strength in Numbers: Using Crowdsourcing to Improve Transit

Parking with Precision: Evaluating Commercial Truck Parking Detection Technologies

Over the road truckers have a lot to worry about. Their prime concern has always been to deliver goods on time, of course, but today’s drivers face many new challenges, including increased demand for freight transportation coupled with a growing commercial driver shortage and unpredictable drive times from main trunk lines to distribution centers, among … Continue reading Parking with Precision: Evaluating Commercial Truck Parking Detection Technologies

Going the Last Mile

According to the American Transportation Research Institute, roadway congestion cost the trucking industry almost $64 billion in 2015. There are many factors that contribute to trucking slowdowns, but the first step to reducing congestion is to know where problem spots are so transportation agencies can mitigate them. A persistent gap for these agencies involves truck … Continue reading Going the Last Mile

FDOT Pedestrian Project Named to AASHTO’s Sweet 16 Most Valuable Research

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently announced its annual “Sweet Sixteen” most high-value transportation research projects in the country, and FDOT was in the mix. The winning projects were chosen by the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee and comprise four high-value research projects from each of the four AASHTO regions. The … Continue reading FDOT Pedestrian Project Named to AASHTO’s Sweet 16 Most Valuable Research

Double Duty: Can Roadside Ditches Catch and Clean Water?

Excessive nutrients, particularly nitrate and phosphorous, are a growing concern in groundwater aquifers and springs across Florida. This causes serious environmental issues like eutrophication and degradation of groundwater quality. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) are experimenting with creative ways to remove excess nutrients from water … Continue reading Double Duty: Can Roadside Ditches Catch and Clean Water?

The Right Way to Look at Wrong-Way Driving: Identifying Influential Variables

According to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 1,490 wrong-way driving (WWD) crashes in the state in 2015, resulting in almost as many injuries and 96 fatalities. In the years 2013-2015, there were more than 4,300 total injuries due to WWD crashes on Florida roads. While WWD crashes are relatively few, … Continue reading The Right Way to Look at Wrong-Way Driving: Identifying Influential Variables

Real-World Transportation Testbed Opens in Gainesville

Central Florida is now home to a one-of-a-kind testing ground for deploying connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies. I-STREET (Implementing Solutions from Transportation Research and Evaluation of Emerging Technologies) is a smart, multimodal roadway network weaving through parts of the University of Florida (UF) campus, the City of Gainesville (CoG), and Interstate 75 that is … Continue reading Real-World Transportation Testbed Opens in Gainesville