It was a typical, sticky Florida day in June when two University of Florida researchers were cruising down the highway. While the driver was behind the wheel, reading the curves of the road and navigating the peaks and valleys of northern Florida, the passenger was intently observing the terrain and surrounding plant life. The pair … Continue reading Keeping Butterflies Afloat: Adapting Roadside Maintenance to Protect Monarch Habitat, Increase Agricultural Productivity, and Save Money
The future of transportation is … complicated. Connected and automated vehicles, collectively termed CAVs, are making up an increasing share of the vehicles on the road. Fully-autonomous vehicles have already hit the streets in Gainesville. Domino’s Pizza promises a self-driving delivery fleet in the Houston area by the end of 2019. That said, a Jetsons-esque … Continue reading What Do Connected Traffic Signals Do With Unconnected Vehicles?
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
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
You’ve probably seen it on your roads. A new building is constructed on a main thoroughfare to house a restaurant or other business. That business needs a driveway in and out of the thoroughfare. As drivers start entering and exiting the new driveway, there are traffic delays and a few crashes. The driveway also crosses … Continue reading The Ins and Outs of Access Management
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
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
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
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?
It is a nightmare scenario, a driver makes a right turn but ends up in the wrong place – on railroad tracks. Cars can easily become stuck on the tracks leading to serious injuries and sometimes death. That is why the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) teamed up with the Center for Urban Transportation Research … Continue reading Tricks to Avoid the Tracks