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Big Data: the Transportation Planning Revolution

While technology is often synonymous with automation, improved human connection and convenience, new technology and the sharing economy are changing and impacting many aspects of our daily lives. The way we travel – from planning a vacation to driving to work – can be enhanced with a large amount of data, apps, and friendly assistants like Siri, Alexa, and now Bixby.

Technology advances are occurring so quickly that ideas often go from fantasy to reality to dependency in only a few years, rather than decades. The evolution of smartphones within the past 10 years alone is a testament to the rapid pace of our advancing technology.

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3D: A Unifying Way to Design

With a typical roadway project including half a dozen different disciplines, trying to decipher a set of plans can be overwhelming, even for an engineer.

Up until recently, roadway plans have been a sea of information to sift through. Content is crammed into various views across several disciplines that make it challenging to ensure all of the puzzle pieces fit together properly.

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Dealing with Toll Opposition

With all of the variable approaches to tolling, the one constant we seem to face is opposition. The success of the interstate system and gas tax funding make it difficult for some individuals to accept pricing in providing transportation solutions.

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Emerging Transportation Technologies Can Provide a Sustainable Future

As we continue to see the many new advances that are being made in the area of transportation technology, we cannot help but wonder what the transportation and tolling industry will look like in 10 to 15 years.

Will the current business models for tolling agencies be the same? Will the need for more flexibility be the norm? No matter what, we can all agree that things as we know it will change.

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P3 Case Study: Florida’s I-595

As it is for most drivers on the road, for most transportation projects, time is of the essence.

Last month, we discussed how some states have been successful using Public-Private Partnerships (P3) as a tool to deliver transportation projects. South Florida’s Interstate 595 P3 project is one such project, finishing years ahead of schedule and achieving superior results for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) because of this alternative solution.

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