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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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The Road Ahead: How Connected Vehicle Technology Will Make Our Streets Safe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been reminding us that the primary reason for deploying autonomous, connected vehicles (AV/CV) and connected automated vehicles (CAV) technology is to increase public safety. While system capacity, efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and increased sustainability are all secondary benefits, the federal agencies regulating the technology are predominately concerned with public safety and loss of life.

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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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Managing a P3 in Operations

Tolled highway and bridge P3 projects are typically large, complicated, controversial, and fraught with risk.

The tolling aspects of operations and maintenance are usually a high priority during pre-procurement and procurement. Proposal teams will challenge some of the typical road and bridge operations and maintenance performance specifications if they are too stringent and/or if they feel they will inflate their bid and not provide the public and owner value.

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Deliver Value to Mobile Customers Early through Agile

How often do you check your voicemail from your home phone and check your email from your home computer?

Those eras are long gone for most people. For those who use a cell phone or a laptop computer or tablet, we want the technology to work faster and faster for us. Given that a cell phone is eligible for upgrade in less than 2 years, technology renewal is more rapid than ever before. Mobile applications must catch up and be compatible to the new hardware and their operating systems.

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