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Getting Smart on Transportation

by Kerry Rea on February 3, 2021

It is frequently said that technology advancements are moving so fast it is hard to keep up. Those same technology advancements are ensuring we can also move fast. As part of “smart city” initiatives, localities across the country are implementing IoT, sensor, and big data solutions to better understand and manage traffic patterns to improve citizens’ mobility. GovWhitePapers is here to help you keep up with the pace of change in transportation by providing white papers, eBooks, case studies and data sheets that speak to technologies, trends and more!

Smart Cities Across America

Aspen, CO is piloting a technology that creates “Smart Zones,” or areas that are reserved for commercial curbside activities such as loading and unloading goods. These zones can be reserved in advance for a cost of 50 cents for 30 minutes. By gathering data on how these areas are used, the city gets a sense of where and how deliveries happen and can adjust planning and traffic flow accordingly.

Columbus, OH has combined public and private parking into a single app to help drivers find and pay for the most convenient parking option in real-time.

Columbus has also implemented an app, Pivot, that helps residents plan their trips with information on public transport, ride-hailing, carpooling, bikeshares, personal vehicles, and more in one location. Once you determine the best method you can reserve and pay for transportation options right from the app.

Detroit, MI has been testing a mapping system, installed in city vehicles, that improves the quality of data collected on roadway conditions and delivers automated analyses. This data will enable road authorities to prioritize preventative maintenance as well as immediate repairs.

Smart Transportation for Smooth Sailing

A system piloted in Sydney, Australia is being evaluated by several U.S. cities to improve signal timing for smoother commutes. SCATS uses sensors at intersections to distinguish the types of vehicles and pedestrian traffic and can change signal timing in real-time to meet the demand.

Similarly, the Port of Houston uses sensors to better plan cargo train schedules to ensure goods are moved efficiently without impacting citizen commutes.

Government White Papers on Transportation

Below are a number of resources that can help you get smart on what transportation innovations are happening across the country.

These are just a sampling of the resources GovWhitePapers makes available to the transportation industry, as well as state and municipal government communities. You can browse additional white papers on transportation and other topics through our search engine here: