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The Endgame on Data Use in Transportation

About 12 years ago, I experienced one of my favorite career failures. I was serving as a Counsel for the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Senate committee staff write proposed new laws (bills) and try to convince stakeholders (other Senate staff, constituent citizens and companies, and federal agencies)—to approve of the language so that senators vote […]

Pedestrian Fatalities: What is Going On?

By Wes Guckert, PTP, President, The Traffic Group In recent years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown substantially faster than all other traffic deaths.  According to a 2017 report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrian fatalities increased 27% from 2007 to 2016, while at the […]

POLICYSMART 45: Want to Test AV in Your City? Austin’s Jason JonMichael Shares What to Consider

 Is your city interested in testing autonomous vehicles? Has it been asked to test them in the future? Jason JonMichael, the City of Austin’s Assistant Director for Smart Mobility, shares with you the considerations to think through. Is your city built to support the test? Can it meet enough of the needs of the AV […]

What is Really Going to Happen as a Result of Autonomous Vehicles and New Mobility? A Look into the Year 2020

David Levinson wrote a book that was recently published that had a chapter tied to “what happened to traffic” and predicting what could be during the 100th anniversary of the Interstate Highway Act in the United States, dateline: June 2056. Go back to the year 2018, and in the previous five years, it has been […]

Connected and…Autonomous Vehicles

Connectedandautonomous. MuldernScully. Fishnchips (you can tell I am a Brit). They all could be one word as they flow together. But many of us in the U.K. are beginning to see the need to split that single pronunciation. The reason is that many of the early benefits from connectivity, for example reduced congestion, safety, smarter […]

POLICYSMART 43: How to Move the Biggest City in America with Cordell Schachter, CTO of NYC DOT

Handling both technology and telecom as CTO of New York City DOT, Cordell Schachter has seen it all. In an effort to make travel safer for all NYC travelers, no matter their chosen mode of transportation, Cordell has helped initiate and manage efforts across the transportation board and talks with us about congestion pricing, 5G deployment, connected vehicle […]

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Dear Valued Partners, Earlier this month, we shared a preview of GRIDSMART System Software Version 19.12 in a webinar that many of you attended. We're happy to share that 19.12 is now in general release and available for download. We encourage you to update all of...

How to Get Reimbursed for INTERSECT

Registration for INTERSECT is open, and we hope to see you all for this exciting event happening October 20-22, 2020, in Knoxville, TN. But did you know INTERSECT attendees typically receive funding from their agency or organization to attend the event? It's...

The New INTERSECT Experience

Five years ago, we launched INTERSECT, a new way for transportation professionals to learn and grow at GRIDSMART Headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. INTERSECT’s mission is to train and educate technicians, engineers, and transportation leaders. This conference has...

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RETURNING 2021

After much deliberation, and with much remorse, GRIDSMART has decided to cancel INTERSECT this year. The safety of our employees, distributors and customers is of utmost importance.