The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) has selected TransCore to deploy the SCATS adaptive traffic control system, throughout the 30-square miles of the Hackensack Meadowlands District. The US$3 million contract was won through an open public bidding process and is predominantly funded by the Commission’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) grant to implement the Meadowlands Adaptive Signal System for Traffic Reduction (MASSTR) program. The four-phased program will be complete by December 31, 2013 and will involve the implementation of SCATS at more than 128 intersections.
MASSTR is the result of an evaluation of the existing signalized intersections in the region and the applicability of alternative adaptive signal control systems, in order to support the fluctuating traffic patterns in the district. The NJMC ultimately determined there was a lack of coordination across traffic signals and a need to upgrade dated technology. Adding to the complexity, the traffic signals are under the jurisdiction of multiple agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Bergen County, Hudson County, municipal authority and private owners. SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System) was originally developed in Australia by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The system operates in real-time to adjust signal timing in response to changes in traffic demand, while providing immediate and historical traffic information for traffic engineers.
SCATS is currently one of the world’s most widely used adaptive traffic control systems, controlling more than 30,000 intersections globally and more than 1,000 intersections in the USA alone. Over 350 new SCATS signals are slated for deployment across the USA in the next 12 months. Bob Ball, TransCore’s managing director for the northeast region, explained, “This will be the largest deployment of SCATS in the Northeast and will be the fourth largest deployment of adaptive signal technology in the country. Because the area crosses over different corridors with varying issues and objectives, SCATS flexibility and configurability allows for such an all-encompassing installation.”
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