Econolite to upgrade transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles County for Caltrans


One of the USA’s leading suppliers of all forms of ITS (intelligent transportation systems) equipment, Econolite, has been awarded a US$21.9m contract by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide transportation infrastructure upgrades in its District 7.

Under terms of the contract, Econolite will provide traffic system modernization for Caltrans highways in District 7, which includes the Los Angeles County region, through December 2020. The project calls for upgrading and replacing more than 3,000 vehicle detection sensors, as well as installing new traffic signal controllers, and traffic cabinets. The scope of the work also includes deploying new communications systems, including wireless, at the specified project locations throughout Los Angeles County.

Econolite’s wide-ranging portfolio includes traffic management systems, sensor products, and advisory services. The company’s offerings also include planning and design of turnkey, multi-modal transportation systems, software engineering, traffic network implementation, integration, operations and maintenance. Econolite is also involved in the advancement of connected and autonomous vehicles, smart cities and cybersecurity.

For this new Caltrans contract, Econolite can call upon a wide range of off-the-shelf products, including:

• The Autoscope line of camera-based video detection systems;

• Accuscan radar detection units;

• Electromagnetic and microwave radar Accusense in-ground wireless detection modules; • Safetran, Cobalt and EOS traffic signal controller units;

• Safetran, NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) and ATCC traffic control cabinets;

• Vehicle and pedestrian ITE-approve traffic signals;

• RocketLinx Ethernet switchgear; and the

• Centracs range of traffic management software systems, such as the ATMS (Advanced Traffic Management Systems), SPM (Signal Performance Measures), and Bluetooth-based BlueTOAD Travel Time monitoring platforms.

“The vital arteries in District 7 handle more than 100 million vehicle miles traveled daily, and this transportation infrastructure upgrade represents a significant step toward enhancing safety and mobility for citizens and visitors in Los Angeles County,” said Rodney Mathis, Econolite’s vice president of systems.

“This contract award affirms Caltrans’s vision and commitment to safety and mobility of the traveling public. We are delighted and privileged to offer our broad range of products and services meeting the infrastructure upgrade needs of one of the largest counties in the nation.

“As the leader in one-stop-shop traffic management solutions, we are well-positioned to meet the unique demands of this large-scale transportation upgrade project that will enhance safety and the overall commuting experience across Los Angeles County.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).