GTT highlighting the role of connected technologies for smart mobility at APTA conference

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One of the market leaders in emergency and transit vehicle priority control systems, Global Traffic Technologies (GTT), will be presenting a special session on automated and connected vehicle technologies during the American Public Transport Association (APTA) TransITech conference in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 9-11.

The widespread adoption of vehicle to intersection and roadside infrastructure technology (V2I) can help to solve a range of mobility issues in communities of all sizes, enabling cities to make the vital first moves toward delivering smarter transportation systems.

During the session at the APTA conference, Josh Lehman (right), GTT’s pre-sales engineer, will discuss the ways in which cities and communities can take advantage of connected technologies to make an immediate improvement in their public transit operations and on-time efficiency, using connected devices, cloud-based computing, and the potential to extract insightful analytics from the resulting data.

GTT’s industry-leading Opticom Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system is helping cities to make the most of connected technologies and solve their mobility issues. TSP allows transit vehicles to request a green light at junctions, dramatically reducing the potential for intersection crashes, while improving travel times and reliability.

These intelligent priority management systems allow users to oversee and control the movement of vehicles that operate on a city’s streets. With 50 years of priority control experience, GTT is now pioneering innovative new approaches to the introduction of smart mobility solutions.

Lehman’s presentation, during the Automated and Connected Vehicle (AV/CV) Technologies session on April 9, will explore three communities that worked to solve mobility issues by using connected vehicle technologies:

• New York City – Following a successful TSP pilot project on SBS-M15, NYC MTA has started deploying the technology on nearly 6,000 buses citywide. The city is using existing infrastructure to create a centralized TSP solution, with priority provided by a software application instead of typical purpose-driven hardware on the buses and at the intersections;

• Laval, Quebec (Canada) – The city recently implemented a number of preferential bus measures that aim to increase ridership. Advanced TSP is used to do more than just give a green light to buses, as in Laval it also takes into account passenger loads and lateness to determine what level of priority each bus should receive at each intersection;

• Bay Area, California – Agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area use advanced TSP applications to help manage schedules and maintain bus headway. The conditional priority measures help to ensure buses arrive at stops at posted times and help to avoid bus bunching. Data generated by the TSP system is used in analytics tools that drive performance and operational improvements.

“Transit agencies and their partners can use data and technology to make smarter decisions about routes, timing and service levels,” Lehman said. “These improvements provide a better experience for riders and more efficient operations for the agencies.”

The 2018 TransITech Conference is focused on managing innovation in the best interests of public transportation operations and safety. The event attracts a wide range of public transportation information technology professionals, chief information officers, operations managers and staff, and software developers for transit agencies.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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