Dallas, San Diego get congestion-relief funds

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The Dallas and San Diego areas will receive $14 million as the nation’s first demonstration sites for new Intelligent Transportation System technologies that help fight congestion and enhance travel.The Dallas and San Diego areas will receive $14 million as the nation’s first demonstration sites for new Intelligent Transportation System technologies that help fight congestion and enhance travel.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the Dallas and San Diego metro areas will receive $14 million as the nation’s first demonstration sites for new Intelligent Transportation System technologies that help fight congestion and enhance travel. The Integrated Corridor Management initiative will help the two cities become “living laboratories” in the fight against congestion.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit will contribute $3 million for an $8.3 million project. DART will use a transportation management model to predict travel conditions 30 minutes into the future, allowing diversion of traffic to other routes during freeway incidents and special events along U.S. 75. Travelers will have access to real-time information about traffic, public transit and expected travel times through wireless and Web-based alerts.

The San Diego Association of Governments and its partnering agencies will contribute $2.2 million for a $10.9 million project. San Diego will use ITS investments along Interstate 15 to enable a “smart” traffic management system that combines road sensors, video and traveler information to take steps to reduce congestion. It will deliver information to commuters via the Internet and message signs, and will enable managers to adjust traffic signals and ramp meters to direct travelers to HOV lanes, HOT lanes, bus rapid transit and other options.