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Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

In a world of highways, accidents, and traffic jams, praise for a highway maintenance event is rare. Carmageddon is the ‘code name’ for the first phase of a CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) project to add a single carpool lane to a 10-mile stretch of I-405. For LA, this project required the unthinkable—scheduled closing of a freeway from Friday to Sunday.  Carmageddon 1, as this non-event is dubbed, was completed 17 hours ahead of schedule. Some credit for Read more [...]
Jersey Shore and Electric Vehicles? We Have a Situation!

Jersey Shore and Electric Vehicles? We Have a Situation!

While New Jersey has been in the headlines recently for MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore," that's not all the buzz these days. New Jersey plans to be a leader in the electric vehicle roll out over the next five years. "The intention is to move New Jersey to the forefront of electric car use," said Assemblyman Joe Cryan, D-Union, a sponsor of several of the bills. "That in turn helps the environment." Some proposed legislation would lead to installation Read more [...]
There’s Lots Behind the Curtain to Make It All Work

There’s Lots Behind the Curtain to Make It All Work

For the past two years, the U.S. DOT's research efforts have been on a new program called IntelliDrive(SM).  IntelliDrive(SM) is planned to use an inter-networked, wireless communications mesh of two main parts -- the existing cellular system, plus a new 5.9 GHz bandwidth allocation.  The program hopes to improve vehicle safety by allowing short range, inter-vehicle message exchange with information about location, speed, and direction. The NEMA members in the Transportation Read more [...]
Energy Storage Technology Is Vital For "Smart" Grid Efforts

Energy Storage Technology Is Vital For "Smart" Grid Efforts

NEMA is taking the lead in making Smart Grid and Energy Storage technologies a reality.  The NEMA Energy Storage Council (ESC) has held successful meetings where attendees have drafted a list of application categories that help define where Energy Storage (ES) and Distributed Generation (DG) technologies should play a role.  The NEMA ESC consisting of manufacturer, utility and government representative stakeholders further established and tasked a NEMA ESC Technical Committee (Stationary Read more [...]
Commuter Taxes Today, Smart Traffic Solutions Tomorrow

Commuter Taxes Today, Smart Traffic Solutions Tomorrow

While traffic congestion doesn’t typically make the list of top challenges facing this country, it’s on most Americans’ minds at least twice a day – when they’re commuting to and from work. Take the traffic in New York – please. Manhattan traffic is so bad so often that Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to enact a “traffic tax” similar to the one London introduced five years ago. His "congestion pricing" plan addressed traffic congestion and pollution externalities through a tax Read more [...]