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Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployments: Solving Tampa’s Complex Transportation Issues

With more than 3,000 residents per square mile, Tampa is Florida’s second-most densely populated city.[1] With no passenger rail system and limited bicycle and pedestrian amenities, the city is heavily car-centric and regularly experiences substantial traffic. To make matters more complicated, the main commuter route into and out of downtown Tampa is the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, which has reversible lanes that change direction depending on the time of day. Because the lanes are reversible, wrong-way entry is possible leading to many rear-end crashes and red-light-running collisions.

Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program: Saving Lives through Connectivity

As our communities become more connected, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) play an important central role in our cities, towns, suburbs, and rural communities, between regions and across state lines. Transportation system managers can best serve vital needs by applying cohesive ITS technology and effectively “connecting the dots” of information from various factors that affect transportation operations, such as  weather, congestion, accidents, and unanticipated emergencies.

A flagship effort of the USDOT ITS program is the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, funding large-scale Connected Vehicle system implementation efforts led by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT); the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA); and the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). Similar, interoperable technologies are being used differently at three pilot sites to improve safety in environments as diverse as dense urban grid networks and isolated high-plains interstates.

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