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An Agent-­Based Disaster Response Inference Model for Assessment of Transportation Risk under Extreme Events

The Northeast USA, particularly New York State has experienced an increase in extreme 24-hour precipitation during the past 50 years. Recent events such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy have revealed vulnerability to intense precipitation within the transportation sector. For regional resiliency, one has to understand the exposure of regional network/systems to correlated risks or simultaneous extremes.

Evaluating the Impacts of Real-Time Information on Subway Ridership in New York City

Public transit agencies often struggle with service reliability issues; when a train or bus does not arrive on time, passengers become frustrated and may be less likely to choose transit for future trips. To address reliability issues, transit authorities increasingly provide real-time information (RTI) to riders via countdown clocks in stations and passengers’ mobile devices. Though these new information technologies are now available in many transit systems throughout the country, their impact on overall transit ridership - particularly train ridership - remains unclear.

Strategic ITS Deployment Plan For New York City

The Strategic Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Deployment Plan for New York City was last updated in 2005 by Polytechnic University of New York. The New York City region has invested significant resources on ITS deployment in the past decades. It has involved the deployment of an advanced controller (the ASTC), a wireless communication infrastructure (NYCWiN), detectors, and the overall data management system to process information and to communicate the control settings.

Develop a comprehensive guide to signal timing, new detection technologies and advanced signal timing concepts applicable in New York City

The defined scope of this Task is the development of a Guide to be used in-house by NYCDOT traffic engineers documenting all the necessary steps in requesting and approving traffic signals, with a focus on traffic signal control principles, practices, and technologies. The research team proposes to produce such a guide in the first year of a multi-year undertaking now being proposed, and to focus later phases on modernizing the basic principles that underlie such a Guide. The later phases will be defined in conjunction with NYCDOT during the first year.

Develop Data Storage and Access Platform for MTA Bus Time Data

NYCDOT along with many other DOTs in the region and around the country have been using probe vehicle data for monitoring time-dependent traffic conditions and conducting before and after studies of various transportation projects. Specifically, NYCDOT has been using probe vehicle data from yellow taxis and other vehicles equipped with GPS and TRNSMIT system. In this project NYCDOT wants to automate and enhance their use of MTA bus data that they are already acquiring under a protocol developed between the two agencies.

Research on Pedestrians and Cyclists Safety Using ITS Technology in NYC

This research project builds on the work and goals of the New York City Department of Transportation NYCDOT) in its long standing efforts to promote the safety of pedestrians, as described in the Vision Zero Initiative and the NYCDOT’s 2016 Strategic Plan. As part of the Vision Zero Initiative, in 2015, NYCDOT installed over 400 Leading Pedestrian Intervals, and completed 60 safety projects in Vision Zero Priority Locations.

Develop a comprehensive guide to traffic signal timing, new detection technologies and advanced signal timing concepts applicable in New York City

The purpose of this guide is to provide some elementary guidance to beginning traffic engineers in the NYCDOT Signal Timing Division on the standards of signal timing in NYC. The guide is intended to provide an understanding of the influence of traffic signal design on traffic operations, and is a primer on traffic signal timing, phasing, and coordination.

Develop a multi-agency/multi modal construction management tool to enhance coordination of construction projects city wide during planning and operation phases to improve highway mobility and drivers experience

The objective of this research project is the evaluation of the Construction Impact Analysis (CIA) tool designed and developed by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

In preparation for this proposal, the research team has already conducted a preliminary review of the CIA tool. This included the review of the available material about the CIA tool as well as two interviews including an on-line demonstration of the tool by WSDOT in June 2013.

Assessing NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App for Users’ Receptiveness to Geotargeting

In the last few years, there has been a push toward utilizing new fare payment technologies in the transit industry, particularly mobile ticketing systems in which passengers purchase tickets directly on smartphones. Numerous transit agencies in the United States have launched mobile ticketing applications, beginning with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)’s commuter rail program in the fall of 2012.

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