MPC Roundtable – State-of-the-Smart: Maximizing Capacity with Intelligent Transportation Systems - Metropolitan Planning Council

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MPC Roundtable – State-of-the-Smart: Maximizing Capacity with Intelligent Transportation Systems

October 11, 2012, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 South Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago

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Steven Vance

CTA Transit Tracker Smartphone App makes for easier commutes.

Improving transportation infrastructure means more than building roads and bridges. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) use technology to maximize the capacity of existing infrastructure to improve traffic flow, decrease delays, and give riders up-to-the-minute system information for a relatively low cost. The Chicago region has several examples of ITS, such as the Chicago Transit Authority’s bus and train trackers and the Illinois Tollway’s I-PASS electronic tolling system. Still, there is tremendous room for growth. This roundtable will showcase how cities around the world are proving the real potential of ITS by implementing such technologies as congestion pricing, variable priced parking, and smartphone apps.


Naveen Lamba, Intelligent Transportation Lead at IBM Global Business Services, will discuss how technology is    improving the productivity of critical transportation assets, resulting in more efficient operations, improved service, and enhanced passenger safety.  Lamba will also showcase how cities in the U.S. and around the world are saving money by using intelligent transportation systems to manage their assets and repair fleets on demand.

Steven Mortensen, Integrated Corridor Management Program Manager, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will present FTA's Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) pilots in Dallas, Texas and San Diego, Calif.  Implementing ITS on a corridor-wide basis – including ramp metering, congestion pricing, signal optimization, transit priority, and traveler information in real time – have enhanced mobility, reliability and fuel savings and reduced emissions at the three sites. The result is a cost-benefit ratio of 10:1, with more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel and 1.1 million hours of travel time saved annually.

Balaji Prabhakar, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University will present how he's combining smartphone apps with incentives to encourage people to change their driving and parking behavior and take public transit. Prabhakar has successfully used his apps to implement programs for public agencies and employers in the San Francisco Bay area, India, and Singapore, significantly lowering congestion based on the theory that even a small change in vehicles at a given time can have a big effect on traffic flow. Prabhakar's success led to a $3 million U.S. Dept. of Transportation grant to study the effects of incentives and social interaction on commute and parking patterns.

Register online today! The cost of the roundtable, which includes lunch, is $15 for current MPC donors and $30 for all others. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

This event will be streamed live on YouTube, viewable from both PCs and mobile devices.

This roundtable is generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

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Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616

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