Cities Use Intelligent Transportation Tools to Better Manage Extreme Weather

City governments have made significant investments in intelligent transportation systems, a part of which focuses on effectively managing traffic during significant weather events such as hurricanes and snowstorms, drawing lessons learned from recent catastrophes.

Bhide says Tampa Bay “dodged a bullet” with Hurricane Irma in 2017, and while there was no serious flooding following that storm, the city lost power for five days. In a separate project, Bhide says the city will test the ability of solar panels to generate power at traffic intersections.

By using solar power, the city hopes it can generate reserve power so the traffic lights can work following a storm.