Morrill’s Corner in Portland is one of the Maine city’s busiest traffic junctions. Some 33,000 cars pass through it each day, and it doesn’t take much imagination to visualise the kind of chaos and holdups that can occur. Except they don’t anymore, or at least not as much as they used to.
Portland’s city authorities installed a traffic management system called Surtrac, developed by Rapid Flow Technologies, a tech startup that spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. Since the software was installed, Morrill’s Corner has become much less of a traffic hotspot.
In fact, the Portland city managers estimate that they’re saving those 33,000 cars and drivers a combined 156 hours a day, or as many as 41,000 hours per year. That’s one junction. That’s less time stuck in traffic, more time spent at work, or at home with the kids…
Now, EY is trying to bring Surtrac’s benefits to Dublin.