Dallas’ First Testbed for Smart?City Transit Tech Receives Funding Through $4M Federal Grant

Key outcomes for both the physical reconstruction and technological improvements will be to improve pedestrian safety while improving traffic flow. While plans for the physical changes to the road have been set, the extent of the technological installations are not.

“Definitely, as we start getting this project off the ground, we’re going to have to start refining what the scope is going to be,” Khankarli said. Possibilities include:

connected-vehicle technologies that allow traffic signal controllers to communicate with vehicles, to better synchronize traffic lights, and inform drivers about impending traffic-signal changes;

pedestrian crosswalk buttons that are activated by the presence of pedestrians, rather than by touch;

smart-transit bus shelters that inform riders of estimated times of arrival, Wi-Fi and charging ports; and

connected-vehicle tech that will give emergency vehicles and/or buses priority to pass through intersections.