LA transport to receive fibre-optic boost

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) in Los Angeles has established a low-cost fibre-optic network to improve regional transportation.

It says the South Bay Fiber Network (SBFN) enables local municipalities and other public agencies to access a high-speed, 1 gigabyte (GB) network for $1,000 per month.

The SBCCOG funded the network through $6.9 million of LA Metro Measure M sub-regional transportation improvement grants.

For example, real-time traffic information from LA County’s Information Exchange Network will be available for each participating agency to improve traffic management.

As part of this application, South Bay cities will partner with RIITS (LA Metro’s Regional Integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems) to share transportation data as a resource for congestion management, improved transit services and support of transportation demand management programmes.

SBCCOG insists the network will also support autonomous vehicles (AVs) because high-speed and resilient broadband capacity will be necessary for Vehicle to Network and Vehicle to Vehicle communications to provide a safe AV system.