Madison looks to make Park Street ‘smart’

“We want to harness the power of technology to innovate transit vehicles to improve safety and equity,” Tao said.

Tao said the city will start by installing five intersections — with plans for an estimated 26 — along the busy transit corridor from University Avenue to the Beltline with dedicated short range communications technology.

Additionally, the city’s engineering division and UW-Madison’s Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory will coordinate with Metro Transit to install units on buses that run the route several times a day.

The entire project, expected to be completed over the next five years, is estimated to cost between $1 million and $4 million, depending on how many applications are developed.