The modernization project, paid for largely by the university, will cover 26 intersections, and involves the collaboration with the city of San Diego as well as the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The technology will be supported by the SynchroGreen adaptive software by Cubic, and involve updated controllers, GRIDSMART video detection and communication upgrades to improve the existing infrastructure, said Gabriel McFadden, senior business development manager at Cubic.
The project represents a trend in transportation to use data and analytics to optimize movement and mobility across all modes. It is a departure from decades of transportation planning that simply centered on building more roadways to serve cars. The system in the UC San Diego neighborhood will consider data points gathered from all modes of transportation, and could serve as a template for a broader expansion across the city.