Mobility21 and Metro21 host lunch with Secretary Foxx

May 17, 2019
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May 17, 2019

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, a Distinguished Executive in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University, joined Mobility21 students, staff and faculty for a lunch and learn today to discuss the variety of transportation related research being done at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mobility21 Executive Director Participates in PennStart Planning Meeting

May 16, 2019
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May 16, 2019

Mobility21’s Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, participated in the second workshop of the Pennsylvania Safety Transportation and Research Track (PennStart). This proposed test track is a collaboration with the PA Turnpike, FHWA and PennState. Stan attended to provide expertise on connected and automated technology testing applications.

Atlanta Link Leadership Visits to Pittsburgh to Learn about Public-Private Partnerships

May 16, 2019
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May 16, 2019

The Leadership Involvement Networking Knowledge (LINK) from the Atlanta Regional Commission visited Pittsburgh to learn about new ideas and approaches for dealing with the issues and challenges facing metro areas. During their visit to Pittsburgh, they discovered how the city is driving innovation through city/university partnerships and much more. The team heard from Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager on how Mobility21 and the City of Pittsburgh are using partnerships to solve Pittsburgh’s mobility challenges.

Mobility21 Executive Director Promotes Mobility21 Research at Washington DC Events

May 14, 2019
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May 14, 2019

Stan Caldwell, Exec. Director of Mobility21 presented research at the Council of University Transportation Center spotlight conference held at the Rayburn Office in Washington DC. Stan was also able to participate in visits to legislative offices to highlight Mobility21’s education initiatives, including a visit with Claire Borzner,  Legislative Assistant to Congressman Mike Doyle.

Summer School in Advanced Mobility Held at Ohio State University

May 8, 2019
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May 8, 2019

More than 25 individuals from both industry and academia had the opportunity to learn from each other at the inaugural Summer School in Advanced Mobility held at The Ohio State University (Mobility21 UTC academic partner),  May 6-8, 2019. This three-day program provided a high level overview of topics related to automotive mobility including electrification and storage, connected and autonomous vehicles, multi-modal transportation and security, all taught by Ohio State faculty experts. Learn more here.

 

CCAC’s Bob Koch Joins Westmoreland Career & Tech Center to Discuss the Future of Automotive Jobs

May 6, 2019
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May 6, 2019

Bob Koch, faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County, joined automotive students and their instructors at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center to discuss career opportunities in the automotive field including Intelligent Transportation options, Hybrid & Electric Vehicles, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing options.  The group discussed the economic impact all of this will have on their careers and how they can prepare.

Smart Mobility Challenge Project: Real-time traffic monitoring and prediction for Cranberry Township

February 15, 2019
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February 2018

If you’ve ever traveled through Cranberry Township, you’ve probably had to wait at more than one traffic signal. Cranberry Township’s unique geographical location at the junction of Interstate 79 and the PA Turnpike (PA 376) poses unique challenges in coordinated signal operations. Furthermore, the Township operates a Coordinated Signal System that relies on historically Generated Signal Timings, coupled with real time technology to manage day to day operations on the local network.  Any scheduled or unscheduled events on the limited access highways can cause havoc with operations on roads in the business district.

Jason A. Dailey, Director of Public Works in Cranberry Township saw an opportunity with the Smart Mobility Challenge to reduce havoc and maintain efficiency. Together with CMU faculty, Sean Qian, and PhD

Sean Qian

student, Weiran Yao, the Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) received funding from Traffic21.  This research project incorporated real time data inputs monitored from both social media and other public data sources against historical data to trigger predictions of traffic delays at least 30 minutes ahead.  These predictions could then be directed to dynamic message boards, smart phone applications, social media, and text messages to alert the public of the anticipated delay.  These predictions also alert the Cranberry Traffic Operations

Weiran Yao

Center of the incidents to allow for pro-active adjustments to the operating traffic plan on a real-time basis.

At the conclusion of the project, in a real-world demonstration, the system proved to successfully alert the Townships traffic operators of the upcoming traffic gridlock 50 minutes in advance compared to the actual reporting time, which allowed more prompt and effective traffic management.

Dailey’s feedback after working with Traffic21 faculty Sean Qian included:

“This was another great experience working with CMU through the Traffic21 program.  Our project was able to pull existing technology and crowd-sourced data, combine it with other publicly available data that is driven by a multitude of sources including vehicle reporting data and roadway sensors, and produce a recommendation on how to manage our signal system when an event is triggered.  We are very fortunate to work with Traffic21 and MAC to help us take advantage of current technology and make sense of it, in a way that industry professionals can then turn it into real world solutions.  This project built on another project we had been working on with Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission where we developed contingency plans that were preplanned and would need to be first identified manually, and then entered manually into our traffic signal system.  What Sean and his team were able to do, was to create a program that looks locally at traffic inputs, looks regionally at what is happening, identify issues far enough in advance for us to get an alert that then would recommend what signal plan would best resolve the issue that is occurring.  While we still need to manually enter the plan, this project far exceeded our expectations and is showing us just how valuable regional data access is for us.” 

Read the Full Report from Real-Time Traffic Monitoring and Prediction for Cranberry Township: https://ppms.cit.cmu.edu/media/project_files/61-Final.pdf

Inspired by Traffic21’s years of successful collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh to become a globally recognized smart city test bed, the goal of the Smart Mobility Challenge is to demonstrate how suburban and rural communities can also benefit from a similar collaboration.  This program is supported by Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute and its affiliated US DOT National University Transportation Center, Mobility21.

The Smart Mobility Challenge is an opportunity to connect suburban and rural communities to the technologies and resources being developed at Carnegie Mellon University.  The first Smart Mobility Challenge was held from 2017 – 2018, and included research done in collaboration with Millvale, McKees Rocks, Bethel Park, Greensburg, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Cranberry Township and Lawrence County.  Learn more by clicking here.

Traffic21 is currently kicking off its Second Smart Mobility Challenge.  The goal of this year’s challenge is work with these communities to use data and analytics to solve their municipality’s mobility problems.  Representatives of municipalities and public transit operators in southwestern PA are invited to request research assistance through the 2019-2020 Smart Mobility Challenge.   Learn more by clicking here.