USA to trial Qld congestion-busting technology

Innovative intelligent transport system (ITS) technology developed in Queensland will be trialled on Colorado highways.Innovative intelligent transport system (ITS) technology developed in Queensland will be trialled on Colorado highways.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey announced the trial this week during a visit to the US.

He said in a statement that the Managed Motorways ITS technology, developed by Queensland-owned company Transmax, demonstrated the capability to improve motorway performance by the equivalent of adding an extra lane.

“We are proud to represent world-class Queensland companies such as Transmax and to champion their expertise to potential markets in the United States,” he said.

“This is an example of the incredible range of skills, ingenuity and capability Queensland has to implement innovative technological business solutions across the globe.”

Transmax is a Brisbane-based, full-service ITS solutions provider that develops, supports and deploys the ITS platform, STREAMS.

The STREAMS Managed Motorways technology utilises a rules-based software engine to manage speed limits, lane closures, variable message signs and ramp metering sites to manage and optimise traffic flow during peak conditions, motorway incidents, planned events and inclement weather.

Users of the STREAMS Managed Motorways technology have reported a number of positive outcomes such as travel time savings of 42 per cent during peak periods, a 30 per cent reduction in motorway accidents, and an 11 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Bailey was visiting Colorado this week to foster new relationships internationally, specifically working with the Colorado Department of Transport to help it embrace this technology.

“Transmax has partnered with Parsons Brinckerhoff and Maurice Burley (an Australian consulting road safety and traffic engineer) to introduce its functionality to the United States,” he said.

“The first project involves a trial for the Utah Department of Transport to improve the reliability, capacity and safety of its freeways.”

Image:  Minister Bailey meeting Shailen Bhatt from CDOT

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