By accomplishing traffic observation remotely, the pilot freed up staffers who otherwise would have coordinated those efforts on-scene, and enabled a more extensive look at problem areas. Pima County is currently looking at adding more of the devices, the civil engineer said.
Useful Tools for Transportation Industry
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GovTech Today - Daily top stories. This tool is designed to analyze the transportation needs and constraints associated with fuel and raw material collection, processing, and distribution in the continental United States. FTOT is a flexible scenario-testing tool  designed to analyze a variety of commodities, datasets, and assumptions , and is customizable to the particular needs of a user.
The tool analyzes local, regional, and national scenarios based on raw material origins, destinations, transportation cost estimates, weightings, and parameters for converting or refining materials see illustration below. Optimal routing and flows are evaluated through an optimization module and a geographic information system GIS module that enable powerful mapping and display capabilities.
The tool uses a unique intermodal network constructed at Volpe from private and public data sources on truck, rail, water, and pipeline links. With the GIS component, Volpe logistics experts can look at how commodities and materials flow over the transportation enterprise—using either actual or hypothetical infrastructure, like anticipated network links or potential refineries.
The model also takes into account temporal schedules for facilities to assess how variations in demand, production, or processing operations influence the overall scenario results. FTOT helps government agencies analyze freight and fuel transport options and hone in on multimodal transportation flow patterns and emissions associated with future freight and energy scenarios.
Analyses focus on the availability of commodities like residues from timber harvesting, tallow from slaughterhouses, and municipal solid waste. With FTOT, Volpe experts can use projected availability of those materials out to and anticipated demand to analyze how they would flow optimally over the transportation network.