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Meeting to address new transportation technology

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Urban Area Planning board has been invited to a meeting hosted by Manhattan’s Public Works department to discuss intelligent transportation systems. The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Headquarters Fire Station, located at 2000 Denison Ave.

The talk will focus on exploring the uses of technology to improve efficiency and safety of roads, public transportation and emergency services. These technologies include cameras to monitor real-time traffic conditions, vehicle location systems on transit buses and emergency vehicles and signs that provide real time travel information.

Officials believe the technologies could improve signal coordination and subsequently improve traffic flows. They also believe residents and emergency vehicles could avoid problem spots and congested areas with real time traffic conditions.

Officials also noted that an intelligent transportation systems plan will help secure federal funding.

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