Improving Mobility With Smart Traffic In Metro Operations

Konstanze Werle

The increasing demands of a larger population are a growing concern. Estimates suggest that by 2030, around 60 percent of the world population will live in large cities. By 2040, this will increase to around 75 percent.

Urbanization raises specific concerns for metro operators, who must consider the increased traffic and safety risks associated with a growing population. Developing smart traffic strategies helps optimize the flow of people and goods in the city to reduce congestion and the risk of safety hazards. It also helps metro operators handle problems that may arise from increased traffic.

Frequency and route

Adequate transport services are a priority for transit operators, particularly as populations increase. The behavior of regular commuters, tourists, and occasional commuters, and the traffic resulting from events impact transit routes and availability of public transportation. Metro operators need to determine when to deploy transportation and the appropriate size of transport vehicles in different areas and at different times of the day. Metro operators and city officials must understand the travel patterns of patrons to provide effective transportation services.

According to World Transit Research, many residents of major cities in the United States avoid bus transit that requires them to transfer to a different bus. If schedules and routes are complicated, many residents look for alternative forms of transportation to reach their destination. World Transit Research points out that the bus transportation system in Barcelona was designed to cover the entire city. With a greater number of routes and frequency of buses, residents are more likely to transfer to a different bus to move throughout the city. Evaluating the travel patterns of local residents in a city provides an opportunity to address potential problems with frequency and available routes on public transportation.

Reducing delays from malfunctions

The Florida Department of Traffic points out that a smart traffic system actually improves the urban environment by setting up solutions in every area of traffic control and management. Cameras on traffic lights or in metro stations, for example, allow operators to identify problems at an early stage. Metro operators can then take measures to correct them in a timely manner.

Smart traffic systems gather accurate data and place sensors on public transportation to limit risks to passengers. The sensors also determine when problems develop and can catch malfunctions before they cause significant delays. Sensors help operators determine when to handle maintenance on trains or other areas of technology. The result: Better solutions to problems and fewer delays.

Greater management of incidents on public transportation

Safety management systems in public transportation have come a long way in supporting the management of risks that contribute to accidents. According to the Florida Department of Traffic, metro operators handle incidents that occur on public transportation in relation to the technology, doors, and overall systems. Smart traffic systems enhance safety and give operators access to more data from sensors, cameras, and technological tools.

The information allows operators to address incidents that may result in inconveniences, delays, or poor traffic management. As a result, risk management tools available to the operators will help professionals anticipate incidents and address potential concerns in the future.

Optimized traffic control

According to the Oregon Metro, smart traffic systems allow metro operators to limit or even prevent problems due to congestion. Smart traffic systems focus on every area of urban traffic, from driving to taking a bus. By setting up a system that directs traffic around an accident or informs drivers about potential delays with updated data, it reduces the number of incidents on the road.

Optimizing traffic control plays a significant role in the safety of residents and commuters. Metro operators improve the coordination of traffic signals to prevent accidents with trains or other traffic. It also provides real-time information about current traffic conditions, weather information in relation to the roads, and appropriate signals for transit priority or large trucks.

The result of better coordination throughout traffic control in an urban environment is greater safety. The risk of accidents reduces by providing passengers of public transportation and drivers of their own vehicles real-time data about road conditions or other potential factors. Smart traffic gives metro operators advanced incident management solutions for every area of traffic control.

Smart traffic in metro operations provides a solution for safety concerns and frustrations with transportation in urban areas. As urban populations grow, metro operators face greater challenges in relation to commuter safety. Setting up a smart traffic system allows the metro operators to stay up-to-date with real-time incidents and handle malfunctions before they cause injuries or safety concerns.

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Konstanze Werle

About Konstanze Werle

Konstanze Werle is a Director of Industries Marketing at SAP. She is a content marketing specialist with a particular focus on the travel and transportation, engineering and construction and real estate industries worldwide. Her goal is to help companies in these industries to simplify their business by sharing latest trends and innovation in their industry.