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SpeedInfo, in partnership with the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Caltrans and Science Applications International (SAIC), has deployed 350 sensors to provide accurate-to-the-minute traffic information on approximately 800 miles of limited access Bay Area highways. The SpeedInfo deployment was part of an innovative hybrid sensor network that consists of loop detectors, VOC side mounted radars and average speed radar detectors. This approach has allowed for greater road coverage and empowered the traveler information systems with high-quality data

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Part of a national rollout of 511 service, the Bay Area’s 511 phone and Web system was launched in December 2002 through a partnership between MTC, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and dozens of transit operators. The Bay Area is the largest metropolitan area in the country to activate a 511 system. The service currently averages about 90,000 calls per week.

511 is the Bay Area’s one-stop resource for free traffic, transit, ridesharing and bicycling information. Much like 411 or 911, the toll-free 511 phone service is an easy-to-remember number. Callers can get the most current reports on road conditions and traffic incidents, as well as fare and schedule information from over 40 public transportation providers and 20 paratransit operators, plus information about carpooling, vanpooling and bicycling
     
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    “We continue to be pleased with the ease of deployment, reliability and quality information the SpeedInfo system provides.Our installed base of SpeedInfo sensors continues to meet our expectations and with this level of performance and support, SpeedInfo sensors make it easy for us to expand coverage and enhance information for our local commuters and state travelers.”

State Research and Planning Engineer for WSDOT - MR. MATTHEW NEELEY

“Data from the SpeedInfo network has proven to be highly accurate and our partnership continues to expand our coverage and capabilities. With SpeedInfo, we can quickly respond to new congestion locations and provide high quality information for traffic operations and to drivers through MTC’s industry-leading 511 web and phone service."

Director of Traveler Coordination and Information, San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission - MS. MELANIE CROTTY

“Our partnership with SpeedInfo has been terrific. They’ve been very responsive and filled in virtually all of our coverage gaps on major highways, making our industry-leading 511 service even more useful to drivers and traffic operations.”

Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission - MR. STEVE HEMINGER

"The SpeedInfo Project is a great example of government and industry working together to provide better service to the public. Their speed detection equipment is simple to install, reliable, and accurate. SpeedInfo has significantly improved the traffic data coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Director, California Department of Transportation - MR. WILL KEMPTON
 
 
 
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