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MCTX infrastructure projects remain a priority citywide and are critical to improving and maintaining transportation systems—including roadways, sidewalks and trails—throughout the community.
To upgrade mobility flow for residents, first responders, stakeholders and visitors, City Council Members voted at their Jan. 21 Regular Meeting to approve the purchase of two new leading-edge software programs: The Centracs Advanced Transportation Management System and The Glance Preemption & Priority System from Applied Information.
The Centracs system and associated services are being purchased through the BuyBoard municipal cooperative for $189,650. The software will be purchased with the City’s METRO funds and will allow staff to meet the specific needs unique to daily traffic patterns.
“Centracs will essentially allow traffic management staff to visualize the whole entire city network of traffic signals in real-time from the traffic management center and to make real-time adjustments to those signals as necessary. The software is integrated into the traffic signal cabinets and it communicates back to the center and monitors detection signals, notifying staff when traffic is starting to pick up or get more congested,” Assistant Director of Public Works Cliff Brouhard explained to Council. “This powerful software can also tell when pedestrians are using the intersections in large numbers and will send that information back to staff, enabling us to make further adjustments in-house and ensuring that traffic can move more efficiently.”
The City is also purchasing a signal preemption system for emergency vehicles through the BuyBoard municipal cooperative for $409,650 and it will also be paid for with METRO funds. The Glance Preemption & Priority System from Applied Information utilizes web and cloud based computing to seamlessly combine cellular, radio transmission and GPS technology into one solution, allowing for faster emergency response times with the ability of clearing traffic in advance of police and fire vehicles approaching transit signals.
City Manager Anthony J. Snipes commended staff “for identifying these software systems that will help ease travel for residents, motorists, and emergency response vehicles.” He added that the new technologies are vital given that the “City receives a high volume of calls related to traffic, traffic lights, and the navigation of roadways throughout the area. Our team has really been working hard to raise standards as it relates to transportation tools and I am confident that these new applications will go a long way toward helping us to mitigate any congestion challenges.”
Other MCTX mobility projects under way that will improve transportation connectivity include:
In addition to the initiatives above, the City’s contractors also made street repairs at the intersection of Bright Meadows Drive and Walnut Ridge Drive last month. Also, sidewalk repairs are under way citywide and are being scheduled based on priority. To report a sidewalk concern in your community, please call 281.403.8577.
Learn about other Missouri City construction projects here: http://bit.ly/2M9vKiB.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).