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How to Collect Accurate Occupancy Data on High Speed, Multi-Lane Freeways

How to Collect Accurate Occupancy Data on High Speed, Multi-Lane Freeways


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About ten years ago, we sat on the side of Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis after the Light Rail Transit line was opened adjacent to it in Minneapolis, and counted the number of people in each car as they passed by as well as the number of bicyclists/pedestrians on the adjacent. Metro Transit had data on how many riders were on the light rail trains and used this data combined with the...
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Top 10 Ways Video Data Collection is Improving My Engineering – Part 1

Top 10 Ways Video Data Collection is Improving My Engineering – Part 1


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Since 2001, my businesses, Spack Consulting and Traffic Data Inc., have provided data collection and analysis throughout the Midwest. As portable video camera systems to collect traffic volume data has become mainstream in the last five years, my colleagues and I are not only collecting more hours of traditional turning movement counts for a lot less money, we’re also using this new technology...
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