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4 Steps to Follow When Applying for Traffic Safety Grants

Posted by Joe Ballard on Jun 7, 2018 4:47:29 PM

If you’re like most traffic professionals, you know of a few traffic hazards on your roadways that need remediation – and your community is relying on you to find the right solution. It is an important challenge you face and getting it right takes hours of research and planning. The only problem: How do you pay for it?

Agencies across the nation are successfully acquiring federal and state grant dollars to obtain funding for unplanned safety enhancement projects, and you should too! Here are four steps to to follow when applying for traffic safety grants to help ensure a lack of budgeted funds doesn’t prevent you from making your community safer.

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4 Simple Steps To Request RRFB Approval (IA-21)

Posted by Joe Ballard on Apr 6, 2018 8:23:05 AM

By now you've probably heard about the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Interim Approval (IA-21) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). What you might not know are the steps you need to take to request new RRFB IA-21 approval to install this proven traffic solution in your community.

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Topics: RRFB

How to Commit Your City to Vision Zero

Posted by Jeremy Mack on Sep 1, 2017 10:23:19 AM

Take a moment and imagine living in a city with fewer traffic fatalities. A city where children walk safely across streets, hardworking mothers and fathers make their daily commute without incident and piling in the car for a Sunday afternoon drive would have no consequence.

Unfortunately, this imaginary city doesn't exist.  The reality is an average of 30,000 people are killed in traffic accidents each year in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. 

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Topics: Vision Zero

Retroreflectivity! It's Important

Posted by Joanne Conrad on Feb 16, 2017 9:41:28 AM

As seen in the IMSA Journal, January/February 2017 Edition

As of late, I have received a number of calls asking about retroreflectivity.  No matter if you are a small town, large city or county, state DOT, federal lands or a site open to public travel, your agency must comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) on retroreflectivity.

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How Much Do We REALLY Know About Wrong-Way Drivers?

Posted by Steve Paulus on Jan 27, 2017 7:32:34 AM

Crashes involving wrong-way drivers in the United States are well-documented. Stories of tragedies cover our newsfeeds and televisions practically every day. So it should come as no surprise that 360 lives are lost each year as a result of wrong-way collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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Dynamic Message Signs Provide Real-Time Parking Availability for Truck Drivers

Posted by Steve Paulus on Jan 9, 2017 1:17:28 PM

The average over-the-road commercial truck driver spends 56 minutes a day searching for available parking, costing them approximately $4,600 per year in lost wages, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

In an effort to reduce the time truck drivers spend hunting for parking, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has partnered with TAPCO to install dynamic message signs along the Interstate that provide real-time parking information for drivers.
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TAPCO Partners with Penn State University and the Federal Highway Administration on New Study to Decrease Crash Rates using BlinkerChevron™ Dynamic Curve Warning Systems

Posted by Steve Paulus on Dec 7, 2016 11:22:25 AM

Horizontal curves are few and far between, yet account for one-quarter of all highway deaths in the United States, with the root causes being unfamiliar driver error and in-curve speeding.

In an ideal partnership between private, academic and federal government transportation leaders, TAPCO, Penn State University and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting a new study, Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes at Horizontal Curve Sections on Two-Lane Rural Highways.

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5 Low-Cost Options to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Posted by Steve Paulus on Nov 17, 2016 7:32:52 AM

A pedestrian is struck and killed every two hours in the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA).

The responsibility of improving pedestrian safety falls on the shoulders of local governments and transportation officials who must foresee potential problem spots and implement the right safety solutions.

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