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Intelligent Transportation Convention In Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 24, 2012

Fender benders may never go away, but could rush-hour traffic jams eventually become a thing of the past?

"There'll always be incidents effecting things, but you're day-to-day travels will hopefully be congestion-free."

Jane White chairs the Intelligent Transportation Society of California. The group is hosting a three-day convention at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento.
White says - Intelligent Transportation Systems, which include ramp meters, message signs and cameras help move traffic more efficiently on California freeways. She says that helps the economy because it's more cost-effective than adding new lanes or building new bridges.
But she's says the recession has hurt the industry.  
"Because public agencies are substantially reduced in their funding, there's a lot less money out there to support capital programs and put money towards these types of technologies."
She adds that the federal highway authorization bill does include some funding for developing new ITS technology.
Some of the current technology will be on display at the convention which ends Tuesday.
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