Photo/Story Gallery 2007
FHP Promotes High-Tech Travel
You’ve seen them on the interstate – those electronic signs warning you of congestion or an accident ahead. Maybe you’ve noticed those funny looking light poles that really aren’t lights at all – they’re cameras and sensors. Or now instead of getting your traffic information from TV news or on the radio, you can get real-time traffic reports when you want them by calling 511 or logging on to JAX511.com.
The use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is changing the way we travel every day. This broad range of electronic and wireless technologies is used for freeway management, traveler information, traffic control and construction zones, emergency services and accidents, trucking, rail and transit operations, military operations and homeland security, and special events.
Major Grady Carrick, Troop G Commander, a member of the First Coast Regional Intelligent Transportation System Coalition in Jacksonville, has helped develop their regional master plan for Northeast Florida. The First Coast ITS Coalition Partners include the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization, Florida Department of Transportation and Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
Pictured above left, Major Grady Carrick addresses a crowd at a First Coast Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Coalition news conference and right, Major Carrick, Captains Gene Spaulding, Rick Kelley and Keith Gaston look over a Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus that is equipped with the latest ITS equipment.