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How Pinellas County, Florida, Solved the Most Complex Traffic Problems?

Traffic Problems Faced:

The landscapes of today’s cities are so dynamic. It’s hard to even imagine, we ever lived in times without cars or without traffic. Traffic flows are hard to understand, to predict and to manage. It becomes a hard-hitting problem when we start seeing more vehicle crashes, congestions and citizen complaints.

Pinellas County, the most densely populated county in the state of Florida, was facing those exact challenges. There was an increase in tourism, as well as the daily traffic from neighboring counties have steadily increased over the past decade. In 2017 alone, more than 30,000 vehicle crashes reported, resulting in 116 fatalities.

The Solution:

The county’s Department of Transportation was looking for a solution to ease congestion and to prevent further fatalities. In 2011, In|Sync adaptive signal system was deployed, as a pilot run. Highly impressed by the results, the county kept adding In|Sync systems. It became their best choice for adaptive control.

In|Sync was deployed on 4 corridors – Seminole Blvd, 66t St, Bryan Dairy Rd and Park Blvd.

The key challenges were to:

  • Provide the right cross-coordination. 
  • Handle significant variations in traffic volume on the four different corridors.
  • Achieve coordination of closely spaced intersections with high volumes.
  • Factor in the frequent lane changes through the corridor.

In|Sync’s team managed to overcome the above and made successful implementations, achieving cross-coordination along 45 intersections.

The Results Achieved:

In|Sync’s deployment resulted in an overall reduction of travel time, stops, delays and citizen complaints.

There are now 190+ In|Sync systems deployed and scheduled for deployment across Pinellas County. Consequently, Pinellas County’s Intelligent Transportation System is undoubtedly one of the most advanced traffic management systems in the state of Florida and nationwide, with the aid of In|Sync.

Watch a replay of our webinar on the Pinellas County case study.