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STATUS: In Progress YEAR: 2023 TOPIC AREA: Public transit, land use, and urban mobility Transportation planning, policy, and finance CENTER: PSR

Modernize Census Infrastructure Technology

Project Summary

Project number: PSR-23-02 TO 072
Funding source: Caltrans
Contract number: 65A0674
Funding amount: $105,000
Performance period: 1/1/2024 to 12/31/2024

Project description

Advancements in technology have introduced various potential solutions for traffic census data collection. These technologies each have unique strengths and weaknesses and vary in aspects such as maturity, cost, deployment requirements, and performance metrics. The proposed research aims to perform a systematic evaluation of these options. The technologies under consideration range from traditional methods such as Inductive Loop and Magnetometer to advanced techniques like Video Detection Systems and LiDAR technology. The objectives of this research are to conduct a thorough literature review, conduct stakeholder engagements, form an evaluation matrix for these technologies, and offer specific recommendations for different traffic scenarios, in addition to calculating the lifecycle costs for each technology. The culmination of this research will provide insightful suggestions for the implementation of efficient, cost-effective, and advanced traffic census systems.


Jiaqi Ma
Asscociate Professor, CEE
4731G Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States
[email protected]