LYT.Transit, apart of the Division Transit Project, Recognized for its Excellence in the Advancement of Transportation to Meet Human Needs
Santa Clara, Calif, – August 23, 2023 - LYT, a leader in NextGen intelligent connected traffic technology solutions, announced today it was a key part of the transit project that has received a 2023 Transportation Achievement Award along with its partners: TriMet, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation, DKS Associates, Q-Free, The City of Gresham, The Oregon Department of Transportation, and WSP in the Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO) Category for their Division Transit Project: Signal and TSP Operations.
The Transportation Achievement Awards recognize excellence in the advancement of transportation to meet human needs, by entities concerned with transportation, such as governmental agencies, Tribes, legislative bodies, consulting firms, industry partners, and other organizations. Awards are presented in five categories: Complete Streets, TSMO, Safety, Planning, and Traffic Engineering.
For TriMet and LYT, NextGen Transit Signal Prioritization (TSP) is a key piece of the innovation that drove the entire project. TriMet leveraged LYT’s cloud-based TSP, eliminating the need for any specific field or vehicle-borne TSP devices, while using standard NTCIP communication protocols. The new TSP system allows for a rich set of business rules that govern when TSP is requested and provides significantly more performance data than was available in TriMet’s 30-year-old TSP system.
The TSP system is the first of its kind in the region, using a center-to-center communication network over a fiber optic trunk line to transmit a priority request between the bus and the traffic signals (instead of having equipment at each traffic signal). LYT offers an industry-leading machine-learning algorithm that collects, analyzes, and predicts bus arrival times based on bus data and live traffic conditions. This algorithm predicts the most precise and accurate ETA for the buses and provides that data to our signal controllers. And it all happens through one device on the network instead of hundreds of Opticom devices.
“It’s an honor for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to be internationally recognized for our work on the Division Transit Project,” said Transportation Director Millicent Williams. “People traveling on SE Division Street by bus, bike, car, on foot, or in a mobility device all benefit from this project, thanks to installation of the most advanced traffic signal technology in the city, which improves efficiency and safety for all travelers along the 15-mile corridor. I’m proud of the work of PBOT’s expert engineers and planners, who worked in close collaboration with our partner agencies to ensure this project’s success.”
“Winning the Institute of Transportation Engineers 2023 Transportation Achievement Award is a testament and validation of the level and quality of collaboration and cooperation between TriMet, PBOT, ODOT, Gresham, DKS and LYT Engineers,” said A.J. O’Connor, Director of Intelligent Transportation Systems for TriMet. “The result of this public and private partnership is more consistent, reliable and faster transit service for everyone along the Division corridor. In addition to the immediate benefits along the Division corridor, the project has set a new standard for regional TSP operations, and is a model of intergovernmental cooperation for future implementation of NextGen TSP on other corridors.”
“We are especially proud of our NextGen advanced transit signal prioritization solution and that its impact is already improving cities and communities throughout the U.S.,” said Tim Menard, CEO and Founder of LYT. “More importantly, the technology successfully integrates into much larger community development programs that benefit the lives of residents and businesses. Human-centered safety and improved transit mobility are being reimagined in today’s most progressive cities, and we believe it represents the future of our nation’s transportation system.”
LYT is the leading provider of NextGen intelligent connected traffic technologies that orchestrates today’s Intelligent Transportation Systems. LYT’s AI-powered, open architecture, machine learning technology enables a suite of transit signal priority and emergency vehicle preemption solutions that utilize pre-existing vehicle tracking sensors and city communication networks to dynamically adjust the phase and timing of traffic signals to provide sufficient green clearance time while minimally impacting cross traffic. LYT is headquartered in Silicon Valley and serves municipalities across the US. Learn more at LYT.ai.