Public Improvement of Transportation Stops, or PIT Stops allows, buses, ride-sharing/taxis and travelers to meet more efficiently and improve one’s travel journey. By using PIT stops, travelers can now meet easier at one location no matter who is picking them up. Each PIT stop is equipped with WiFi, charging stations, fans, comfortable seating, adequate lighting, flexible roof for poor weather conditions and display monitors for interactive traveler information while on their journey.
Not only do we improve the meeting points between two locations but also the roads we travel on. Using a mesh network of interconnected and illuminated road studs, we can adapt and dedicate lanes during rush hour based on vehicle type, warn drivers of hazards and even guide the driver’s speed. This will assist in improving both the safety and driving culture issues our city is faced with at all times of the day. These modern road studs will be powered by solar energy, shatter proof and have multiple color illumination options based on what information needs to be shared. These modern road studs will help keep maintenance costs down and future proof our road infrastructure. These intelligent road studs can also be applied to guide cyclists and pedestrians on walkways and crosswalks. By being connected to each other, PIT Stops, traffic lights and the vehicles on the road, it will provide real-time information to make better decisions to all traveler’s as well as MD Public Transportation management teams. They will aid in road safety by providing superior visibility in poor weather conditions to guide vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. These intelligent road studs haven been used successfully and proven to improve traffic along with road safety in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Israel and France.
Our solution is not complete without laying a new layer of porous asphalt on our roadways to address the poor conditions of our roadways and the stormwater we experience while driving on these roads. Porous asphalt has many proven benefits such as increasing the friction coefficient for vehicle safety, reducing water spray and smoother roads that last longer. Road noise and pollutants are also reduced with this modern mixture that is better than the conventional asphalt mixtures used today. Although initial costs are higher than current asphalt mixtures, it will reduce the amount of construction needed to perform drainage system maintenance on a yearly basis.
Our solution of PIT Stops, Intelligent road studs and porous asphalt will address the most common pain points experienced by our community. It will drastically improve the travel journey for the majority of our community resulting in quick adoption, high impact and greatest overall value to all parties involved.