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P.I.T. Stops, Intelligent Road Studs and Porous Asphalt combine to improve all aspects of your daily travel journey.

PIT Stops are adaptable hubs that connect people to transportation through programming intelligent road studs and driving on porous asphalt.

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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. 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Our solution leverages the existing network of transportation and builds on it to address all types of users of our transportation infrastructure. Bus, ride sharing and taxi riders can all use the PIT stops to meet their method of transportation and provide a covered, comfortable and informative shelter while waiting for their ride. Our road improvements of intelligent road studs and porous asphalt will then assist the traveler on their actual journey while they are on their way to their next destination. We are proposing areas of improvement which have the highest customer value and greatest return on investment for Miami Dade. Technology changes very rapidly so we made sure that our complete solution is adaptable, sustainable and efficient to keep up.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users
  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Our team is composed of two friends who were both born and raised in Miami. Alex Seage is a Engineer grad from University of Miami, who has worked on many civil engineering projects throughout Miami. He is always looking for new solutions to systems and increase efficiency. Mario Graña is a graduate from Florida International University with a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Mario is extremely interested in our environmental conditions and making the journey as pleasurable as possible for all

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Our pilot will need to be located in an area that encompasses a Metrorail Station, Bus Stop, Traffic during Peak hours, Pedestrians/Walking Traffic, Highway connections and traffic light intersections. This will allow us to holistically look at the impact of our piloted solution in as many situations as possible. This pilot will help us by collecting critical information on travel times between destinations to account for all different traveler’s journeys. We are looking for an area that is between 10 and 15 blocks or a 2-mile radius that includes the points of interests mentioned. To generate a profit and fund our solution, our proposed PIT stops will include display monitors that businesses can advertise on similar to the printed ads found at bus stops today.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The success of our pilot will be to reduce the current average travel journey time of 30.65* minutes by 50%. We will also measure other critical metrics that are both tangible and intangible. This pilot will be fairly easy to implement as we work with companies and products already available in the industry. Our gathered data will then be analyzed and presented on how to scale this across the county. Our solution, will set an example to the entire country on our innovations and how Miami went from being among the lowest ranked cities in transportation to one of the best. Commuters on average spend 64 hours in traffic per year and our goal is to minimize this as much as possible since time is valuable to everyone.


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Great idea!

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