The City of Gainesville is implementing a state of the art Traffic Management System. The Traffic Management System incorporates all of the elements necessary to manage traffic on all major roadways in Gainesville and Alachua County. The innovation of this project is the combination of various advanced traffic technologies into one project.
The City of Gainesville has an urban area population of 130,000 residents and a countywide population of 255,000 residents. The growth of the community in the 1980’s and 90’s outpaced the building of roadways and, as such, the roadways became over-congested. The city installed a traffic signal system in 1987. This was a DOS based system operating on a 1200 baud dial up platform. This system strictly operated traffic signals and only encompassed the urban area. As the community grew, so did the congestion on our major roadways and, thus the need to properly manage traffic was born. In order to successfully undertake and implement a county wide project, it was necessary to form a regional partnership of the respective principal agencies. The City of Gainesville, Alachua County, the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation partnered to study and subsequently fund this innovative project.