Riyadh commissions $100m traffic management system

City bosses buy in network from US-based creator of Salik system which will better manage signals in bid to ease traffic gridlock

Transcore plans more reactive phasing at 350 busy interchanges in the Saudi capital
Transcore plans more reactive phasing at 350 busy interchanges in the Saudi capital

Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has commisioned a $100m advanced traffic control system from US-based TransCore in a bid to ease gridlock on the roads of the Saudi capital.

Transcore has said it will deploy its TransSuite software system in order to better manage traffic signal operations at 350 of the city's busiest intersections. TransSuite automatically adjust traffic signal timing in response to real-time traffic conditions, which ADA said would offer improvements when compared to its existing fixed-time system.

“Deploying an advanced traffic management system is a critical step in our plan to improve and manage the flow of traffic throughout Riyadh,” said ADA Strategic Studies Department Manager Abdulaziz Alghannam.

“TransCore’s solution will enable us to quickly adjust to real-time traffic conditions, providing a safer more efficient roadway network.”

Riyadh has a population of seven million people and a lack of any public transport means many central parts of the city can be gridlocked for hours at a time. The situation has worsened in recent months as utilities diversions have got underway to accommodate the new Riyadh Metro.

Transcore president Tracy Marks said: “We are honoured by the ADA’s selection and look forward to working alongside them to deploy a solution that will result in improved traffic management throughout the city of Riyadh.

“This project will be a benchmark for adaptive traffic management on a large scale, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of such an innovative project. We’re also grateful for the opportunity to expand our operations in the Middle East.”

The company first established an office in the Middle East in 2006 when it designed the Salik toll system for Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority, which has been expanded a number of times since.

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