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Three Trends for 2015
We can't help it, we get excited about the New Year! A new year means a fresh start and brings with it the question, "what does the future hold for the transportation industry?" 

We have thought about it and know you have too, which is why we've compiled this list of the top three transportation trends to keep an eye on in 2015, check it out.
Funding
A look at big changes coming our way in 2015.
A new year means new budgets and the speculation of available funding. On December 16th, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which includes $500 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants. 

While this is great news, it's merely a drop in the bucket. According to Secretary Foxx, for every project selected through TIGER dozens of others are turned away. Not to mention, our beloved MAP-21, the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005, will expire on May 31st. Needless to say, we are in need of a major funding overhaul and soon. 

The future looks bright for 2015. President Obama said in his year-end press conference that he believes Congress can reach a bipartisan agreement on a long-term transportation funding bill. Being optimistic, President Obama sent Congress a proposal for a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill. Better yet, the Obama administration is working on a 30-year transportation plan. Now we just need to cross our fingers and hope that 2015 is the year for new funding.
Connected Vehicles
How the Jetsons are becoming a reality.
Whether we want it to or not, our transportation system is on the verge of a dynamic shift. We are on the road (no pun intended) to having vehicles, infrastructure, and personal communication devices speak with each other. A vast mobile network is being created to connect our nation's roadways in an effort to share and disseminate important safety and mobility information through connected vehicle (CV) technology

With this advanced technology, drivers will be able to receive warnings to enhance safety. Drivers will also receive updates from smart traffic signals, reducing idling and unnecessary stops. Traffic management centers will be able to adjust to changing traffic demands in real time, while public transportation providers and travelers can share information to increase system efficiencies. CV technology opens the door to advances within our modern transportation system that were never deemed possible before.

Today, test beds for CV technology are functioning across the nation as a resource for training and education. Meanwhile, pilot deployments are slated for 2015 as part of the US DOT's CV Pilots Deployment Project. For a quick look at CV technology check out this video.

As lovers of innovation and development, McCain is actively working with research institutions, universities, state DOTs, and private companies to provide traffic controller data and functions in a connected vehicle environment. Stay tuned for more details on this throughout the year.
The ATC Cabinet
The product to watch for in 2015.
In the past 30 years intelligent design has grown, adapted, and dramatically changed the way we interact on a daily basis, so much so that words like "selfie" and "hashtag" now riddle our vocabulary. No one can deny that technology grows at an exponential rate - that is, most technology. If we examine the traffic cabinet we would find it to be a huge outlier, a big exception to the rule. 

95% of traffic cabinets in use today meet standards that were developed between 1976 and 2006. Thus proving that advancements in the cabinet world have been practically nonexistent, until the development of the ATC cabinet. Finally! A traffic cabinet worthy of modern standards. 

The adoption of the ATC cabinet is already taking place in states like California, New York, and Texas. As we enter into 2015, this trend will continue across the nation, especially as the demand for intelligent devices grows surrounding connected vehicle technology and low-voltage operations. 

It is also predicted that the ATC low-voltage cabinet will be released for sale in 2015.
We don't know exactly what the future holds; what we do know is that big changes are inevitable and coming in the near future. These are exciting times for the transportation industry and we are glad to be a part of it.
On Demand Webinars
Watch one of our 2014 webinars at your convenience.

Check out our on demand webinar series, where you can download and watch our 2014 webinars any time that's right for you. Here's a sneak peak at a few of the webinars available for download:
ATC CABINET SERIES
Key Components, Advanced Features, and Benefits


SIGNAL TIMING 201
Flashing Yellow Arrow and HAWK Signals

RAILROAD PREEMPTION
Overview of Concepts, Equipment & Operations
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