Emilie Boenig Lutostanski of Community Impact News has an exclusive first look behind the scenes of a $1,000,000 federally funded project to test the ability to leverage smartphones to verify the occupancy inside vehicles. This public private partnership with TxDOT Texas Department of Transportation, CTRMA Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and TTI Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
The project was launched in February 2014 to increase passenger throughput along toll road 183A. The Carma App provides vehicle occupancy to the Texas TxTag toll billing system, and users receive rebates from 50% to 100% for HOV 3+ carpools.
We cannot build our way out of congestion, we must make changes in our daily driving habits – Paul Steinberg
Source: The Austin American-Statesman is the primary daily newspaper for Austin, Texas. The newspaper is owned by Cox Enterprises and the editorial content is focused upon on issues affecting Austin-metro and the Central Texas region.