How Going by the Numbers Has New Jersey on the Road to Safer Highways

As more cities and governments face busier roads and highways, finding smarter ways to manage congestion and highway safety is becoming an urgent priority. Read about one solution that uses flowing data to keep traffic rolling.

For New Jersey transportation officials, going by the numbers is resulting in safer and smarter roads for citizens.

And the numbers tell the story: More than two million vehicles travel daily on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, making them among the busiest highways in the U.S. There are 325 miles of highway, with some sections accommodating 14 lanes of traffic, while drivers must navigate 28 interchanges on the Turnpike, 359 entrances and exits on the Parkway and hundreds of toll lanes.

To help better direct this complex operation and ensure a safer and smoother flow of traffic, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) is employing IBM’s Advanced Traffic Management Program, which allows it to crunch numbers to enhance and optimize highway management.