New York City tunnels get new traffic analytics from GridMatrix

New York City tunnels get new traffic analytics from GridMatrix

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it will use GridMatrix’s cloud-based software platform for advanced traffic analytics on the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel and George Washington Bridge. Combined, these bridges and tunnels transport more than 180 million vehicles between New York City and New Jersey annually.

GridMatrix’s software combines streams from existing sensors, including cameras, radar and inductive loops, and analyzes them with cloud-based machine learning algorithms to provide real-time analyzes of vehicle traffic congestion, emissions and safety hazards. GridMatrix uses only live public feeds from existing Port Authority cameras for this deployment.

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Port Authority staff, including transportation planners, data scientists and facilities managers, will use data and insights from GridMatrix’s software platform to improve operations across the agency’s three Hudson River crossings that are vital links to the regional highway system and connections of commerce and people between New York and New Jersey.

“It is a privilege to partner with the Port Authority and support its sustainability, safety and broader operational goals. Innovative transit agencies like the Port Authority are expanding the definition of infrastructure from purely built and physical to include a digital, informational overlay that drives safety and efficiency improvements,” said Nick D’Andre, CEO of GridMatrix.

“The Port Authority is proud to provide opportunities to explore new technologies that can help people move seamlessly and safely through our facilities to keep the New York-New Jersey region moving,” said Rob Galvin , the Port Authority’s chief technology officer. “For more than 100 years, the agency has been at the forefront of technology to build infrastructure and make physical connections between people and goods, and this collaboration with GridMatrix reflects our goals to operate to the highest standards possible.”

GridMatrix was selected from a global pool of more than 150 mobility startups for a solution proof-of-concept with the Port Authority, which then deployed GridMatrix’s software platform on the agency’s George Washington Bridge in summer 2022 as part of the Partnership for New York’s Transit Tech Lab Sustainability Challenge.

GridMatrix’s AI traffic analytics platform has been deployed at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels

Other local transit agencies participating in the Sustainability Challenge include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and NJ TRANSIT. The technology was also deployed at the Holland and Lincoln tunnels in January 2023. During the deployment, the Port Authority identified GridMatrix’s software platform as a scalable system for detailed data collection, grid effect measurement, policy analysis and interagency reporting.

“Gridmatrix demonstrated how its technology is uniquely positioned to provide critical insights to adapt to a changing mobility landscape. Agencies must be empowered to use new technology to reduce staff time collecting data and improve data quality to ensure our roads are as safe, clean and efficient as possible,” said Stacey Matlen, VP of innovation at the Partnership for New York.

GridMatrix will further adapt its platform to the Port Authority’s needs over the coming year. The deployment will include the development of new predictive algorithms for operational improvements.

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