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FHWA Releases Smart Connected Communities Guide

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The Federal Highway Administration has released the guide Transportation Systems Management and Operations in Smart Connected Communities (PDF).  As defined in the guide, “Smart, connected communities enable those living, working, or traveling in these areas to realize improved quality of life by taking advantage of innovative technologies and collaborative institutional arrangements that facilitate extensive real-time data sharing, effective communications, and evidence-based decision making.”  Although the guide does not focus on rural or small community issues, the major themes of connecting management and operations to smart and connected communities with examples of a variety of transportation applications might provide a framework for planning for future transportation and other infrastructure in many community types including smaller places.

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