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The following was contributed by ITE member Faisal Saleem, ITS Branch Manager & MCDOT SMARTDrive Program Manager: On March 2, 2017, the Arizona ITE-IMSA Spring Conference hosted the first Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) Challenge National Workshop on behalf of AASHTO, ITE, and the vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Coalition. The purpose of the National SPaT Challenge is to encourage transportation infrastructure owners and operators to take the first step in using connected vehicle technology. Representatives from AASHTO, ITE, CALTRANS, Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Utah DOT, University of Arizona, and Toyota Motors presented ...
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ITE, in association with AASHTO, is currently considering the future direction for the Traffic Management Data Dictionary standard. As part of the discussion, ITE would like to develop a list of deployments that currently use, or are planning to use the TMDD standard. If you use TMDD please complete the survey by March 24, 2017. Thank you TMDD Deployment Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BHPW9W3
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The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are jointly administering a student research paper competition known as the Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award. We are currently seeking practicing transportation professionals or academicians interested in serving on the three-person jury to review student paper submissions. Familiarity with the structure and application of HSIS data or other safety data systems is helpful but not required in order to serve in this role. Jurors receive a $500 honorarium. Juror Selection and Responsibilities: Who: ITE will select ...
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On a typical weekday, Ill wake up, get ready, and bike to work. I get going on projects, whether that be transportation impact analyses, transit feasibility, or final roadway design. Ill pop into coworkers offices to make transportation jokes and Ill try to time my commute home to avoid the rain. My day doesnt look too much different than any of my coworkers days. Nobody tells me, my female peers, nor my female project managers that we dont belong. Nobody tells us that our work is subpar in comparison to our male peers. In fact, its quite the opposite. Its the diversity in experiences that bring about successful projects and ultimately furthers the transportation ...
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What do you want to be when you grow up? Its a seemingly simple question that I was undoubtedly asked countless times when I was younger, and, to be honest, I didnt know what I wanted to be. Even into high school, I wasnt quite sure where my college path would lead me. I knew that I enjoyed science and math, but at the time, the word engineering didnt appeal to me. When I thought of engineers, I pictured men working on machinery in a factorynot necessarily an accurate depiction but nonetheless, it didnt strike me as a modern day, desirable profession for a young female. My mother was an electrical engineer before she became a teacher, and she encouraged me to ...
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For National Engineers Week, I thought Transportation Engineers needed a little love. So heres a few thoughts on what I think makes Transportation Engineers the epitome of awesomeness. Very few things impact the daily lives of people everywhere more than the design of our transportation systems. In each of our cities, towns and neighborhoods, it is the network of roadways, sidewalks, rails and trails that stitches the community fabric together. That infrastructure, along with the technology that operates it and the policies that govern its use, dictates much about the way we spend our time each day, where and how we interact with our neighbors, and even ...
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Transportation is a basic need of society. Transportation is the artery of commerce and community and is as important as food, water, shelter, and clean air. People have been working on better ways to move around since our earliest civilizations, making transportation engineering one of the oldest forms of engineering. One of engineerings earliest and most powerful creations was, after all, the wheel. The development of roads soon followed. It is amazing to think that many of the early roads that connected the vast Roman Empire are still in use carrying wheeled traffic today. The industrial revolution brought new opportunities for movement. Powered transportation ...
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Each year, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) sponsors an awards program to honor outstanding achievement in transportation engineering and distinguished service to ITE. The awards bestow international recognition upon the recipients and increase the publics awareness of the role and responsibilities of the transportation professional. If you're interested in submitting your project for an ITE Award? Click here for the awards brochure and then set up a profile using Judgify to enter your submission https://www.judgify.me/iteawards17 . Please send submissions electronically as one PDF by April 1 . If you have questions, email awards@ite.org ...
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This month's issue of ITE Journal , now available online , focuses on " Smart Communities and Transportation." As ITE's International President Shawn Leight writes, smart communities gather, integrate, and analyze data to enable informed and data-driven decision-making. Articles in this issue mirror this sentiment. For instance, Are You Gonna Go My Waze? Practical Advice for Working with 3rd Party Data Providers shares some of the positive and negative experiences the authors encountered while working with WAZE and other crowdsourced data providers in order to help public agencies develop effective partnerships. In a prior job, I managed a conference called ...
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The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) congratulates Elaine Chao on her confirmation as the 18th U.S. Transportation Secretary. ITE looks forward to working with Secretary Chao to improve safety, foster innovation, and advance infrastructure improvements. "Secretary Chao realizes the challenges facing the transportation system and how it effects individual businesses and communities and the nation as a whole," said Jeffrey F. Paniati, ITE executive director and CEO. "ITE looks forward to continuing our work with USDOT to help serve all users of the transportation system
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The ITE Public Agency Council is one of three employer-type councils available for participation by ITE members. These councils serve as forums for the discussion of the common interests as well as a vehicle for support of programs and projects that advance council members and the transportation profession. The Public Agency Council is for those ITE members with an interest in identifying, developing, and delivering relevant products on management, leadership, organizational, institutional, and related issues affecting their employment in or interaction with the public sector. Even though the name is "public agency," all ITE members are welcome. Council ...
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As a technical project specialist at ITE I moderate webinars conducted by subject matter experts and transportation professionals we subcontract to develop courses for the USDOT Professional Capacity Building program that provides free recorded webinars on fundamentals and emerging transportation concepts, such as Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) ITS Standards for Project Managers and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) ITS Standards for Project Managers . I had an opportunity today to experience what all the buzz was about connected vehicles at the Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Technology Demonstration sponsored by the Washington Auto Show and the U.S. Department ...
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ITE has been advocating for changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to recognize recent advancements in practice. Working with the members of the ITE Delegation to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, ITE identified a series of high priority actionsInterim Approvals (IAs)that could be taken by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to advance the MUTCD. ITE strongly recommended FHWA take immediate action in a September 2016 letter ( http://bit.ly/2dL40lm ) from then ITE International President Paula Flores to FHWA Administrator Greg Nadeau. A month later, FHWA granted ...
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The first issue of ITE Journal in 2017 is now available online and will soon be reaching your mailbox. The theme of this issue is New Ways of Thinking. In their respective columns, Shawn Leight, ITEs new International President, and Jeffrey Paniati, ITEs Executive Director and CEO, focus their comments on important aspects of leadership. Shawn acknowledges the leadership role many members have undertaken to make ITE successful while Jeff writes about the leadership role ITE is taking within the transportation profession. Throughout January, ITE will focus on leadership. For instance, this weekend it is the first meeting of the new class of LeadershipITE ...
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The Institute of Transportation Engineers will kick off a new year at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., on January 8-12, 2017. Most of the ITE Councils and Standing Committees will hold meetings either at ITE Headquarters or at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to discuss upcoming activities, action plans, and volunteer opportunities. All ITE members are welcome at these meetings, and I encourage you to take a moment to stop by and learn all about the exciting things planned for 2017. The Councils and Standing Committees listed below are on the schedule. Visit their websites to learn more about them, ...
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On December 5, 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx announced the recipients for the 32 competitive grants totaling $300 Million for the University Transportation Center (UTC) program. The intent of the UTC program is to "advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation." In support of the FAST Act , the UTCs will address the following critical issues facing the U.S. in transportation: improving mobility of people and goods; reducing congestion; promoting safety; improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure; preserving the environment; and ...
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Today (Friday, December 9) is the final day to submit an abstract for the upcoming Joint CITE/ITE 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit, July 30 - August 2, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This years themeTransportation for All: Putting New Ideas into Practicefocuses on the need for a multifaceted approach to transportation. We are seeking abstracts that address transportation's vital role in building vibrant, livable, and healthy communities. Program content should represent the demand for new technical skills in a world focused on building safe transportation options for all. It also should facilitate the development of soft skills such as how to build your ...
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The mission of the ITE Councils is to enhance professional collaboration and advance the technical body of knowledge through communities of common interest. As part of this mission, the Councils develop products that are of interest and value to Council members, ITE members, and the transportation community across the country or around the world. Many types of products and activities may be generated by the Councils to meet the needs of the profession. These efforts are typically conducted by volunteer members of technical committees - in coordination with ITE Headquarters - and organized to address a specific topic or issue. The products developed ...
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