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In the typical modern city, our streets and roadways when added together make up the largest portion of public open space. These corridors are the threads that stitch the fabric of our communities together. They provide the transportation connections that allow us to move about from home to work to shopping and recreation. They deliver people and goods from origins to destinations. But, beyond their obvious transportation function, these are also the spaces where we most often interact with our fellow citizens, friends, and neighbors. Unfortunately, for too long, we’ve designed these spaces for cars first and people second. Because of the nature of these designs, ...
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Leadership is a theme that runs through my ITE experience. I suspect I am not unique. ITE has provided me many opportunities to practice, grow, and test my leadership. Beginning as a young professional, ITE provided me my first leadership opportunity when I was invited to serve as an officer of the fledgling Montana Chapter. From there, I kept volunteering and eventually served in leadership roles at all levels of ITE. Each experience helped me grow my aptitude to organize people and resources to get things accomplished. ITE has been a multiplier for my career, giving me far more opportunities to grow as a leader than I would have had in my day job alone. ...
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ITE members benefit from the work conducted behind the scenes by the ITE Technical Programs Division at ITE Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, often without knowing it. This monthly column seeks to better inform our members of the technical products, services, and partnerships that are being developed, facilitated, and supported by ITE Technical Programs Division staff.  Updating ITE’s Parking Generation Manual  and  NPA’s Shared Parking Guide ITE and the National Parking Association (NPA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on the development of the ITE Parking Generation Manual and the NPA Shared ...
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As you read this I am hopeful that spring has arrived and we can all begin to look ahead to the warmth of summer. As you begin making summer plans, I invite you to join ITE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA this August 20–23, 2018 for the Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit. After the incredible energy generated at the Joint ITE/CITE 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit, we’re expanding the successful joint host model by partnering with not one, but two ITE Districts. The Midwestern District and Great Lakes Districts have been working with ITE International to offer the very best technical content both regionally ...
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I have the pleasure of moderating a panel titled “How do Emerging Technologies Impact the Way We Plan and Deliver Transportation?” at the upcoming North Carolina Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NCAMPO) conference in Durham from April 25-27. The panel will feature: Jason Goldman, vice president of external affairs and stakeholder engagement, Intelligent Transportation Society of America Robert Cook, AICP, secretary, Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization Kevin Lacy, PE, CPM, state traffic engineer/director of mobility and safety, North Carolina Department of Transportation. As you can imagine, the planning discussions ...
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We are seeking abstracts on the broad range of issues that address ITS technology's vital role in building vibrant, livable, and healthy communities in a rural, statewide or community context. Program content will represent the demand for implementation solutions in a world focused on building safe transportation options for all. In developing your abstract we encourage you to thoughtfully consider the theme and purpose of the meeting and shape your proposed presentation appropriately. An attendee needs to come away from your presentation with immediately applicable tools and/or skills or a clear vision on how what you presented will shape the future of ...
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On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC, and outside of Shanksville, PA, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. It was a senseless act of violence. On September 12, 2001, approximately 115 people were killed in acts of impatience, imprudence, distraction, and neglect at dozens of roadway locations around the country. On September 13, another 115 were killed, and then 115 more each day for the rest of the year. By the end of 2001 more than 42,000 people died in roadway crashes in the United States. Each was a senseless act of violence. And preventable. These deaths are more than just numbers. They are ...
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National Engineers Week is one of my favorite times of the year.  It is a weeklong event dedicated to celebrating and showcasing our profession.   TexITE Greater Houston Section (TexITE) has been partnering with the Houston Engineers Week (E-week Committee), an engineer volunteers based group, at events related to E-week to do just that.  TexITE’s partnership with Houston E-week allows us to strengthen our Section members’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM).   Here are some of the highlights TexITE membership involvement in the 2018 E-week.                TexITE Greater Houston members (L to R: Mohan Atluri, Walter Garcia ...
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Often times people assume that it’s an activist plot, this diversity thing. That somehow diversity matters only if you are motivated by left-leaning conspiracies. Not true. I am a pragmatist – a small business owner and a capitalist. I am motivated by what makes sense. I like to make decisions with data and facts. And the facts are perfectly clear. Diversity produces better outcomes. Period.  Research shows that organizations with diverse teams, with participants of different genders, races, ethnicities and backgrounds of all types, are simply better at developing creative solutions. In addition, the research is also crystal clear that when the tide rises, it ...
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GPS (Global Positioning System) as defined by Merriam Webster dictionary is a navigational system using satellite signals to fix the location of a radio receiver on or above the earth’s surface or it is a radio system that uses signals from satellites to tell you where you are and to give you directions to other places. GPS is generally thought of as a portable device found on the dashboard of a vehicle, guiding the driver with step by step directions. However, navigation is only one aspect of GPS. GPS is an extremely valuable business tool for construction companies. It helps them manage expensive machinery or equipment, from towers and mobile cranes to earth ...
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Overview Services offered by transportation [henceforth called transportation services] are very important in many ways as they provide mobility, shape land use and development patterns, generate jobs and enable a country’s economic growth.  It is important to consider the full range of economic impacts, both positive and negative, that a transport services may cause.  Caption Article Transportation services can have various impacts on a community’s economic development objectives, such as productivity, employment, business activity, property values, investment and tax revenues. Public transportation is the common and main backbone of ...
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Start 2018 off with gaining insight on how use media platforms (print, radio, television, social media, etc) to showcase your project . On January 30, hear from Hardik Shah , PE, PTOE,  Transportation Project Manager in American Structurepoint’s Road Group;  Kimberly Brawner , PE, PTOE, Town Engineer at the Engineering Division of the Town of Little Elm, Texas; and  David Still, II , Communications Coordinator at Cape Cod Commission in Barnstable, Massachusetts cover the basics of public relations, provide an understanding of the media, and highlight successful examples using the media for better community engagement. This webinar, Being Media Savvy: How ...
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Find out during the upcoming webinar, ITE Smart Communities - the Path Forward , on January 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Free for ITE members, join Shawn Leight ( vice president and a principal owner of CBB Transportation Engineers + Planners) , Eric Rensel ( Vice President of Gannett Fleming and incoming vice chair of the ITE Coordinating Council) , and Kris Milster (Director of Government Accounts, Traffic Technology Services) for  a discussion of ITE's Smart Communities initiatives. Participants will hear about the results of outreach and input sessions conducted at 2017 District and Section meetings. In addition, the panel will outline the current ...
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To the ITE Family: After nine years, I am finally wrapping up my service to ITE's Coordinating Council.  The time has flown!  I first joined CoCo when I took over as Chair of the Traffic Engineering Council and was introduced to the broader group that oversees the various Councils.  After that 3-year term, I took a brief break and then served as both Vice-Chair and Chair of CoCo over the past six years.  It has been quite a ride! My journey to CoCo started out years ago when I was fresh out of graduate school.  I was at a long-ago ITE Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was visiting with a co-worker who was involved with the technical projects of the ...
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A reminder that the deadline for submissions for the call for abstracts for the ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit is next Friday, December 1.  There is not another conference like the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit. It is the one place where you will hear expert commentary, compelling presentations, and peer discussion of various aspects of the critical issues facing transportation professionals today. This conference brings together traditional thought with current perspectives and future forecasts and trends. ITE also accommodates a multitude of learning styles (e.g., panel presentations, one-on-one ...
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On November 30, 2017 at 3pm eastern the ITE Smart Communities Task Force will conduct a tweet chat.   All ITE members are encouraged to participate.   Michelle Birdsall, ITE Journal Senior Editor will moderate a dialog led by invited guests ITE Associate Executive Director Jeff Lindley, Coordinating Council Chair Beverly Kuhn, Smart Communities Task Force Chair Kris Milster, and me! Here are the planned questions for the session: ·          @JeffLindleyITE, why is #smartcommunities important to @itehq? ·          @JeffLindleyITE, why the use of the term #smartcommunities instead of #smartcities? ·          ...
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ITE Comments to USDOT draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan ITE_Comments_on_Draft_US_DOT_Strategic_Plan.pd
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​ I had the opportunity to attend the ITS World Congress, held in Montreal Canada, two weeks ago. The theme of smart cities and a focus on connected automated vehicles was on full display. Nearly every exhibit hall vendor and nearly every session, whether formally or informally, referred to these two topic areas. While making one of my four or five trips through the exhibit hall maze, I couldn’t help but think about ITE’s focus on smart communities. Some would suggest that the difference between a smart city and a smart community is pure semantics – a play on words if you will. Indeed many speakers at the ITS World Congress did speak to the ideals of a smart ...
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In my last blog back in October, I discussed the importance of sustainability of the transportation network and the role we as transportation professionals have in advancing that sustainability.  Part of that sustainability lies in providing safe and efficient facilities for non-motorized, or human-powered travel.  Offering mobility opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists is the cornerstone of this effort.  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Standing Committee represents and promotes these system users in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of an infrastructure that is inclusive of all modes. As a standing committee under the Complete ...
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​ The final draft version of the NTCIP 1204 v04.25, Environmental Sensor Station (ESS) Interface Protocol has been approved by the NTCIP Joint Committee of AASHTO, ITE, and NEMA. This standard is designed to define an interoperable and interchangeable interface between a transportation management system and an ESS, while still allowing for extensions beyond NTCIP 1204 v04 to add new functions as needed. ITE intends to adopt NTCIP 1204 v04 as an ITE standard by COB on November 27, 2017 unless an appeal is received. To view the Notice of Intent to Adopt NTCIP 1204 v04 Environmental Sensor Station (ESS) Interface Protocol, the Standard Development Report and ...
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