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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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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, 115 more were killed, and another 115 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 mothers ...
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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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One of the biggest challenges we face as transportation professionals is ensuring the sustainability of the transportation network.  But what does that mean?  How does it impact our jobs?  What should we do about it?  The ITE Sustainability Standing Committee has answers.  In general, the idea of sustainability is to meet the current needs of society without compromising future generations.  In short - we make sure there is a world for our children to inherit!  Related to livability, sustainability incorporates three primary themes of equity, ecology, and economy.  Decisions made by transportation professionals can have a significant impact on sustainability.  ...
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Fancy yourself a transportation expert and want to share your knowledge with others?  Have you considered pursuing the expert witness track to serve the transportation community?  Are you already in that field and looking for resources to support your work?  If so, then the Transportation Forensics and Risk Management Council provides an excellent opportunity to support your pursuits.  This Council, previously named the Expert Witness Council, covers issues relating to expert testimony and enhancing professional growth and technical expertise of those serving as expert witnesses in transportation. The Transportation Forensics and Risk Management Council supports ...
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Tomorrow is our last webinar in our Creating Great Communities Through Transportation; Not Transportation Through Communities series! Register now for Transportation Services: New Concepts and Tools. This webinar, featuring presentations from Susan Shaheen , Dianna Ward , Lisa Nisenson , will show how shared mobility services that challenge the status quo can fit into creating more sustainable, connected communities. http://bit.ly/2gUWV
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The Transportation Planning Council (TPC) sees the future of transportation systems as multi-modal networks that are sustainable and are prepared to handle the changing needs of system users.  Interested? Are you passionate about transportation planning?  Do you have some great ideas about what your peers need to help them with their planning responsibilities?  If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” then the TPC is a great opportunity to serve your profession. The TPC is ITE's technical council that covers the planning of transportation facilities and systems for people and goods, assessing land-use impacts, surveying travel and transportation ...
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Over 25 years ago, when I was fresh out of graduate school and attending my first ITE Annual Meeting as a professional, I was offered the opportunity to become involved in one of ITE's technical councils:  the Traffic Engineering Council (TENC) .  I had been involved in the Texas A&M University Student Chapter as an officer and was looking for a way to remain involved in our great organization.  At that meeting in Milwaukee, a colleague reached out to me to help with a technical project being led by the TENC.  Though I wasn't necessarily an expert in the topic, I was willing to contribute my time to help complete the project . . . and the rest is history!   ...
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ITE seeks to support those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  ITE hopes to help connect members with experience in recovery efforts to those needing this special expertise. W e invite those impacted and working on recovery to use the ITE Community to keep us informed on their well-being and updated on ways ITE members can help. We continue to invite our members not impacted who wish to offer assistance and/or have disaster recovery experience to also use the Community to connect with our members in need. P lease continue to be generous in your support for the American Red Cross, as they provide much needed supplies during what ...
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Transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) has emerged as the forward-thinking approach to addressing mobility and safety issues by capitalizing on the infrastructure investment through optimization.  ITE's TSM&O Council has as its mission to promote dialogue and innovation in deployment of transportation solutions that maximize the use of existing infrastructure to benefit society.  Its goal is to be a professional voice in marketing TSM&O so that it is viewed as equal in importance with project design and construction. The TSM&O Council encourages the active participation of its members to advance the concept that TSM&O ...
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As we continue to build out the resources and capabilities of ITE's Vision Zero Website and Safety Resources Toolbox, one thing we've heard from a number of individuals is how helpful it would be to have a dedicated place to quickly access Vision Zero Action Plans. Well, now we do! These action plans can be found in the "On-Demand Resources" section of the Vision Zero Website: http://www.ite.org/visionzero/ondemand.asp It's a small but growing list, yesterday's announced Action Plan for the City of Chicago just added. If there are other action plans that you would like to see on this site, please email a download link to visionzero@ite.org.
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