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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 is of equal importance ...
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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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As the culmination of a weeklong focus on the United States’ infrastructure, President Donald J. Trump shared his vision for accelerating programs to build and repair roads, bridges, and transportation during “The Roads and Rail Regulatory Reform Event” on June 9, 2017 at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Hosted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao with remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, President Trump spoke to a select audience of members of Congress, representatives of the transportation community (including the Institute of Transportation Engineers), heads of state departments of transportation, and U.S. Department of ...
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Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users.  Those users include pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations ( Smart Growth America ) . The ITE Complete Streets Council (CSC) represents and promotes the concept of complete streets and looks to help serve the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, freight, autos, and other forms of travel in the planning, design, construction, operation and ...
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I am pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) has selected ITE to provide program support, outreach, administration, and execution of the annual National Rural ITS (NRITS) Conference and Rural ITS Group meetings. The NRITS Conference will be held as a stand-alone conference in 2018 and incorporated into the 2019 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit being held in Texas. I'm proud that ITE was chosen to support and manage the NRITS Conference and work with the Technical Group. I believe ITE is well positioned to assist the ITS JPO in furthering its goals of disseminating ...
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David Yang, Ph.D., Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Brian Tefft, Senior Researcher, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety At the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one of our research areas is vulnerable road users.  With May being National Youth Traffic Safety Month, we would like to bring the focus to one specific vulnerable population on our roads: teenage drivers.  According to the most recent federal statistics, over 900,000 teen drivers were involved in police-reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015, and those crashes resulted in nearly 350,000 injuries and more than 3,200 deaths.  A new analysis by the AAA Foundation found that ...
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Listen to Crissy Fanganello, Director of Transportation & Mobility for the City of Denver, CO, USA talk about implementing the innovative technologies discussed in the Transportation Thought Leader series while delivering safe, multimodal, integrated transportation services. Listen here:  http://bit.ly/2qfwhn
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The USDOT’s ITS Professional Capacity Building Program (PCB) provides a free training series on standards used in ITS transit deployments to the transit community. These modules were developed with ITE with support from the American Public Transit Association (APTA). They give transportation professionals the skills to help them effectively utilize transit-applicable ITS standards to procure, install, test, and operate ITS technologies. For more information visit http://bit.ly/2ruBzwS
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As part of ITE’s recognition of Infrastructure Week we reached out to our public agency members to find out what projects are taking place in our communities. The following are some of the responses we received. If you would like to showcase your agency’s project, please contact Pam Goodell, ITE’s Marketing Senior Director at pgoodell@ite.org
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