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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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Are you a transportation professional who is passionate about safety?  Are you looking for resources that can help you do your job better and enhance the safety of your community and save lives?  Are you interested in being part of Vision Zero conversation going on within ITE?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then I the Transportation Safety Council needs you! The ITE Transportation Safety Council is one of the six technical 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 ...
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ITE’s New Learning Management System ITE is pleased to announce the launch of our new learning management system (LMS). This new LMS provides you with greater functionality and an enhanced user capability that ultimately maximizes your educational experience in the ITE Learning Hub. To access the new LMS, go to http://www.ite.org/learninghub  or click on Learning Hub from the ITE homepage. Below is a list of some of the functionalities of the new LMS. Please note that many of the functionalities require that you sign in with your ITE member credentials. The sign-in is located on the right side of the top navigation menu once you access the LMS. ...
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This 9-part webinar series , developed by the ITE Transportation Safety Council, focuses on critical aspects of road safety as part of ITE's continued emphasis on Vision Zero and its goal to reduce and eventually eliminate fatalities. Presented by experts in their field, this series will have topics appropriate for transportation professionals and others at different career points. There is a suite of introductory webinars for those not familiar with road user safety as well as modules discussing safety evaluations and safety for all road users. Recordings of individual webinars will be available for anyone who purchases the entire 9-part course. You will ...
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The transportation students in our colleges and uniiversites are the lifeblood of our profession. They are the future engineers, planners, advocates, and transportation professionals that will shape the world of the future. It is essential that ITE members are engaged in the education of these students so that they are fully prepared to enter our workforce and take on the challenges of ensuring our transportation system is the best it can be. The ITE Education Council is an employer-type Council open to all ITE members, regardless of whether they are directly connected with academic institutions. Its mission is to provide a focal point for identifying ...
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Are you a transportation consultant dedicated to providing expertise to your diverse client base? Are you looking for resources that can help you do your job better and more effectively? Are you interested in connecting with other consultants to share lessons learned, challenges, and insights into working in this niche within the profession? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then I encourage you to check out the ITE Transportation Consultants Council. The ITE Transportation Consultants Council is one of the three employer-type councils available for participation by ITE members. These councils serve as forums for the discussion of the common ...
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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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