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Establishing a Cybersecurity Framework and Tools for Roadway Infrastructure As the transportation and automotive industries prepare for connected and automated vehicles, ensuring that the complex information systems sharing data to perform safety functions are secure from cyber-attacks and unauthorized access is critical to the technology’s successful implementation. ITE, with a long history of leading efforts to provide stakeholder input and intelligent transpor- tation systems standards for the development of connected vehicles, was awarded a contract in October 2016 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to establish a transportation system ...
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The development and implementation of Connected and Automated (CV/AV) Vehicles holds the promise of increased safety on our roadways as we strive to achieve Vision Zero. Yet developing the technology at a rapid pace cannot come at the expense of that safety, as it appears could have been the case with the recent fatal crash involving a self-driving car in Arizona. With this in mind, ITE Leadership felt it was important for ITE to be visible on this issue. ITE staff worked with the Board of Direction to develop a position statement on the continued development, testing, and deployment of CV/AV. The statement explains that ITE supports the advancement of technology ...
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If something is smart, it’s generally a good thing. As in, “Wow, she sure is smart!” Or, “Man, that guy is a smart dresser.” If a city then is branded as a “smart” community, that should be a good thing. And, as envisioned by many, I think Smart Communities can indeed be a good thing. The ideal Smart Community is one that will leverage big data, analytics, and technology to make our cities more livable. It’s a worthy aspiration. However, to realize that goal we will need more than cool technology. We will need planners and engineers to plan and design the technology and infrastructure for Smart Communities with a people-centered approach. That’s not necessarily ...
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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 (take from the May 2018 issue of ITE Journal ) 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.  ITE Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Streetsmart To support ITE’s Transportation and Health initiative, ITE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Streetsmart , a nonprofit organization in Oregon, to help develop a beta ...
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This is taken from the Director's Message in the May 2018 issue of ITE Journal.   ITE is a founding member and serves on the Steering Committee of the Road to Zero Coalition , which has grown to more than 650 organizational members since the U.S. Department of Transportation established it in 2016 in conjunction with the National Safety Council. One of the Coalition’s primary goals has been to help imagine the “road” to zero fatalities. Over the past year experts from the member organizations have worked with the RAND Corporation to produce a new report, “The Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050.” I encourage you to read it through ...
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The most basic forms of transportation  are active ones—human powered. From early times to modern day, from childhood through old age, we walk first and last. Even today, when motorized transportation dominated by automobiles is the norm, we still begin and end every trip as a pedestrian. Bicycling, too, is a pretty basic form of transportation.  Most of us as young children take our first step toward independence when we learn to ride a bicycle, giving us the power and freedom to travel farther and experience more. Bicycling is also equitable transportation—affordable and accessible to the masses. Active transportation  is healthy transportation.  Whether ...
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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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