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Nissan plans to release prototype for self-driving taxi in 2 years Nissan is planning to introduce a prototype for a self-driving taxi within the next two years, the company said in documents. The Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley has reached an agreement with NASA's Ames Research Center to develop the technology, which will involve modifying the software NASA uses to operate planetary rovers and controlling them with robotic interfaces.
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Bicycling is so prevalent in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands that it has run out of existing parking options. The city plans to build a partially underwater bike parking facility to deal accommodate the vast number of bicycle commuters. Read more through these recent news articles: Amsterdam is Out of Bike Parking Amsterdam Has Officially Run Out of Spaces to Park Its Bicycles
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This February 2015 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was conducted because although drug-impaired driving contributes to fatalities and injuries from traffic crashes, knowledge about the drug-impaired- driving problem is less advanced than for alcohol-impaired driving. GAO recommends that NHTSA take additional actions to support states in emphasizing to the public the dangers of drug-impaired driving, and the U.S. Department of Transportation is in agreement with this...
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The short film, " Comfortable ," shows one family's journey to become car-free in Buffalo, NY, USA. If you have ten minutes, take a look to see how they overcame obstacles to make bicycling part of their daily lives.
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The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014 has been released by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition . The report examines and scores each Complete Streets policy enacted in 2014 and outlines the ten ideal elements of a Complete Streets policy, scoring individual policies based on these ideals. Access the report through the link above and learn which agencies ranked in the Top 10 for creating comprehensive Complete Streets policies in 2014 here .
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The theme of the March 2015 issue of ITE Journal is Partnerships for Better Communities, with several articles focused on how to engage citizens in the transportation planning process. I came across an interesting article from Engaging Cities.com that explores this topic by looking at an interactive online game called Flipsides. Central Arkansas is using the game for residents to give feedback on topics such as transportation infrastructure, walkability, and funding. The game helps residents...
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The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) is now open! The NOCoE Center and its website ( www.transportationops.org ) are here to serve as your transportation operations resource and have been designed to actively support the transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) community. Many of you may still be unfamiliar with the Center and the resources that it can provide and how it can prove to become an invaluable tool for you and your agency. If you would you like...
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In 2013, the ITEANZ created an award to recognise an individual or organisation that had made a significant contribution to sustainable transportation within the ITEANZ Section (Australia and New Zealand) through either research, strategy, programme, project or advocacy and which encourages, promotes or provides facilities for sustainable transport. The winner of the 2014 award for Sustainable Transport was the City of Boroondara’s Principle Pedestrian Network Demonstration Project for Camberwell,...
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This is ITEANZ’s most prestigious award and is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the transport/traffic engineering profession over a sustained period. The criteria by which each nominee is assessed includes: Contribution to the community through endeavour in the transport profession Advancement in the practice of the transport profession Contribution at a national or international level The number...
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The ITEANZ Section’s ‘Emerging Professional’ award aims to recognise young transport professionals in the ITEANZ Section of District 8 (Australia and New Zealand) who have contributed to the advancement of the transport profession early in their career. At the Annual Breakfast Meeting and AGM, the winner of the 2014 award was announced - Kenn Beer of Safe System Solutions. Kenn is a road safety engineer and transport planner with over 12 years’ professional experience. After 11 years at VicRoads...
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The ITEANZ undergraduate award is made on the basis of the most outstanding piece of individual work or clearly identified individual contribution to group work on traffic or transport engineering. The award is generously supported by GHD. ITEANZ is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 ITEANZ Student Award is Mr Sahan Wijayaratna from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. The presentation was made to Sahan at the ITEANZ Annual Breakfast Meeting and AGM held in Melbourne...
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At the 2015 ITE ANZ Section Annual Breakfast Meeting and AGM the ITE ANZ Executive was pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Postgraduate Student Award (proudly supported by SIDRA Solutions) - in recognition of a postgraduate student from the Section (Australia and New Zealand) who has completed high quality research in the field of traffic engineering, and shows potential to make a significant contribution to the profession. The winner of the 2015 award is Dr Rui Jiang from Queensland...
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Fellow Transportation Planners and Engineers, I came across this great blog post from Charles Marhon with Strong Towns. The article is great in identifying a flaw regional transportation planning (or DOTs). The article really made me think about how we define goals for our communities. Is mobility a word that takes a back seat to other goals regarding things like access, optimize investments, prioritize transportation intiatives, support local, and minimize fatalities? Please let me know...
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Join us for this free webinar on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern Webinar title: Transportation Funding for Growing Communities: Impact Fees Background: Transportation professionals need to advocate effectively for funding to fulfill their community's vision for transportation. Growing communities can partner with the private sector through a transportation impact fee program. This presentation will: Identify the basic components of a transportation impact fee, describe...
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Road Safety Planning: Tools & Techniques for Practitioners Webinar Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Eastern Registration link: http://ecommerce.ite.org/IMIS/ItemDetail?iProductCode=PD-W26 MUTCD Basics: Part 9 Traffic Control for Bicycle Facilities Webinar Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Eastern Registration link: http://ecommerce.ite.org/IMIS/ItemDetail?iProductCode=PD-W27 ITE Study Tour - All Running Lanes/Hard...
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Some of the happenings within the wide world of ITE International District 8 - Aalto University, Finland Summer School on Transportation presents an intensive learning experience to transport professionals and graduate students of varying backgrounds all across the ITE world. The 2015 Summer School will take place in August 10-14 on the campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland. The theme will be Transportation in the Digital Age, which recognizes that the concept of mobility...
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ITE will be a Silver Sponsor of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s (CCTA) new Connected Vehicle/Autonomous Vehicle (CV/AV) Test Bed, the GoMentum Station. GoMentum Station in Concord, California is where CCTA leads and facilitates a collaborative partnership amongst multiple automobile manufacturers; OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers; communications companies; technology companies; researchers and academia; public agencies; and other partners to converge in the research, development, testing,...
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Secretary Foxx launched the “Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” to raise the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The Challenge invites mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year. The Challenge will showcase best local practices to improve safety, share tools for local leaders to take action, and promote partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety....
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If you are sitting for the PTOE exam in February or later this year, ITE offers two important resources to aid in your preparation: PTOE Practice Exam : This practice test consists of 25 randomly pulled multiple-choice questions from a question bank based on the exam subject domains. PTOE Refresher Online Series : This suite of five 90-minute learning modules provides an overview of topics, key references, and independent study materials. Modules include traffic engineering studies, traffic...
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On January 26, 2015, ITE was approved as a continuing professional development sponsor/provider by the Louisiana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (LAPELS). Engineers in Louisiana can review the LAPELs website for a list of ITE courses that provide PDHs which will most likely be accepted for state PE license renewal. And the timing could not be more perfect as the Louisiana Professional Engineers and Surveying Board is currently renewing firms, individual professional licenses...
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