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A college friend of mine and fellow transportation engineer, Aaron Coenen, is embarking on a 2000 mile bike ride to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. This is his second long distance bicycle ride. Over the summer 2005, he traveled from Alaska to Florida. I recall him lugging around a 10 pound camcorder on this trip to record his progress. Luckily, with smart phones, updates will be much more frequent and better quality! Since the 2005 trip, Aaron has underwent two brain surgeries to...
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Yesterday's webinar was well-attended and generated a lot of questions. Unfortunately, even though the presenters were gracious enough to stay an extra 20 minutes to try to answer all the questions, some were not answered during the allotted time. One attendee followed up in regards to one of the two questions he posed that was not answered. I am sharing his question and the response from the presenters below. Other individuals who did not receive answers to their questions should expect a...
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As ITE increases its focus on safety and embraces Toward Zero Deaths and Vision Zero we should ensure that our fellow transportation professionals who are working to improve the transportation system are being protected. As we all know work zones can be dangerous places for both workers and travelers because they can present unexpected situations. I encourage all ITE members to be safety champions and to use National Work Zone Awareness Week to remind our co-workers and the public to stay alert...
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Are you an engineer in the public or private sector who analyzes, designs, or operates traffic control devices such as traffic signs, pavement markings, and highway traffic signals? If so, then take a closer look at this upcoming webinar, MUTCD: Can the Current Process Keep Pace with the Demand for Change. And Should It? , being held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 12-1:30pm ET. As community building trends shift, designers and traffic engineers are required to accommodate the needs of all users...
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The new ITE Learning Hub launched today with expanded opportunities for ITE members and transportation professionals to gain critical skills or refresh existing ones. A robust webinar program delivers content focused in five areas: In The Know: Webinars designed to keep transportation professionals in the know about the latest transportation practices and emerging transportation issues. Professional Skills: Webinars designed to help transportation professionals...
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ITE is pleased to announce that we have recently completed a contract with the USDOT, Joint Program Office to develop a series of three PowerPoint presentations and a case study flyer to inform students about career opportunities in the field of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). These presentations are targeted at both undergraduate and graduate students within civil engineering or related transportation programs to help prepare for the interdisciplinary nature of this exciting and growing...
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Our keynote speaker, Dr. Richard J. Jackson, Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, will provide remarks during the Tuesday Power Lunch, taking place on August 16 during the ITE 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibit . He will share his expert views on the environment's impact on health and what it truly means to build a healthy community. A pediatrician, Dr. Jackson has served in many leadership positions with the California Health Department, including...
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As traffic engineers we take care to design our roads for all users. When we are working in a complex urban environment, we must consider pedestrians, wheelchairs, vision impaired, bicycles, buses, and trucks. When we add automated, connected, and self-driving vehicles to the mix the complexity becomes more complex. That is why the profession is challenging and interesting. The ITE workshop on connected and automated vehicles at the 2015 Annual meeting gave us a chance to explore some of...
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If you’re thinking about combining the ITE Annual Meeting & Exhibit in Anaheim, CA, August 14–17 with your summer family vacation plans, now’s the time to register! This year’s meeting incorporates a variety of new family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy after the technical program winds down each day. We are introducing special pricing for family members to attend the new Game Night, plus families will be welcome to cheer on student teams during the Traffic Bowl Grand Championship....
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W e Are Raising the Bar! The program for the ITE 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibit highlights the thought leadership and success stories as well as features the wealth of transportation innovation taking place in California. Here is glimpse of the sessions taking place in Anaheim this August. Connected Vehicles:...
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On April 1, 2016, ITE takes its webinar program to a whole new level! Five categories of webinars deliver content specifically designed to meet the individual objectives of transportation professionals. Whether you are looking for the latest trend or hot topic or need a more fundamental topic, the ITE Webinar Series has what you need. In addition, there are webinars geared toward skill- and career building as well as preparing you for upcoming certification exams. Our ICYMI (in case you missed...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today published the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and the Safety Performance Management Measures (Safety PM) Final Rules, which are on view at the Federal Register . These rules will be published tomorrow with an effective date of April 14, 2016 and will address the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act...
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The PeopleForBikes National Bike Challenge kicks off May 1, 2016. ITE members are invited to participate in this online ride tracking challenge. The National Bike Challenge is a U.S. nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists and encouraging new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues, and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state, and national level. In 2015, more than 90,000 riders logged 37 million miles in the fourth year of...
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ITE Executive Director & CEO Jeffrey Paniati was recently the keynote speaker at the Arizona ITE/IMSA Spring Conference . In his presentation, he provided an overview of the new Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST), showing how the funding for this first long-term transportation bill in a decade is being allocated across highway and transit programs. The $305B for the bill providing an 11 percent increase over the next 5 years. He highlighted new freight programs being created...
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A New Vision: From Level of Service for Cars to Level of Mobility for People In his op/ed article found in the March 2016 issue of ITE Journal , ITE member Bryan Jones states, "R ather than designing and evaluating based on LOS for vehicles, I propose we start considering an evaluation system called Level of Mobility (LOM) for people." Below are proposed criteria and examples of evaluation scorings to accompany the article, found on page 16-20 and through this link . ...
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The Alliance for Biking & Walking is releasing the 2016 Bicycling & Walking Benchmarking Report today at 2:00 p.m. ET. Download the report for free here: http://www.bikewalkalliance.org/resources/benchmarking The Alliance publishes the biennial Benchmarking Report to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states, the 52 largest U.S. cities, and a select number of midsized cities. The report combines original research with over 20 government data sources to...
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Look for the new ITE Spotlite e-newsletter to land in your inbox March 2! ITE’s e-newsletter, formerly known as ITE Connect, is being relaunched with a sharpened focus on the news, trends, and opportunities in surface transportation that matter most to you. In an age where information is everywhere, ITE members can look to ITE Spotlite to deliver news that matters most to you. From initiatives and government policies to new technologies and resources, ITE Spotlite will help you stay in...
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More than 300 transportation executives from across the United States this week will attend the 2016 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Washington Briefing just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act will be a primary focus of the four-day meeting. Keynote speakers on Wednesday, February 24 include some of the architects of the bipartisan legislation: Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Environment and Public...
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ITE is saddened to share news of the recent loss of John D. Edwards, Jr., P.E., who passed away on February 19, 2016. Sean Coleman, 2016 GAITE President, shared the following about John: "An honorary and life member of ITE, John was a founding member of the Georgia Section of ITE (GAITE), which he helped establish and served as its first president in 1963. He then went on to be the first Georgia member to serve as International ITE President in 1985. John was an amazing man,...
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