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Time Flies…

I guess it is a sign of getting older that time just seems to move faster and faster. It is hard to believe that I am celebrating the end of my third year with ITE. It seems like just yesterday that I was still at the Federal Highway Administration thinking about whether to stay put or to retire and move to a new challenge. Fortunately for me the ITE Executive Director and CEO opportunity came along at just the right time. It has been a fast-paced three years with lots of activity and changes within ...
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Leading the Way to Innovation We often associate innovation with advances in design and technology. This issue of ITE Journal features articles on a number of these types of innovations. This type of innovation is important and exciting. However, while we encourage and celebrate technology and design innovation, it is important to consider how innovation of this kind happens in the first place. It requires people—people working in organizations—to be creative. Sometimes in our profession we don’t ...
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With terms like “smart cities” and “smart communities” dominating conference agendas, the world is becoming increasingly focused on the next generation of technology integration. During the National Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems (NRITS) Annual Conference in Fort McDowell, Arizona, Oct. 21-24, I will be moderating a panel of transportation experts, including: Steve Olmsted, senior program manager, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Steve Latoski, PE, PTOE, public works director, ...
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The final draft version of the ATC (Advanced Transportation Cabinet) Cabinet Standard 5301 Version 02.01.01.08 was approved by the ATC Working Group and Joint Committee made up of representatives of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) on July 25, 2018. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) intends to adopt this standard assuming no final ...
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Inspiring

As a long-time member and staff member, I get to view the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit through two lenses. As a staff member, it is the opportunity to see the culmination of a  year’s worth of planning and preparation come to fruition. I get to see our staff at their best supporting our members. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the collaboration that is taking place between ITE International and our Districts as we put on a joint event. And, most importantly, it is an opportunity to showcase the ...
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At the recent Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Minneapolis, MN, USA, I had the opportunity to address attendees as ITE International President to discuss recent progress and the future of our organization during the opening plenary. Understanding that not everyone can travel to an annual meeting, I want to share those thoughts with the entire membership here. As we look to position ITE and our profession for the future, we must first ...
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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS ITE is seeking qualified course developers, subject matter experts to review courses and members to form the technical advisory committee for the ITS Standards Professional Capacity Building Program. Response Deadline - Friday, October 5, 3:00 PM Eastern ITE will assist the USDOT ITS Joint Program Office ( ITS JPO) to provide the next series of ITS Standards training modules that will include 18 course modules (24/7 archived Web seminars) on ITS Standards as shown ...
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National Roundabouts Week is September 17–21, organized by the Federal Highway Administration. ITE would like to remind you about our current policy on roundabouts, adopted in 2012: “ITE recognizes the safety, operational, and sustainability benefits of well-designed roundabouts and recommends the use of roundabouts be considered when intersections are being planned, designed, or modified.”
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“To change is difficult. Not to change is fatal.” – William Pollard Roundabouts save lives. The more severe the collision, the less likely it is to occur with a roundabout in place. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Highway Safety Manual , roundabouts reduce the most severe crashes by about 80 percent when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections. National Roundabouts Week is September 17–21, organized ...
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The ITE Complete Streets Council (CSC) represents and promotes the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, freight, autos, and other forms of travel in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of complete, multimodal transportation systems. The Council works to position ITE as the go-to resource on multimodal transportation for its members and as an active partner with other organizations and agencies in this field. Chaired by Lawrence J. Marcus, with Vice Chairs Matthew ...
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The idea that we need to provide mobility for all citizens is certainly not a new one. It is a challenge that transportation professionals have faced for generations. However, we are in a time where the demand for transportation choice has increased and the opportunities for fulfilling those demands have expanded beyond the traditional approaches we have used in the past. Mobility for all means there are choices, and people want the ability to make those choices based on their own individual needs. ...
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Mobility is an abstract idea. Driving a car, everyone understands that. Riding a bike is easily explained. Taking a bus, easy to visualize. While each of these individual travel modes provides an element of mobility and can be delivered through well-worn procedures of planning and design, the broader concept of mobility is abstract and more difficult to solve. Mobility requires us to think more systemically. How do cars, bikes, and buses work, not in isolation, but together and alongside each other? ...
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Developing the technical program for ITE International’s Annual Meeting and Exhibit entails nearly a year-long process managed by the ITE Technical Programs Division working collaboratively with ITE Membership Services staff. Starting with Anaheim, CA, USA in 2016, and building in Toronto, ON, Canada in 2017, ITE has transformed the Annual Meeting and Exhibit experience for members with new ideas, dynamic speakers on leading-edge topics, and even more opportunities to engage and connect with mentors, ...
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This month ITE International and the Midwestern District and Great Lakes Districts will jointly host the annual event that has become ITE’s premier immersive learning and networking experience. Our annual meeting continues to grow, and this year’s Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Minneapolis, MN, USA will offer diverse networking opportunities, the best regional and international technical content, and social events showcasing local hospitality, ...
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Inspiration. Connections. Knowledge. I belong to ITE for all three of these reasons. I believe many ITE members only focus on the knowledge part and stop there. Unfortunately, if knowledge, or simply acquiring information, is the sole focus of your ITE experience, then you risk missing out on the greatest value ITE offers—the relationships you can build with incredibly talented, inspiring people. It’s through building and maintaining these relationships that ITE membership offers the important elements ...
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ITE Technical Programs Division staff have been working in several areas that promote the importance of incorporating resiliency into our transportation systems and infrastructure. In 2017, the ITE Canons of Ethics for Members was updated to include the statement:  “The member will consider the need for resilience in the design and operations of the transportation system, as a means of enhancing society’s ability to respond and recover from economic, technological, or physical interruption of varying ...
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One of the benefits of ITE membership is the opportunity for continued professional growth. In today’s rapidly changing transportation landscape, access to the latest knowledge and information is critical. Continually improving our professional development program is one of the ways that ITE helps members find solutions and grow their careers. Ensuring that the program is up-to-date and modern with the latest technology delivering current information is key to upholding ITE’s core values of being ...
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What would you do if disaster struck and your family home was destroyed? Once you made sure that you and your loved ones were safe, you would probably go about assessing the damage and taking the first steps toward getting your life back to normal. It would be time consuming, costly, and disruptive to your lifestyle. It could be financially devastating. While we all hope nothing like this will ever happen, it’s possible, and prudence suggests we should plan ahead just in case. I live in the Mountain ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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