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The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is working on developing a guidance document for practitioners called “Speed Management Noteworthy Practices”. The objective is to identify, document, and promote noteworthy speed management practices carried out by state and local public transportation agencies in the United States. This is expected to cover all aspects of speed management, including engineering, enforcement, and education.  ITE is asking for your help in identifying these noteworthy practices in the following areas: Agency Practice : Do you have a speed management practice that has been helpful, well received, or highly effective within ...
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The ITE Legacy Fund is proud to introduce its new Diversity Scholars Program.  The goal of this program is to increase underrepresented populations participation in the transportation profession by supporting increased diversity at the undergraduate level.  Diversity in transportation is critical as practitioners seek to fully understand the transportation needs of communities in the development of equitable mobility improvements to many areas of our society.  This program is open to any U.S. high school student of African-American; Native American, Alaskan, and Hawaiian; or Hispanic/Latino heritage with an interest in a career in transportation and seeking ...
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ITE’s STEM sub-committee has named the ITE student chapters of Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU) the winner of this year’s STEM competition for their project, “Hands-On STEM Transportation Activities on Traffic Safety.” In collaboration with FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the ITE FAMU-FSU student chapter conducted hands-on STEM transportation activities to increase awareness of K–12 students from the FAMU Developmental Research School on traffic safety-related issues. Five activities for students were planned, including traffic safety computer games, driving simulators that demonstrated the importance of wearing a seatbelt, ...
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ITE is changing, and it is thriving. Our membership continues to grow. We had another highly successful Joint Annual Meeting and Exhibit this year with excellent attendance and a diverse and exciting program of events. Our technical initiatives are relevant and engaging to a larger and expanding community of transportation professionals. And ITE’s influence in the industry continues to grow as we have engaged and partnered with other transportation organizations and industry partners more than ever before, both in North America and around the globe. Our recent successes were not, however, inevitable. Just a few years ago, ITE’s future was far from certain. Our ...
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Having just spent the last few days in Austin, Texas, USA, preparing for the Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting and Exhibit (#ITEAustin2019), I experienced a city that is being transformed by transportation and at the same time is transforming its transportation system. I had the opportunity to meet with transportation leaders from the City of Austin, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the Capital Area Transit Authority. Each has a strong, coordinated vision for the city, the region, and the state. Traveling throughout downtown Austin you cannot help but be impressed by the vibrancy of the city. The sounds of live music are ...
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The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Vision Zero Network (VZN) are now accepting Expressions of Interest to select two communities that will participate in a one-day Road to Zero Speed Management training workshop. Find out more information and complete the application before Friday, December 28, 2018 here:  https://www.ite.org/technical-resources/topics/transportation-safety/#vzworksho
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Time Flies…

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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 our organization and within our industry, but I have truly enjoyed this experience. Throughout my career I have always liked the opportunity to be part of change. ...
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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 do the best job of creating the organizations that allow creativity and innovation to blossom. So, I encourage us to consider how we can be innovative in the way we ...
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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, Mohave County, Arizona Joseph Sagal, director, Maryland Department of Transportation - State Highway Administration, Office of CHART & ITS Development ...
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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 appeals are received. Please check the ITE website https://www.ite.org/technical-resources/standards/its-cabinet/version-2/ for a notice as to whether this version ...
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Inspiring

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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 wide-range of leading-edge ideas, technologies, and practices that our members are implementing in communities, bringing to the marketplace, and infusing in our organization. ...
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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 understand that maintaining the status quo is always the easy path. Whether changing the way transportation systems are planned and designed to accommodate a new world ...
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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 in Table below. The estimated start of project is November 1, 2018. The goal of this effort is to support the overall ITS JPO effort to provide personnel performing ...
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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 by the Federal Highway Administration. Read more:  http://bit.ly/intersectionsafe
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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 Roe and Ryan McClain, the Council saw an opportunity last fall to collaborate with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) to develop a new ...
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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. In looking back on the past five years, we have seen a menu of new choices emerge as technology advances have enabled new business models and attitudes about mobility ...
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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? How do rideshare, bikeshare, and now scootershare help or hinder the broader concept of mobility? Are each of these modes effectively connected by the infrastructure ...
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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, peers, and thought leaders. In 2018, ITE International expanded the successful joint host model by involving not one, but two District meetings for this year’s ...
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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, all within the theme—Inspiration. Connections. Knowledge. INSPIRATION. Our industry is in a transformational time. New technologies, companies, and services ...
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