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The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) may be the singular most influential transportation publication in the United States. This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-issued publication applies to all roads open to public travel in the United States. From the moment you leave your house—by car, by bike, scooter, or on foot—your travel is influenced by the MUTCD. A number of organizations have been making this point when responding to the current Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPA) to update the Manual for the first time in 11 years, which resulted in more than 25,000 comments to the docket. Compared to the approximately 2,000 responses received ...
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When I worked in the Traffic Engineering Division at the City of Henderson, my new administrative assistant gave me a copy of a Shel Silverstein poem: Signals When the light is green you go. When the light is red you stop. But what do you do When the light turns blue With orange and lavender spots? I keep it pinned on the wall at my desk even now that I work in an entirely different department. It is a great reminder that work (and other parts of life) rarely fit neatly into the categories or situations we learned about in school. When hiring staff, we consider the question of experience: does 20 years of experience mean repeating the same thing ...
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E-commerce’s upward trajectory has been accelerated during the pandemic. In a world where people can go online, click to shop and receive products in a day, convenience is a major driver of growth.  This fast-paced growth and the growing competition can be quite daunting for e-commerce business owners. More opportunities often come with more challenges. Here are some ways to stay resilient and keep growing your e-commerce business.  Minimize your risks Cyberattacks and loss of data can be a serious threat when you have an e-commerce business. You will have access to sensitive customer data and technical issues from a security breach can scare them ...
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There is much more in this beautiful part of the world than the obvious fixes, tequila, tacos, sombreros, and Aztecs. RVing in Mexico is also one of the best experiences you and your family can have, which guarantees you an alluring blend of contemporary arts, Mesoamerican culture, and Spanish tradition.  It is critical to plan ahead of your RV trip to Mexico, especially if you want to visit remote areas and have the best experience possible. Here are the top 5 tips to ensure you have a lifetime RV experience in Mexico. Safety  While some people traveling with an RV to Mexico have safety concerns, RVing in Mexico is highly safe if you follow some ...
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Abstract This research investigates how agglomeration affects transport research assessment.  Improvements of Public transport would increase economic productivity if they enable the cities densification and growth. This may thus increase economics of agglomeration economics. It has been claimed that the potential agglomeration advantages are large and thus understanding them better could be beneficial in making proper funding decisions concerning public transport improvements. This study has reviewed theoretical and empirical literature about effects of agglomeration on evaluating project assessment. The study also reviews some studies about transportation ...
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One of the biggest benefits of being an ITE member is access to the ITE e-Community, ITE’s internal social media network. The e-Community provides a place to share with all ITE members through the All Member Forum, or a narrower interest area through the more than 87 available forums. More than 12,800 of ITE’s 16,000 members are registered for one or more forum. Most choose to get a daily feed that summarizes posts from the last 24 hours and lands in your inbox in the early morning. I often start my workday by scanning through this summary to see what new discussions have been started, or what replies have been added to existing threads. A powerful aspect of ...
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In the 1990s as a new neighborhood developed in west Las Vegas, NV, USA, the city approved the installation of several roundabouts on major thoroughfares. Depending on the source, they are considered the first modern roundabouts in the United States. The first office I worked in following my move to the valley was located just down the street from them. As we’ve all experienced, some of the first feedback we hear when designing a roundabout is that people do not understand how to drive them and lots of crashes occur. Certainly, I have witnessed a couple unique behaviors from motorists at these roundabouts: reversing through the roundabout after missing a turn ...
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It is hard to believe we have been at this for a year—and yet what a long year it has been. As I reflect back to just before the pandemic, I was at a Washington Nationals Spring Training game, blissfully unaware of what was about to hit our organization, country, and the world. While it is encouraging to see vaccines roll-out and COVID-19 rates dropping, we have a ways to go to return to a life even close to the one we knew. But it finally feels like we are on the way. The past year was a time of challenge and loss, but it has also been a year of creativity and innovation. At ITE, as throughout our industry, we have adapted on the fly to a virtual world, successfully ...
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It’s difficult to project the long-term effects of the pandemic on transportation and our communities. While Las Vegas, NV, USA is a rather unique place, with its primary reliance on gaming and hospitality, there are trends and factors that may be relatable to other communities as we emerge from the pandemic. Despite an unemployment rate well above the national average, the Las Vegas housing market is on fire. Inventory is low and prices continue to climb. According to a January 2021 article in Forbes, Zillow reports more than 60 percent of searches for Las Vegas homes come from outside the valley, and of those, about a third come from the southern California ...
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This month, ITE will either be reviving our prior tradition of hosting Spring Technical Conferences or bringing you our first-ever virtual Spring Technical Conference. I guess both are true. For a number of years, ITE regularly convened conferences in the spring, often with a technical focus. They were typically held in Florida or California, USA to provide those from cooler climes the opportunity to enjoy some warmer weather. As District meetings have filled up the spring months, the Spring Technical Conference fell by the wayside. However, the desire for learning among ITE members and the industry remains strong. One of the takeaways from our very successful ...
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A colleague and I recently completed a webinar for city supervisors focused on innovation. The City of Henderson, NV, USA has been working to document employees’ efforts during the pandemic, capture successes and lessons learned, and maintain momentum. Necessity prompted a lot of change, not only to adopt technology, but to revamp processes. Possible parallels exist to ITE as an organization, as well as similar potential for innovative transformations. As the world emerges from the pandemic, organizations will not be returning to pre-COVID status quo, and it is possible to harness the crisis-mandated energy and flexibility. Virtual is likely here to stay. Audiences ...
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The highest reward for me in transportation engineering is being able to provide services that directly help communities.  Almost all of the projects in which we participate originate from a need directly affecting the traveling public, often stemming from a request from an individual citizen, community group, business owner, or elected official.  Our projects can solve many problems that people experience in transportation, whether it is related to safety, congestion, accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists, or environmental issues.   The transportation network is the backbone of a working economy.  Transportation professionals, including engineers, have ...
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I grew up as a “normal” kid.  I spent my childhood going to school, doing my best to get good grades (especially in math), and playing with my friends.  Pretty standard stuff for any kid raised in the New Jersey suburbs. One thing that I can distinctly remember most from my childhood though was my love for toy models. I spent hours building, dissembling, re-building, and trying to different ways to assemble these models.  So, naturally, when I grew up, I wanted to be an…..ARCHITECT! Wait a second…what?  You must be wondering how the heck I ended up being a Transportation Engineer.  Well, as I got older, a few key events helped to really shape my ultimate ...
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Walking man’s best friend isn’t only good for your pet, it’s therapeutic for you too to get out into the fresh air. A good walk offers lots of health and social benefits for you and your pet, lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress, and strengthening both muscles and heart.    Resolutions for pets   Obesity in pets is associated with a host of health issues, and exercising your pet can ward off obesity and keep him healthy in body and mind. Of course, if you go for a walk in the park, he’ll need to be on a leash.    A leash is both a walking- and a training tool and something that you will use every day for your pet. You don’t want ...
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After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, the immediate concern lies with your physical health. You may have sustained injuries from the impact, including whiplash, spinal injuries, or cuts and contusions to your face and body.  What few people consider is the mental and emotional toll an accident can take on those who were involved, whether or not they caused it or sustained any physical injuries. Here are some of the mental health consequences of a car accident and how to deal with them: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Few people will want to label their experience as traumatic, thinking this term is only reserved for sexual assaults, ...
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Your 4-legged member of the family is your best buddy. Sometimes you forget that he’s just a dog because he is your best friend after all.    Sometimes when he looks up at you with his beautiful brown eyes and wags his tail because he loves you so, it is so easy just to pop a piece of chocolate or a piece of pizza into his mouth. But should you be doing that? Are human foods alright for your canine friend?   Human foods safe for your canine friend   Most of us have at some time or other fed our pets the scraps of food leftover from our meals. While it can be a delicious treat for your dog, the truth is that some of these human foods can ...
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Most people buy their wine-loving friends a bottle of the nectar of the gods. However, there are several other gift options that you could give wine enthusiasts for their birthday, over the holidays, or another special occasion. Each wine lover has a preference, and the wine you buy might not suit your friends or family members. Instead of giving them a bottle that will find its way to the back of a cupboard, why not try some alternative gift ideas? Pets and accessories Many wine lovers might choose   booze dog names   for their canines, such as Rosé. Why not get their pooch a personalized jacket or sweater with their name on it? Alternatively, consider ...
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TAMUite will host a panel session on Feb 19 (Fri), 3-4pm EST in the ITE International Virtual Student Leadership Summit. We will talk with panelists, Prof. Sherif Ishak, Ph.D., PE , Dr. Taylor Lochrane Ph.D., P.E. , Dr. Xiaosi David Zeng , Dr. Ziran Wang , on AI and Transportation Technology . Don't miss it by register here ( Registration Link ) . Please also let us know your questions to our panelists via here ( Google Form ) . Learn more about other wonderful sessions ( https://www.itestudentleaders.org )! Keywords: #datascience #artificialintelligence #deeplearning #machinelearning #cav  #selfdrivingcars Panel ...
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This month the first ever International Student Leadership Summit (SLS) will be held virtually, engaging student members from across ITE. The concept of SLSs originated in the Western District when students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo had the idea of holding a conference organized exclusively “for students, by students.” With the support of ITE professionals—most notably, ITE International Past President, Zaki Mustafa—the first SLS was held February 15-17, 2014, with 85 students attending from 11 universities. Over the last six years, the idea has spread throughout ITE, with SLSs being held regionally around the United States as well as in Canada and Australia. ...
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