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Becky Rogers, P.E., PTP, RSP1 is a senior project manager at Neel-Schaffer, Inc in Birmingham, Alabama. I was fortunate enough to get to know Becky Rogers at the ITE Southern District meeting in Mobile, Alabama in 2018 and she is a consummate ITE member. She is a person with great drive and takes the lead on many activities in our industry and her community. After completing a Civil Engineering degree and a Master of Community Planning at Auburn she started with ITE. She leads with a humble spirit and quickly established herself as a servant leader personality on committees and leadership and currently is the Vice President of the Southern District. Becky ...
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On October 2, 1930, a group of 19 transportation professionals gathered at the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, USA to establish a new national organization. The purpose of this organization was to “advance the profession of traffic engineering, stimulate research on street traffic matters, to encourage and foster traffic engineering education, and to establish a clearinghouse for authoritative pronouncements of street travel matters.” On that day nearly 90 years ago, ITE was born. Throughout 2020 we will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of ITE, our rich history, and the individuals who have led the way. We also want to shine a spotlight ...
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Transportation professionals become leaders in different ways. We start with curiosity and the desire to solve real world problems. We listen to questions and brainstorm resolutions by planning, creating, analyzing, designing, and implementing solutions for the traveling public. It’s a different environment from the narrative driven, spin-enhanced, polarized political world around us. Many say transportation professionals can’t be good leaders. I’m here to tell you every transportation professional has the potential and opportunity to be a great leader. Leadership is not living in an idea or organizational silo and expecting others to value our knowledge or ...
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For 90 years, ITE has been an individual member organization providing transportation professionals with the knowledge, practices, skills, and connections needed to serve the needs of their communities. ITE also recognizes the importance of connecting with the organizations that the majority of our members work for—public agencies, industry, consultants—so that we can be in tune with the needs of these organizations as well as our individual members. In the past, an Industry Division and an organization-based Consultants Council existed, but for various reasons we moved away from those models. I am pleased to announce that in 2020, ITE will be transitioning back ...
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When I was being interviewed to be an ITE Vice Presidential candidate, I was asked “What happens if you don’t accomplish all that you expect during your ITE presidency?” My answer was simple. “Being that the role is one year, I won't complete everything.” Much like any job, during the course of a year some initiatives will get started, others will be completed, and some will span several years. The president’s role is to keep the organization moving forward. At the start of the year, I had little sense of the extent of the commitment of being ITE International President. Between ITE, work, and family commitments, I have completed 18 flights this year, most ...
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The Institute of Transportation Engineers is assisting the Federal Highway Administration with the development of a new report Development of Speed Management Noteworthy Practices . The objective of this project is to identify, document, and promote noteworthy speed management practices carried out by state and local public transportation agencies in the United States. The noteworthy practices will cover all aspects of speed management, including engineering, enforcement, and education. As part of this project, ITE conducted three roundtable workshops along with several other outreach efforts to solicit potential noteworthy practices.  Each of the three workshops ...
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One of the great things about being part of ITE are the opportunities we have to make a difference in the lives of young people. This happens in many different ways at all levels of the organization. Providing career advice, getting them engaged in ITE, or sharing positive feedback on a project or presentation can go a long way in helping a younger professional find the right path to a career in transportation and to grow in that career and with ITE. This engagement was certainly evident at our most recent ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit. From high school student Peter Yu joining us on the program for the second year, to our Traffic Bowl Grand Championship and ...
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Which comes first when planning a new development—the land uses, or the roads that serve the land use? I suspect the answer depends upon who you ask. An urban planner would say that every great public space is based on great land use planning, whereas a transportation planner would say that roadway capacity dictates the amount of development and types of uses that can be supported. Neither answer is entirely correct. Land use and transportation are inextricably linked, and we should think of them as one entity rather than assuming one goes before the other. I can’t think of many great streets with a busy congested roadway cutting through the heart of them, nor ...
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Wow! That is the only word I can use to describe our recently completed Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting and Exhibit. Everything is a little bigger in Texas, including the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit. We had more than 1,500 participants, 200 presenters, 75 exhibitors, and 29 sponsors—making this the largest ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit in at least the last 15 years! The theme of this year’s meeting was Transportation Transformed, and all facets of this transformation were on full display at the Annual Meeting. From the Opening Session where Austin Mayor Steven Adler talked about how transportation is transforming his city, to our ...
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Years ago, I walked into a bar in Montreal, Canada while at a District conference. Sitting on a stool near me was a well-known ITE International past president. (This sounds like the makings of a joke doesn’t it?) I had never been introduced to this individual before but they seemingly knew of me. Like a scene out of The Godfather, I was summoned with a hand wave. After making my way over, the person spoke slowly and simply stated, “I heard that you are all about encouraging our young members to participate in ITE.” I responded, “Yes, that is true.” His only response was, “Keep it up. It’s the correct thing to do.” And that was it. I was dismissed after that ...
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Recently, I attended the Southern, Mid-Colonial, Northeastern, Canadian, and Western District Meetings—all great events with strong technical programs and excellent networking opportunities. I engaged with local elected leadership, participated in productive sessions, and met members who I did not know previously. After introducing myself as the ITE Executive Director, I would often get questions like, “Who is it you work for?” “What is it you do?” or “Is that a full-time job?” Recognizing that not everyone is familiar with the role of the ITE Executive Director and our professional staff, I thought I would use this opportunity to answer a few of those questions. ...
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I would like to share a few highlights of the listening sessions conducted by ITE International at the recent round of District meetings. During the meetings, we conducted ITE Town Hall sessions to explore what ITE does well and what it can do better. We also conducted listening sessions contemplating how to shape our newest Institute Initiative—Mobility as a Service (MaaS)/Mobility on Demand (MOD)—to best meet member needs. I was able to attend nearly all of the District meetings this year, along with a rotation of one or more of the other Executive Committee members. This International presence at the District meetings was intentional, and something that you ...
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As you receive this issue of ITE Journal, we will be in the final stages of preparation for the Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting and Exhibit, which is always an exciting event for ITE staff and our members. It is a time to see old friends, build new connections, experience the local flavor of a District Meeting combined with an International meeting, and showcase the best of what ITE and our profession have to offer. We have a great technical program, a sold-out exhibit hall, a record-nine technical workshops, and a wide variety of technical tours and great social events. Our sponsors are helping us keep costs down while enhancing the ...
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With the Austin, TX, USA meeting fast approaching, I have been putting a lot of thought into the reasons why ITE International has an Annual Meeting. There are some obvious procedural reasons to gather its elected leadership each year, but what are the compelling reasons for a member to attend? Here are my top reasons you should consider attending the Annual Meeting: 1. Technical Content – The meeting attracts some of the most senior speakers from industry looking to showcase their work and the meeting delivers exceptional content. 2. Fun and Experiential – Each year, the Annual Meeting is paired with a District meeting, so you experience local content and ...
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Because of the generosity of both W. Hibbett Neel, P.E. (H) and Ken Voigt, P.E. (H) the ITE Diversity Scholar Program Committee has been able to select a second diversity scholar. Sebastian Velasquez from Houston, TX, USA is our second 2019 diversity scholar. Sebastian recently graduated from high school with a 3.5 GPA, and is planning to major in civil engineering at Texas A&M Kingsville. In Sebastian’s personal statement and through his teacher recommendations, we were provided a glimpse into Sebastian’s resiliency.    Sebastian’s family lost their home in Hurricane Harvey. With such a traumatic loss, his ability to attend school was difficult.  This ...
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By Carl Olson, P.E., ASEP, Oregon ITE ITS Subcommittee Co-Chair and Oregon ITE Secretary – Treasurer Elect On May 16, the Oregon ITE ITS Subcommittee held their first ever SensorAMA event. The event was a day filled with, you guessed it, sensors! Vendor and agency presentations were focused into three sessions; Bike/Ped, Analytics, and Safety. The one-day event was held at the David Evans & Associates corporate headquarters on the beautiful south waterfront in Portland, Oregon with more than 110 individuals in attendance! With four vendors and four agency professionals all vying for talking time in each 75 minute session, it was imperative to use ...
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Thirty years is a long time. Think back to where you were in 1985 (for those of you who were born). I was starting out my career with the Federal Highway Administration. We were just being introduced to things called personal computers—the ubiquitous use of e-mail, smartphones, and texting were still a long way off. We certainly weren’t talking about connected and automated vehicles, Mobility as a Service, and whether electric scooters were an asset or nuisance. Last month, the ITE International Board of Direction created the first wholly new ITE District in more than 30 years (http://bit.ly/2Q5wWXC). Combined with the emergence of the Missouri Valley and “new” ...
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As ITE International President, I have the good fortune to travel to many of the District meetings and explore different transportation networks firsthand. I recently attended the Great Lakes District meeting in Indianapolis, IN, USA. With the city’s automobile racing heritage, there are several race cars proudly on display within the airport terminal. I immediately concluded this must be a car-centric city because of this history and tradition. After leaving the airport, I quickly realized that it was, instead, a city focused on encouraging all modes of transportation and meeting the public’s growing demand for mobility. There has been recent investment in ...
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The ITE Diversity Scholar Program Committee  is pleased to announce that Jouselyn Lopez from Phoenix, AZ, USA, has been chosen to be the inaugural ITE Diversity Scholar. Jouselyn is a 4.0 student, regularly works 30 hours per week, is an active volunteer in her community, and will be the first person in her family to graduate from college.  She is planning to attend Arizona State University in the fall to major in civil engineering. Last summer Jouselyn interned with AECOM on a light rail expansion project affecting her community, and during this time she met transportation engineers, increasing her interest in the profession while grasping the positive effect ...
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