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On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. It was a senseless act of violence. On September 12, 2001, 100 more people were killed at dozens of locations around the United States. On September 13th, 100 more died, and another 100 each day for the rest of the year. By the end of 2001 more than 42,000 people were killed in roadway crashes in this country. Over the last 15 years, more than 500,000 people – one half million people – were killed on our nation’s roadways. Each was a senseless act of violence. Each was tragic. Each was preventable. Fast ...
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The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are jointly administering an annual student research paper competition known as the Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award Student Research Paper Competition. We are  currently seeking   three   practicing transportation professionals or academicians  interested in serving on a panel to review student paper submissions. Familiarity with the structure and application of HSIS data or other safety data systems is helpful but not required in order to serve in this role. Panelist Selection and Responsibilities Panelists ...
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​ The Women of ITE subcommittee is currently promoting an Information Crusade. Each month we will explore a new topic that contributes to safe, equal opportunities in the transportation profession and the communities we serve. This month is Hiring and Measuring Progress # transportation # womenofite Check out the article! https://www.ite.org/about-ite/women-of-ite-sub-committee/
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One of the greatest benefits of ITE membership is our online community—or the e-Community, as we are rebranding it, to distinguish it from our physical Community of Transportation Professionals. Membership in ITE connects you to a world of ideas, people, and resources. The e-Community is your window into this world, giving you perspective on where our profession is heading, connecting to peers from across the globe, and finding answers to questions or solutions to problems. I regularly post articles or reports to ITE e-Community that I find interesting or instructive. I try to share my perspective or interpretation of the issue and hope to give you something ...
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I have a small sign taped to my wall at work that provides various answers to an unknown question. They include lines like “You can’t stop it,” “It’s beginning,” or “It hasn’t yet begun.” There is an arrow pointing to one specific answer that proclaims, “It’s happening.” That is exactly how I feel about connected and automated vehicles. While there has been considerable debate in the industry and posts to the ITE e-Community about the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads, as an organization we need to be engaged and ready to respond to this fast-moving area of transportation. Your car may already employ lower levels of autonomous features, such as ...
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Co-Authored by: Raymond Tam As we think about our responsibilities as engineers it is important to reflect on questions of diversity and inclusion.  The 2018-2020 ITE Strategic Plan recognizes the need for ITE to increase its efforts in this area.  This blog challenges each of us to think about how these issues come into play in our own work environments. In her book, So You Want to Talk About Race , Ijeoma Oluo stated that  “Intersectionality consists of the belief that we must consider all the intersections of identity, privilege, and oppression before making decisions.” But how can we consider intersections when we are lacking representatives ...
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The next few months at ITE are going to be busy ones. You are going to be hearing from us on a number of different activities. While we try not to overwhelm your inbox, we will be asking for more input than usual between now and the end of March. I thought it would be helpful to outline some of what will be taking place and why. Respond to the ITE Needs Assessment Survey : The ITE Needs Assessment Survey ensures that ITE continues to offer relevant and valuable programming to transportation professionals like you. This survey is open throughout the month of February, with a closing date of March 1. I hope you have seen improvements since ...
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Watch my video on how I decided to become a transportation engineer.  ITE is recognizing National Engineers Week 2019. Throughout the week, there will be posts from ITE members reflecting on how they chose to become transportation engineers, the importance of transportation engineers, and the need for diversity in the transportation profession.
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When I think back to try and identify why I became an engineer, I find it difficult to pinpoint one single event or person that inspired me.  My memories are pretty vague and fuzzy for a professional who deals in the concrete (no pun intended!) and practical!  I believe engineering was on my mind fairly early on.  In fact, a childhood friend told me a few years ago that she recalled me telling her that I wanted to be a civil engineer in 7th grade.  I don't even remember that!   Rather than one single moment in time, it was likely just a series of seemingly ordinary events that spoke to me and pushed me in the engineering direction.  For example, it may have ...
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I grew up a BRAT ( B orn and R aise in an A rmy T own), so my family spent many hours traveling the Interstate system, sometimes to head home to see family and other times on our way to a new home. One thing I remember most about these trips is my father explaining the numbering of the Interstate system to my sister and me. He quizzed us on it during each trip. I-10? Even, so that is an east-west Interstate and 10, that is low, so that must travel through the southern part of the country. Looking back, these experiences of road tripping across the country and living in different communities played a significant role in me finding my place in transportation ...
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82 seconds. What does it mean? To some people it may mean nothing at all. To a 4x200 m relay team, it may mean four seconds away from a world record. It may mean nearly $15 million worth of commercial time during the super bowl. Maybe it’s enough time for a few more reps at the gym. It may mean seeing that shooting star in the night sky or not. What we do know, is that all of that meaning is lost if you’re needlessly stuck in traffic, even for 82 seconds. While sitting in the Universidad de Zacatecas in Mexico, as an undergraduate, I learned that with a little analysis and some slight tweaking to signal timing along a two-mile corridor, I could give back an ...
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What got me into engineering were my math grades and the suggestion from my dad. It’s not a profession I’d ever heard of before he said it, but it stuck. I was accepted at University and never looked back. There were parts of the program that truthfully didn’t appeal to me at all, but there was so much diversity to choose from! Fast forward through undergrad, I got to do a thesis in transportation and was totally hooked! In my opinion, transportation engineering has all the best parts of engineering. No two communities are alike,so all projects also look different. The work is meaningful and changes in the industry and cities keep it exciting.  When it ...
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Like many engineers, I spent hours playing with Legos! I can remember Christmas one year where every gift I opened was some sort of Lego set. All the hours spent with Legos planted the engineer seeds in my head. When my family moved to suburban Chicago before I started 8th grade, I remember being fascinated by the massive network of highways, railroads, and subway lines that formed the backbone of the city. However, I concluded that many of the traffic signals were poorly timed and coordinated! I figured out traffic and transportation issues largely fell within civil engineering, which I decided to major in at Iowa State University. For the first 13 years after ...
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Dear All,  I want to model drivers behavior on multi lane highways that do not have lane lines  the drivers lane changing and maneuvering is so random and I have interest to model such condition what traffic software could be used to simulate such conditions  Thanks
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This issue of ITE Journal is devoted to parking to coincide with the release of the ITE Parking Generation Manual , 5th Edition  and the companion Shared Parking publication from the National Parking Association (NPA). This collaborative effort between the two associations is aimed at providing transportation practitioners with up-to-date knowledge and tools that can be used to most effectively determine and plan for parking needs. While the two products have been produced by experts from within each respective association, we recognized the value of being able to seamlessly integrate them and so they are designed around a common terminology and analysis ...
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One of the important, though mostly behind-the-scenes, roles performed by ITE technical staff is partnering with other associations and organizations. Members of the ITE technical staff maintain relationships and participate in specific technical initiatives with dozens of these groups. One purpose of these partnerships is to stay abreast of what is happening, learn what is important to other segments of the transportation stakeholder community, and share those issues with our members. But a more significant purpose of these relationships is to actively collaborate with those organizations to produce products and services for the benefit of ITE members—products ...
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The inception of parking started in the 1920s and 1930s in the United States as cars were the new status symbol of wealth. There were rows of cars lining the curbs of streets, with no rules governing parking. The first parking meter was installed in the United States in 1935 in Oklahoma City, OK. Privately run off-street lots became popular to meet the demand, and parking structures sprung up to provide parking in proximity to surrounding destinations. Over time, parking management has become more complex and rules were needed to add order. City zoning ordinances were introduced which identified minimum parking requirements, which are typically calculated on ...
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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) 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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