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Finally! After 3 years of fits and starts in trying to hold the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA, USA, it is finally going to happen in 2022. While it has been great to start reconnecting with members at District meetings this spring, nothing replaces the opportunity to draw members from across ITE together at the Annual Meeting and Exhibition. We have a strong line-up of plenary session speakers from the federal, state, and local level, including U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg and Louisiana Department of Transportation Secretary and AASHTO President Dr. Shawn Wilson, who will share their perspectives on key transportation ...
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When one looks across the landscape of America, it is easy to see the impact the personal automobile has had on our evolution as a society. The Interstate system allowed Americans to travel from coast to coast in the comfort of their car, charting their own route and seeing the beauty of the horizon rising before them. I, myself, have been a devotee of the road trip, having traveled across the country with my husband and our two sons since they could see out of the back seat window, stopping at many a national park and cozy roadside eatery along the way. However, growing up in a small Texas community in the 1970s, I was more likely to roam the streets on my ...
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NTCIP 1213 Electrical Lighting and Management Systems (ELMS) Standard v03.37b On April 25, 2022, ELMS Standard v03 was accepted as a Recommended Standard by the NTCIP Joint Committee (JC). The JC is 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). Effective date of the standard: The effective date when this “Notice of Intent to Adopt” is deemed complete as of June 21, 2022 close of business, if no appeal is received. The next and final step to adopt the standard is obtaining ...
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The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) is sponsoring a new project to help address cybersecurity issues in the US transportation infrastructure. The project is called the Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC) Cybersecurity Project. It is supported by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and SAE International. The primary purpose of the project is to identify and address cybersecurity needs in the ATC family of standards made ...
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One of the most confounding and unexpected results of COVID-19 has been the dramatic increase in the loss of life on our nation’s roadways. If you had told me at the start of the pandemic that travel would drop dramatically during this period, but fatalities would increase significantly, it would be hard to believe. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, the National Safety Council estimated that there were 39,107 motor-vehicle deaths. That increased to 42,339 in 2020, and again in 2021 to 46,020. Across this same period, the fatality rate increased from 1.20 fatalities per hundred million vehicle miles traveled in 2019, ...
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ITE describes itself as a community of transportation professionals that includes engineers, planners, consultants, educators, technologists, researchers, and more. The use of the word “community” is intentional and seeks to include all who work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users and help build smart and livable communities. Merriam-Webster online defines community as either a unified body of individuals, a social state or condition, or society at large. A synonym is “neighborhood,” and words related to community include city, commune, hamlet, town, village, denizens, dwellers, inhabitants, residents, citizenry, culture, people, ...
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Several years ago, I came across a quote by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy that struck a chord in me. “Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice heard,” (www.lizandmollie.com). At the time, ITE was embarking on its exploration of diversity, inclusion, and equity and their intersection with transportation. After reading that quote from Liz and Mollie, I reflected on a pivotal moment I had early in my college career that still haunts me today. I was a sophomore in an entry-level civil engineering class and one of about five women in the class of at least 50. Early in the semester, the professor ...
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As I sit down to write this column, it is with a bit of a happy glow. I just finished making travel plans to attend the Southern District Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY, USA in late March. It has been so long since I have had the opportunity to be together with members in person, I am very much looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, and meeting more recent members and building new relationships, as well. With a full slate of spring and early summer District meetings followed by the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA, USA July 31-August 3, there will be lots of upcoming opportunities for ITE members to gather. I hope ...
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The Connected Intersections (CI) Committee is pleased to announce the publication of the Connected Intersections (CI) Validation Report , formally catalogued as Connected Transportation Interoperability (CTI 4502 v01.00) . This CI Validation Report summarizes findings from the validation phase of the Connected Intersections Project, which include data collection, analysis, and feedback received from validation sites between the months of April and September of 2021. The CI Project Committee developed CTI 4502 v01.00 with broad stakeholder representation from the standards development organizations (including the American Association of State Highway ...
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In my March message in the ITE Journal, I invited members to share their favorite women in transportation via the ITE Community or social media. I have heard from several of you and will share them with the broader membership so that we can all learn more about trailblazers in our profession. Martin Pietrucha, who was my Ph.D. faculty advisor at Penn State, shared via Twitter that he always thought highly of Lillian Boronne. He shared a wonderful article on her that I encourage you to read. Lillian become the director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Port Commerce Department in 1988. She was the first woman in the world to head a major ...
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When you think about the women you have known in your life, who stands out? Who inspires you? Who exemplifies courage? Who has vision? Who leads from the front? My maternal grandmother, Janice Dorothy Smollen Goff, is at the top of my list. Born in 1908 in a small town in Texas, USA, Dotsie was a trailblazer, always pushing boundaries and embracing the colors and flavors of life. She and my grandfather lived in Cuba in the 1930s where she learned Spanish and a love of Cuban culture. She lived in New Orleans, LA, USA and San Antonio, TX, learning to cook regional cuisines. She fed the needy during The Great Depression. She was a journalist, a feminist, and a ...
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The theme of this issue of ITE Journal and this month’s Virtual Spring Conference capture the essence of what ITE is about from a technical perspective. What has always attracted me to ITE is that we are an organization that finds the best practices and puts them to work for our members and the traveling public. While it is critical for ITE to be on the leading edge of our profession, keeping pace with the latest trends, what sets us apart is our focus on taking this new knowledge and moving it into practice. The Council Leadership Team is exceling at finding new knowledge and making it work for our members. The annual Developing Trends Report (available at ...
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What can I do to get adequate professional mentorship and experience in preparation for being a PE as a remote employee? ITE members Dan Hennessey & Farukh Ijaz share their views on how to get the mentoring you need to prepare for your certification and to ensure you have the skills you need moving forward, even in a remote environment. Videos courtesy of ITE's Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation. Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP 2022 ITE International Preside ...
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What is the PTOE, RSP, PTP, (etc.) and when/why do people usually obtain these certifications? ITE Younger Members Yung Koprowski and Lili Liang share their perspectives on these transportation credentials. Videos courtesy of ITE's Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation. Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP 2022 ITE International President
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Wondering when you should take the FE and EIT exams to pursue your PE? Listen to ITE Younger Member Sky Guo discuss the timing of these exams for students and young professionals. Videos courtesy of ITE's Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation. Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP 2022 ITE International President
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Are you a young transportation professional considering pursuing your P.E. license? Listen as ITE Younger Member Adam Greenstein shares his views on the importance of certification and whether you should be aiming for that PE. Video courtesy of ITE's Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation. Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP 2022 ITE International President
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How does one determine which job offers the most flexibility, particularly when it comes to family? As we rethink how we live after navigating a pandemic, the answers might not always be clear. Hear what ITE young members Yung Koprowski , Lili Liang , and Kellie Reep have to say about weighing alternatives related to flexibility. Videos courtesy of ITE's Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation. Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F) 2022 ITE International President
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This issue of ITE Journal is focused on the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (IIJA/BIL). This $1.2 trillion legislation is a two-for-one infrastructure investment because it includes a reauthorization of the surface transportation federal-aid program as well as a one-time “new” infrastructure investment of $550 billion. It is also much more than a “highway’ or “transportation” bill, it is truly an infrastructure investment, with funding flowing to many different types of infrastructure, including energy, water, and broadband. If all that seems a bit confusing we hope that the article on page ...
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I recently read a post on social media asking people to share when they first had a Black teacher in school. As you can expect, the responses were varied. Many indicated that they did not have a Black teacher until high school or college. Some, including Blacks, responded never. I thought “How sad.” I recalled that I had my first Black teacher in fourth grade. At the time, I thought nothing of it. I mean, didn’t everyone have a Black teacher at some point? I was simply following in my sisters’ footsteps and pretty much had the same teachers they did. It was the early 1970s, and I lived in a small Texas town where everyone went to the same school. We weren’t ...
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I want to extend my congratulations to Robert Wunderlich on being awarded the distinction of ITE Honorary Member! I have had the pleasure of working with Robert at Texas A&M Transportation Institute and am continually awed by his endless commitment to transportation safety. His larger-than-life personality serves him well in that regard. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! Read more about his distinguished ITE career in the January 2022 ITE Journal. Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F) 2022 ITE International President
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