The National Rural ITS & ITS Arizona Annual Conference + Exhibit will be October 21-24, 2018 at the We-Ko-Pa Conference Center in Fort McDowell, AZ. Please refer to the conference website for full details.



ITS America’s Shailen Bhatt Looks to the Future

Shailen Bhatt has a big job on his hands. The CEO and president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is the second to hold the post in two years following the resignation last July of his predecessor Regina Hopper. It has not been the easiest time for the not-for-profit organisation, which has admitted that there was some rebuilding to do. Bhatt comes with a considerable pedigree. He was executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation for three years from February 2015 and, before that, cabinet secretary of the Delaware DoT and in a policy role at the Federal Highway Administration

Bhatt is a lifelong public servant and has spoken candidly of his sadness at leaving the public sector, calling it a “bittersweet day”. Rather winningly, he spoke of the “nobility” of public service. “There has almost been a demonisation of the public sector in recent years,” he says sadly in his first interview with ITS International. “The majority of public servants choose to give their careers to serving their city, province or state. It’s nice to be around people with that mindset. I feel for nearly the last decade I’ve been going in to work feeling I was going to save lives or make people’s lives better.”

Read the full article online at ITS International


Employment Opportunity with the City of Mesa

The City of Mesa Transportation Department is seeking a Traffic Studies Analyst.

The application deadline has been extended through Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Full details are available on the City of Mesa’s Job Opportunities page.


Employment Opportunity with the City of Phoenix

The City of Phoenix has an opening for a Traffic Engineering Supervisor.

First review of applications will occur the week of March 26, 2018.

Full details are available online.


National Rural ITS and ITS Arizona Annual Conference: Call for Abstracts Closes March 30th

Instead of our usual standalone conference in September, this year, as part of ITS Arizona’s silver anniversary, we have partnered with the Institute of Transportation Engineers to provide a historic joint annual conference opportunity for our members.  The National Rural ITS and ITS Arizona Annual Conference + Exhibit will be held October 21-24, 2018 at the We-Ko-Pa Conference Center in Fort McDowell, Arizona.

This year’s theme, Creating ITS Implementation Solutions for All Communities, represents the opportunity to share how leveraging technology applications and resources improves transportation in our communities. This meeting will combine rural ITS experts and Arizona’s transportation thought leaders to create a program that inspires attendees, allows them to create connections and leaves them with knowledge and tools to positively impact their own programs.

The Call for Abstracts is open, and the deadline for submissions is March 30, 2018. We encourage you to submit an abstract for this upcoming conference, which will have a large audience of ITS professionals from across the country.  To submit an abstract, or for more details on the conference, please see the conference website and stay tuned for more announcements in the weeks ahead.


Employment Opportunity with the City of Mesa

The City of Mesa has an opening for a Intelligent Transportation Systems Analyst.

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Full details are available online.


Employment Opportunities with ADOT

The Arizona Department of Transportation has the following positions available:

  • Signal Lighting and Technical Electrical Technician (Job ID 35469), Transportation Systems Management and Operations Division – Closes March 19th
  • Transportation Engineering Specialist (Job ID 36423), Infrastructure Delivery and Operations Division – Closes March 22nd

Full details are available online.


Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Arizona

Recent news articles have announced significant milestones in autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona:

In addition, as discussed in this Medium postWaymo, in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Safety Council, the Foundation for Blind Children, the Foundation for Senior Living and the East Valley Partnership have launched the world’s first public education campaign for fully self-driving cars in Arizona:  Let’s Talk Self-Driving


ITS Arizona & Arizona ITE Joint Luncheon

On March 22nd, ITS Arizona and Arizona ITE will be hosting a joint luncheon from Noon-1pm at the Valley Metro Operations & Maintenance Facility.

Kyle Kotchou, Deputy Aviation Director for Design and Construction at Sky Harbor International Airport, and Mark Pilwallis, Vice President with Gannett Fleming, will talk about Sky Train Stage 2: Completing the Connection Between Terminal 3 and the Rental Car Center.  Sky Harbor International Airport has millions of passengers traveling through the facility each year and a large number of them make use of either the Sky Train or a rental car, so this is a major upgrade that will finalize the Sky Train system and provide increased access for passengers.

The presentation will be followed by an optional 30-minute tour of Valley Metro’s Operations & Maintenance Facility from 1-1:30pm.

Go online for more details and to register


Governor Ducey Updates Autonomous Vehicle Executive Order

Press Release

Arizona has become the home for testing of self-driving vehicles, and Governor Ducey today updated his 2015 executive order to advance our state’s position as a national leader for the development on this technology while continuing to protect public safety.

In 2015, Governor Ducey signed an executive order that outlined the process for self-driving vehicle testing in the state of Arizona. The executive order established safety guidelines for the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles, but also instructed the state to eliminate unnecessary regulations and hurdles to the new technology.  As a result, Arizona is recognized as a leader in welcoming new technology and innovations. Since the enactment of the executive order, Arizona has become home to testing for many of the technology and automotive companies that are leading the innovation into the new frontier, including General Motors, Waymo, Uber, and Intel. The New York Times even said Arizona is where “self-driving cars go to learn.”

With advancements in technology and testing, today’s order:

  • Includes updates to keep pace with emerging technology, including advancements toward fully autonomous vehicles.
  • Requires all automated driving systems to be in compliance with all federal and state safety standards, including:
    • The vehicle must achieve a reasonably safe state, such as bringing the vehicle to a complete stop, upon experiencing a failure of the vehicle’s automated driving system.
    • Complying with all Arizona traffic and safety laws.
    • Meeting all applicable certificate, title registration, and licensing and insurance requirements.
    • Instructs the Departments of Public Safety to work with other relevant law enforcement agencies to develop protocols on how first responders shall interact with a fully autonomous vehicle in emergency and traffic enforcement situations.
    • In addition, the vehicle must meet all applicable certificate, title registration, and licensing and insurance requirements.

“As technology advances, our policies and priorities must adapt to remain competitive in today’s economy,” said Governor Ducey. “This executive order embraces new technologies by creating an environment that supports autonomous vehicle innovation and maintains a focus on public safety.”

View a PDF of the executive order here.


SPaT Challenge Webinar Series

The National Operations Center of Excellence will be hosting a five part webinar series covering the SPaT Challenge, including design considerations and deployment.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE), and ITS America (ITSA) working together through the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC) have challenged state and local public sector transportation infrastructure owners and operators (IOOs) to work together to achieve deployment of roadside Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) 5.9 GHz broadcast radio infrastructure to broadcast signal phase and timing (SPaT) in real-time at signalized intersections on at least one road corridor or street network (approximately 20 signalized intersections) in each of the 50 states by January 2020. This is commonly called the SPaT Challenge.

Webinar #1: Initial SPaT Challenge Activities | March 6, 2018 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will serve as an introduction to the workshop series and logistics, available and upcoming SPaT Challenge resources, and the SPaT Challenge model ConOps & Requirements documents. The webinar will also present information regarding costs, procurement, and corridor selection.  More Information and Registration

Webinar #2: SPaT Challenge Design Considerations (Part 1) | March 20, 2018 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will present on minimum content for SPaT broadcasts to be verified/validated and signal controller interface/creation of SPaT messages, and DSRC licensing. The webinar will also present examples of designs for assembling SPaT messages.  More information and Registration

Webinar #3: SPaT Challenge Design Considerations (Part 2) | April 17, 2018 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will present an overview of MAP messages, examples of MAP message creation approaches, vehicle position correction (needs and solutions) as well as an overview of vehicle position correction (needs and solutions).  More Information and Registration


Webinar #4: SPaT Challenge Design Considerations (Part 3) | May 15, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

This webinar will present an overview of intersection and roadside equipment specification, design and installation. This webinar will also discuss backhaul infrastructure design.  More Information and Registration


Webinar #5: SPaT Challenge Deployment & Validation | June 12, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

This webinar will present an overview of procurement process, validation/verification of SPaT deployments, and securing SPaT broadcast. This webinar will also discuss potential applications that DOTs could deploy and potential next steps.  More information and Registration