The ITS Arizona 22nd Annual Conference was held Wednesday, September 30th & Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at the Mesa Convention Center. Another great conference is behind us and we're already planning for next year's.  Check out the Conference page for all the highlights!


2015 – 2016 WTS Metropolitan Phoenix Scholarships

Deadline Extended to Midnight Sunday, November 22, 2015

The WTS Metropolitan Phoenix Chapter is offering six scholarships totaling $14,000.  Applications are due by midnight Sunday, November 22, 2015.  Applications must be submitted to Karla Ricci at and Anita Richardson at

$3,000 Helen M. Overly / Esther Kmetty Scholarship (Application)
$2,000 Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship (Application)
$2,000 Molitoris Leadership Fund for Graduates (Application)
$2,000 Marion T. McVey Scholarship (Application)
$2,500 Support Sky Harbor Coalition Graduate Scholarship (Application)
$2,500 AzTA Public Transportation Planning Scholarship (Application)


ITS ePrimer

The USDOT’s Professional Capacity Building Program provides an excellent online resource for ITS professionals, the ITS ePrimer.

From the website:

“The ITS ePrimer provides transportation professionals with fundamental concepts and practices related to ITS technologies. This online resource can help practicing professionals and students better understand how ITS is integrated into the planning, design, deployment, and operations of surface transportation systems. The ITS ePrimer is both a stand-alone reference document for the practitioner as well as a text for education and training programs.”

ITS Arizona would like to acknowledge those members who were among the group of ITE expert reviewers who volunteered their time to review the ePrimer’s modules.


Implementing ICM: Scan Findings, Updates and Next Steps

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) are co-sponsoring a webinar featuring the outcomes of a scanning tour on Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) conducted as part of the U.S. Domestic Scan Program (NCHRP Project 20-68A,

Phoenix was one of five regional corridors visited by the scan team during a two-week period during the summer of 2014, which also included Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania and San Diego.  The scan provided a chance to learn firsthand from practitioners in these regions about ICM advances,  leading practices and to ask questions about issues, barriers and opportunities.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 17th, from 10:30am-12:00pm MST.

Click here for more information and to register for this free webinar.

The scan final report is also available for download.


Signal Timing Manual, 2nd Edition

Signal Timing Manual - Second Edition

NCHRP Report 812: Signal Timing Manual – Second Edition was recently published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and is now available for free download.

On November 4th, a webinar to review the contents of the new edition of this valuable resource was held by TRB and hosted at two valley locations by MAG and the City of Mesa and included lunch, sponsored by Lee Engineering. The webinar was very well attended, with over 50 participants between the two locations,  and ITS Arizona would like to thank our hosts and sponsor for providing this valuable opportunity to our membership.

If you were unable to attend the webinar or would like to review materials discussed, the following resources are available:


Annual Arizona ITE/ITS Arizona Holiday Party

The annual Arizona ITE/ITS Arizona Holiday Party is scheduled for Thursday, December 10th from 5-9pm. This year, the party will be held at The Duce, a new venue that has been called one of the ‘hippest’ and ‘wackiest’ spots in downtown Phoenix. Doors will open at 5pm with appetizers and drinks for you to enjoy while you catch up on the latest with your fellow transportation professionals.  The evening’s entertainment will begin at 6:30pm, when the National Comedy Theatre will perform a competitive improv comedy show specifically tailored to our transportation/ITS audience.  It’s a fun show with a lot of interaction, so we know you’ll have a great time!

The entry fee is $10/person, and all proceeds will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Phoenix.

Note that all attendees must be 21 or older and complimentary valet parking is available.

Please RSVP online by Friday, December 4th.


Conference Highlights

The ITS Arizona 22nd Annual Conference was another great success and planning for next year’s conference has already begun.  Please take a look at the Conference page, which has been updated with an extensive photo slideshow, session presentations, award winners and the board election results.  Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the conference’s success.  The ITS Arizona website has also been updated to recognize our 2015-16 Sponsors and we would like to thank them again for their valued support of ITS Arizona and our membership.


ITS Arizona Joint Luncheons with ITE Student Chapters

On Wednesday, October 21st, ITS Arizona held a joint luncheon with the ASU-ITE Student Chapter.  Dr. Sarath Joshua, Senior Program Manager at MAG, presented the topic “Planning for a Safer and Efficient Urban Transportation System“, discussing the role of MPOs in urban planning, specifically in the areas of ITS and Transportation Safety.  The luncheon was held in the new College Avenue Commons (CAVC) building and was well attended by the ITS Arizona board and our student members.  Monirehalsadat Mahmoudi was also presented with her plaque for winning the ITS Arizona Student Paper Competition at this year’s annual conference.

On Friday, October 30th, ITS Arizona will be holding a joint luncheon with the UA-ITE Student Chapter in Tucson, to discuss “ITS in Arizona Highways“.  Toni Whitfield, Operations Engineer at FHWA, and Farzana Yasmin, Project Development Manager at ADOT, will be sharing their experiences with managing various ITS projects throughout the state.  For more details, see the meeting announcements below.

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