The ITS Arizona 22nd Annual Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th & Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at the Mesa Convention Center. Refer to the Conference page to register and for full details.


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National Operations Center of Excellence

The National Operations Center of Excellence has a new web portal available for practitioners, researchers and policymakers that includes a variety of materials related to the area of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O).  The site includes discussion forums, a knowledge center, case studies and other resources available to the transportation community.  Registration for the site is free and an email newsletter is also available.


ITS America’s April Webinars

Mark Your Calendar: 5 Can’t Miss Webinars Happening This April

ITS America’s 2015 Webinar Series continues this month with a U.S. DOT sponsored webinar on Decision Support Systems for Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) and a partner webinar with the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and Federal Highway Administration on “Securing Transportation Systems.”

Full details are available here.


V2I Deployment Coalition Webinar

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America will host an upcoming webinar to inform members about the Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Coalition being organized on behalf of USDOT by ITS America, AASHTO and ITE.
This webinar will inform stakeholders and other interested parties of the purpose and overall goals of the Coalition. Additionally, and more importantly, this webinar will solicit feedback regarding the top four issues  members believe the transportation community faces when it comes to V2I deployment.  This webinar will begin a dialogue that will continue at the first V2I Deployment Coalition Meeting, which will take place in conjunction with the ITS America Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, June 1-3, 2015.
This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th, 2015 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm EST. Please click here to register.

ITS Arizona/Arizona ITE Joint Lunch Meeting

Please register for the upcoming joint lunch meeting with Arizona ITE on Thursday, April 23rd at the City of Mesa Transportation Training Room.

Timothy Hall, Market Development Director for Global Traffic Technologies, will speak about the “Evolution of the Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) and Transit Signal Priority (TSP) Systems,” including leading edge developments that leverage existing and future technologies.


USDOT Decision Support Systems for Integrated Corridor Management Webinar

Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Presenters: Robert Sheehan of U.S. DOT’s ITS-Joint Program Office, Jennifer Carter of ITS America, Steve Mortensen of the Federal Transit Administration, and Neil Spiller of the Federal Highway Administration


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) program seeks to support the optimization of existing infrastructure assets along our nation’s urban corridors.  ICM can be thought of as a “system of systems” approach to managing the multiple, overlapping transportation networks that make up a transportation corridor. Because of the need to assess a large number of traffic situations and coordinate operational strategies across modal, institutional, and jurisdictional boundaries, a decision support system (DSS) that can assist operators with the prediction and evaluation of complex traffic interactions, as well as with the coordination and selection of appropriate response strategies, is considered to be a fundamental requirement of an ICM system. To this end, U.S. DOT funded ICM pilot sites in Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA to demonstrate the potential benefits of DSS-driven ICM.

This webinar will summarize the lessons learned from the Dallas and San Diego ICM pilot demonstrations; present the findings of a study that investigated public sector demand for DSS, as well as the private sector’s ability to meet this demand; and suggest institutional and technical readiness criteria for organizations who may be interested in leading or participating in a DSS-driven ICM effort. This U.S. DOT-sponsored webinar will be hosted by Robert Sheehan of U.S. DOT’s ITS-Joint Program Office, Jennifer Carter of ITS America, Steve Mortensen of the Federal Transit Administration, and Neil Spiller of the Federal Highway Administration.

For more information on the Integrated Corridor Management Program, please visit the program’s website at:


Congressional Proposal Extends I-11 to Southern AZ

ADOT News Release, March 26, 2015

As planning for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor advances, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski today expressed appreciation for the efforts of U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. Senator Jeff Flake for their work to introduce the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 to Congress.

The bill formally extends Interstate 11 from Wickenburg south through the Tucson area to Nogales, Arizona. Interstate 11 had previously received a congressional designation from Phoenix to Las Vegas. The Intermountain West Corridor Development Act would not only formally designate I-11 across Arizona from border to border by establishing a new international trade corridor, but would also extend the interstate north through Nevada as well, with plans to ultimately connect with existing high-priority corridors to the Canadian border. 

For more details, see the complete news release.


New Bill Could Negatively Impact V2V Communication

As reported by CBS News, the Wi-Fi Innovation Act being proposed in Congress has the potential to interfere with the rapidly growing field of V2V communication and the safety benefits such technology can provide.


South Mountain Freeway Gains Final Federal Approval

ADOT News Release, March 10, 2015 – The Valley’s Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, proposed by regional planners since the 1980s, has received final approval from the Federal Highway Administration, paving the way for the Arizona Department of Transportation to move the project forward.

The Record of Decision, signed March 5 by the Federal Highway Administration, grants the final approval necessary for ADOT to begin the process of acquiring right of way, complete the design and begin construction of the 22-mile-long freeway to serve the metro Phoenix region.

Full details, including a 3D Fly-Through Video, are available on the project’s ADOT website.