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A CONDUIT TO THE FUTURE


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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Employment Opportunity with the City of Glendale

The City of Glendale is inviting applications for the position of Traffic Engineer I. The position “investigates and analyzes citizen and council requests for service regarding neighborhood and transportation issues” and “provides project management on assigned projects”.

The position is open until filled with the first review of applications on June 8, 2015.

Full details are available for download here.

 

2015 Report Card for Arizona’s Infrastructure

 

2015 report card

This week in Phoenix, over 100 engineers gathered to release the 2015 Report Card for Arizona’s Infrastructure showing how the state’s key assets were doing and what could be improved to keep the state growing. The report highlights how infrastructure is essential to everyday life and critical to economic competitiveness.

-Courtesy of the Arizona Society of Civil Engineers

 

Waze Launches “Unusual Traffic” Twitter Feeds

Do you Tweet?  If so, you may want to starting following @WazeTrafficPhx.  Phoenix is one of 50 ‘traffic-intense’ locations selected by Waze with specialized Twitter accounts to let drivers know when there is something unusual happening on the road at any given time and inform them how it will affect their drive.  The Unusual Traffic service uses historical data to compare what is actually happening on the road to what traffic typically looks like for the same street and time.  Information included in the tweets will include:

  • The location and cause (if available) of the unusual traffic
  • The extra time added by the unusual traffic
  • Pictures from Waze users’ real-time road reports
  • Whether the traffic jam is building up or clearing up
  • A link to a page containing the optimal alternate route to bypass the traffic

Here is a tweet from @WazeTrafficPhx this morning:@WazeTrafficPhxYou can read the full announcement on the official Waze Blog.

 

Informative Transportation Videos Win International Awards

Gripping Stuff – The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) video “High Friction Surface Treatments: A Road Surface Treatment” has been awarded a 2015 Communicator Award of Distinction in the Programs/News – Information category.

A Connected Future – The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) video “Connected Vehicle: The Future of Transportation” was awarded a 2015 Communicator Gold Award for Excellence, as well as a 2015 Silver Telly Award.

For more information about the videos and the award programs, please refer to the latest issue of Traffic Technology Today.

 

New Articles from Future Structure Newsletter

Here are a couple articles you may find of interest from the Transportation section of the latest Future Structure newsletter, which you can subscribe to here:

Experts caution that regulations could delay implementation of autonomous vehicles and there will be unforeseen problems.

The city’s grid of LED streetlights are being fitted with remote monitoring controls that keep officials apprised of their condition.

 

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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.

 

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

Registration: http://www.itsa.org/dssforicmwebinar

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: http://www.its.dot.gov/icms/