We would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and ITS Arizona members for their support which made this year's conference possible. Presentations from the breakout sessions and lots of great photos and other information are now available on the Conference page. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today released the final Beyond Traffic2045 report highlighting transportation challenges the United States will face over the next three decades. The report finds that the U.S. transportation system, and the current planning and funding mechanisms, will not meet the demands presented by trends including population growth, climate change, and new technologies like driverless cars.
“Beyond Traffic started a long overdue conversation about whether our transportation infrastructure will keep pace with our changing country,” said Secretary Foxx. “The final report again shows that if we do not invest in our infrastructure, we will let conditions move us backwards.”
Arizona ITE/ITS Arizona 2016 Holiday Party
December 22, 2016
This year’s holiday party was held at Royal Islanders in Mesa. Members of ITS Arizona and Arizona ITE enjoyed catching up over a delicious Hawaiian meal and live entertainment. The family-owned venue was very welcoming and we enjoyed the dance performances and the fire show. Some attendees even gained a few hula dance moves of their own! The holiday party raised $530, which will be donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Thank you for your support of ITS Arizona this past year. We wish you joy and peace this Holiday Season, and a very Happy New Year!
ITS Arizona December 2016 Adopt-A-Path Clean-Up
December 22, 2016
On December 3rd, ITS Arizona volunteers completed the first clean-up effort of our newly adopted multi-use path. We have adopted a one-mile segment of the Tempe Canal Path, between University Drive and Apache Boulevard. Thanks to all who attended the first event; we had a great turnout of over a dozen volunteers! We collected a good amount of trash and had a great time volunteering with other ITS members and their families. We are planning to hold additional clean-up efforts this year, with the next one scheduled for early spring. We encourage you to come out and join us next time!
Thank you to the City of Tempe for providing safety vests for all volunteers!
USDOT Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on V2V Communication
Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on U.S. roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule today that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles “talk” to each other.
Separately, the Department’s Federal Highway Administration plans to soon issue guidance for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications, which will help transportation planners integrate the technologies to allow vehicles to “talk” to roadway infrastructure such as traffic lights, stop signs and work zones to improve mobility, reduce congestion and improve safety.
NHTSA estimates that safety applications enabled by V2V and V2I could eliminate or mitigate the severity of up to 80 percent of non-impaired crashes, including crashes at intersections or while changing lanes.