Tour of the Tempe TMC
On Friday, September 8th, ITS Arizona organized a tour of the Tempe TMC for the ASU ITE Student Chapter. During this tour, the attendees, mostly Master’s and Doctoral students, were introduced to traffic engineering by John Hoang and Julian Dresang of the City of Tempe, who talked about the TMC’s mission, what it does and how it is affected by special events and/or incidents. In addition to discussing the different systems and resources used by TMC staff, the students also had the opportunity to observe staff remotely monitor and control PTZ cameras and signal timing at several intersections during the course of their visit. Tempe staff also discussed special event signal timing, how it is used to reduce traffic congestion during ASU home football games and how they work with the Tempe Police Department to provide the best solutions to keep Tempe in Motion. Thank you to the City of Tempe for providing this valuable opportunity!
Tempe Canal Path Cleanup
On September 9th, ITS Arizona volunteers participated in another successful clean-up of our adopted segment of the Tempe Canal Path. Despite a run-in with some very territorial wasps (ouch!), we were undeterred and collected another impressive amount of trash to keep our path looking great. We even expanded our area a bit and helped clean up a huge trash pile outside of the path boundary at the request of a local resident. Also, the streak lives, as we’re 4 for 4 for abandoned shopping carts, which makes the process of getting the collected trash back to the pickup point that much easier. Thanks to all who attended the clean-up and we encourage everyone to join us when we return in December. It’ll be a lot cooler, we promise!
Thank you to the City of Tempe for providing bags and safety vests for all volunteers!
The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) has established the Electronic Display Traffic Control Task Force, which is looking into needed changes in the MUTCD to address new sign technology since 2009. The Task Force, co-chaired by Joanne Conrad and Randy McCourt, is working with each of the NCUTCD technical committee to draft recommendations that will eventually lead to the NCUTCD Council consideration and being forwarded to FHWA. As part of this effort, the task force has developed a survey that we would like as many people in the industry that are interested in or involved with the planning, design, specification, implementation, operation or manufacturing of dynamic messages signs to participate. It is 15 questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please utilize this link to access the survey. Complete this survey or send it to your staff who may best be in position to respond by September 8th.
Don’t forget that conference registration fees increase September 1st, so register today!
Since the last conference update, we’ve had a large number of new sponsors and exhibitors sign up to attend, so please check out the Conference page for the latest listing.
We encourage those interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor, but have not yet signed up, to do so soon, as there are only a few booths and sponsorship opportunities remaining.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you September 27th and 28th!
In 2017, the U.S. transportation system continues to face the ongoing challenges of improving safety, meeting rising transportation demand, and mitigating congestion and environmental impacts, according to the USDOT ITS Joint Program Office’s ITS Benefits, Costs, and Lessons Learned: 2017 Update Report.
To address the transportation challenges facing today’s communities, new transportation technologies are being developed and applied to improve safety and mobility and reduce the impact of travel on the environment. They include connected vehicles, automation, accessible transportation, smart communities, and mobility on demand. The update report features new fact sheets for each of these topics and updates on traditional ITS topics.
The fact sheets, and the collection of web-based resources upon which they are based, were developed to support informed decision making regarding ITS planning and deployment. The fact sheets present information on the performance of deployed ITS technology, as well as information on the costs, benefits, and lessons learned regarding ITS deployment and operations.
The ITS Knowledge Resources Database can be accessed at: http://www.ITSKRs.its.dot.gov.
The 2017 fact sheets and update report can be accessed at: http://www.itsknowledgeresources.its.dot.gov/its/bcllupdate/.
To learn more about research at the ITS Joint Program Office (JPO), please visit: www.its.dot.gov.
Each year, ITS Arizona sponsors an internship opportunity with a local agency or consultant. The most recent ITS Arizona intern is Gabrielle Bovaird, who will be working with the City of Glendale Transportation Department. Gabrielle is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, planning to graduate in the spring of 2018. Gabrielle hopes to offer a unique perspective from a mechanical engineering background to this position. As an intern with the City of Glendale, Gabrielle will contribute to projects involving traffic mitigation and the traffic management center. She is excited to see and be a part of the implementation of connected vehicle technologies in the coming years.
The AZTech Operations Committee, with the support of the Arizona Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Intelligent Transportation Society of Arizona, is conducting a series of review sessions for the second edition of the Signal Timing Manual. The Signal Timing Manual is an invaluable reference for anyone involved with the design, operation and maintenance of traffic signals and has been expanded significantly since the original 2008 version.
The second session is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th, and will review Chapters 5-6, which cover an Introduction to Timing Plans and Intersection/Uncoordinated Timing. The instructor will be Kevin Balke, Senior Research Engineer with Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and one of the authors of the manual.
While this is a free event, registration is required. For more details, and to reserve a seat, register online.
Download a copy of the Signal Timing Manual, 2nd Ed.
It’s that time again! Please join your fellow ITS Arizona members for our quarterly service event to clean up our adopted one-mile segment of the Tempe Canal Path. The weather is beginning to cool off and there will be snacks, drinks and good conversation with friends and colleagues, not to mention the karma points you get for helping to beautify this stretch of the Tempe Canal.
The event will be Saturday, September 9th from 7-9am. Family and guests are welcome to attend, but are limited to those 12 and over. Safety vests and bags will be provided by the City of Tempe’s Adopt-a-Path program, so please register everyone who will be attending to make sure we have an accurate headcount. Pick-up tools are provided by ITS Arizona, and gloves are recommended, but will not be provided. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver of liability.
Registration and full details are available online. We hope to see you there!
The upcoming election for the 2018 ITS Arizona Board of Directors is just around the corner, so now is the time to throw your name in the hat if you are interested in taking an active role in one of Arizona’s premier professional organizations. Whether you are interested in being Treasurer or a Member-at-Large, please send an email to email@example.com with your full contact info, a recent bio, the position you would like to be nominated for and why you want to serve on the ITS Arizona Board of Directors. Nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday, September 1st. Submissions will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which will forward its recommendations to the Board of Directors for inclusion in the upcoming ballot.
The Maricopa Association of Governments has an opening for an ITS Safety Engineer II.
The position is open until filled and full details are available online.