The ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference will be held Wednesday, September 28th & Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at the Mesa Convention Center. We look forward to another great conference and seeing you there!


ITS Arizona Technical Workshop – May 2016

The first ITS Arizona Technical Workshop of 2016 is scheduled for Thursday, May 12th, Noon -1pm, at the City of Mesa Transportation Training Room.

Lisa Parks, Marketing Manager for Grid Bike Share, will discuss the Grid Bike Share program, which is a great complement to light rail and is rapidly expanding throughout the valley.  Grid Bikes were first introduced to Phoenix in the fall of 2014, recently expanded to Mesa this spring and will ride into Tempe in the fall. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about this system and check out the bikes, and the technology behind them, in person.

Space is limited, so please register by May 9th to reserve your spot!


UA Researchers Demonstrate Connected Vehicle Technology

Researchers from the University of Arizona recently demonstrated their work at the Arizona Connected Vehicle Test Bed in Anthem, Arizona for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  Dr. Larry Head and his team recently completed the second phase of their $2 million research program with USDOT and MCDOT, and are currently pursuing funding for the project’s third phase, which will include instrumenting up to 20 percent of vehicles used by Anthem residents as well as freight trucks along SR85 in Phoenix.

For details, refer to the full article and a related video on MCDOT’s SmartDrive Program.


Arizona ITE & ITS Arizona Annual Joint Meeting

ITS Arizona’s annual joint meeting with Arizona ITE is scheduled for April 28th, from Noon-1pm at Valley Metro’s Operations & Maintenance Facility (605 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034).  Jay Yenerich, Manager of Design at Valley Metro, will be the featured speaker discussing “Transit and Traffic: A Look at Valley Metro’s System“. This will be followed by a tour of the facility that will take approximately 30 minutes.

Please RSVP for this event as soon as possible!


Save the Date!

The ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference will be held Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th at the Mesa Convention Center, in Mesa, Arizona.  This year’s theme is Connecting Mobility and Safety and we’re looking forward to another great conference.  Look for the Call for Abstracts and more conference info coming soon to your inbox!


Employment Opportunity with the City of Mesa

The City of Mesa Transportation Department has an opening for an entry-level Transportation Engineer assigned within the Traffic Studies Group.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position and applications will be accepted through April 28th at 11:59PM.

Full details are available on the City’s Jobs site.


ITS Arizona Meeting at NAU

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On April 1st, ITS Arizona hosted a lunch meeting with students at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

ITS Arizona members Chris Lemka, Assistant City Traffic Engineer, and Steve McKenzie, ITS Engineer, both from the City of Peoria, spoke about the many ITS innovations that Peoria uses to manage their transportation network, including MaxView signal software, Gridsmart video detection, wireless detection and the InSync adaptive signal control system.  ITS Arizona Board Members Scott Miller, Sanjay Paul and Michelle Beckley also attended. It was a great meeting and provided the NAU students an excellent opportunity to ask questions of practicing ITS professionals, learn more about their diverse backgrounds and discuss the future of ITS.


ITS America Student Essay Competition


ITS America 2016

$1,000 Cash Prize, Entry Deadline: Friday May 6

(Washington, DC, March 28, 2016) – The ITS America 2016 San Jose Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Student Essay Competition will be sponsored again this year by Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®). The annual prize, to be awarded at ITS America 2016 San Jose on Sunday, June 12 during the ITS America Board of Directors meeting, encourages postsecondary students to take a leadership role in advancing transportation technology by sharing their own, unique concepts and ideas, as expressed via an original , self-authored 2,000-word essay. The contest is aimed at undergraduate and graduate-level students studying transportation, engineering, and public policy.

“This is the fifth year of our sponsorship and, happily, we continue to be impressed by the creativity of the student essays,” said Steve Dellenback, Ph.D., executive director of SwRI’s Automation and Data Systems Division. “These students are smartly positioning themselves for ever greater academic and professional success. They’re taking an active role now, helping to address the ITS industry challenges of today and tomorrow. They’re the future of this dynamic, exciting industry hungry for smart people with fresh, innovative ideas.”

Students’ essays are to focus on either of these topics:

  • “How do you envision the city of the future will address transportation through the use of new innovative technologies? (10-year horizon)”
  • “How can existing and future ITS deployments benefit from the existence of Big Data and advancements in analytics?”

The winning student will receive a $1,000 cash prize, complimentary registration to the ITS America 2016 San Jose event, and expenses-paid air travel and hotel accommodations for the venue. Selection of the winning essay is based on the thought-provoking insights expressed about the future of the intelligent transportation industry.

To be eligible, students must be postsecondary graduate or undergraduate level enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. Contestants’ essays must be a Microsoft Word attachment formatted with one inch margins, single-spacing, and 12 point font submitted to no later than May 6, 2016.

The 2015 winning essays highlighted vehicle platooning, Bluetooth technology applied to roadways, and cooperative adaptive cruise control.

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) Automation and Data Systems provides engineering services in the definition, development, and maintenance of complex systems and equipments for government and industry.

ITS America 2016 San Jose is a new show representing this transformative moment in intelligent transportation. Innovators + Implementers. Tech + Transportation. It’s the Incubator of Next Generation ITS.

Integrated Mobility. Transportation Redefined.



ITS Arizona Spring Social Event

AZ DiamondbacksCome join your fellow ITS Arizona members for a great night of baseball, food and fun!

Members are invited to bring a guest and help cheer on our Diamondbacks from the comfort of our reserved suite (D-Backs Suite #8) as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Tickets are $25 per person and availability is limited, so reserve yours today

Chase Field policies and information are available here.


National Household Travel Survey


The Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are asking households, most of them outside of metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, to participate in the National Household Travel Survey. Up to 30,000 Arizona households, chosen at random, will be contacted by letter over the next year.

It’s important that as many households as possible participate because the answers will help state, local and federal officials decide when, where and how to invest limited transportation funding to improve roads, public transportation, sidewalks, bikeways and more.

“Taking part in the National Household Travel Survey requires just a few easy steps with one purpose: We want to hear your travel story,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “Your answers are valuable no matter how you get from place to place.”

For those who aren’t invited to participate in the National Household Travel Survey, ADOT has created an online survey available at Information gathered through this survey will also help create a more valuable transportation system for all.

The National Household Travel Survey, conducted every five to seven years, provides an essential snapshot of transportation behaviors and trends by asking how members of a household get around on one day.

Participation, which is voluntary, starts with filling out a brief survey that comes with the invitation letter and returning it in a prepaid envelope. That takes about 10 minutes. Participants receive travel logs to record where members of their household go on an assigned travel day. Then they provide the information online or by phone, a process that usually takes 20 to 25 minutes.

Using a federal grant, ADOT has commissioned extra survey responses from beyond the Phoenix and Tucson areas to learn more about travel behaviors and trends in rural Arizona. The goal is for about 80 percent of all National Household Travel Survey participants to live beyond the Sun Corridor.

By law, all information provided is kept confidential, will be used only for research and cannot be sold. Names and other identifying information aren’t linked with the survey data used to create statistical summaries.

More information on the National Household Travel Survey and how it helps ADOT and all of Arizona is available at