23RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CONNECTING MOBILITY
AND SAFETY

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!

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ASCE PE Review Courses Now Available

The Younger Member Forum of the Arizona Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has scheduled a comprehensive review course to help you prepare for this spring’s Professional Engineer exam on April 21st.  There is a $50 late fee if registering after March 1st, so sign up soon!  Full details of the review schedule, location and registration fees are available here.

 

Employment Opportunities with ADOT

The following employment opportunities are available within the Arizona Department of Transportation:

  • Transportation Engineer 2  – “Manages all aspects of Project Development for the Division and ensures projects follow the Arizona Statewide ITS Architecture plan“.  Full details are available online.
  • Traffic Incident Manager – “This position will be the manager of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program… providing leadership in the development and implementation of statewide strategies and policies.”   Full details are available online.

The closing date for both positions is March 5, 2017.

 

Engineers Week Classroom Visits

Join ITS Arizona during Engineers Week (February 19-25) to support local schools and get kids excited about engineering!

The classroom visits include an introduction to engineering and a hands-on activity to connect to the engineering process. ITS Arizona is leading two classroom visits, one on February 23rd at Sirrine Elementary in Chandler and another on February 24th at Longfellow Elementary in Mesa.  Please contact the ITS Board if you are interested in participating in one or both of these classroom visits!

 

USDOT Announces Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Guidance

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) guidance that can improve safety and mobility by accelerating the deployment of V2I communication systems. The guidance complements the Department’s efforts to reduce crashes by advancing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology announced in a proposed rule in December.

“V2I will make our roads safer and save lives,” Secretary Foxx said. “This is an important step in deploying a connected vehicle environment.”

V2I communication is a critical component of a connected vehicle environment–a system of hardware, software, firmware, and wireless communication that enables the dynamic transfer of data between vehicles as well as between vehicles and elements of the roadway infrastructure.

“In addition to improving safety, vehicle-to-infrastructure technology offers tremendous mobility and environmental benefits,” said FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “We took a big leap forward today by starting a national conversation about these topics, the future of V2I technologies, and some of the bigger challenges facing us, such as privacy, security, and interoperability.”

FHWA developed the V2I Guidance to assist transportation system owners/operators as they deploy V2I technology. The guidance can help transportation agencies and tollway authorities understand what a decision to deploy V2I technology could mean to their region, prepare for emerging V2I and V2V technologies, and leverage federal-aid funds to deploy them. 

The guidance is available at: http://www.its.dot.gov/v2i.

Wireless communications will allow connectivity between all modes of transportation

 

Employment Opportunities with the City of Mesa

The following employment opportunities are available within the City of Mesa Transportation Department:

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer to “manage and direct the functions and operations of the ITS group, which is comprised of two distinct areas (systems and field) within the Traffic Engineering Division of the Transportation Department.”  This is a full-time benefits eligible, at-will position and applications will be accepted through Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:59PM.
  • Geographic Information System Specialist to “create, develop and maintain GIS databases, shape/coverage/layer data and linkages to various databases.”  This is a full-time benefits eligible position and applications will be accepted through Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:59PM.

Full details are available on the City of Mesa’s Job Opportunities page.

 

Beyond Traffic: USDOT’s 30 Year Framework

USDOT – January 9, 2017

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today released the final Beyond Traffic 2045 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.”