The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has recently released the Active Traffic Management Implementation and Operations Guide to provide regional and local agencies guidance on how to strategically and effectively implement and operate Active Traffic Management (ATM) strategies. The Guide describes the stepwise approach to accomplishing this implementation through the application of the system engineering process; comprehensive planning; and organizational considerations, capabilities, and design considerations. It utilizes a combination of relevant existing resources and documents along with best practices and lessons learned gleaned from early adopters to offer practical guidance. It also emphasizes the value of ATM and what these strategies can offer to operating agencies as part of their broader Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) program. The intended audience(s) of the Guide includes agencies interested in implementing ATM in their region, as well as agencies that have implemented ATM and are interested in guidance on operating their ATM systems and strategies more effectively.
In late 2017, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released the Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism, a “first-of-its-kind street design vision to help cities worldwide prepare for the age of autonomous vehicles. Building on NACTO’s library of street design guidance, the Blueprint envisions a future where cities benefit from new transportation technologies to improve the public realm and build streets that work for people, rather than merely redesigning streets to accommodate emerging technologies.
Developed with a steering committee from NACTO’s 61 member cities and transit agencies and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Blueprint outlines the physical and policy steps that cities could take to ensure that their streets can be reimagined and redesigned to improve safety, prioritize people and public space, strengthen the role of mass transit and manage the contested curb as automated vehicles arrive on city streets.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) will host a new three-part webinar series highlighting the latest trends and developments in ITS deployment.
To measure the deployment of ITS technology nationally, the USDOT’s ITS Deployment Tracking Project surveys transportation agencies in the largest U.S. cities on a regular basis. The ITS Knowledge Resources Portal summarizes the benefits, costs, deployment levels, and lessons learned for ITS deployment and operations from over 20 years of ITS evaluation studies, research syntheses, handbooks, journal articles, and conference papers tracking the effectiveness of deployed ITS.
The webinar series will provide an overview of these resources to support informed decision making on ITS investments, highlight recent additions to the survey, and solicit feedback from participants on how best to redesign the portal to improve its usability and value.
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 fourth and final session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st, and will review Chapters 9-12, which cover Advanced Signal Systems, Preferential Treatment, Special Conditions and Oversaturated Conditions. The instructor will be Dr. Larry Head, Professor of Systems & Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona.
While this is a free event, registration is required. For more details, and to reserve a seat, register online.
The ITS Arizona Board of Directors is looking for volunteers to serve on this year’s Conference Committee, assisting with program development, sponsor and exhibitor outreach, and various other conference activities.
In addition, our current Webmaster and Communications Chair is interested in stepping down from that role and transitioning these duties to another member. Experience with WordPress and Constant Contact is preferred, but not a prerequisite.
Please take this opportunity to more actively participate in ITS Arizona and support this great organization by volunteering for one of the above positions. Contact the board ASAP if you are interested!