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The 27th Annual ITS Arizona Conference will be held on September 23-24, 2020 at the Mesa Convention Center.  More information coming soon. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

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94th Annual TRB Annual Meeting

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board will be held January 11-15, 2015 in Washington, D.C. and, for the first time in almost 60 years, the meeting will be moving to a new venue, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  More information about the conference is available through the following links:

2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting: Interactive Program Now Available

2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting: Transformative Technologies Spotlighted in TRB Annual Meeting Program

 

ASU Travel Study Seeks Your Opinion

Melissa Archer, a graduate student currently working under the supervision of Dr. Lou in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at ASU is coordinating a transportation research project on driving habits. You are invited to contribute to the research by participating in a 10-15 minute survey by December 1, 2014. After completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to win a Kindle or a Fitbit. Those who respond early, by October 31st, will be entered into a drawing for a additional Fitbit

The survey is available at https://fluidsurveys.com/s/Refund_Option_for_Toll_Lanes/.

Please email any questions to  Melissa.archer@asu.edu

 

2014 ITS Arizona Annual Conference

Online registration closes TODAY, but registration and payment will be available at the conference registration desk. 

This year’s conference is filling up! We have a long list of conference sponsors and exhibitors; and, our program is jam packed with nationally, regionally and locally recognized leaders in the ITS industry.

We are excited to announce our Day One technical workshop on Connected Vehicles features nationally renowned speakers Mr. Gregory Winfree, the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology of USDOT, Mr. Jim Wright of AASHTO, Mr. Greg Krueger of Leidos, and Mr. Tom Schaffnit of Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC). Come and see how Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) radio works. Dr. Larry Head of U of A will be hosting a hands-on demonstration.

Day Two will be filled with technical presentations on the latest advents in ITS from agency and industry leaders, and the research community around the country. Also, visit our vendors for the latest and greatest the ITS industry has to offer.

 

Check out the Conference Program and don’t forget that this year Day One begins at 11:30 am with lunch!  

 

Connected vehicles are coming…

…and your community can be part of the evolution of this exciting new technology. Consider becoming part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program.

The USDOT has begun taking steps to enable wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to “talk” to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether and can be leveraged in innovative ways to improve traveler mobility and reduce environmental impacts.

The Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program is helping to make connected vehicles a reality by testing this technology in several U.S. communities.  For more information, download the CV Pilot Flyer.

 

USDOT Spotlights MCDOT High-Tech Traffic Management Research

Anthem, AZ — Daisy Mountain Drive is known amongst locals for its scenic desert views and vibrant neighborhood businesses. But, it is also home to a state-of-the-art field lab for testing new transportation technology systems for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadway communication systems. Maricopa County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) SMARTDrive Test Bed was selected to be part of the United States Domestic Scan Program’s visit to Arizona to study advances in Integrated Corridor Management.

The U.S. Domestic Scan Team is an elite group of professional transportation leaders from across the country pulled together by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to facilitate information sharing about the latest in innovations in traffic management technologies and research.

“Yesterday’s Scan Team visit to our Anthem Test Bed demonstrates how SMARTDrive has put MCDOT in the national forefront of the SMART signal system technology transformation,” said Faisal Saleem, MCDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Branch Manager. “MCDOT’s testing is leading research in emerging technologies to fine tune traffic control systems that, in the very near future, will link all drivers to both their surroundings and other vehicles on the road. This means fewer crashes and more saved lives.”

With this new system, traffic control signals will have two-way communication with emergency vehicles, and the vehicles will be in communication with one another. When one or more emergency response vehicles are approaching an intersection from different directions, the SMARTDrive Intelligent Traffic Signal System will selectively prioritize and notify all approaching emergency vehicles which vehicle has the right-of-way, significantly improving both intersection operation and safety. The MCDOT SMARTDrive Program is a collaborative partnership between Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) through the Arizona Connected Vehicle Program.

The MCDOT SMARTDrive Test Bed has garnered national attention since its launch in spring 2012. MCDOT ITS engineers and University of Arizona researchers are on the national forefront developing a vehicle prioritization system that will make signalized intersections safer nationwide for emergency responders and the general public, according to Saleem and UA Systems and Industrial Engineering researcher, Dr. Larry Head.

The MCDOT SMARTDrive field test corridor is helping to lay the groundwork toward the future deployment of smart vehicle systems throughout the country. “The installation of vehicle prioritization systems for emergency vehicles at the intersections will also provide core infrastructure for the path to national deployment. Over the next decade, as the nation’s public and private vehicle fleets are renewed and equipped with this technology, this system will lead the way in making intersections significantly safer,” said Saleem.

MCDOT’s SMARTDrive Test Bed in Anthem, along with CALTRANS test site in California, were both selected to serve as national test sites for the Intelligent Traffic Signal System applications funded by the US Department of Transportation and the Cooperative Transportation Systems Pooled Fund Study (CTS PFS). These sites collect and exchange data to develop and design a test plan to implement system and operational requirements for the futuristic Intelligent Traffic Signal System.

Faisal Saleem, MCDOT ITS Branch Manager, speaks to visiting US Domestic Scan Program Group during MCDOT SMARTDrive demonstration in Anthem on Tuesday.