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USDOT Decision Support Systems for Integrated Corridor Management Webinar

Date/Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Presenters: Robert Sheehan of U.S. DOT’s ITS-Joint Program Office, Jennifer Carter of ITS America, Steve Mortensen of the Federal Transit Administration, and Neil Spiller of the Federal Highway Administration


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) program seeks to support the optimization of existing infrastructure assets along our nation’s urban corridors.  ICM can be thought of as a “system of systems” approach to managing the multiple, overlapping transportation networks that make up a transportation corridor. Because of the need to assess a large number of traffic situations and coordinate operational strategies across modal, institutional, and jurisdictional boundaries, a decision support system (DSS) that can assist operators with the prediction and evaluation of complex traffic interactions, as well as with the coordination and selection of appropriate response strategies, is considered to be a fundamental requirement of an ICM system. To this end, U.S. DOT funded ICM pilot sites in Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA to demonstrate the potential benefits of DSS-driven ICM.

This webinar will summarize the lessons learned from the Dallas and San Diego ICM pilot demonstrations; present the findings of a study that investigated public sector demand for DSS, as well as the private sector’s ability to meet this demand; and suggest institutional and technical readiness criteria for organizations who may be interested in leading or participating in a DSS-driven ICM effort. This U.S. DOT-sponsored webinar will be hosted by Robert Sheehan of U.S. DOT’s ITS-Joint Program Office, Jennifer Carter of ITS America, Steve Mortensen of the Federal Transit Administration, and Neil Spiller of the Federal Highway Administration.

For more information on the Integrated Corridor Management Program, please visit the program’s website at:


Congressional Proposal Extends I-11 to Southern AZ

ADOT News Release, March 26, 2015

As planning for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor advances, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski today expressed appreciation for the efforts of U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. Senator Jeff Flake for their work to introduce the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 to Congress.

The bill formally extends Interstate 11 from Wickenburg south through the Tucson area to Nogales, Arizona. Interstate 11 had previously received a congressional designation from Phoenix to Las Vegas. The Intermountain West Corridor Development Act would not only formally designate I-11 across Arizona from border to border by establishing a new international trade corridor, but would also extend the interstate north through Nevada as well, with plans to ultimately connect with existing high-priority corridors to the Canadian border. 

For more details, see the complete news release.


New Bill Could Negatively Impact V2V Communication

As reported by CBS News, the Wi-Fi Innovation Act being proposed in Congress has the potential to interfere with the rapidly growing field of V2V communication and the safety benefits such technology can provide.


South Mountain Freeway Gains Final Federal Approval

ADOT News Release, March 10, 2015 – The Valley’s Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, proposed by regional planners since the 1980s, has received final approval from the Federal Highway Administration, paving the way for the Arizona Department of Transportation to move the project forward.

The Record of Decision, signed March 5 by the Federal Highway Administration, grants the final approval necessary for ADOT to begin the process of acquiring right of way, complete the design and begin construction of the 22-mile-long freeway to serve the metro Phoenix region.

Full details, including a 3D Fly-Through Video, are available on the project’s ADOT website.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 21st – Social Event – Spring Training Baseball Game

ITS Arizona members are invited to bring friends and family to watch the White Sox take on the Royals at Camelback Ranch in Glendale at 1:05pm on March 21, 2015. Tickets will be provided at no cost for each member and up to 3 guests; additional tickets are available for purchase from the Camelback Ranch ticket office. Note that children 2 and under are free ‘on the lap’ with a paid adult.

Each ticket is for lawn seating and also includes $10 in Camelback Cash, which can be used to purchase food and beverages.  Facility policies and information are available here.

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Thursday, April 23rd – Joint ITS Arizona/AZITE Luncheon

Timothy Hall, Market Development Director for Global Traffic Technologies, will speak about the “Evolution of the Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) and Transit Signal Priority (TSP) Systems“, including leading edge developments that leverage existing and future technologies.  Meeting registration information will be emailed to all ITS Arizona members in the next few weeks.