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Early Registration for vendors/sponsors ends Aug. 12th, 2016! Early Registration for attendees ends Sept. 2nd, 2016!

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This is a draft agenda and is subject to change.  Additional details will be added as they become available.   

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Vendor Show Times

Monday (Oct. 3) & Tuesday (Oct. 4)
7:30am – 4:00pm

2016 NRITS Conference Agenda

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Noon - 6:00 pmVENDOR SETUP (Exhibit Hall C)

Vendors are asked to setup their exhibits in Exhibit Hall C between noon and 6:00 pm. Staff will be on hand to help you locate your exhibit space and answer any questions you may have.
Noon - 8:00 pmREGISTRATION OPENS (Pre-function Area)

The Registration Desk will open at 12:00 pm and remain open until 8:00 pm. Please stop by and pick up your registration packets prior to attending the Opening Reception.
6:00 - 8:00 pmOPENING RECEPTION
(North Rotunda, Chattanooga Convention Center)

Attendees and guests are invited to join us for an indoor reception in the beautiful North Rotunda. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres while socializing with other conference attendees as we begin the 2016 National Rural ITS Conference and ITS Tennessee Annual Meeting. A cash bar will also be available. Participants - Free/ Guests - $10

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

7:30 amEXHIBIT AREA OPENS with BREAKFAST (Exhibit Hall C)
REGISTRATION OPENS (Pre-function Area)
8:30 - 9:30 amOPENING SESSION (Ballroom H)

Moderator: Brad Freeze, Tennessee DOT and NRITS Conference Chair

Welcome to Chattanooga
Blythe Bailey, Chattanooga Department of Transportation

Keynotes
• John Schroer, Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation
• Jeff Davis, ITS America

Recognition of Sponsors
Steve Albert, Rural SIG Chair, Western Transportation Institute

ITS Tennessee Awards Ceremony
Mark Washing, ITS Tennessee President, Volkert
9:45 amCONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK: PCB Workshop
Connected Vehicle 201: Understanding the Connected Vehicle Environment (Meeting Room 14)

Instructor: Cheryl Lowrance, Noblis and Andrew Berthaume, Volpe

Audience: Transportation planners, managers and engineers at state and local agency levels, who are interested in learning more about the Connected Vehicle Program and its benefits and implications for public agencies.

This instructor-led workshop builds upon CV101 by providing additional details about connected vehicle V2V and V2I applications that have been prototyped and assessed. The purpose of CV 102 is to describe and explain the various connected vehicle applications, how they work, and what needs they might address (or when an agency might want to pursue their use). The course will describe initial considerations for deploying the enabling technology such as: identifying regional and local transportation needs and challenges and setting performance goals and targets. The workshop also provides implementation information and considerations to help agencies get started incorporating connected vehicle solutions into their transportation planning process. The objective of the workshop is to prepare transportation managers, project engineers, and operations staff for participating in a connected vehicle pilot deployment.

This workshop answers the following questions:
- How can connected vehicle applications be used to solve regional and local transportation challenges?
- What applications are used in the connected vehicle program?
- How do agencies plan, design, and implement connected vehicle applications to operate within the existing infrastructure?
- What are the communication and physical security requirements to deploy a connected vehicle application?
- What are the data considerations?
- What resources are available from the Connected Vehicle research program?
9:45 amBREAK
Networking Break with Exhibitors (Exhibit Hall C)
10:15 amITS TENNESSEE TRACK
City of Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) Tour

Tour Guide: Annie Powell, City of Chattanooga

Participants need to meet at the Conference Registration Desk at 10:00 am prior to loading on the bus. The bus will depart at 10:15 am. Attendees will return in time for lunch.

The tour attendee will take a technical tour of the CARTA dispatch center to view the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)/Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) program that is deployed throughout the City and bus system. Then, the attendee will take a short bus ride to demonstrate the automated announcements and the publicly available real time tracking technologies deployed for the bus system. During the tour, the City Traffic Engineer will give a description of the deployed ITS technologies that are currently deployed, including adaptive signal control technologies, and discuss the future of the City ITS program.
10:30 amCONCURRENT SESSIONS
SAFETY TRACK
S1: Roadway Safety Initiatives (Meeting Room 12)

Moderator: Greg Dotson, Neel-Schaffer, Inc.
Speakers:
• Abby Smith, Castle Rock Associates
What Storms May Come….Integrating predictive weather information into public traveler information systems
• Lynne Randolph, Southwest Research Institute
Detecting Wrong Way Drivers
• Brad Waldschmidt, Kimley-Horn
Monteagle ITS – The Design

Safety is an overarching theme with all roadway projects. This session will examine improved winter road condition reporting in Idaho and Minnesota as well as trucking safety applications and detecting wrong way drivers. An overview of the Monteagle ITS Project will also be given. The related tour will follow this session.
GENERAL TRACK
G1: Data Collection and Management - Applications and Lessons Learned (Meeting Room 13)

Moderator: Vince Garcia, Wyoming Department of Transportation
Speakers:
• Mark Gallagher, SRF Consulting
Going Open – Challenges and Successes in Deploying Open Source Transportation Management Software
• Tony Leingang, Washington State Department of Transportation
WSDOT/JBLM Bluetooth Enhanced Traveler Information
• Roundtable Discussion

As technology evolves, State Departments of Transportation must continually adapt. This session will look at such diverse topics as using open-source ATMS software (based on MnDOT’s IRIS software); using Bluetooth data to enhance traveler information; and the data collection implications and uses for WAZE data.
CONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK: PCB Workshop continues
12:00 pmLUNCH provided (Exhibit Hall C)
1:00 pmCONCURRENT SESSIONS
SAFETY TRACK
Monteagle ITS Project Tour

Tour Guide: Mike Sage, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc.

Participants need to meet at the Conference Registration Desk at 12:45 pm prior to loading on the bus. The bus will depart at 1:00 pm. Attendees will return at 4:30 pm.

This Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) is part of the TDOT Region 2 Smartway Rural Expansion. It extends from MM 109.1 near Manchester, Tennessee east to MM 156.9 near Nickajack Lake. Monteagle Mountain (Elevation 1,923 FT) is near the geographic center of the system. TDOT has specific interest in ITS coverage near Manchester, Tennessee and also Monteagle for the purpose of incident detection and management of the mountain pass. Manchester is the home of an annual summer festival, Bonnaroo. Monteagle has a history of meteorological events as well as truck and car incidents due to the severe winding vertical curve.

The new ITS system includes an upgrade of the mandatory truck stop and inspection station with metered traffic signals, radar detection units to monitor speeds, flashing beacon warning signs, IP PTZ color/BW CCTV cameras and stationary cameras, infra-red cameras, and full matrix DMS. Existing signage at the truck stop will be replaced with full color DMS signs indicating the occupancy status of the two emergency truck run-off ramps on EB I-24 just beyond and downhill from the truck stop. Radar units strategically located near the truck run-off ramps will detect whether the run-off ramp is occupied and the appropriate message will be displayed on the DMS at the truck stop to the drivers waiting at the traffic signals. This unique system is completely standalone in this rural section of Tennessee.
ITS TENNESSEE TRACK
TN1: Unmanned Aerial Systems Applications for Transportation Agency Needs (Meeting Room 12)

Moderator: Carl Baughman, The City of Franklin
Speakers:
• Said ElSaid, Tennessee Department of Transportation
• Robert (Chris) Milles, AECOM
• Rob Benshoof, Tennessee Department of Transportation

The Tennessee Department of Transportation along with other state DOTs are beginning the deployment of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for transportation planning, operations and maintenance. Engineering consultants have begun to offer services with the use of UAS. In the subject session the Tennessee Department of Transportation and AECOM will discuss UAS from the program development to deployment stage along with current FAA regulations and training needs. The session will conclude with an outdoor demonstration. 
GENERAL TRACK
G2: ATIS - Tools for Your Agency (and the Public) (Meeting Room 13)

Moderator: Adam Moser, C2S Engineering
Speakers:
• Abby Smith, Castle Rock Associates
Wazing 511: How we integrated WAZE Connected Citizen Partnership (CCP) data into four state 511 systems
• Mark Kopko, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Mary Farrell, Information Logistics
Planning 511 Traveler Services for Extraordinary Events – Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Papal Visit
• Steve Albert, Western Transportation Institute
The North/West Passage OTIIS Project: Launch, Progress, Usage and Lessons Learned

As traveler information systems continue to evolve, the public's expectations for accessing, utilizing and even participating in travel data is changing. From the use of Google's Waze program for citizen reporting (Connected Citizens) to Northwest Passage's Operations and Travel Information Integration Sharing (OTTIS) Project to lessons learned from extraordinary events, this session will cover a diverse set of subtopics within ATIS.
CONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK: PCB Workshop continues
2:30 pmBREAK (Exhibit Hall C)
2:50 pmCONCURRENT SESSIONS
SAFETY TRACK
Monteagle ITS Project Tour continues
ITS TENNESSEE TRACK
TN2: ITS State or the State of Tennessee (Meeting Room 12)

Moderator: Mark Washing, Volkert
Speakers:
• Brad Freeze, Tennessee Department of Transportation
• Bill Staniszewski, Tennessee Department of Transportation IT
• TBA

How are Intelligent Transportation Systems being utilized in Tennessee for improving the safety and mobility of travelers across the state? This session will include a discussion of ongoing and planned ITS deployments and initiatives in Tennessee and include representatives from both the Tennessee Department of Transportation and The City of Chattanooga.
GENERAL TRACK
G3: Smart Work Zones (Meeting Room 13)

Moderator: Erik Minge, SRF Consulting
Speakers:
• Tim Simodyne, Iowa Department of Transportation
Iowa’s Traffic Critical Projects Program: From Innovation to Expected
• Josh Van Jura, Utah Department of Transportation
Portable Variable Speed Limits in Work Zones
• Niokola Ivanov, University of Maryland CATT
Using Probe Vehicle Data to Improve Work Zone Safety and Mobility

As DOTs increase their emphasis on reliable traffic operations, a sharper focus is being placed on the most easily controlled source of travel delays - work zones. This session will present different approaches and solutions to this recurring challenge. Attendees will learn about Iowa's Traffic Critical Projects Program, Utah's use of variable speed limits and Maryland's development of a Work Zone Performance Monitoring Application. A can't miss session with some great takeaways for your agency!
CONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK
CV1: Connected Vehicle - Getting Started with V2V and V2I on Rural Highways (Meeting Room 14)

Moderator: Meredith Cebelak, Gresham, Smith & Partners
Speakers:
• Cliff Heise, Iteris, Inc.
Moving Forward with Connected Vehicle Technologies
• Rhada Neelakantan, ITS America
ITS America Gap Analysis
• Roundtable Discussion

Getting Started with V2V and V2I on Rural Highways was unheard of a decade ago. Since then, connected Vehicles and its promise to reduce road traffic fatalities has received considerable attention. Combine that with the rapid changes taking place in the private sector with autonomous vehicles, it is not surprising that individuals and agencies that oversee the transportation system can feel unprepared. This session provides a basic overview of vehicle-2-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-2-infrastructure (V2I) technologies as well as resources available to individuals and agencies tasked with developing and implementing a plan for connected vehicle technology within their organization. Time will be allotted for discussion and questions.
4:30 pmADJOURN
7:00 pmEVENING AT THE TENNESSEE AQUARIUM
Sponsored by Olsson Associates

Join us for a local fun-filled experience at the Tennessee Aquarium.  With food and drinks in hand, attendees and guests will embark on a scavenger hunt through the Tennessee Aquarium River Journey building.   With full access to the River Journey Cove Forest (Otters), Rivers of the World, Tennessee River Gallery, Alligator Bayou, Seahorse Gallery and more, everyone is guaranteed to learn something new!  Catered by renowned 212 Market Restaurant. Cost is $48.00 per person. If you had not signed up prior to the conference, please check at the registration desk for availability.

Please note: For those who do not wish to drive, there is a free CARTA downtown shuttle that departs every five minutes from outside the Convention Center/Marriott. Take the shuttle from 11th + Marriott to Market + West Aquarium Way.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

7:00 amREGISTRATION OPENS (Pre-function Area)
7:30 amExhibit Area opens/Breakfast (Exhibit Hall C)
Breakfast sponsored by Street Smart Rentals
8:30 - 9:30 amCONCURRENT SESSIONS
SAFETY TRACK
S2: Multi-Agency Collaborations in Incident Response (Meeting Room 15)

Moderator: Erik Minge, SRF Consulting
Speakers:
• Brent Isenberg, Skyline Technology Solutions
Video Sharing by TDOT and other DOTs – Faster, Safer Incident Response
• Pat Gallagher, Parsons
Rural Incident Management and Best Practices
• Gary Ogletree, Tennessee Department of Transportation
State and Local Agency Open Roads MOUs in Tennessee

Interested in knowing what other DOT's are doing to enhance cooperation across state borders? This session will provide information on development of incident management focused MOU's as well as video sharing and other technologies that can enhance your state's response efforts. A roundtable discussion will allow interaction between audience members and subject experts.
ITS TENNESSEE TRACK
TN3: Tennessee Smart Cities Proposal (Meeting Room 12)

Moderator: Kevin Comstock, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Speakers:
• Peter Westerholm, Nashville Area MPO
• Stephen Edwards, City of Memphis
• Lillian Bruce, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga
• Melody Shekri

The Smart Cities concept envisions a community where digital technology and intelligent design are utilized to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and jobs. The USDOT had pledged an award of up to $40 million to one city to help define what it means to be a “Smart City” as it relates to their transportation network. On Saturday, March 12th, the USDOT announced seven finalists for this award. Although none of the Tennessee cities who applied were selected, the opportunity stimulated a great amount of discussion and visioning of the future. The subject session will include presentations from Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga on their proposals and future collaborative opportunities moving forward.
GENERAL TRACK
G4: CATT Tools - Can Urban Tools be Applied in Rural Settings? (Meeting Room 13)

Speakers:
• Michael Pack, University of Maryland CATT
• Greg Jordan, University of Maryland CATT
• Nikola Ivanov, University of Maryland CATT

The CATT Laboratory has developed numerous urban focused transportation data analytics and performance management tools in use by planners, researchers, and operators throughout the United States.  In this session, CATT researchers will share how and when these applications can be applied in rural settings.
CONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK
CV2: Minimum vs. Optimal Infrastructure Support for V2I - How are rural infrastructure needs different than urban? (Meeting Room 14)

Speaker:
• Robert Bertini, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

This session will detail how V2I requires a sufficient number and variety of sensors and connections to create situational awareness. In conjunction with Wi-Fi, satellite and/or cellular systems embedded by OEMs on new vehicles, projects that use similar V2I products like Bluetooth for data conjunction are expected to be enhanced with numerous connected vehicle initiatives that involve dedicated short range communications (DSRC). AASHTO's V2I vision calls for 80% of traffic signal locations to be V2I enabled by 2040. Will your agency be ready? Time will be allotted for discussion and questions.
10:00 amBREAK (Exhibit Hall C)
10:20 amCONCURRENT SESSIONS
SAFETY TRACK
S3: Innovative Projects that Impact Safety while Maximizing Funding (Meeting Room 15)

Moderator: Adam Hopps, Toxcel
Speakers:
• Ronald Hall, Kansas Department of Transportation
Low Cost Rural Roadway Camers in Kansas
• Nathan Vatter, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Innovative safety Projects that Maximize Funding
• Lynne Randolph, Southwest Research Institute
Integrating Weather and Traffic Management

Many needs, but very few funds - that summarizes transportation department budgets across the nation. This session will highlight projects from across the country that have successfully done more with less.
ITS TENNESSEE TRACK
TN4: Rural ITS Deployments in Tennessee (Meeting Room 12)

Moderator: Said ElSaid, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Speakers:
• Andy Padgett, Tennessee Department of Transportation
• Rob Benshoof, Tennessee Department of Transportation

The Tennessee Department of Transportation began its ITS Program in the early nineties with the rural deployment of a fog detection and warning system on a rural section of I-75 between Knoxville and Chattanooga. Since that time TDOT has deployed a series of pocket rural deployments across the state. This session will include presentations on past and future rural ITS applications in Tennessee.
GENERAL TRACK
G5: Vendor Technology - How is technology performing in the field? (Meeting Room 13)

Moderator: Adam Moser, C2S Engineering
Speakers:
• John Mueller, ADDCO
The Field Performance Advantages of the BRICK Modular
• Eric Cottone, Boschung America
A Look at Automated Anti-Icing Systems
• LeAnn Holler, Daktronics
Sharpening the ITS Image
• Stokes Wallace, Iteris
Vantage Vector® Hybrid
• Martin Maners, MG Squared
ITS Maintenance – Lowering Downtime, Raising Performance
• Jim Duke, Multilink
Who Keeps Your Electronics Cooler
• Joshua Schultz, Quality Counts, LLC
BlueMAC: Short and Long Term Solutions
• Mike Granger, Street Smart Rental
Smart Work Zone’s – Today and Tomorrow
• Melanie Scott, Vaisala
TBA
Kim Taylor Sessoms, Wireless Technology
Sidewinder H.264 PTZ Camera

The NRITS Vendor Session provides a forum for vendors to share cutting edge technology developments in both products and projects. Over the years, many attendees have remarked that this is one of their favorite sessions. This year, we've changed up the format to allow you to hear from more vendors. Our focus will be on how technology is performing in the field and we will have 10+ different technologies highlighted.
CONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK
CV3: Reliable & Cost Effective Communication Options for V2I (Meeting Room 14)

Moderator: Brian Landry, Stansell Electric Company, Inc.
Speakers:
• Stelios Patsoikas, Sirius XM RadioUsing Satellite-DSRC Platform to Accelerate Rural V2V and V2I Deployment
• Meredith Cebelak, Gresham Smith & Partners
Information Propagation and Big Data Techniques in Connected Vehicle Environment
• Roundtable Discussion

Unlike urban settings, traffic volume in rural areas is usually very low. Given this fact and the limited range of dedicated short range communication (DSRC) technology, ensuring vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) connectivity and message propagation between vehicles and infrastructure is a big challenge. This session will look at different technologies and strategies that can be used for information propagation and relay. It will conclude with a roundtable discussion and audience Q&A.
12:00 pmLUNCH provided (Exhibit Hall C)
Note: The Exhibit Area closes after lunch.
1:00 pmMEETINGS AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES
Use this time slot to meet with clients, attend the Rural SIG or network while enjoying conference organized activities.
RURAL SIG MEETING(Meeting Room 12)

The ITS America Rural Special Interest Group (SIG) will hold a meeting at this time. Discussions will focus on the future of the NRITS Conference (no event is currently planned for 2017). All NRITS attendees are invited to attend. An agenda will be made available onsite.
GOLF
Sponsored by Marr Traffic

Participants need to meet at the Conference Registration Desk at 12:45 pm prior to loading on the bus. The bus will depart at 1:00 pm. Attendees will return at 6:30 pm.

Join ITS colleagues for a four person, 18-hole scramble golf tournament at the Moccasin Bend golf course. Built in 1966, Moccasin Bend`s golf course is an 18-Hole Championship course with water frequently coming into play. At 6,469 yards from the back tees, their par-72 bentgrass golf course is a virtual heaven in Southern Tennessee. Teams will be randomly formed based on average score or player handicap. Each team will have an “A” player (really good) and a “D” player (not so good, but willing to try). Golf carts will be provided. Cost is $50.00 per person.
RIVER GORGE EXPLORER

Participants need to catch the 1:00 pm CARTA downtown shuttle (free) that departs every five minutes. Take it from 11th + Marriott to Market + West Aquarium Way. There is a pleasant half mile walk along the river from the drop-off location to the pier. The boat begins boarding at 1:30 pm and departs sharply at 2:00 pm.

Travel swiftly and smoothly downstream from the Chattanooga Pier into the scenic Tennessee River Gorge aboard the high-tech vessel “River Gorge Explorer.” This two-hour excursion is guided by an aquarium naturalist who brings local history to life while helping you spot wildlife. Attendees and guests can relax in the climate-controlled cabin and/or soak in the beautiful fall scenery from the observation deck.
2:00 pmINCLINE RAILWAY

Participants need to meet at the Conference Registration Desk at 1:45 pm prior to loading on the bus. The bus will depart at 2:00 pm. Attendees will return at 5:30 pm.

Chugga chugga choo choo - all aboard! Ride the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain for the breathtaking adventure of “America’s most Amazing Mile." The Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain at a breathtaking 72.7% grade – straight up! Attendees and guests can sit back and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at the Incline’s top station. Come see for yourself why the Incline is one of the most fun things to do in Chattanooga!
CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS

This group activity has been cancelled, but those wishing to still experience the Spookiness can attend a public tour. Reservations can be made by calling 1-423-800-5998.
 

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

7:30 amBREAKFAST (Meeting Room 14-15)
8:30 - 9:30 amCONCURRENT SESSIONS
ITS TENNESSEE TRACK
TN5: Truck Parking Technologies – Studies & Deployments (Meeting 12)

Moderator: Greg Dyer, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Speakers:
• Sabyasachee Mishra, PhD, University of Memphis
• Steve McDonald, Parsons
• David Krauss, Gannett Fleming
• Jeffrey Short, American Transportation Research Institute

Truck parking shortages are a national safety concern. On October 1, 2012, legislation became effective through MAP 21 that established truck parking as a national priority. This session will look at truck parking in context with other rural case studies related to the use of truck GPS data including (1) speed measurements, (2) analysis of major rural roadway closures and (3) truck route choice. It will also include an introduction to the SMART Park Pilot/I-75 Fog Detection & Warning System Tour.

The Smart Truck Parking concept is the utilization of ITS technologies to provide real-time truck parking availability information through a series of dissemination services.
GENERAL TRACK
G6: Rule Making (MAP-21 & the FAST Act) (Meeting Room 13)

Moderator: Steve Albert, Western Transportation Institute
Speakers:
• Nick Renna, FHWA Tennessee
• Roundtable Discussion

In April, FHWA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to propose national performance management measures to assess the performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, as required by MAP-21 and FAST Act. State DOT's will be expected to use the information and data generated as a result of the new regulations to make better informed transportation planning and programming decisions. This session will explain the rulemaking and share insight and expertise from FHWA and other industry experts. Come learn how this will affect your agency and steps to move forward.
CONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK
CV4: V2V and V2I Deployment in Rural States (Meeting Room 11)

Moderator: Adam Hopps, Toxcel
Speakers:
• Fred Kitchener, McFarland Management, LLC
Wyoming Connected Vehicle Pilot Demonstration – Phase I Results
• Ira Pray, Idaho National Laboratory
INL and ITD Findings for Connected Vehicles: The View from Here

Panelists:
• Vince Garcia, Wyoming Department of Transportation
• Ali Ragan, Wyoming Department of Transportation

You've learned about connected vehicle components, reviewed recommendations by FHWA, AASHTO and others, but how does an agency go about planning for a Connected Vehicle system? This session will explore the planning process that Wyoming is undergoing as a FHWA connected vehicle projected deployment site. Additionally, Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Transportation Department will share what they've learned about available technologies and the integration of said technologies to enhance the driving experience for both private and commercial drivers.
10:00 amBREAK (Hallway outside Meeting Rooms)
10:15 amCONCURRENT SESSIONS
ITS TENNESSEE TRACK
SMART Park Pilot/I-75 Fog Detection & Warning System TOUR

Tour Guide: Mike Sage, WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff & Lacy Word, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Participants need to meet at the Conference Registration Desk (Pre-Function area) at 10:00 am prior to loading on the bus. The bus will depart at 10:15 am. Attendees will return in time for lunch.

Smart Park Pilot Portion:
Truck parking is one of the most significant issues facing the nation’s freight industry. Regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truckers must adhere to Hours of Service which results in truckers needing to park and rest for long periods of time. While evidence suggests there are enough total parking spaces in the country to enable all truckers to meet their Hours of Service, it is clear by observation that the supply and demand do not align geographically or from a time perspective. At peak hours, truckers will do whatever they possibly can to find parking, including illegal parking or in unsafe locations such as interstate shoulders or ramps – a serious problem in Tennessee. 

The purpose of the SmartPark pilot project is to develop and validate a system that can accurately detect parking occupancy and inform truckers of the location of available parking.  The SmartPark project is implemented at two locations on Northbound I-75 in eastern Tennessee within TDOT’s Region 2; a truck parking area at Mile 18 and a public rest area at Mile 45. These locations enable a smart parking corridor where truckers have information on multiple sites and can choose which best suits them. The traveler information system includes four Dynamic Message Sign locations, a mobile application, and an interactive voice response system (IVR) much like 511.

I-75 Fog Detection & Warning System Portion:
On December 11, 1990 a massive fog event on Interstate 75 near Calhoun, Tennessee initiated a multi-collision roadway crash involving 99 vehicles. The aftermath left 12 dead, 42 injured, and almost 36 hours until travel lanes were completely restored. From this deadly event, a plan was implemented to install automatic fog detection and warning system for motorists and the Tennessee Highway Patrol of fog events throughout this corridor. The plan also called for improvement of roadway markings as well as widened shoulder areas. Currently, the Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 2 Fog Zone encompasses a little of over 38 miles of roadway. This tour will feature the Fog Zone components and a Site Control Center which is utilized as an Emergency Operations Center during major fog events.
GENERAL TRACK
G7: Performance Monitoring - Collecting Analyzing and Reporting Data (Meeting Room 13)

Moderator: Adam Hopps, Toxcel
Speakers:
• Matt Zinn, Eberle Design, Inc.
Collecting Data and Monitoring Cabinets at Remote Intersections
• Nikola Ivanov, University of Maryland CATT
Map-21 Visual Analytics to Support Performance Reporting
• Tony Ernest, Idaho Transportation Department
Winter Performance Management Practices in the North/West Passage States

How do you collect, report and use data from an intersection? How do you meet the MAP-21 requirement for State DOT annual performance reports (of National Highway System)? How do you share winter roadway data - crucial to the safety of the traveling public - across state lines? These questions and more will be answered in this session.
CONNECTED VEHICLE TRACK
CV5: Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Initiatives in Tennessee (Meeting Room 11)

Moderator: Brad Freeze, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Speakers:
• Jan-Mou (James) Li, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
• Cody Behles, FedEx Research Institute of Technology
• Asad Khattak, PhD, The University of Tennessee & Subhadeep Chakraborty, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Transportation and technology partners in Tennessee are actively engaged in pursuing efforts to prepare for the future deployment of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies. Tennessee is one of nine states in the country with legislation that enables the operation of Autonomous Vehicles. In the subject session, partners in Tennessee will discuss ongoing initiatives to prepare and advance these transformative technologies.
12:00 pmLUNCH (Meeting Rooms 14-15)
12:45 pmICE CREAM SOCIAL (Meeting Rooms 14-15)
Immediately following our Wednesday luncheon, all attendees are encouraged to come celebrate and network with colleagues at our Ice Cream Social. There will be a wide selection of flavors and toppings to choose from. This is our way of saying thank you for attending and we wish you a safe trip home!
1:00 pmCONFERENCE ADJOURNS

 

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