The program for the 2019 National Rural ITS and ITS Arizona Annual Conference was integrated into the Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting and Exhibit held July 21-24, 2018 in Austin, Texas. This year’s theme – Transportation Transformed – recognized the profound change that our industry is currently facing and will be moving forward.
The conference provided participants resources focusing on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) implementation in local communities and the opportunity to hear new and thoughtful perspectives from a wide variety of ITS topics. The conference on-site program provides an overall view of the conference speakers and topics. Individual presentations from the conference are available through the links below:
Monday, July 22nd
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Rural ITS Town Hall Meeting
What are the current “hot topics” and emerging issues in rural intelligent transportation systems (ITS)? Hear technical, policy, and funding updates from national leaders; ask questions about trends and recent advancements; and join the conversation by helping to identify and prioritize additional issues. This discussion kicks off the Rural ITS Pathway that will take place July 22-23 during the meeting.
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enhancing Public Safety through Advances in Responder Technology
This session focuses on the current work of the Transportation Safety
Advancement Group (TSAG) in the areas of connected responder, advanced automatic crash notification (AACN), infrastructure to responder (I2R) technologies, and incident critical communications to promote life-saving technology advancements in public safety.
Facilitator: Elina Zlotchenko, Program Manager, U.S. DOT ITS Joint Program Office, Washington, DC
- The Connected Responder
Thomas West, Director, UC Berkeley, Richmond, CA
Skip Yeakel, Principal Engineer, Volvo Group North
America, Greensboro, NC
- TSAG’s 2019 Products on I2R and AACN
Pat Noyes, Principal, Pat Noyes & Associates, Boulder, CO
- FirstNet: Our Nation’s Public Safety Network
Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, FirstNet, Washington, DC
Tuesday, July 23rd
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Rural Traffic and Safety Management
Roadways in rural areas and small communities present a different set of safety management issues than their urban and suburban counterparts. This session presents a cross section of traffic and safety management techniques for rural areas such as the use of drones, dilemma zone protections, and signal timing.
Facilitator: Daniel Beaty, Chief Transportation Planner,
HNTB Corporation, Tallahassee, FL
- Evolving from Tradition Signal Timing to ATSPM for Safety, Mobility, and Small Communities
Paul Barricklow, Principal, Lee Engineering, Albuquerque, NM
- Performance-Based Safety Evaluation on a Systemic Level: The Wisconsin Story
Lee Gibbs, Senior Traffic Engineer, SRF Consulting Group, Inc., Madison, WI
Rebecca Szymkowski, Traffic Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, WI
- Safety Evaluation of Dilemma Zone Protection System on High Speed Rural Intersections in Maryland
Sung Yoon Park, Transportation Engineer, Maryland DOT State Highway Administration, Hanover, MD
- Using Drones to Collect Speed Data: A Novel Approach
Alyssa Ryan, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Waddington, NY
Bringing V2X to the Lone Star State: Landmark Development and Initiatives in Texas
This session showcases ongoing and planned V2X deployments in Texas, including both urban and rural applications.
Facilitator: Marcus Welz, President, Intelligent Traffic Systems, Siemens Mobility Inc., Austin, TX
- Jorge Riveros, Smart Mobility Program
Manager, Austin Transportation Department,
- Kristie Chin, Director of Civic Innovation,
Texas Innovation Alliance, UT Austin Center for
Transportation Research, Austin, TX
- Jianming Ma, Engineer, Texas DOT, Austin, TX
- Nader Ayoub, Regional Vice President, Iteris,
West Lake Hills, TX
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rural Incident Management and Performance Data
This session presents information on data driven approaches and benefit-cost information to demonstrate the value of rural incident management as well as the use of performance data to support agencies’ TSMO programs.
Facilitator: Valerie Briggs, Director, Office of Transportation
Management, Federal Highway Administration,
- Leveraging Big Data to Advance Traffic Incident Management in a Rural State
Andrew Brewer, Assistant Division Engineer, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Little Rock, AR
- Use of On-Road Real-time Travel Time Information for Arterial Route Selection During Construction
Kent Collins, Director of Public Works, City of Coppell, Coppell, TX
Robert Brydia, Program Manager/Senior Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX
- Analyzing the Benefits of Incident Management Programs in Utah
Mitchell Hadfield, Graduate Research Assistant, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
- Analytics and Dashboards for Effective Roadside Sensor Network Management
Keith Vertin, Director, Digital Traffic Systems, Inc., Parker, CO
David St. John, Program Director, Digital Traffic Systems, Inc., Ashland, VA
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Creative Management of Data Driven Work Zones
Work zones create challenging driving environments from a safety and operational perspective. Data integration into work zone management supports active TSMO of the network of roadways impacted by construction. Presentations in this session highlight data applications for alternate route and detours, freeway lane closures, and incidents in work zones.
Facilitator: Egan Smith, Managing Director, ITS Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
- Real-time, Asynchronous Data in Incident Detection and Work Zone Management
Paul Avery, Technology Solutions Manager, AECOM, Austin, TX
- Operating a Smarter Detour Through Collaboration, Planning, and Technology
Tom Hartmann, Traffic Engineer, Kimley- Horn, Dallas, TX
David Halloin, Traffic Engineer/Project Manager, Kimley-Horn, Carrollton, TX
- Using High-Tech to Offer Alternate Routes Choices
Luke Holman, Project Manager, Strand Associates, Inc., Madison, WI
- Benefits and Challenges of Combining Sensor and Probe-Based Data to Quantify the Impacts of Freeway Lane Closures: A Practical Application in Texas
John Nevares, Austin District Traffic Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, TX
Natalia Ruiz Juri, Director, Network Modeling Center, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Wednesday, July 24th
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Supporting Tourism and Special Events: Traveler Information, Parking and More…
(Pathways: Implementation, Operations)
Learn more about the examples of events managed by rural states and supporting ITS technologies that enable safe and efficient operations for the public.
- Understand the use of information systems in supporting the management of special events and tourism.
- Identify examples of transportation management techniques that address operational goals.
Facilitator: Dean Deeter, Principal, Athey Creek Consultants, West Linn, OR
- TransView Traveler Information System
Paul Casertano, Transportation Program Administrator, Pima Association of Governments, Tucson, AZ
Josh Pope, GIS Manager, Pima Association of Governments, Tucson, AZ
- How ITS Helps Music bring $Millions to a Rural Florida Community
Susan O’Rourke, O’Rourke Engineering & Planning, Inc., Stuart, FL
- Major Event Management in the North/West Passage States
Dean Deeter, Principal, Athey Creek Consultants, West Linn, OR
Eric Pederson, Captain, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Bismarck, ND
For information on earning PDHs (Professional Development Hours) and CMs (Certification Maintenance) credits please select this link.