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Elections Results!

2014-2015 ITS RM Board Members

President - Mark Owens, Iteris

Vice President - Jim Larsen, Ada County Highway District

Secretary/Treasurer - Brian Christensen, Horrock Engineers, Inc.

Colorado Associate Senators - Navin Negali, Navjoy Consulting Services, Inc.

Idaho Assoicate Senators - Fred Kitchener, McFarland Management, LLC and Rovert Koeberlein, Idaho Transportation Department

Montana Associate Senators - Steve Albert, Western Transportation Institute and Brandi Hamilton, Montana DOT

Utah State Associate Senators - Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT, and Ryan Saville, TransCore

Wyoming State Associate Senators - Keith Trimels, IDT Group, and Vince Garcia, Wyoming DOT


Stay up to date with the 2014 Nationa Rural ITS Conference and ITS World Congress!

2014 National Rural ITS Conference

Registration is now open!

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Branson, Missouri has long been a popular destination for travelers. With a resident population of only 11,000, Branson routinely welcomes and entertains thousands of visitors from across the U.S. (and world). Located near the geographic center of America’s heartland, Branson is an ideal location to showcase the 2014 National Rural ITS Conference theme “ITS in the Heartland”!

Experience all that Branson’s small-town charm, excellent meeting facilities and many entertainment options have to offer while networking with transportation professionals from across the country. Numerous technical sessions, training opportunities and professional tours await attendees. Plan on joining us in Branson in 2014! More

2014 ITS World Congress

Registration is now open!

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is proud to host the 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, September 7-11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan in partnership with ERTICO and ITS Asia-Pacific.

As you’re probably aware, the World Congress only comes to North America every third year so this will be our most important gathering until 2017.

Next September at Detroit’s newly refurbished Cobo Hall, more than 10,000 of the world’s leading transportation policymakers, researchers, high-tech innovators, and business professionals from the United States, Europe and Asia will gather to share the latest intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications from around the globe.

The automakers are excited to showcase their city as well as the latest technological developments in the transportation industry. CEOs from the auto world and major corporations will lead programs and the event will display more demonstrations than ever before.

We’re planning an array of technical tours highlighting the latest regional, national, and global deployments. From connected vehicles to freight management and smart parking to cutting edge ITS architecture…you’ll see it all.

Few places in the world have the concentration of transportation companies, research institutions, and deploying agencies as Detroit, but the Motor City is about more than cars. Detroit and its Canadian neighbor Windsor, Ontario is also an integrated hub for the highway, commercial vehicle and transit industries.

More than any Intelligent Transport meeting we’ve ever held, the World Congress in Detroit will connect our past with our future. We’re working hard to make sure it will be the most valuable learning, networking and collaborative event you’ll attend in 2014. We’ll see you there. More
















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ITS Rocky Mountain has once again teamed up with the Utah Department of Transportation for this year’s Annual Meeting. The UDOT Annual Conference will be held October 28-30, 2014, while the ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting portion will be tentatively held October 28, 2014. Both will be held at the South Towne Exposition Center. This combined event is for all public and private transportation individuals including construction, and maintenance DOT personnel.











The Conference will provide an excellent learning and networking opportunity for all. Offering top-notch training opportunities for attendees including specific tracks for maintenance and construction, design, and other disciplines. Plus ITS Rocky Mountain is sponsoring a US DOT Professional Capacity Building Program Workshop  “Connected Vehicle 101” on the morning of Tuesday, October 28, 2014. So mark your calendars and plan on joining us in October!

Traffic operations center an active place during heavy rain storms

July 29, 2014, Golden, CO - Flash flooding made for a slow evening commute but a fast-paced atmosphere inside Colorado’s Traffic Operations Center in Golden.

Traffic Operations Specialists like Tanya Bowen spent the evening monitoring statewide cameras, weather and traffic, all while communicating with law enforcement, CDOT crews and the general public via the 511 hotline.

The biggest headache during evening rush hour was I-25 at the 6th Ave. overpass near downtown Denver.

“They are going less than 10 miles an hour,” Bowen said, showing the traffic mess on a nearby computer.

Flash flooding is common on that stretch of I-25, which is now under construction. More


Eyes in the Sky: ACHD is Watching You

June 4, 2014, Boise, ID - The Ada County Highway District hired Wendy Tillman and Mike Boydstun two weeks apart, 14 years ago. Now, they're practically family.

"We're like brother and sister," Tillman said. "We fight like brother and sister and we make up just the same."

As traffic operations engineers at ACHD's Traffic Management Center, they spend their days in a darkened room staring at a wall of video screens displaying 60 street intersections. More


CDOT Showcasing Real Colorado Riders, Harrowing Stories to Promote Motorcycle Safety

May 29, 2014, Colorado - Statewide Traffic Safety - Experienced riders put a face to safety training and challenge peers to participate. STATEWIDE ­– Motorcycle crashes killed 86 riders and passengers on Colorado roadways last year, and 69% of the motorcyclists were at fault. As motorcyclists across the state gear up for riding season, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announces a motorcycle safety campaign aptly namedRide Wise. The campaign showcases real Colorado riders, each with more than 30 years of experience on their saddles, who rely on safety training to hone skills needed to ride safe in the season ahead. More

ITD rolls out new Idaho Traveler Services 511 app

April 1, 2014, Boise, ID- The Idaho Transportation Department's new Idaho 511 app provides statewide, real-time traffic information for interstates, U.S. routes and state highways throughout the state. Details available with the app include: zoomable map with selectable event icons; winter road conditions; traffic incidents; roadwork and construction; current traffic speeds and roadside camera images.

The free app is available for iPhone and Android users. The apps can also be downloaded via ITD's 511 Travel Information page. More

Roadside Hit-and-Run Alerts Become Law in Colorado

March 25, 2014, Denver, CO- Colorado will be the first state to issue statewide roadside and broadcast alerts for hit-and-run crashes under a bill signed into law Tuesday.

The law creates an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crashes. The system includes quickly alerting the media and issuing bulletins on electronic highway signs that describe the fleeing vehicles. It will be implemented next year. More

Utah DOT Weather Responsive Traveler Information System

March 11, 2014, FHWA, Operatios News - The FHWA Road Weather Management Program partnered with Utah DOT to develop, test and deploy a citizen reporting program that allows travelers to provide road weather information reports using their smart phones. More


New traffic signs in Parleys Canyon to warn drivers of unsafe conditions

Brief synopsis: Horrocks Engineers recently performed the concept development and final design for the I-80 Parley’s Canyon Variable Speed Limit project in Utah. The project resulted in 15 new variable speed limit signs on I-80 which are used to adjust the speed limit of the corridor to better suit current roadway and weather conditions. Horrocks researched various technologies available on the market, including type of signs, and worked with UDOT to decide on a preferred sign type. Each sign is connected to the existing fiber optic network and remotely controlled from UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center. Additionally, Horrocks identified
the preferred locations of the signs. The signs are placed strategically throughout the corridor to create pecific speed zones depending on terrain and roadway geometry. The speed limit can be set uniquely according to the conditions within each zone.
The design and concept for the project lasted over one year. Construction was completed at the end of October 2013 and the signs went live on January 8, 2014. This project is the first of its kind in Utah. If it proves successful, UDOT will consider implementing it on other corridors as well.

Salt Lake City, UT — With a series of snowstorms expected to hit northern Utah over the next week or so, the roads in Parleys Canyon could be a mess.

Beginning Wednesday, the Utah Department of Transportation will start using new variable speed limit signs up and down Parleys Canyon to help make the roadway safer for drivers.

“It’s an important corridor for us,” UDOT engineer Rob Miles said.

Nearly 50,000 vehicles travel through Parleys Canyon every day, according to UDOT.

When a storm hits the canyon, it can lead to treacherous driving conditions, and the posted speed limit is too fast for the conditions. The variable speed limit signs allow UDOT to remotely control the posted speed limit in 5 mph increments. More

New CDOT Campaign Targets Stoned Drivers

February 14, 2014, FORT COLLINS, CO - Next month the Colorado Department of Transportation will kick off a new campaign aimed at warning people against smoking marijuana and driving called “Drive High, Get a DUI.”

CDOT plans to launch the $430,000 media blitz, but the agency acknowledges it will do so without any hard data quantifying the number of people actually getting arrested for driving high. More

Working Together to Make I-70 Work

February 13, 2014 - Denver Metro Colorado (CDOT Region 1)/Northeastern Colorado (CDOT Region 4) - CDOT suggesting new strategies to address in mountain corridor drive during adverse weather and heavy volume.

The numbers say it all.  On Sunday, February 9, CDOT’s Courtesy Patrol program relocated 22 vehicles on eastbound I-70 between Silverthorne and Eisenhower Tunnel.  Of the 22 vehicles, 19 had bald tires and 18 had in state plates.  The 22 were only a small fraction of the spun out vehicles that needed assistance which contributed to the heavy congestion and delayed commute for motorists last Sunday.  Additionally, CDOT’s Heavy Tow program towed 11 commercial vehicles that lost traction on the steep approach to Eisenhower Tunnel, 3 of which did not employ chains as required by law.  Lanes blocked by spun out passenger and commercial vehicles caused delays to increase at an astounding rate to where CDOT was forced to close eastbound I-70 in order to allow the traffic and dozens of accidents and spun out vehicles to be cleared. More

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