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2014 World Congress Student Essay Competition

Three students will be chosen as the official winners of the 2014 World Congress Student Essay Competition and receive the following:

The winning students will have the opportunity to present his/her paper at the dedicated Interactive Session area in the exhibit hall on September 8, 2014.
Entries will0 be reviewed and the final selections made by a selection committee comprised of ITS America members and Southwest Research Institute representatives. The winners will be notified by July 21, 2014. More

Training!

Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar

Title: Connected Vehicle Basics -
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost: Free

More information and to register click here.

FREE for U.S. local, state, regional, metropolitan, and Federal government agencies:
Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) is now accepting registrations for the following online, BLENDED (instructor-led) courses:

Weather Responsive Traffic Management (WRTM)

Improving Highway Safety with ITS

All course materials are on-line but students have access to course instructors through pre-scheduled conference calls.  Cost is $250 each; FREE for U.S. local, state, regional, metropolitan, and Federal government agencies! - use sponsor code PCB when you register. If you are interested in taking any CITE course, please register @ http://www.citeconsortium.org/registration.html. For more information, contact Denise Twisdale (301-405-6323) or Kathy Frankle (410-414-2925).

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

2014 National Rural ITS Conference

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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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


Utah Network of Cameras and Sensors Keeps Traffic Moving

February 6, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT - Lisa Miller doesn’t know what her department would do without the cameras and sensors that monitor traffic conditions. Working as the traveler information manager for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Miller’s feelings were confirmed two years ago when rough weather jeopardized part of the network.

In winter 2011, winds exceeding 100 mph bombarded overhead traffic cameras in northern Utah, which was bad news for traffic monitoring. More


UDOT launches variable speed limit system on I-80 in Parleys Canyon

March 19, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT - The speed limit on Interstate 80 in Parleys Canyon will not necessarily be 65 mph anymore. Sometimes it now may be as low as 35 mph or maybe somewhere in between

The Utah Department of Transportation on Wednesday will turn on a new $750,000 electronic sign system that will allow engineers to adjust the speed limit during storms or icy weather. UDOT removed the regular speed limit signs on Tuesday. More


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

January 9, 2014, 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


 

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