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USDOT Webinar:V2I Deployment Needs

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), to understand Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) system deployment needs, including application selection, infrastructure planning, as well as investment decisions that transportation agencies and operators can make to facilitate a transition into connected vehicle operations during the first five years of deployment.

Click here for more information and to register.

Just Announced:
The 2015 ITS America Webinar Series & December Preview

ITS America is excited to a announce its 2015 Webinar Series and provide a sneak peak of what's in store next year with a December preview featuring:

A new member spotlight from an emerging ITS startup.


Government Affairs Update: The Impact of the 2014 Midterm Elections on Transportation Policy

Wednesday, December 3 at 2pm ET


Technology Scan Webinar: Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) Resilience Management Model

Tuesday, December 9 at 1pm ET


Member Spotlight: Bridj - Your everyday transportation system that adapts to where you live, work, and play.

Wednesday, December 17 at 2pm ET


Emergency Vehicle Operator On-Board Devices: Their Impact on Distraction, Safety and Performance (sponsored by the Transportation Safety Advancement Group)

Tuesday, January 6 at 2pm ET 


Technology Scan Webinar: Vehicle Applications and Wireless Interoperability - Heterogeneous Networks, "Multi-Path" Applications and their Impact on Transportation.

Thursday, February 19 

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UDOT releases first crowd-sourced road hazard smartphone app

November 13, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT -

Utah boasts the greatest snow on Earth, and now can also claim it is the first state in the nation to be able to allow its residents to report the white stuff falling from the skies in an exclusive road hazard reporting smartphone app.

The road weather specific reporting mobile application allows any registered citizen reporters, including the Utah Highway Patrol, to report highway surface conditions in real-time. More








Transportation Radio - Ken Leonard of US DOT’s ITS Joint Program Office

October 24, 2014, brwagenblast - What’s the role of the federal government in the future of ITS? What’s the difference between connected and autonomous vehicles? Is there such a thing as a connected pedestrian? Ken Leonard, Director of US DOT‘s ITS Joint Program Office answers these questions and more.

Listen to interview

I-70 mountain corridor winter travel issues to get extra attention

September 29, 2014, Denver, CO - While more snowplow escorts and big rigs stacked on the side of the road are in the plan to ease ski traffic this winter, there also will be more nagging about your bald tires.

Last year, Colorado Department of Transportation officials complained that many vehicles were sliding off Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel because their tires were too worn. More

Boulder quietly tests bicycle-specific traffic signals

September 18, 2014, Boulder, CO - Rob Allen is a frequent visitor to the bike corridor along 13th Street in downtown Boulder.

But when it was pointed out to him Thursday that the typical circular traffic light at 13th and Walnut streets had been replaced with a bicycle-shaped signal, Allen admitted he had not, in fact, noticed the light.

"Guess that tells you all you need to know about them," Allen said. More

Idaho farm groups fund road safety PSA

September 16, 2014, Boise, Idaho - Two southwestern Idaho farm bureau groups are teaming up with the Idaho State Police to try to prevent fatal accidents involving automobiles and farm equipment.

According to Idaho’s Office of Highway Safety, there were five fatal crashes involving farm vehicles and automobiles in the state during 2013, making it one of the worst in recent memory for those types of accidents. More

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





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