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March 26-27, 2015 Long Beach, California

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ITS America's 25th Annual Meeting & Expo

June 1-3, 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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US Congressman seeks federal ban on traffic cameras

February 26, 2015, CO- A US Congressman has introduced legislation that, if passed, would prohibit the use of automated cameras in traffic enforcement across the country.

Echoing the charges of camera critics, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) says red-light and speed cameras are primarily used for generating revenue and that they don't substantially contribute to road safety. More









ACHD OKs Boise's parking Sensors

February 25, 2015, Boise, Garden City, ID- Boise can resume installing vehicle-detection sensors at parking meters Downtown under an agreement approved by Ada County Highway District on Wednesday.

The commission’s 3-2 vote ends an 18-month impasse between ACHD and the city that started when the city installed 67 sensors in the roadway without approval from ACHD, which has jurisdiction over nearly all Downtown Boise streets. More

Tip Sheet: Colorado DOT Executive Director Don Hunt Offers Tips for Transportation Departments on Managing the Future of Transportation in a Changing Technology Landscape

January 18, 2015, Denver, CO (PRWEB) -

As the world changes with the rapid advancement of connected devices and technologies, so must the transportation industry. More

Colorado Lawmakers Try Again To Ban Traffic Cameras

January 14, 2015, Denver, CO - Colorado lawmakers will take another look at banning speeding and red-light cameras, an idea that has had bipartisan support but that municipalities and law enforcement staunchly oppose.

Critics of the cameras call them revenue generators that don’t improve public safety. But supporters praise the devices, saying they prevent accidents at busy intersections and aid short-staffed police departments. More

CDOT Creates New Position To Make Mountain Corridor Travel Better

December 28, 2014, Summit County, CO - This year the Colorado Department of Transportation is working hard to make the drive better. They’ve hired a new coordinator whose sole responsibility is to monitor Interstate 70 and the surrounding state highways.

CBS4’s Jeff Todd got an exclusive interview with I-70 Mountain Corridor Manager Patrick Chavez. More

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.

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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



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