ITE 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibt - Expanding our Horizons

Technical Sessions

 

Sessions by Day and Time

Session Descriptions

Technical session descriptions listed alphabetically. Speakers listed below have been invited to participate.

All for One and One for All: Complete Streets Implementation, Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
By putting people back into streets, communities create opportunities for the use of all transportation modes. Learn from experiences, new resources, and assessment tools how to integrate people and places into the planning, design, operation and maintenance of multimodal transportation networks.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe effective means through examples of practice to successfully implement complete streets in communities.
  • Discover information in the upcoming Context Sensitive Solutions: A Practitioner’s Resource and other assessment methods.
  • Identify key aspects of complete street implementation specific to community context.

Facilitator:
Emiko Atherton, Director, National Complete Streets Coalition, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Paul Moore, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jocelyn Mamchur, Senior Civil Engineer, Seattle Department of Transportation, WA
  • Francis Marleau Donais, Ph.D Student, Université Laval, Québec, QC
  • Alexandre Nolet, Senior Associate, -30- Forensic Engineering, Toronto, ON

Bringing Connected Vehicles to a City near You, Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Connected vehicle implementation is being driven from both the private sector and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). There have recently been a number of full scale test implementations of V2I with traffic signal infrastructure in cities around the U.S., most recently in Las Vegas with the Consumer Electronics Show. In addition, the
USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office continues to foster implementation at three connected vehicle pilot deployment sites. These sites are well into deployment with the use of multiple safety and mobility applications on and in proximity to reversible freeway lanes in Tampa, Florida; exploiting vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and intersection communications to improve vehicle flow and pedestrian safety in high-priority corridors in New York City; and using connected vehicle technologies to improve safe and efficient truck movement along I-80 in southern Wyoming. This session presents current information from these four implementations of connected technology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the program and objectives of the connected vehicle application locations.
  • Identify the site specific needs of the initial connected vehicle sites.
  • Understand the applications and their use to achieve desired outcomes of each connected vehicle site.

Facilitator:
Egan Smith, Managing Director at Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Egan Smith, Managing Director at Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • John Tipaldo, Assistant Commissioner, Systems Engineering, New York City Department of Transportation, NY
  • Shital Patel, Manager of Project Management and Traffic Operations Engineering, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada—F.A.S.T., Las Vegas, NV
  • Susan R. Chrzan, Director of Public Affairs & Communications, Tampa Hillsborough
  • Expressway Authority, Tampa, FL
  • Ali Ragan, Project Manager, Wyoming Department of Transportation, Laramie, WY

Building Smart Communities, Monday, July 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
The vision of a smart community is a holistic, integrated approach to improving surface transportation performance within a city and integrating this approach with other smart city domains such as public safety, public services, and energy. Core elements of smart community strategy are data, demand, customer focus, and equity.

As a jump start to encouraging this new paradigm, the U.S. Department of Transportation has created the Smart Cities competition to find bold, innovative concepts to address how emerging transportation data, technologies, and applications can be integrated with existing systems in a city to address transportation challenges. This session takes the next step by extending this suite of concepts to communities of various sizes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify overarching vision and characteristics of smart communities.
  • Understand how the vision for a smart community can be built into a community of any size.
  • Discuss core elements that are transferable between different size communities.

Facilitator:
Kris Milster, Senior ITS Engineer, Ross & Baruzzini, Miami, FL

Speakers:

  • Bernie Arseneau, Vice President Highways and Local Roads Market Sector Director, HDR, Minneapolis, MN
  • Celeste Chavis, Assistant Professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
  • Karina Ricks, Director, Department of Mobility & Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh, PA

Camels, Rats, Twinkies and Silly Putty: What Can We Learn About Making the Transportation System Resilient, Wednesday, August 2, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Urban areas and societies are built upon the interconnected nature of transportation systems and land use. This session explores the challenges to and capacity of transportation systems face to function as well as recover in the face of external shocks and directed change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the nature of external drivers that affect the resiliency of the transportation system from both a physical and cyber/technology perspective.
  • Understand there a number of equivalent stable states of operation and adaption for any multimodal transportation system
  • Identify tools and resources to improve the resiliency of the system of transportation resources.

Facilitator:
Dave Ekern, President/CEO, DS Ekern Consulting, Biwabik, MN

Speakers:

  • Ryan Martinson, Associate - Sustainable Transportation Specialist, Stantec, Calgary, AB
  • Brian Ness, Director, Idaho Transportation Department, Boise,ID
  • Ed Fok, Transportation Technologies Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, San
  • Francisco, CA
  • John Contestabile, Program Manager Homeland Protection, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD

Come Back With a Warrant: Traffic Control and Evidence-Based Safety for Bicycles, Wednesday, August 2, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Current industry guidance provides alternative methods, and sometimes conflicting direction, for determining when bike control is required. The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices focuses on development of standards, guidelines, and practices to regulate, warn and guide traffic on streets and highways. The cities of Los Angeles, CA, Boise, ID, and Vancouver, BC have been at the forefront in the area of alternative transportation and traffic control for bicycle facilities. In addition, new on-line data resources for benchmarking bicycle activity and safety will be soon available through a project jointly development by ITE and the American Public Health Association.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop knowledge of best practices in determining the need for bike signals and exclusive bike phasing at signals to improve safety and reduce conflicts.
  • Understand critical components of signal design for bike facilities.
  • Identify site constraints for successful signal installation.
  • Describe tools and resources available through the Bicycle and Pedestrian Benchmarking Website.

Facilitator:
Kate Whitfield, Office Manager / Associate Engineer, Alta Planning + Design Inc., Ottawa, ON

Speakers:

  • Dan Mitchell, Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Joshua Saak, Traffic Design Engineer, Ada County Highway District, Boise, ID
  • Katherine Robb, Policy Analyst, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC

Countdown to Zero, Monday, July 31, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
As the transportation industry strives to achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries related to traffic crashes, agencies and practitioners are looking for ways to develop prioritized transportation plans to more effectively address bicycle and pedestrian safety. Typical components of these plans include: 1) identifying realistic goals to achieve Vision Zero, 2) coordinating inter-department/interagency communication to facilitate stakeholder buy-in, and 3) building off the plan to develop actionable items (bike/pedestrian safety action plan, project identification, etc.). This session includes discussion of the FHWA-sponsored Vision Zero Peer Exchange held in March 2017, the upcoming FHWA update to the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, and the work of ITE’s Vision Zero Task Force will be included, as well as highlights from the United States and Canada on success stories related to Vision Zero.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand ITE’s role in Vision Zero, including current and future work of ITE’s
  • Vision Zero Task Force.
  • Describe methods to develop a bicycle and pedestrian safety action plan with Vision
  • Zero as a focus.
  • Understand how to select and prioritizesafety improvement projects.
  • Identify realistic, implementable goals to achieve Vision Zero.

Facilitator:
Richard Retting, Director of Safety/Research, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Dan Gelinne, Project Coordinator, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Elissa Goughnour, Transportation Engineer, VHB, Tysons, VA
  • Liliana Quintero, Transportation Engineer, City of Vancouver, BC
  • Jonathon Rogers, Policy Analyst, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Curbspace: Death by a 1,000 Cuts or the Lifeline among Modes?, Wednesday, August 2, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

As urban activity centers evolve, new challenges have emerged in prioritizing valuable curbspace. Carsharing, bikesharing, transit transfers, taxi service, commercial loading, and even vending trucks compete. Stakeholders extend well beyond the agency’s parking teams: police, traffic operations, transit authorities, businesses, signing and markings, pedestrian/bicycle safety, and others. These stakeholders’ success will greatly depend on the prioritization/location decisions made in curbside management. How do transportation decision-makers find the right balance to optimize individual success, synergy among modes, and fairness to each stakeholder? This conversational session discusses successes and challenges in this area, including the need to proactively address curbside management in planning, as well as reactively in transportation operations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss methods to improve communication between internal government stakeholders, as well as gain input from external stakeholders.
  • Explain how to optimize multimodal curbspace of a complete street, via planning and engineering techniques.
  • Describe approaches to convey operational priorities into a functional complete street network, including removing parking for protected bike lanes, parklets, and transit.

Facilitator:
Larry Marcus, Virginia Office Manager, Wallace Montgomery, Tysons, VA

Speakers:

  • Paul Sabo, Senior Engineer, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Matthew Roe, Director, Designing Cities Initiative, National Association of City
  • Transportation Officials, New York, NY
  • Nadine King, Senior Transportation Engineer, Watt Consulting Ltd, Victoria., BC
  • Jane Farquharson, Principal, Bunt & Associates, Vancouver, BC
  • Kathy Ho, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer, City of Coquitlam, Coquitlam, BC

Developing a Blueprint for Shared Mobility, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Shared Mobility, which lies at the intersection between the sharing economy and integrated mobility, is providing new transportation options for travelers and creating challenges for policy makers in jurisdictions across North America. Some shared mobility models, such as car share and bike share, have been around for some time. However, on-demand or data-enabled models such as ridesourcing and microtransit have surfaced tensions between the roles of the public and private sectors, with shared mobility often viewed in contrast, rather than in alignment, with incumbent public services such as transit. At the same time, shared mobility services present an opportunity to address strategic challenges with regard to sustainable travel choices. Shared mobility is often focused on user-centered, attractive customer experiences, and making more efficient use of underutilized resources and could play an important role in the first and last mile of a transit journey, and serving isolated or specialized markets. This panel discussion focuses on responding to shared and on-demand mobility, and reviews how the public sector (transit authorities, regional planning agencies, state/provincial, and local officials) are responding. How can private shared mobility service providers be steered into directions that support broader policy objectives or livable metro regions, travel options, and sustainable choices? How can the public interest be protected while leaving the room for innovation and new approaches? What tools are available to begin planning for shared and on-demand mobility?

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the various business models present in the mobility space as well as the overarching challenges and opportunities they present.
  • Examine potential starting points in terms of beginning a dialogue on shared mobility in different regions.
  • Identify next steps in terms of tools and policy responses.
  • Discuss longer-term future including convergence of technologies and mobility providers, and mobility-as-a-service.

Facilitator:
Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director, MaRS Solutions Lab, Toronto, ON

Speakers:

  • Daniel Haufschild,VP Urban Mobility, WSP | MMM Group Ltd, Toronto, ON
  • Michael Crawford, Urban Policy Associate, Mowat Centre, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Aaron Baxter, Planner, WSP | MMM Group Ltd, Toronto, ON
  • Vi Bui, Program Manager, Transportaton Planning, Regional Municipality of York, Newmarket, ON

Freight Impacts on Downtown Streets: New Tools to Create Last Mile Solutions, Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
As people return to live and work in cities there is an increasing need to accommodate the needs of commercial activities to support the urban areas. This session explores examples of planning and design to improve delivery services from an infrastructure operations perspective. Additionally, the latest planning tools from the research community ready for practical application will be presented, such as the Initiative Selector Tool for Improving Freight System Performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand lessons learned from application freight planning and design approaches in urban areas.
  • Describe the available resources to support solutions to last mile delivery challenges.
  • Identify different sets of planning and design initiatives that may improve freight delivery performance.

Facilitator:
King Gee, Director of Engineering and Technical Services, American Association of
State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Tom Visée, Freight Planner, HDR, New York, NY
  • Bala Akundi, Senior Transportation Engineer, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Baltimore, MD
  • Ted Dahlburg, Manager, Office of Freight and Aviation Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeffrey Wojtowicz, Senior Research Engineer, Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Get with the Program: Managing Traffic Signals, August 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sidra SolutionsDeveloped in Collaboration with the Transportation Research Board Traffic Signal Systems Committee
Sponsored by SIDRA SOLUTIONS
Learn about the latest approaches to the management of traffic signal programs. This session explores cooperative efforts to manage and coordinate traffic signal timing, operations, and maintenance. Further, the session examines how these programs connect to agency goals and objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the connection between community and agency goals and objectives.
  • Describe approaches and methods to create collaborative traffic signal operations programs.

Facilitator:
Douglas Wiersig, Director, Transportation and Public Works, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

Speakers:

  • Kevin Lee, Associate Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Amanda Brauer, Manager of Roads and Traffic, St. Charles County, St. Charles, MO
  • Alan Davis, State Signal Engineer, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta, GA
  • Tom Stiles, Vice President, Intelight, Seattle, WA

Hey Wait a Second, There’s No Driver: What Does the Future Hold When Vehicles Are Automated, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
What is the role of automated vehicles in advancing sustainable transportation goals at the municipal level? Can we move past the debate about automated vehicle technology timelines and capabilities? This discussion will be about work being done across North America to plan for this disruptive technology to achieve positive public benefits consistent with city policies. Within the last two years, City Councils in various cities have requested reports from their administrations related to planning for automated vehicles. Canadian cities created an informal working group in 2016 acknowledging that there is much to gain from working together on municipal-level planning and policy around this emerging transportation technology. Cities ultimately striving to achieve sustainable mobility for all citizens, it is important to leverage automated vehicles to this end, rather than react to the technology as it becomes available.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify risks and challenges of automated vehicles in urban socio-political and infrastructure environments.
  • Describe elected officials and decision-makers interest in the societal impact of automated technology in transportation.
  • Understand potential impacts to the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure.

Facilitator:
Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Walnut Creek, CA

Speakers:

  • Erin Toop, Senior Engineer, City of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
  • Andrew Sedor, Executive Assistant to the General Manager, City of Calgary, AB
  • Dorothy Glancy, Professor, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

How to Improve Your Productivity: A Case Study in Staff Improvement, Monday, July 31, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
All organizations have people dynamics that create challenges. Take a moment to consider the organization you work in. Do people have varying management styles or strong personality traits? Are some people loaded with talent but difficult to work with? Are there people with differing styles who can’t see eye-to-eye? Do personality conflicts result in small upheavals in the office? These challenges can result in plummeting productivity. While you may think that you can’t change people, this program presents a case study for a real transportation engineering company who took the initiative to invest in staff development.

Using a structured, repeatable approach, they reduced time wasted in meetings, improved teamwork and collaboration, reduced reactivity between staff, and increased productivity. Learn their process, the results, and the keys to their success. It’s not rocket science but it is neuroscience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand productivity improvements that are achievable from staff development.
  • Describe process steps to improve teamwork and collaboration.
  • Distinguish key factors that lead to productivity improvement.
  • Experience one module of the program that results in improved workplace dynamics.

Facilitator(s):
Shelley Row, President and CEO, Shelley Row Associates LLC, Annapolis, MD
W.H. (Bill) Sowell, Vice President-Business Development, Eberle Design, Inc. & Reno A&E, Phoenix, AZ

Sanderson StewartHow Transportation Can Help Create Healthy, Vibrant Communities, Wednesday, August 2, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Sanderson Stewart
The intersection of transportation and healthy living is coming to the forefront in many communities. The connection between active movements to improve health outcomes is becoming increasingly apparent and has a strong connection to the availability of public infrastructure to support every day activities. There are different and unique approaches to completing streets for municipalities of varying sizes and development patterns to support vibrant communities. Through examples of partnerships with non-traditional stakeholders and the community, learn about multi-disciplinary approaches to complete streets, based on health and engineering. Leave inspired to create new transportation plans and policies for development in areas and corridors incorporating all modes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain examples of non-traditional partnerships to promote healthy communities
  • Differentiate between multi-disciplinary approaches to advance active transportation

Facilitator:
Michael Sanderson, President and CEO, Sanderson Stewart, Billings, MT

Speakers:

  • Eileen Gunn, Complete Streets Program Administrator, MassDOT, Boston, MA
  • Samuel Schwartz, President and CEO, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NY
  • Danny Pleasant, Transportation Director, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte, NC

Implementing Vision Zero Best Practices, Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
This session showcases agencies who have been proactive and successfully developed/adopted programs to implement Vision Zero best practices. Representatives of cities or other agencies with examples to apply in practice today will share their latest successes. This session draws from the lessons learned in North Vancouver, BC; Austin, TX; Fort Lauderdale FL; and Puerto Rico, and discusses important aspects of implementing safety best practices as well as successful strategies that have been applied.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the state of the practice in reducing traffic deaths and severe injuries through
  • Vision Zero’s multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Understand best practices as applied in real world situations in traffic safety research, crash analysis, and cost effective multimodal safety countermeasures.
  • Understand how to successfully partner with multiple agencies in response to a policy directive.

Facilitator:
Jeff Michael, Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Borg Chan, Manager, Traffic Engineering and Road Safety, ISL Engineering and Land Services, Langley, BC
  • Dragana Mitic, Manager, Transportation, Engineering, Parks & Environment, City of North Vancouver, North Vancouver, BC
  • Benjamin Colucci Rios, Professor, University ofPuerto Rico-Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR
  • Upal Barua, Supervising Engineer / SeniorTraffic Engineer, Transportation Department, City of Austin, Austin, TX
  • Diana Alarcon, Director, City of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL

It Doesn’t Just Sit There: Operating the System, Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 
There are many facets to the operation of the transportation system from the traffic incident response team to traveler information and integrated corridor management all supported by an agency organized for operations. This session explores concepts and implementation examples of managing the transportation system from an operations perspective.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the success components and supporting organization to actively operate the transportation system.
  • Describe the state of the practice to improve performance of the system and the organization to deliver the services.

Facilitator:
Steve Kuciemba, National ITS & System Operations Manager, WSP | Parsons
Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, MD

Speakers:

  • Alvaro Alamilla, Senior Engineer, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Nancy Dutta, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

ITE and Grassroots Advocacy, Monday, July 31, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Grassroots advocates raise the level of awareness regarding a variety of transportation-related issues at the local, state, or federal level, and can influence public perception, regulations, or public policy. Unlike direct lobbying, grassroots advocacy relies on the general public and not professional lobbyists.

The presentations in this session helps members learn how they can best advocate for issues of importance to ITE.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand methods to communicate information on complex subjects to the public and decision-makers.
  • Identify advocacy examples to address core goals of the transportation profession.
  • Discuss advocacy topics important to the profession and ITE members and their broader meaning.

Facilitator:
Karen Aspelin, Senior Transportation Engineer, Parametrix, Colorado Springs, CO

Speakers:

  • Xavier Falconi, City Transportation Engineer, City of Delray Beach, FL
  • Lisa Martellaro-Palmer, Transportation Engineering Associate, City of Los Angeles
  • Department of Transportation, CA

ITE Town Hall Business Meeting, Monday, July 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
This session provides an open opportunity for discussion and feedback on the future direction of ITE using information from the ITE transportation professionals survey and strategic initiatives underway at ITE. In addition, the proposed changes to the ITE Constitution will be presented and discussed. Members of the ITE International Board of Direction will be in attendance.

Facilitator:
Jeffrey Paniati, Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Transportation Engineers,
Washington, DC

Latest from the Transportation Research Board on Traffic Signal Systems, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Developed in Collaboration with the Transportation Research Board Traffic Signal
Systems Committee
In an effort to operate the transportation system more effectively, traffic signal practitioners have often looked to research to improve the way we are timing traffic signals. In this session, you will be exposed to the latest research that is changing practices and operations procedures. The efforts of research have been put into practice for automating traffic signal performance measures. This session focuses on the emerging measures with an emphasis on looking to the future technology applications that might further enhance our industry’s response to our multimodal transportation system.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify research trends in traffic signals including Connected Vehicle infrastructure, signal timing, and Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures
  • Recognize that emerging technology may change traffic signal equipment standards
  • Determine how local agencies can implement research to improve practice.

Facilitator
Peter Koonce, Division Manager, Signals, Street Lighting, and ITS, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland, OR

Speakers:

  • Alison Tanaka, Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Jamie Mackey, Statewide Signal Engineer, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Kevin Balke, Research Lead, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX
  • Ed Smaglik, Associate Professor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Christopher Day, Senior Research Scientist, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Let’s Be Smart About Growth: Applications of Trip Data, Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 
In response to the emphasis on building dense and diverse mixed-used communities, traffic engineers and transportation planners need new tools to accurately estimate smart growth trip generation. Several tools have been developed, including the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) MXD trip generation tool. However, few cities have adopted its use. In part, there is a need for a more transparent method for determining just how “smart” the smart growth development is. Currently, this is determined using judgment. This session explores different approaches to quantify trip making characteristics, so transportation professionals can present realistic, but robust information to decision-makers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss methods to address travel modes their venues/organizations are not currently addressing or could address better.
  • Provide background for agencies and consultants regarding processes, methodologies, criteria for impacts and mitigation, etc.
  • Provide initiative for agencies that may not have up-to-date guidelines to now update them as transportation needs evolve.
  • Share a different, more quantifiable method to evaluate trip generation for smart growth.

Facilitator:
Jennifer Pangborn, Senior Planning Manager, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, St. Louis, MO

Speakers:

  • Martin Taub, Principal, VHB, New York, NY
  • Laura Schewel, CEO, StreetLight Data, San Francisco, CA
  • Seth Torma, Senior Planning Manager, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Diego, CA
  • Jon Kostyniuk, Transportation Engineer, TripChain.Org, London, ON

Measuring Performance and Effectiveness: What Can You Tell Your Community About How Well Your Signals Work for Them, Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 
Developed in Collaboration with the Transportation Research Board Traffic Signal
Systems Committee
The measurement of performance and effectiveness of infrastructure meeting stated goals and objectives is a foundational element of an organization’s performance management program. This session provides attendees with example approaches implemented in practice to measure performance of traffic signal systems and to incorporate constructive feedback from the measures back into the program and associated assets.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand analytically based traffic signal performance measures and the basic approach to initiating a program.
  • Describe customer-based measures of signal performance.
  • Identify how traffic signal performance measures can affirmatively support state, regional, and local government response to national performance goals.

Facilitator:
Martin Knopp, Associate Administrator, Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Rajnath Bissessar, Manager, ITS Operations, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Darcy Bullock, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • Douglas Noble, Senior Director of Management and Operations, Institute of
  • Transportation Engineers, Washington, DC
  • Alexander Stevanovic, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Mobility Hubs: Creating Connectivity and Prosperity, Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
As practitioners, we are often faced with questions of how to contribute to successful high-density developments which are centered on transit infrastructure or intermodal nodes. This session will explore key elements of mobility hubs and hub networks, from planning to case studies of the resulting benefits - spanning the what, how and why of mobility hub planning. Mobility hubs are far more than just a place where transportation modes intersect - they are places of exchange, and places of intensified development oriented to travel by sustainable modes. Overarchingly, they combine to provide a network that enables smart and sustainable, multimodal door to door transportation focused on people. This session will explore elements of mobility hub network planning, extending from the global to the local, highlighting recent experience in the Toronto area.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the planning requirements
  • Describe the benefits of mobility hub networks.

Facilitator:
Roxane MacInnis, Senior Project Planner, Integrated Mobility, WSP | MMM Group Ltd., Ottawa, ON

Speakers:

  • Susan Zielinski, Managing Director, SMART, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Wendy Tao, Strategic Sales Planner, Siemens, Berkeley, CA
  • Brent Lacy, Transportation Lead, VHB, Tampa, FL
  • Marcus Bowman, Transportation Planner, Metrolinx, Toronto, ON

New Directions in Trip Generation: Moving Forward, Monday, July 31, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
This year ITE will release resources with new approaches to trip generation. In addition, during 2017, updates to existing recommended practices on trip generation will be available and their application to transportation impact assessment will begin an update. This session presents information on the new editions of the Trip Generation Manual and Trip Generation Handbook, the Transit and Traffic Impact Studies informational report and the planned multimodal update to the Transportation Impact Assessment for Site Development recommended practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the new trip generation resources available and their differences from prior versions.
  • Understand the application of the core principles of the new trip generation related publications.
  • Provide feedback on the approach to the update to the multimodal guide to transportation impact assessment for site development.

Facilitator:
John Kennedy, Senior Principal, VHB, Boston, MA

Speakers:

  • Lisa Fontana Tierney, Traffic Engineering Senior Director, Institute of Transportation
  • Engineers, Washington, DC
  • Kevin Hooper, Principal, Kevin Hooper Associates, Falmouth, ME
  • Michelle DeRobertis, Principal, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities, Oakland, CA
  • Dan Hardy, Principal, Renaissance Planning, Arlington, VA

Planning for the Arrival of Automated Vehicles, Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 
If the advocates are to be believed, there will be an automated vehicle available for every household within five years. More realistically, over the next 20 years automated vehicles will become part of the transportation network. There remain many questions, but some planning now can allow public agencies and the supporting vendor and consultants to be prepared in a robust manner for multiple variations that the future may bring. This session encompasses speakers who are knowledgeable about the relevant technical aspects of automated vehicles, but more important, the state of activity positioning organizations for the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify risks and challenges to implementation of automated vehicles.
  • Describe societal impact of automated technology in transportation.
  • Understand potential impacts to the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure.

Facilitator:
Abbas Mohaddas, President and COO, Econolite Group, San Francisco, CA

Speakers:

  • Ray Derr, Project Manager, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC
  • Douglas Gettman, Director, Kimley-Horn, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jason Neudorf, Transportation Planner, WSP | MMM Group Ltd, Thornhill, ON
  • Peter Hunkin, Technical Director Transport Planning, Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd,
  • Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Separated Bikeways: Improving Safety and Operation through Design, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
There are numerous design guides that have been produced in the past decade for the design of bicycle infrastructure. These facilities, also referred to as separated bike lanes and cycle tracks, have been shown to improve safety, user comfort, operations, equity, and mode share. With the additional guidance and approvals from authorizing agencies, growth in protected bike lane miles/kilometers has been significant. However, questions about the specific design and operational details that many of the guides do not address requires additional design guidance and research before these designs are widely adopted. The ITE Protected Bike Lane Practitioners Guide & Lecture Series will address these gaps related to five priority areas: safety performance, mid-block design and operation, intersection design and operation, maintenance, implementation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe questions and uncertainties that practitioners have about the existing design and operational guidance for protected bike lanes.
  • Share relevant research and guidance on design and operational practices of protected bike lanes as it relates to the work that ITE professionals regularly undertake.Identify examples of successful and relevant implementation of protected bike lanes to help describe principles of design and operational considerations.
  • Provide a basis for the design and operational aspects of protected bike lanes and highlight relevant resources available to practitioners.

Facilitators:
Tyler Golly, Associate, Stantec, Edmonton, AB

Speakers:

  • Bill Schultheiss, Vice President/Principal Engineer, Toole Design Group, Silver Spring,
  • MD
  • Kay Teschke, Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • Dongho Chang, City Traffic Engineer, City of Seattle, Seattle, WA
  • Molly Veldkamp, Senior Associate, Fox Tuttle Hernandez Transportation Group, Boulder, CO

The Radicalism of Vision Zero Traffic Safety, Tuesday, August, 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This panel discussion will address the need for a fundamental shift in the planning and design of transportation networks. Each month, the U.S. experiences the equivalent of a 9/11 attack in the form of traffic deaths. Efforts to curb traffic deaths have continued for decades, with little change. Local and state governments have been adopting Vision Zero policies with the dramatic goal of reaching *zero* traffic deaths. As Sweden discovered in the 1990s, prioritizing human life leads to a radical departure from “standard practices” in travel forecasting, traffic engineering, and geometric design. In short, our entire industry needs a philosophical shift or we’ll never reduce traffic deaths more than a few percentage points.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the moral and ethical expectations of professionals who have sworn to uphold codes of ethics.
  • Illustrate how Vision Zero principles contrast with common transportation engineering methods.
  • Describe recommendations for how to educate and persuade stakeholders about Vision Zero tactics.
  • Identify and correct different safety myths with respect to Vision Zero as well as the answers to recurring FAQs.

Facilitator:
Andy Boenau, Associate, Alta Planning + Design, Richmond, VA

Speakers:

  • Michael Griffith, Director, Office of Safety Technologies, FHWA, Washington, DC
  • Paula Flores, Principal, Alta Planning + Design, Durham, NC
  • Graham Larkin, Executive Director, Vision Zero Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • C.Y. David Yang, Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, DC

Tools for the Next Generation of Leaders, Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 
This session gives you tips to lead in the areas of ethics, organizational development, visual communication, and managing in our ever changing profession. As new information, approaches, and technology come into the transportation engineering and planning profession, the challenge is more than applying it to the next project, it is how you engage with it in your own career and organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand methods to communicate information about complex projects to the public and decision-makers.
  • Explain the application of the capability maturity model to organizations
  • Describe the balance of choices in making ethical decisions.

Facilitator:
Amir Rizavi, Director of Transportation Systems, VHB, New York, NY

Speakers:

  • Tra Vu, Technical Director, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., New York, NY
  • Beverly Kuhn, Senior Research Engineer/Division Head, Texas A&M Transportation
  • Institute, College Station, TX
  • Mark Spencer, Principal, W-Trans, Oakland, CA

Towards Vision Zero at Railroad Grade Crossings, Wednesday, August 2, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
The Road to Zero must address at-grade rail crossings. Since collisions between trains and motor vehicles typically result in severe damage and fatalities, it is important that designers and legislators/public officials are focused on improving safety of at-grade rail crossings. This session highlights the most recent “best practices” for treatments at highway-rail grade crossings from an international perspective. The session also showcases emerging new guidance for implementation of traffic signal preemption at locations where the traffic signals are interconnected with the railroad active warning devices (flashing lights, bells and crossing gates). The session provides updates on both the USDOT Grade Crossing Handbook / Preemption Guide as well as Transport Canada’s updated grade crossing requirements manual.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the content of the upcoming ITE Recommended Practice for Preemption of Traffic Signals Near Grade Crossings.
  • Explain the use of updated Preemption Timing Worksheets recently developed by Texas A&M Transportation Institute for TXDOT.
  • Discuss key new content which will be available in the upcoming update to the USDOT Grade Crossing Handbook.
  • Describe the similarities and differences between Canadian and U.S. requirements for grade crossings.

Facilitator:
Brent Ogden, Regional Vice President, Kimley-Horn Associates, Oakland, CA

Speakers:

  • Karen Hankinson, Vice President, Rail Pros, Irvine, CA
  • Kevin Balke, Senior Research Engineer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX
  • Douglas Bowron, Senior Operations Engineer, Transport Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • Amiy Varma, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Transit Mobility: Improving the System, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Create mobility solutions that improve transit service for your organization. This session presents perspectives, tools, and techniques that have led to successful multimodal projects around North America through example projects in New York, NY, Comox Valley, BC, Jacksonville, FL, and Seattle, WA.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe issues and strategies that lead to successful transit projects.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of multimodal project delivery

Facilitator:
John Lower, Associate Vice President, Iteris, Santa Ana, CA

Speakers:

  • Mark Yedlin, Director of Simulation Modeling Services, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., New York, NY
  • Daniel Casey, Transportation Planner, Watt Consulting Group, Victoria, BC
  • Frederick Jones, Senior Project Manager, Community and Mobility Planning, Michael
  • Baker International, Jacksonville, FL
  • Jonathan Dong, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Seattle, WA

Transportation for All: Canadian Perspectives, Monday, July 31, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
This session provides a forum for leaders, from Canadian agencies to discuss with an international audience of leading transportation professionals their vision for the future of transportation to meet the needs of all. They share their vision for the near and long term future of their agencies’ programs, the successes, challenges, and opportunities for putting new ideas into practice, and discuss the implications of innovation and new technologies to their services, programs, and policies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify near–and long–term vision for agency programs.
  • Discuss successes, challenges, and opportunities of new ideas.
  • Describe future implications of innovation and technology on agencies.

Facilitator:
Gene Chartier, Vice President, Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited, Waterloo, ON

Speakers:

  • Barbara Gray, General Manager, Department ofTransportation, City of Toronto, ON
  • Kevin Bentley, Executive Director, Asset Management, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, St. Catharines, ON
  • John Jensen, Interim CEO, Metrolinx, Toronto, ON

Trial of the Century ! ! !, Monday, July 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Developed by the Transportation Forensics and Risk Management Council in association with the Ontario Trial Lawyers and the Advocates Society/Canadian Defence Lawyers
This session demonstrates the courtroom events and the various facets of the testimony process that public agency, transportation consultants, and expert witnesses may experience. Attendees will observe the qualifications process, evidence in chief, cross-examination, and counsel challenges. The case study is a motor vehicle collision herein there are allegations that poor road design and inadequate traffic control devices are alleged. Specific aspects and examples of risk management will be incorporated into the trial script. At the conclusion of the demonstration attendees will be given the opportunity to comment and ask questions of the mock trial participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and appreciate the exposure of transportation agencies and their consultants may have in tort liability.
  • Prepare for and work within the courtroom setting.
  • Understand the current state-of-the-practice in forensic investigations and how road agency liability is gauged, established, and assessed.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance policies and practices to improve their risk management related to transportation facilities.

Participating:

  • Russell Brownlee, Principal, Road Safety, -30-Forensic Engineering, Toronto, ON
  • Gary Thomas, Principal Engineer, Kittelson LLC, College Station, TX
  • Brian Malone, Vice President, Transportation, CIMA+, Burlington, ON
  • Troy H. Lehman, Partner, Oatley Vigmond, Barrie, ON
  • Lara Fitzgerald-Husek, Lawyer, Oatley Vigmond, Barrie, ON
  • David Campbell, Associate, Rogers Partners LLP, Toronto, ON

We Are the Champions: Roundabouts of the Future, Monday, July 31, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
MTJSponsored by MTJ Engineering
Corridors of roundabouts are becoming more commonplace, but communities of roundabouts are still rare. This is a showcase to inspire a vision of what can be. Size and cost are becoming frequent sticking points for building roundabouts. Shrinking the center island or metering an approach can reduce the impact of potential roundabouts and may make all the difference in the budget and adjacent property owner support. Roundabouts are currently in the early adopter phase for most agencies. Champions have the potential to get agencies and communities past this tipping point.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how roundabouts can transform the safety, health, and economic vitality of a community.
  • Explain potential success of candidate locations for a roundabout diet.
  • Identify the benefits a roundabout champion brings to the table and to build value to the profession by becoming a champion that changes the game

Facilitator:
Phil Weber, Principal Consultant - Roundabouts, GHD, Mississauga, ON

Speakers:

  • Steve Van De Keere, Director of Transportation, Region of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON
  • Jerry Froese, Senior Traffic Engineer, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Victoria, BC
  • Brian Walsh, State Traffic Design and Operations Engineer, Washington State DOT, Olympia, WA
  • Don McKenzie, Director, TDG, Auckland, New Zealand

What to Fix Next: Getting to the Goal of Vision Zero, Wednesday, August 2, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
What is the best process, and what are the best techniques to identify where safety improvement funds should be allocated? Are spot improvements more effective than corridor wide improvements? How should we screen high crash locations or corridors to determine the optimal improvements? Prioritizing safety improvements is an ongoing challenge for Departments of Transportation and jurisdictions of all sizes. This session examines different applications and resources to make informed decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the influence and impact of the organization processes, policy, and program on transportation safety.
  • Describe examples of safety resources and application examples.
  • Identify different practices to improve transportation safety.

Facilitator:
Greg Cohen, Executive Director, Roadway Safety Foundation, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • David Metcalf, Vice President Virginia, PRIME AE Group, Fairfax, VA
  • Neal Hawkins, Associate Director, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Grant Schultz, Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Your Career: Making All the Right Moves, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Women are seen in more boardrooms and in more meaningful positions in the engineering and planning profession than a decade ago but remain underrepresented. Building on the success of the session held in 2016 in Anaheim, this inclusive conversation circle session is an open discussion of issues women have identified as challenges in the workplace. The intent of this session is to both listen and share to gain understanding of gender differences in the workplace and in the industry as well as a discussion of techniques to navigate a successful path. Are you prepared to navigate a career path that opens the doors through which you want to walk? Do you have questions about a challenge you face?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to enhance your support network.
  • Gain insights into the gaps that hold women back.
  • Describe techniques to successfully navigate workplace environments.

Facilitator:
Marsha Anderson Bomar, Executive Director, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, Norcross, GA

Speakers:

  • Rebecca Peterniak, Transportation Infrastructure Specialist, Fireseeds North
  • Infrastructure, Winnipeg, MB
  • Carrie Falkenrath, Principal, Tsquared Traffic & Transportation, St. Louis, MO
  • Joanna Kervin, Director, Third Party, Planning and Property, Toronto Transportation Commission, ON