ITE Talks Transportation

ITE Talks Transportation Podcast

LATEST EPISODE: Rachel Carpenter, Chief Safety Officer, Caltrans – An Innovative Approach to Safety

Rachel Carpenter, Chief Safety Officer at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), joins the ITE Talks Transportation Podcast to discuss why the department adopted the Safe System Approach in an effort to reverse traffic fatality rates and address speed, among other safety improvements. She also explains their work with the Safe Systems Pyramid which takes a public health approach to safety, and elaborates on some of the specific strategies Caltrans implemented to win the National Roadway Safety Award. Rachel was a keynote speaker at the ITE Virtual Spring Conference in March. 



ITE Talks Transportation is a collaboration between ITE and Bernie Wagenblast, founder and editor of the Transportation Communication Newsletter and host of Transportation Radio. Each month, a new podcast features a thought leader within the transportation industry. In keeping with #transportationtuesday, a new episode will be available the 4th Tuesday of every month.

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Meet the Host

Bernie Wagenblast is host of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast. Bernie had her start in the transportation field as one of the original Shadow Traffic reporters in New York City, NY, USA in 1979. Following this, she worked on transportation in the public sector with NYCDOT and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. For nearly a decade, she served as the operations manager of TRANSCOM, a multi-agency information center, and was involved with the creation of the I-95 Corridor Coalition. Following that, she worked in the private sector for firms such as TransCore, SmartRoute Systems, and Westwood One. Bernie does a variety of transportation voiceover work and can be heard on PATCO, the New York City subway system, and the AirTrain at Newark Airport. She also narrates many of the online courses offered to ITE members through the Consortium for Innovative Transportation Education at the University of Maryland. She’s the editor of several transportation e-publications, including the Transportation Communications Newsletter and the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update.



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Recent Episodes by Topic


Shailen Bhatt, FHWA Administrator – Safety, Leadership, and the Impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Richard Montanez, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, City of Philadelphia – Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Program

2020 Motor Vehicle Fatalities Estimates and COVID-19 Safety with Lorraine Martin, National Safety Council President and CEO


Peter Koonce, Portland Bureau of Transportation – Traffic Engineering: Improving Outcomes for All Users

Transportation and Equity with Tamika Butler, Toole Design

Community Engagement

The Power of Community Engagement in Transportation – Odessa L. Phillip, PE, President and CEO, Assedo Consulting

Stephen Buckley, Vice President, Kimley-Horn: Planning and Engineering Professionals – Fostering Collaboration for Great Communities


The Impact of Innovation on MaaS/MOD with Vincent Valdes

Technical Publications

What’s New in the ITE Trip Generation Manual, 11th Edition

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: Looking Back, Looking Forward with Jeff Lindley, P.E., ITE Chief Technical Officer

Innovation and Technology

Alex Argudin, CEO, Miami Parking Authority – Parking Trends, Challenges, and Innovations

Gabe Klein, Executive Director, U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation: Moving Transportation Electrification Forward in the U.S.


Stephen Buckley, Vice President, Kimley-Horn: Planning and Engineering Professionals – Fostering Collaboration for Great Communities

Advancing the Role of Women in Transportation with Laura Chace, ITS America President and CEO

Evolution of Urban Form and Function with Justin Ward, Head of Policy and Practice, CIHT and Noreen McDonald, Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, UNC Chapel Hill

Transit and Active Transportation

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Public Transit with Paul Skoutelas, APTA President and CEO 
Promoting Quality of Life Through Rural and Tribal Transit – National RTAP Program

Moving a Public Agency into the Future of Active Transportation with Toks Omishakin, Director of the California Department of Transportation

Complete Streets

People-Oriented Design: An International Perspective – Bas Govers, Senior Urban Mobility Consultant, Goudappel

Ryan Russo, OakDOT Director – Lessons Learned from the Slow Streets Program