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NOCoE News: NOCoE Partnership Renewed

NOCoE partners associations sign new MoU and Joey Sagal named as new TAC Chair. 

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May 27, 2022
NOCoE Partnership Renewed
The National Operations Center of Excellence is pleased to announce that its founding partners have signed a new memorandum of understanding or MoU to support NOCoE.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) renewed their support for NOCoE during a ceremony at AASHTO’s 2022 spring meeting in New Orleans.

“It is very encouraging to see how far we have come along together in advancing the National Operations Center of Excellence and its services to the TSMO community,” noted Jim Tymon, Executive Director of AASHTO, at the signing ceremony. “This was only possible through our mutual collaboration and partnerships.”
MoU Signing
The three organizations originally established NOCoE in 2015. With the support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), NOCoE has worked to further the practice of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) by empowering TSMO professionals to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Since 2015, NOCoE has developed a one-stop-shop website for TSMO resources, trainings, and materials and developed a technical service program of case studies, peer exchanges, and webinars, all focused on transferring knowledge to benefit the TSMO community. Thousands of practitioners use NOCoE’s TSMO resources every week.
The new MOU builds upon NOCoE’s accomplishments while recognizing the need for continued association leadership and support to ensure its long-term success.
“NOCoE provides a unique ability to convene TSMO practitioners from the private sector and state and local agencies to work together to improve our transportation system,” said Laura Chace, President and CEO of ITS America. “We look forward to advancing this partnership as we work to build a safer and more equitable transportation system.”
MoU Signing
This MoU follows a new NOCoE strategic plan, recently developed by the NOCoE Strategic Advisory Committee, which is chaired by Scott Marler, Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation. The plan lays out the vision for NOCoE’s next phase and identifies its three strategic goals: 
  1. Attract, develop, sustain, and expand the TSMO workforce.
  2. Accelerate deployment of current and emerging TSMO practices (technology and strategies).
  3. Mainstream TSMO as a core function of providing transportation system solutions for all.
“NOCoE has become a nationally recognized source of TSMO knowledge,” remarked Jeff Paniati, Executive Director and CEO of ITE. “ITE is proud to support NOCoE’s exceptional services and resources which benefit both current and future transportation practitioners.”

NOCoE is planning a robust program of services and resources for 2022, including regular webinars, peer exchanges focused on topics such as workforce development and integrated corridor management, and the continued development of case studies to capture the successful practices and key outcomes of implementing TSMO strategies. 
Joey Sagal
Joey Sagal Announced as the Chair of NOCoE's Technical Advisory Committee
Joey Sagal of the Maryland Department of Transportation is the new chair of the NOCoE's Technical Advisory Committee or TAC. He has been a member of the NOCoE TAC since 2018.
As chair, Sagal – who has over 24 years of experience in transportation operations – will provide leadership and oversight of the committee that provides key input into NOCoE’s technical services to empower the TSMO community with knowledge and skills.

Sagal currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) – a division of the Maryland DOT – overseeing operations of MDTA's eight toll facilities, two turnpikes, two tunnels, and four bridges. He most recently served as Deputy Administrator/Chief Engineer of Operations for the Hanover district at the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), another Maryland DOT division.

In his SHA role, Sagal led the agency’s Asset Management, Construction, Homeland Security & Safety, Maintenance, Materials Technology, Traffic & Safety, and Transportation Mobility Operations offices. 

Before rejoining Maryland DOT-SHA in 2016, Sagal served as a Transportation Specialist with the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center. He is a recognized national subject matter expert in traffic incident management and operations and has served in many leadership roles for the AASHTO Committee for Transportation Systems Operations as well as for the Transportation Research Board.

The NOCoE TAC is comprised of TSMO professionals representing each of NOCoE’s three founding partners – AASHTO, ITE, and the ITS America - as well as representation from FHWA. This unique mix of federal, state, local, academic, and private sector representation is a key feature of NOCoE and ensures its ability to provide knowledge resources that effectively advance all aspects of TSMO.
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