June 2015 NOCoE Newsletter

Message From the Executive Director

By Dennis Motiani

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This last month has been very hectic for many of us. The AASHTO Spring Meeting, the ITS America Annual Meeting, the AASHTO Subcommittee on TSM&O’s (STSMO) Annual Meeting, the V2I Deployment Coalition Conference, several ITS State Chapter Annual Meetings, the TRB RTSMO Mid-Year Meeting and finally the AASHTO Subcommittee on Traffic Engineering Annual Meeting. WOW…what a month!  Please click here to read more.



Moving Toward TSM&O
By Malcolm Dougherty Director, Caltrans 

As we look to the future in a world of constrained resources and confined space, we are all going to have to maximize the effectiveness of every transportation dollar available to us. Providing seamless mobility for people and goods in California and throughout the country has significant economic and quality of life implications. 

The days of strict capacity expansion are behind us. The days of multi-modal solutions, operational improvements, and strategic expansion are in front of us. We not only need to think about how to move people and goods more efficiently today, we must think about how to move tomorrows population and mobility demands in the future. Please click here to read more.

Oregon DOT Best of ITS Awards Project Summaries

The following Oregon Department of Transportation award applications were finalists for the Best of ITS Awards. 

The OR217 Active Traffic Management application, submitted by Dennis Mitchell, PE, Oregon DOT, won an award this year for Best New Innovative Product, Service, or Application. OR217 is a part of the ODOT RealTime project. As one of the aspects of the project this summary will illustrate, its purpose is to improve safety, reduce secondary crashes, provide real time travel information and increase highway efficiency without the high cost of major new construction.

The Oregon Interoperability Service  award application, submitted by Galen McGill, PE, was entered into the Best New Innovative Practice-Partnership Deployment category. Prior to the Oregon Interoperability Service project, the crossing of organizational boundaries for highway incident communications was done using systems that were not interconnected. The new system provides a more efficient, accurate and effective manner in which to communicate critical incident information, explained in this project summary.

Federal Highway Administration (Saxton Lab) Seeks Proposals for New Technical Support Services Contract  

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a solicitation notice (RFP) for a full and open competitive procurement for "Technical Support Services for the FHWA Office of Operations Research & Development and the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (Saxton Lab)." Please click here  to read more.

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office Releases New Reports on Freight and Transit Technologies

The ITS-JPO has published the research report, South Florida Freight Advanced Traveler Information System: Architecture and Implementation As Built Documentation Report.  The primary purpose of the As Built Documentation is to provide a description of any modifications made to the original architecture along with justification as to why the architecture changed. Please click here to read more.

2016 Solicitation for the NCHRP Domestic Scan Program 

NCHRP and FHWA announce the CY 2016 Solicitation for the Domestic Scan Program. The deadline for submitting proposals is OCTOBER 15, 2015. Please mark this date on your calendar. Visit the website that allows one to explore the Domestic Scan Program and has all the information and instructions one would need to submit a proposal. Please click here to read more.

New USDOT Fact Sheet on Connected Vehicles and ITS

The USDOT has developed a new fact sheet to encourage planning agencies to consider how their local transportation systems will function in a connected vehicle environment. The Planning for the Future of Transportation: Connected Vehicles and ITS fact sheet provides a quick overview of the ITS Joint Program Office's connected vehicle research activities and highlights key elements of performance-based planning and programming that present opportunities for addressing this connected vehicle environment. Please click here to read more.

Visit the NOCoE Booth at the ITE 2015 International Annual Meeting and Exhibit! 

Stop by the NOCoE booth at the ITE International Annual Meeting and Exhibit. Join transportation and allied professionals from across the United States and around the world August 2–5 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL. Register now before the July 10th early bird registration deadline.

Of interest on the agenda are technical sessions on transportation systems cybersecurity, roundabout operations, traffic signal change intervals, technology applications for traffic operations, and new graduates entering the workforce as well as an automated vehicle design charette. The event brings together more than 1,000 attendees to listen to transportation experts, share insight and experiences, and hear about the key issues impacting transportation as well as learn about the latest products, services, and technologies from exhibitors.

Register with NOCoE and Join the Discussion Forum!  

We hope you will find the NOCoE (http://www.transportationops.org/) to be a place where you can share information as well as receive it – we encourage you register and share in our discussion forum your latest work plan, specific challenge you are facing with operations practice or a new technology, and techniques you’ve used to empower your staff. This is YOUR transportation operations resource and we are interested in your feedback to continually improve our portfolio of services. Please feel free to contact the Center with your suggestions, either through the website or at dmotiani@transportationops.org.