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Webinar: Initial SPaT Challenge Activities-SPaT Challenge Webinar Series, Part 1


This webinar will serve as an introduction to the workshop series and logistics, available and upcoming SPaT Challenge resources, and the SPaT Challenge model ConOps & Requirements documents. The webinar will also present information regarding costs, procurement, and corridor selection.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE), and ITS America (ITSA) working together through the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC) have challenged state and local public sector transportation infrastructure owners and operators (IOOs) to work together to achieve deployment of roadside Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) 5.9 GHz broadcast radio infrastructure to broadcast signal phase and timing (SPaT) in real-time at signalized intersections on at least one road corridor or street network (approximately 20 signalized intersections) in each of the 50 states by January 2020. This is commonly called the SPaT Challenge.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will have an understanding of the SPaT Challenge and resources that have been developed and are available to support an agency interested in planning a deployment, as well as preliminary information to plan for costs, procurements, and selecting a corridor for SPaT broadcasts.


  • Blaine Leonard, Utah DOT
    • Blaine Leonard is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where he is the Technology & Innovation Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for traffic management technologies, and leads the planning for connected and automated vehicles, including anticipating the impacts of those technologies on the Department. He co-chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group and leads the SPaT Challenge Tactical Working Group within the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC). Prior to joining UDOT, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering business. 

      Mr. Leonard served as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010. He is a licensed engineer in six western states and is the Vice Chair of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board. 

  • Ray Starr, Minnesota DOT
    • Ray Starr is the Assistant State Traffic Engineer for ITS with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.  In his current role he manages MnDOT's central office functions for ITS Development, Traffic Signals and Roadway Lighting.  

      Ray is involved nationally in the Connected Vehicles Pooled Fund led by the Viriginia DOT and has been very active in the connected vehicles efforts of AASHTO and the V2I Deployment Coalition.  He is an AASHTO representative on the NTCIP Joint Committee.

  • Dean Deeter, Athey Creek Consultants
    • Dean Deeter is responsible for technical operations of Athey Creek Consultants.  He has more than 25 years of experience in planning, design, operations and evaluation of technology solutions for transportation, with an emphasis on Systems Engineering, Traveler Information, Connected and Automated Vehicles, and Rural Initiatives.  Dean has a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Masters degree from the University of California, Irvine.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Oregon. 


Target Audience:

State and local transportation agency engineering and technical staff interested in deploying SPaT broadcasts; private contractors and consultants that support state and local transportation agencies; private-sector vendors and manufacturers of connected vehicle equipment related to DSRC, roadside equipment, and signal controllers.

Operations Area of Practice

    Connected Vehicles
    Standards and Specifications
    Vendor Access and Product Information
    Equipment Management

Organizational Capability Element

    Vehicle Systems/Connected Vehicles
    Technical Understanding

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