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The U.S.DOT's ITS Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program is sponsoring a T3 (Talking Technology and Transportation) session on the topic,
"State-of-the-State Update on U.S. Fare Collection Standards"
on Thursday, December 8, 2005, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST
(10:00 am - 11:30 am PST).

The conference call and simultaneous webcast are free of charge to both
Federal and non-Federal participants.

Please go to http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/T3/T3schedule.asp for more
details. You can register on-line for this session at

12th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems
San Francisco, CA, November 6-10, 2005

EXPERIENCE ITS… at the 12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. Set in San Francisco November 6 – 10, 2005, the event is packed with new features, many professional development opportunities, and hands-on activities.

The 2005 theme “Enabling Choices in Transportation” communicates the emphasis on the end-user in transportation. In addition to the usual events for industry professionals, this conference will include a variety of events and activities specifically focused on the public and elected officials, and will provide firsthand experiences of the benefits of ITS enabled services and systems. The 2005 World Congress will feature an Innovative Mobility Showcase where ITS technologies will be tested and demonstrated in a “working laboratory.
More information is available on the World Congress website at www.itsworldcongress.org

ITS Midwest Members Participate in the World Congress:
As Chair of the ITS America Policy, Evaluation, and Advocacy Forum (PEA) David Zavattero of ITS Midwest member IDOT will participate as a member of the Coordinating Council at its meeting on Saturday, November 5.
David is also participating in the following:

The "511" Technical Session (TS1.0/h) with a presentation titled "Integration and Interoperability in the Design of the Illinois 511 System" at 10:30am, Tuesday, November 8.

The "Work Zone" Technical Session (TS6.7/a) with a presentation titled " Integrated Corridor Management Through the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor Action Team" at 1:30pm on Wednesday, November 9.

As a panelist in the "Probe Data: Technology Meets Policy" Special Session (SS8) at 1:30pm on Thursday, November 10.

Wednesday, October 19th, 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Four Points Sheraton Minneapolis Hotel
1330 Industrial Boulevard

An exciting day of events and information sharing!

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:20 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. ITS in the Design/Build Process
Design Perspective, Brian Scott, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
ITS Contractor Perspective, Bob Gorg, Collysis
General Contractor Perspective, Scott Risley, Fluor

9:45 a.m. Coffee Break and Exhibits

10:15 a.m. Innovative Intelligent Solutions
Intelligent Work Zones, Andrew Morrow, Traffic Technologies
Marketing Traffic Data, Connie Li, TranSmart Technologies, Inc.
Future of ITS Communication, Scott Prop, Motorola
ITS at 3M, Richard Sachse, 3M

11:45 a.m. Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
ITS Business Development, Martin Capper, Mark IV Industries, Inc.
1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Electronic Payment Systems Workshop
October 24-25, 2005 POSTPONED UNTIL EARLY 2006
Doubletree Guest Suites, Chicago

A workshop on regional Electronic Payment Systems (EPS) deployment is being convened in Chicago, Illinois on October 24-25, 2005 (Postponed until early 2006). The event will be held at the Doubletree Guest Suites, 198 East Delaware Place, Chicago, Illinois.

This workshop is a must for transportation specialists deploying or considering the deployment of integrated electronic payment systems.

Primary purpose of this workshop is to examine the local progress and explore EPS integration challenges. This workshop will examine current activities in the transportation arena -- toll collection, transit, and parking arena as well as other related sectors such as banking and merchandizing. Attendees will explore various approaches to build local interest and support for EPS programs including marketing initiatives and local press involvement.

Speakers from EPS deployments in the Midwest region will be joined with leaders from national and international deployments to share their experiences and challenges in initiating and making EPS work in their regions. Presentations will include project experience in Orlando, Washington, DC, San Francisco and London, England; activities of Federal Reserve Bank, MasterCard, and Exxon Mobile; and local efforts by CTA, Pace and Illinois Tollway. A featured speaker will be James Reilly, Chairman of the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority. Other segments will include discussion on how electronic payment systems fit within a regional architecture and the future impact that the federal Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) initiative will have on electronic payment systems.

In addition to presentations and dialogue with the top national and international professionals in the EPS industry, this two-day workshop will include a visit to a local EPS site followed by breakout sessions designed to address real-world challenges.

The workshop is sponsored by ITS America.
Registration Form and more information: http://www.itsa.org/EPS-Chicago.html


Hallie Smith, 404-467-9297, [email protected]
Larry Schulman, 202-721-4233, [email protected]

Commercial Vehicle Telematics USA
October 10-11 - Chicago
Strategies to exploit the commercial vehicle telematics market and mobile workforce...


Remember to register for the ITS Minnesota Fall Forum!
The early registration deadline is Wednesday, October 5.
Registration information is available online at the ITS Minnesota web site:

Due to high demand, a second Talking Operation Seminar -
Reauthorization:Implications for Operations and ITS has been scheduled

for Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 from 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm EDT. Please go to the following website and sign up now to ensure you're seat: http://talkingfreight.webex.com.

Note: This is a different registration site. We are in the process of
combining registration sites with the Talking Freight seminar series.

In case you would like to view the seminar from Sept. 14th, the recording can be found at http://www.ntoctalks.com/web_casts_archive.php. Additionally, both
speakers' presentations have been posted there.

I also want to direct you to the Talking Operations online forum at http://www.ntoctalks.com/talkingops/index.cgi. This is a place where you can continue your discussions from the seminar and post any
unanswered questions you may have.

The USDOT Professional Capacity Building Program (PCB) is holding a "Talking Technology in Transportation" (T3) session entitled "Linking the Regional ITS Architecture and the Transportation Planning Process." This discussion will take place via teleconference next Thursday, September 29th from 10 am to 11:30 am CDT. There is no cost to participate in the session; you will just need to register at the USDOT PCB website.

This course will be hosted by Mac Lister, ITS Specialist at the FHWA Resource Center in Olympia Fields, IL.

September 28, 2005 Travel Time Messages on Dynamic Message Signs
Featuring: Brian G. Fariello, TxDOT-TransGuide; Kelly Langer, Wisconsin DOT; Brandy Meehan, FHWA
To register go to: http://ntoctalks.com/web_casts.php
These fill up early so register very soon!

September 23, 2005
The Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE), in conjunction
with the FHWA ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) Professional Capacity
Building (PCB) Program, have introduced a new web-based course on how to
develop and deploy systems while complying with Federal requirements for
use of a systems engineering process. This "Introduction to Systems
Engineering" course begins on September 23rd and is only $100 for the
instructor-led version. See the attached press release for more

September 14, 2005
Free Web Cast: Transportation Reauthorization: Implications for Operations and ITS
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 1:00-2:30pm

This session with provide an overview of SAFETEA-LU, the Safe,
Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2003 A
Legacy for Users. Presenters will provide a big picture view on program
dollars, major programmatic changes, and related Operations/Intelligent
Transportation Systems provisions. In addition, a panel of
representatives from leading transportation associations will be
available to participate in a dialogue about the implications and
opportunities emerging from reauthorization as they related to State and
local governments, Transit, and the Planning Community.

Program Outline:

  • Overview of Reauthorization (Tony Kane-AASHTO)
  • Overview Operations and ITS Provisions (Jeff Lindley-FHWA)
  • Panel Discussion (no formal presentations, each panelist will have about 5 minutes to discuss issues, provisions from the perspectives of their associations/issue areas) American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
  • Question and Answer

The session is open to the first 100 registrants. A second session will
be offered if warranted (Date TBD) For more information and to register please visit
https://talkingoperations.webex.com/ or contact Zia Burleigh at [email protected].


The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Siemens ITS are pleased to offer the ITS Standards Outreach, Education and Training courses in Chicago, IL.

This program has received the 2003 ITS America "Best of ITS Award".  Participants will receive a Certificate for Completion and earn PDH/CEU credits by attending a course for the entire day, completing the course evaluation form, and returning the form to the instructors.
DATE:  September 13-15, 2005
TIME:  8:30-4:30  
ITS Standards Overview
Tuesday, September 13,  PDH/CEU credits available
Actuated Traffic Signals/Advanced Transportation Controllers, ASC/ATC
(aka ITS Standards for Traffic Signal Controllers)  

Wednesday, September 14, PDH/CEU credits available 
Integrating ITS and Center-To-Center Standards by Siemens ITS
Thursday, September 15
Break service provided each day.  Lunch provided Thursday, Sept. 15th

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown
33 W. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL  60610
(312) 832-0330
There are two registrations required -
1) Please register using the form (word document) so that meeting room and catering accommodations can be made.
2) If you are attending Sept. 13-14, you MUST register at the ITE Website http://www.ite.org/otr/index.asp.

Contact Ralph W. Boaz with any questions. 
Email [email protected], Office/Fax 714-779-2164.
COST:  Free.  Pre-registration required. 
Break service provided each day. 
Lunch provided Thursday only.  
GUEST ROOMS:  Contact the hotel directly. 
Mention the Institute of Transportation Engineers for a discounted rate.
Please pass this announcement to your colleagues in your offices, agencies, MPOs, and contracting companies!

ITE and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Standards Outreach, Education and Training Public Sector Users Advisory Group (UAG), in conjunction with AASHTO, NEMA, AMPO, IEEE, SAE and ITS America, are pleased to announce the continuation of the ITS Standards Outreach, Education and Training Program. ITE is continually updating courses within the program to reflect emerging ITS Standards.  
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of ITS Standards to practicing transportation professionals and policy-makers who are engaged in the deployment of ITS. This module will broaden their understanding of ITS, ITS Standards and associated topics that impact operations of ITS systems. 

This course provides focused information on actuated signal control (ASC) and the Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC) family of standards for transportation professionals, who are planning, designing, procuring, deploying and operating traffic signal devices.  An estimated 270,000 traffic signals in the United States have been provided from various manufacturers. These devices do not share a common communications protocol and pose a serious challenge to integration in an ITS environment. Further, they pose a significant burden to many public agencies because of their lack of interchangeability in existing systems. These conditions provide ample incentive for the public-agency marketplace to move forward with traffic signal ITS standards. 

This course demonstrates the practical application of ITS Standards using products and technologies currently available.  ITS Standards discussed in the previous sessions in addition to standards for Center-to-Center communications will be reviewed and shown in operation using actual equipment and systems.  Students will be presented with the latest information on center-to-center communications describing the methods and technologies used for sharing information between Traffic Management Centers, Transit Operation Centers, Emergency Management Centers, and Traveler Information Centers. 
The following professionals should attend these courses:

  • Public-sector transportation professionals responsible for specifying/procuring ITS related equipment and services that facilitate the movement of goods, people and information;
  • Private-sector professionals who understand that ITS technology standards are the key to a successful transportation system; and
  •  Transportation policy-makers interested in getting maximum utility from the ITS systems of today and tomorrow. 

The Federal Highway Administration rule and the Federal Transit Administration policy on ITS Architecture and Standards requires that professionals understand the impact ITS Standards will have on the transportation system-the ITS Standards Training courses will help!
National ITS interoperability requires that professionals understand the role of the standards!

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 

Next Meeting - Monday, June 20th - 2pm

A reminder that the next meeting of the ITS Midwest Board of Directors will be held on Monday, June 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the PACE North Shore Division facility in Evanston.  An updated agenda is attached.  Call-in teleconferencing information is available upon request if you are unable to attend in person.

The co-chairs of each standing committee should send to the entire Board, prior to the meeting, the draft document outlining the preliminary goals, roles and responsibilities for their committee (revised to reflect input from the Executive Committee last month, as needed).  We will be reviewing and approving these draft documents at this Board meeting.

Immediately preceding the meeting, John Braband of PACE will conduct an Intelligent Bus tour for those who are interested.  Please plan to arrive by 1:00 if you would like to take the tour.

Click here to get the meeting agenda :: June 2005 Draft Board Agenda ::

Instructor-led, web-based courses.

For additional information or to sign-up please go to http://www.citeconsortium.org/.

Advanced Telecommunications (May 6, 2005 - June 13, 2005):

The overall goal of this course is to provide a system-level understanding of the operation of modern broadband transportation communications networks. This course focuses on how to plan and implement telecommunications networks to support a major Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) infrastructure. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of wide area networks associated with transportation systems, and recognize the breadth and variety of their requirements.
  • Describe the steps followed in backbone plant underground and aerial construction processes.
  • Recall the characteristics of fiber optic networks.
  • Restate the differences between single mode and multimode fiber transmission.
  • Discuss the concepts of multiplexing and concentration points.
  • List the properties of the three categories of wireless transmission.
  • Explain the role played by the FCC in spread spectrum communications, and which type of spectrum (licensed or unlicensed) can be used for different transmission links.
  • Differentiate between the characteristics of OC-3 SONET and unlicensed Ethernet.

Discuss the functionality, communications requirements, planning considerations, and costs associated with several common ITS field applications such as TARs, traffic cameras and variable message signs.
(Length of course: approximately 8 hours)

Systems Operations and Management was the focus of ITE's 2005 technical meeting, held earlier this month. Materials from the conference are now available on the ITE website (www.ite.org) as indicated below: The Action Kit for Transportation Systems Management and Operation - A series of 1 page papers providing insights and lessons learned for implementing various operations programs - http://www.ite.org/management/index.asp
(Click on "Action Kit" cover page icon in right side bar).
Also available in hardcopy throught he ITE bookstore.

Conference presentations and the four white papers developed for the conference - http://www.ite.org/meetcon/2005TC_presentations.asp

White Papers:

  • "Customer-Focused Performance Measures" by Phil Tarnoff
  • "Systems Management and Operations: A Culture Shock" by Steve Lockwood
  • "Regionalism: Regional Operations Collaboration and Coordination" by Peirre Pretorius
  • "A Wholistic Transportation Planning Framework for Management and Operations" by John Poorman

In addition, ITE has created a series of professional development CDs, including trainer materials. Three new CD's are now available, these include: Managing High Technology Projects, Introduction to Systems Engineering, and Road Weather Management. The attached flyer provides more information about the CD series and how to order copies.

ITS Midwest and the Illinois Section of ITE are co-sponsoring an NHI training course on "Traffic Signal Design and Operation".

It will be held on June 2-3, 2005 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Attached is the course announcement with additional information and registration details. Please note that registration is limited to the first 30 applicants.

Get Up to Speed on VII!

Don't forget to register early for the Talking Operations Web Cast,
"Vehicle Infrastructure Initiative (VII)," which will be held on May 25, 2005 from 12:45 pm to 2:30 pm EDT. This promises to be a very popular seminar!
To register, go to: http://talkingoperations.webex.com

Instructor-led, web-based courses.

For additional information or to sign-up please go to http://www.citeconsortium.org/.

Introduction to Telecommunications (April 1, 2005 - May 2, 2005): Telecommunications is the backbone of all ITS applications. It provides the means for sending data, voice, and video information between devices. This course is a primer on telecommunications for the ITS professional with little or no formal training in telecommunications. With so many ITS projects now requiring a telecommunications aspect, this course is a must for project managers. At the conclusion of this session the student should be able to:

  • Describe the need for communications among and between advanced transportation management information systems components
  • Provide a basic understanding of telecommunications terminology
  • Present the fundamentals of voice, data, and video transmission.
    (Length of course: approximately 8 hours)

ITS Midwest 10th Annual Meeting
February 9-10, 2005
Marriott Indianapolis East, Indiana

The two-day venue will begin with a tour of the Indianapolis Traffic Management Center and a reception on the 9th of February. The traditional ITS Midwest business meeting and project briefings will be held on February 10th. This meeting will examine statewide ITS issues and have one session on Commercial Vehicle Operations and another session on telematics and 511. The lunch speaker will be Robert Tally, Administrator, FHWA Indiana Division. See agenda.

You are encouraged to register before January 23, 2005 to receive a discount. If you would sponsor an event or be an exhibitor, please fill out and submit the appropriate forms.

For more information, contact Mark Newland at [email protected] or 317.232.5523.

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