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Past Events


CMAP Innovation + Integration Summit: Creating a Regional Agenda to Address Climate Change

December 11, 2007
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center East 750 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607

CMAP and its regional partners hosted the second in a series of Innovation + Integration summits. In developing the 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan - due for completion in 2010 - CMAP is beginning a dialogue on the development of a regional agenda for addressing impacts of climate change. This is one of the nation's first such efforts to take a regional approach. CMAP and its partners will collect pertinent research and analyze it to determine potential implications for communities across the region.

The summit agenda featured distinguished speakers assessing the risks and opportunities in terms of our energy future, human and natural resource health, infrastructure, commerce, and land-use and transportation planning. This event was designed for policy makers and advocates across the following areas: municipal, county and regional representation, land-use and transportation, economic development, health and human services, natural resources, developers, business and civic organizations, faith-based organizations, CMAP board committees.
For more information:
Creating a Regional Agenda to Address Climate Change - Invitation Flyer [Pdf documents PDF, 357KB]
"Creating a Regional Agenda to Address Climate Change" - CMAP summit website

ITS Midwest Fall Meeting “Coming Together”

November 2, at the Radisson Cincinnati Waterfront, Covington, Kentucky
The new ITS Midwest held its first meeting on Nov. 2 at the Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront Hotel located in Covington, Kentucky.
Speakers: Gregory Krueger from Michigan DOT VII Program & Updates from State DOT Representatives; the new President and CEO of ITS America, Scott Belcher, joined us for our meeting.
Tour: ARTIMIS Facility/after lunch
More information:
2007 Fall Meeting “Coming Together”

56th Annual Illinois Traffic Engineering and Safety Conference

October 18-19, 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
The Illinois Traffic Engineering & Safety Conference is the premier meeting in the Midwest region for professionals to network with colleagues, discuss ideas and issues with experts, gain job-related information and renew their sense of professional purpose. The conference included sessions, presentations, discussions, and exhibits on ITS projects, products, and services.
For more information:
56th Annual Illinois Traffic Engineering and Safety Conference

National Rural ITS Conference

October 7-10, Traverse City, MI
Conference highlighted applications, solutions, lessons, and challenges of ITS technologies in a rural environment.
For more information:
National Rural ITS Conference

Workshop: "Using Regional ITS Architectures"

September 25-26, 2007 in Boston, MA
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) held a Regional ITS workshop on "Using Regional ITS Architectures" from September 25-26, 2007 in Boston, MA. "Using Regional ITS Architectures" guided attendees to better utilize the regional and statewide ITS architectures that have been developed over the past several years.
For more information:
"Using Regional ITS Architecture" - ITS America website, and
the ITS Midwest News Release "ITS America to Host Workshop on 'Using Regional ITS Architectures'"

Transportation Research Board Summer Conference

July 7-9 in Chicago
The TRB 2007 Summer Conference and the 32nd Annual Summer Ports, Waterways, Freight & International Trade Conference was held Saturday, July 7 - Monday, July 9, 2007 at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
This year's theme, "The Many Faces of Transportation Sustainability", presented participants with opportunities to discuss this topic from a variety of different perspectives.
For more information:
TRB 2007 Summer Conference

ITS America's 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition

June 4-6, 2007 Palm Springs, California
ITS America held its 2007 annual meeting in Palm Springs, California on June 4-6. It featured an expanded educational program and exhibition, plus dozens of innovative mobility solutions first seen at the 12th World Congress on ITS.
For more information:
ITS America's 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition

Transport Chicago 2007

June 1, 2007 in Chicago
This conference presented an excellent opportunity to share and hear nationally recognized transportation experts, discover current industry practices and meet with colleagues in the field. Friday, June 1, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
For more information:

Richard J. Daley 2007 Urban Forum "Building the Future City"

May 2, 2007, Chicago, IL
The third annual Richard J. Daley Urban Forum brought together mayors from around the world, business leaders, key policy-makers, leading scholars and commentators to examine how the cities of the future will be built.
Speakers examined the roles that major infrastructure projects, including transportation, will play in developing and sustaining future cities. They discussed how these projects can be financed, their impact on the environment, and their ultimate costs and benefits. They also discussed how cities should deal with decaying infrastructure that cannot be renewed, and examined how decisions made now will affect the future economic and social vitality of a city and the lives of its citizens.
For more information go to:
Richard J. Daley 2007 Urban Forum

The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission Field Hearings in Chicago

The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission held field hearings on April 18-19, 2007 hearings in Chicago. The hearings were held at the James R. Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building) at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18 and 8:40 am - 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 19.  Other field hearings around the country are planned. The Commission was set up under SAFETEA-LU and will be an important force in the next reauthorization.
Additional information about the Commission is available online at http://www.transportationfortomorrow.org/information/.

Architecture Open House web cast by CMAP on Northeastern Illinois Regional ITS Architecture

On April 12th, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) sponsored a one hour Architecture Open House web cast. The web cast informed participants about the Northeastern Illinois Regional ITS Architecture update activities as well as it's importance to the region's planning and programming. Following this introductory session, a series of focused functional area workshops was held the week of May 7th at CMAP offices downtown.
For more information on either of these events, please contact Craig Heither at CMAP at (312)386-8768.

ITE's 2007 Technical Conference and Exhibit

The 2007 ITE Technical Conference and Exhibit  "Managing Congestion-Can We Do Better?" took place March 25-28, 2007 in San Diego, CA.
More information is available at:
ITE 2007 Technical Conference and Exhibit

2007 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting

ITS Midwest held its 2007 Annual Meeting on March 21-22, 2007 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Lincolnshire, Illinois. Technical sessions, exhibits, and the ITS Midwest business meeting were held on March 21 and 22. A "Get Acquainted" networking reception took place the evening of March 21.

ITS Midwest 2007 Annual Meeting

More information: 2007 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting

Free Exhibit - "Chicago, That Toddlin' Town: The History of Transportation in the City"

Jan. 18 - Feb.22 at Northwestern University Library, Evanston
A free exhibit at Northwestern University Library illustrated the many ways in which Chicago's choices about developing and utilizing its transportation resources can tell us a lot about the city's colorful history and about its unique character.
Exhibit location: Northwestern University Library, First Floor, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston.
For more information:
Northwestern University Transportation Center and "Exhibit Maps Chicago's Route to Prominence" (a News Release from the Library).

State of the Art Transportation for a Future Olympic City - Chicago

Feb. 1 in Chicago
Come join the Midwest High Speed Rail Association for a luncheon with Mr. William Spurr, President of Bombardier Transportation/North America who will discuss his company's vision of the future of rail in the Midwest as well as the effects on public transportation in Chicago. Thursday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Petterino's Banquets, 50 W. Randolph St., Chicago.
For more information check the Midwest High Speed Rail Association website at:

Past Training Courses, Web casts

T3 Webinars

    Dec. 11, 2007  
Contactless Fare Payment Systems: CFMS Standards and the Future of Fare Collection

The APTA UTFS program is actively promoting the Contactless Fare Media System Standard (CFMS) for use in Contactless fare systems throughout North America. Additionally, there are exciting developments in the contactless payments industry that will make the future of transit fare collection bright. These include using contactless bank cards, mobile devices, and identification credentials to pay for transit fare. The UTFS program is actively gathering information on these approaches and developing training curriculum around them how they will relate to the CFMS Standard. APTA and the UTFS leaders will lead this highly informative and interesting session with a special emphasis on interactive question and answer.

For more information:
T3 Session 12/11/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcript: T3 Session 12/11/2007 Files

    Sep. 26, 2007  
NTCIP 1203 DMS Deployment Experiences: Using the ITS Standard for Dynamic Message Signs

This T3 webinar was a technical presentation about the recent improvements made to the NTCIP 1203 (Dynamic Message Sign) standard, including a discussion of Virginia's experiences in deploying an early version of this standard. NTCIP 1203 is one of the most widely deployed ITS standards and version 2 was recently elevated to Recommended Standard status by the NTCIP Joint Committee - suggesting that it is ready for early deployment. This webinar discusses the enhancements made to the version 2 standard, the issues that need to be considered when deploying the new standard, and Virginia's experience in deploying the standard.

For more information:
T3 Session 9/26/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcript: T3 Session 9/26/2007 Files

    Sep. 18, 2007   
The Congestion Management Process: Best Practices in Wilmington, DE and Peer-to-Peer Lessons Learned by Albuquerque, NM

Congestion is one of the greatest threats to the nation's economy. Businesses lose an estimated $200 billion per year due to freight bottlenecks; and drivers waste nearly 4 billion hours of time, and more than 2 billion gallons of fuel, in traffic jams each year. The greatest concentration of congestion is often along critical transportation corridors that link residential areas with business centers, sports arenas and shopping areas. New road construction alone will not solve the growing problem of congestion-travel demand on our nation's roadways is outpacing new freeway capacity by a factor of five. ITS is now widely recognized as key to improving the management and operation of highways and arterials. Metropolitan areas are Increasingly integrating ITS into their transportation planning and programming processes through congestion management processes in order to assure that economic growth and quality of life will be supported by the region's surface transportation system. Albuquerque, New Mexico is facing rapid population growth and shifting land use patterns. Although ITS applications are been deployed throughout the region, in 2005 the MPO for the region, the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), concluded that congestion management process had not been fully integrated into the programming and transportation decision making process at the regional or local levels. MRCOG turned to the ITS Peer-to-Peer Program, and MRCOG was connected with the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) in Delaware because of WILMAPCO's decade of experience with congestion management systems. In this T3 webinar, WILMAPCO's experience in integrating operations into the planning process was detailed. MRCOG described the gaps that it identified in Albuquerque's congestion management process, and how it is filling them through Lessons Learned from Wilmington.

For more information:
T3 Session 9/18/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcript: T3 Session 9/18/2007 Files

    Sep. 11, 2007 
Arterial Traffic Signal Timing: Addressing Technical and Inter-Jurisdictional Challenge

This T3 Webinar focused on the impact of signal coordination. Two presenters, Bill Henry from the City of Little Rock, and Reggie Chandra from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), presented on their efforts to improve signal timing in their regions. Mr. Henry discussed signal coordination using a timing innovation known as Dallas Phasing. He provided background on the timing project, offer a description of the implementation, and discuss lessons learned. Mr. Chandra presented on Operation Green Light, a signal timing project that continues to optimize traffic-signal corridors that span across multiple jurisdictions (20 municipal agencies and 2 states in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area). Mr. Chandra focused on the costs and benefits of traffic signal optimization in Olathe, KS and discussed both technical and institutional issues overcome.

For more information:
T3 Session 9/11/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcript: T3 Session 9/11/2007 Files

    Aug. 23, 2007 
National ITS Architecture Update: New Features of the Latest Version of the National ITS Architecture (Version 6.0)

The Architecture provides a common framework for planning, defining, and integrating intelligent transportation systems. It is a mature product that reflects the contributions of a broad cross-section of the ITS community (transportation practitioners, systems engineers, system developers, technology specialists, consultants, etc.). The National Architecture is required on ITS projects receiving funding in whole or in part from the Highway Trust Fund, including the Mass Transit Account.
This T3 focused on new features found in Version 6.0 of the National ITS Architecture and the new Version 4.0 of the Turbo Architecture Software. This T3 Webinar is not an overview of the National ITS Architecture but addresses some history and background.

For more information:
T3 Session 8/23/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcripts:  T3 Session 8/23/2007 Files

    Aug. 14, 2007 
A Primer on Wireless Data Transport Systems: Wireless Trends, Tools and Tips

The purpose of this Wireless T3 webinar was to provide background information concerning the use wireless data transport systems. The availability of unlicensed radio spectrum has fostered tremendous growth in wireless data networking and the use of wireless technologies in support of transportation networks. That growth in the use of unlicensed radio devices presents us with challenges. This session explored the reasons for the growth and introduce information concerning unlicensed spectrum, architectures and wireless data transport standards. This session was the first in a series of T3s that will focus on Wireless Data Transport for Traffic and ITS.

For more information:
T3 Session 8/14/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcripts:  T3 Session 8/14/2007 Files

    Aug. 2, 2007 
Approaches for Integrating Systems Engineering into Your Agency's Business Practices

The purpose of this T3 webinar was to address one of the more challenging aspects of systems engineering (SE)-understanding and articulating where and how systems engineering applies in an organization's day-to-day business processes and practices. To illustrate these concepts, separate case studies were presented by two State agencies-the Virginia DOT and the Mississippi DOT-on the approach these agencies have used to incorporate systems engineering into their project delivery process. The webinar explored how needed institutional changes occurred and what products had to be developed in support of the systems engineering application.

For more information:
T3 Session 8/2/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcripts:  T3 Session 8/2/2007 Files

    Jul. 25, 2007 
Developing a Regional Concept for Transportation Operations

The purpose of this T3 session was to provide more background to highlight the use of a Regional Concept for Transportation Operations (RCTO) as a tool for facilitating regional collaboration on management and operations, and to present four metropolitan areas that have developed and applied RCTOs to their regions: Portland, Oregon; Detroit, Michigan; Tucson, Arizona; and Hampton Roads, Virginia. The session explored the differing approaches used to develop an RCTO, and the contributing roles of ITS Strategic Plans, Regional Architectures, and funding sources in this process.

For more information:
T3 Session 7/25/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcripts:  T3 Session 7/25/2007 Files

    Jun. 20, 2007 
Public Transit ITS Data Collection and Analysis - Large & Small Agency Lessons Learned

This session presented the experiences of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on the deployment and use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the management of information. Topics covered included management reporting and data archiving associated with on-board ITS technologies that include automated vehicle location (AVL) systems, next-stop automated announcement systems, automatic passenger counting systems, and automated fare collection systems. Additional topics of discussion included planning applications using AVL data, CAD/AVL project implementation, and Peer-to-Peer lessons learned.

For more information:
T3 Session 6/20/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcripts:  T3 Session 6/20/2007 Files

    May 22, 2007 
Core Suite of ITS Technologies for Transit Agencies

This webinar discussed the eleven technologies or systems that constitute the Transit Core Suite of Technologies. These eleven technologies are considered the most basic and useful technologies for public transportation agencies to deploy.
This webinar was for any transit agency representative that is "starting to examine or apply technologies" or technical manager that needs assistance in talking to non-technical decision makers regarding various intelligent transportation systems for transit. This webinar and the accompanying materials should also appeal to transit managers of medium, smaller, and rural transit agencies that are looking for like-sized peers to discuss transit technology applications. In addition, specific discussion of human service transportation needs should also interest transportation providers in human service agencies.

For more information:
T3 Session 5/22/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcripts:  T3 Session 5/22/2007 Files

    Mar. 13, 2007 
Systems Engineering (SE) for ITS: Using FHWA's New SE Handbook

This T3 webinar presented an overview of the FHWA Systems Engineering (SE) Handbook. The T3 webinar aimed primarily at ITS project managers and project staff, however the SE concepts described in the webinar would also be useful to transportation planners, system operators and maintainers, and other others involved in the Traditional Project Life Cycle for transportation projects.

For more information go to:
T3 Session 3/13/2007 on the U.S. DOT ITS Professional Capacity Building Program website.
Transcripts:  T3 Session 3/13/2007 Files

About the T3 Webinars:
T3 Webinars are sponsored by the U.S. DOT's ITS Professional Capacity Building (ITS PCB) Program. Visit the ITS PCB website for more information about T3 and other ITS PCB sponsored learning opportunities.
Recordings & Transcripts
For information on recordings and transcripts of past "T3 Webinars":
» T3 Archive - ITS PCB website

Free "Talking Operations" Web Casts

Date Seminar Title
Oct. 10, 2007 Traffic Incident Management Performance Measurement
Jun. 13, 2007 High Occupancy/Toll Lane
Apr. 25, 2007 Emergency Transportation Operations and Planned Special Events
Apr. 4, 2007 Congestion Pricing and Urban Partnerships Web Cast
Mar. 19, 2007 Work Zone Rule Implementation: What are States Doing to Implement the Rule?
Mar. 14, 2007 Road Weather Management

Recordings & Transcripts
For information on recordings and transcripts of past "Talking Operations" seminars:
Records and Transcripts - NTOC website

Free "Talking Freight" Web Casts

Date Seminar Title
Dec. 12, 2007 Accounting for Freight Benefits in Transportation Projects
Nov. 21, 2007 Monitoring and Measuring Freight Mobility
Oct. 17, 2007 Urban Congestion and Freight
Sep. 19, 2007 Freight Transportation and Safety
Aug. 15, 2007 Virtual Weigh Stations
Jul. 18, 2007 Freight Technology Assessment Tool
Jun. 20, 2007 The Effects of Construction Zones on Freight Movement
May 16, 2007 Freight Analysis Framework Forecasts and 2005 Provisional Estimates
Apr. 18, 2007 FHWA-AASHTO Freight Partnership Conference Findings and Discussion
Mar. 21, 2007 Rail Issues and Solutions: The Challenges of Getting More Freight on Rail and Away from the Road
Feb. 21, 2007 Freight Demand Modeling
Jan. 17, 2007 Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Freight Transportation

Recordings & Transcripts
Recordings of past "Talking Freight" seminars, as well as transcripts and links to download the PowerPoint presentations, are available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/freightplanning/talking.htm

Free UTC Seminars

Date Seminar Title
Oct. 5, 2007 STaR: Smart Transport and Roads
Dr Glenn Geers
Systems Engineering Manager, ITS
Senior Visiting Fellow School of Computer Science and Engineering National Information Communications Technology of Australia & School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia
Sep. 21, 2007 Intelligent Transportation Systems Standards - Why Do They Matter?
Richard (Rick) Weiland
Senior Vice President and Executive Advisor, Ygomi LLC

ITE Web Briefing: Application of the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) offered a Web briefing on the Application of the National Unified Goal (NUG) for Traffic Incident Management on Wednesday, November 28, 2007. The briefing highlighted the background, development and consensus led process that created the NUG and provide participants with information on how to approach implementation of the Goal in their local jurisdictions.
For more information:
Applications of the National Unified Goal for (TIM) - ITE website

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