Monday, October 22nd

*Indicates invited speaker

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Supporting Tourism and Special Events: Traveler Information, Parking and More…
(Pathways: Implementation, Operations)
Rooms 102-103

Learn more about the examples of events managed by rural states and supporting ITS technologies that enable safe and efficient operations for the public.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the use of information systems in supporting the management of special events and tourism.
  • Identify examples of transportation management techniques that address operational goals.

Facilitator:  Dean Deeter, Principal, Athey Creek Consultants, West Linn, OR


  • TransView Traveler Information System
    Paul Casertano, Transportation Program Administrator, Pima Association of Governments, Tucson, AZ
    Josh Pope, GIS Manager, Pima Association of Governments, Tucson, AZ
  • How ITS Helps Music bring $Millions to a Rural Florida Community
    Susan O’Rourke, O’Rourke Engineering & Planning, Inc., Stuart, FL
  • Major Event Management in the North/West Passage States
    Dean Deeter, Principal, Athey Creek Consultants, West Linn, OR
    Eric Pederson, Captain, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Bismarck, ND
Utilizing ITS for Rural Road Safety
(Pathway: Safety)
Rooms 104-105

Is your agency looking for innovative solutions to your most common transportation safety challenges? Are you interested in using technology, but not sure which one best fits the needs of your rural area? Or maybe you’ve considered Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) before, but are afraid they are too expensive or only applicable in an urban setting? This session provides an overview of the 42 topics in the newly released Rural Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Toolkit.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key components of the Rural Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Toolkit.
  • Explain the use of the guide and its practical methods and techniques in safety countermeasures, traffic management, operations and maintenance, emergency services, weather applications, rural transit, and travel and tourism.
  • Understand the application of guide through case studies on the application of rural ITS.

Facilitator: Natalie Villwock-Witte, Assistant Research Professor/Research Engineer, Western Transportation Institute, Bozeman, MT
Presentation 1 | Presentation 2 | Presentation 3 | Presentation 4

Roundtable on Rural ITS
(Pathway: Leadership/Management)
Room 106

This session will provide attendees with an overview of strategic issues facing the development and implementation of ITS rural and small communities as well as transferable lessons learned and a forward look at achievable outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify near and long term objectives for small and rural agency programs.
  • Discuss successes, challenges, and opportunities for new ideas.
  • Describe future implications of innovation and technology on small and rural agency programs.

Facilitator: Steve Albert, Director, Western Transportation Institute, Bozeman, MT
(Note: This was a roundtable discussion with no associated presentations)

When Cars Talk to the Road: Connected Vehicle and Infrastructure Applications
(Pathway: Planning/Design)
Room 107

With technology applications to connect vehicles to roadway infrastructure advancing at a rapid rate this session provides perspective on the status and real world deployment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the potential impacts to the planning, design, operations, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure.
  • Identify key application elements in a work zone environment that affect connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Describe the current state of the practice and evolving trends in connected and autonomous vehicles



1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Technologies to Support More Efficient Emergency Response
(Pathways: Implementation, Operations)
Rooms 102-103

Emergency responders rely on technology for their own safety and to improve outcomes for the people they serve. The session explores the connected technologies to improve emergency response.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe different approaches to integrate ITS technologies into emergency response operations.
  • Understand the application of 511 traveler information service calls and future evolution of the service.
  • Identify examples of incident and emergency management strategies.

Facilitator: Michael Washkowiak, Transportation Systems, Iteris, Phoenix, AZ



Addressing Rural Road Safety Using ITS Applications
(Pathways: Implementation, Safety)
Rooms 104-105

This session highlights rural safety projects where ITS has played a core role in supporting or measuring the success of safety outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the use of technology to measure performance of projects from safety  perspective.
  • Describe transferability of ITS tools between different land use and development contexts.
  • Identify examples of ITS applications to support improvement in rural road safety.

Facilitator: Kim Carroll, Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn, Phoenix, AZ


Innovation, Tools and ITS Research
(Pathways: Planning/Design)
Room 106

This session highlights ITS innovation and new tools as well as recent research.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current state of the practice in connected vehicle-related technology procurement.
  • Describe examples of communication and data for rural ITS.
  • Summarize award winning student lead research in ITS applications

Facilitator: Elina Zlotchenko, Program Manager, USDOT, ITS Joint Program Office, Washington, DC


Highway Automation: What Do You Plan For?
(Pathways: Leadership/Management, Planning/Design)
Room 107

With terms like smart cities and smart communities dominating conference agendas and on-going press coverage, the world is becoming increasingly focused on the next generation of technology integration.  This discussion panel will be centered on a subset of those concepts, one practical for transportation engineers and planners, the idea of smart infrastructure or highway automation.  Furthermore the proliferation of automatic driving systems causes infrastructure owners to consider high-level planning and policy decisions, digital infrastructure and data approaches, infrastructure design and multimodal safety, operations, and freight accommodation.  This session will build on input received through the FHWA national dialogue and supplement it with views from practicing professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current trends in smart technology applied to transportation systems.
  • Describe the considerations necessary by public agencies in in the evolving space for policy and organizational resources.
  • Identify the implications for planning and design of digital as well as physical infrastructure to support safety, operation and freight.

Facilitator: Eric Rensel, Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Harrisburg, PA
(Note: This was a panel discussion with no associated presentations)


  • Joseph Sagal, Director, Office of CHART and ITS Development, Maryland State Highway Administration, Hanover, MD
  • Denise Pearl, Cloud Platform, Google, Mountain View, CA
  • Steven Olmsted, Innovative Programs Manager, Environmental Planning, Arizona DOT, Phoenix, AZ
  • Steven Latoski, Director, Department of Public Works, Mohave County, Kingman, AZ


3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Rural Traffic Incident and Emergency Response Strategies
(Pathways: Safety, Operations)
Rooms 102-103

This session highlights incident and emergency response approaches that have been implemented to improve outcomes in rural environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the use of  traffic incident management emergency response on rural and remote .
  • Identify examples of transportation incident management techniques that address safety and operational goals.
  • Describe methods in incorporating large scale data to support post event reviews.

Facilitator: Jeff Lindley, Associate Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer , Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, DC


Multimodal Transportation Technology (Light Rail | Bus | Bicycles | Pedestrians | Commuter Rail) Part 1
(Pathways: Implementation,  Operations)
Rooms 104-105

This session offers presentations on a variety of transit service and technology projects aimed at improving accessibility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand different types of transit improvement opportunities for small communities.
  • Describe implementation approach for demand responsive transit in rural areas.
  • Summarize tools to identify and fill transit service gaps in rural areas.

Facilitator: Ratna Korepella, Principal Transit Planner, City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ


 Using Technology to Solve Tribal Transportation Issues
(Pathway: Leadership/Management)
Room 106

This session provides an opportunity for a roundtable discussion between tribal transportation leaders, rural transportation agencies and consultants/industry representatives to connect needs, goal, and objectives to potential matching transportation technology resources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the opportunities and limitation for applications of transportation technology on Native American lands.
  • Describe the nature of the federal resource allocation process as well as commonalities and distinctions between rural transportation on and off tribal lands.

Facilitator: Philip Wisely, Public Works Director, Hualapai Tribe, Peach Springs, AZ
(Note: This was a roundtable discussion with no associated presentations)

Urban | Rural and In Between: ITS Planning and Innovative Project Funding
(Pathway: Planning/Design)
Room 107

This session explores key factors in advancing ITS projects to construction such as the development of master plans and system architectures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the different approaches to active traffic management as implemented in Michigan.
  • Describe the plan for the updated Arizona statewide ITS architecture.
  • Identify key elements and actions of the communication master plan for ITS in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Facilitator: John Hansen, Principal, 2 ITS-Help, Peyton, CO