2022 New Orleans, LA

The program for the 2022 National Rural ITS Conference was integrated into the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition held July 31 – August 3, 2022 at the Sheraton New Orleans.  The conference covered emerging technologies and trends from across the transportation industry including a focus on transportation equity considerations and exploration of the potential of big data and data analytics. The conference offered insights to help understand the impacts of COVID-19 and how to respond to these changes. In addition to traditional ITS topics of interest to transportation professionals, the event brought together both traditional and non-traditional users to address such issues affecting rural and small communities. This conference returned to an in-person delivery format to encourage networking amongst your peers. Specific NRITS Sessions during the ITE 2022 Annual Meeting program are highlighted below within the overall program:

Monday, August 1

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opening Business and Plenary Session

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 Technical Session

  • Completing the Entire Street: Accessibility for Different Users
  • Advancing Health Equity through Transit: What We Know, What We Should Do, and How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Can Help
  • ITS for Underserved Communities: An Overview of the Complete Trip – ITS4US Deployment Program (NRITS)
  • Data Driven Safety Solutions for All Users
  • Equitable SimCity Sandbox Design Competition Judging
  • Managing COVID-19 Transportation System Impacts
  • Leveraging New Funding Sources to Implement Safe System Strategies
  • Poster Presentations 1

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Technical Session

  • Innovative Intersection Design
  • Perspectives of Local Transportation Leaders
  • Modern Methods and Practices for Setting Speed Limits
  • The New Emphasis on Broadband Implementation in Rural Areas (NRITS)
  • Showcasing Innovative Tools and Technologies
  • Transportation on Trail: A Simulated Court Experience
  • National Operation Center of Excellence Transportation Technology Tournament Judging
  • Poster Presentations 2

Tuesday, August 2

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Plenary Panel: Transforming How We Think About Safety

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Technical Session

  • Innovations in Curbside Management
  • Transportation Equity for All
  • COVID-19 Impacts on Vulnerable Users and Mode Share
  • Using Safe System Approach to Improve Safety for All Users
  • Improving Safety and Accelerating CAV Deployment through USDOT’s Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA) and CARMA Program (NRITS)
  • Importance of Equity in Transportation: Successes and Challenges of the New Orleans Claiborne Avenue Project
  • ITE Town Hall
  • Poster Presentations 3

12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Awards Luncheon

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Technical Session

  • Shaping Speeds: How Design Impacts Driver Behavior
  • Winning with Roundabouts
  • Retrospective: Looking Back on Complete Street Policy to Practice towards Iterative Change
  • Equitable Transportation Planning
  • Signs and Markings – Innovations That Work
  • Mobility as a Service: Creating Access and Equity
  • Rural ITS Town Hall (NRITS)
  • Poster Presentations 4

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Technical Session

  • Even if You Know It’s Coming: Preparing for Planned Events and Incidents (NRITS)
  • Implementing Vision Zero Programs in Transportation Agencies
  • Creating Healthy, Smart, Multimodal Communities through Transportation
  • Signalized Intersections: Approaches to Improving the Environment for Pedestrians
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Consultant Selection
  • Planning and Prioritizing for Sustainable, Equitable, and Transparent Transportation
  • Designing for Connected and Automated Vehicles

Wednesday, August 3

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Technical Session

  • Improving Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety through Research
  • Advanced Traffic Signal Operations Methods for Safety, Turns, and Transit
  • Current Trends in Trip Generation and Transportation Impacts Assessment
  • Improving Safety at Railroad Grade Crossings through Technology
  • Developing and Sustaining a Skilled and Diverse Transportation Workforce
  • Data Driven TSMO Decision-Making and Evaluation
  • How to Create Cost-Effective Mechanisms for Rural ITS Operations and Maintenance (NRITS)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing Plenary: The Path Forward for Transportation Electrification