Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC)


The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC), comprised of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Utah, has been established to facilitate and enhance safe, seamless travel throughout the western United States. The Consortium seeks to promote innovative partnerships, technologies and educational opportunities to meet these objectives. Additionally, the Consortium seeks to provide a collaborative mechanism to leverage research activities in a coordinated manner to respond to rural transportation issues among western states related to technology, operations and safety. Consequently, activities of the Consortium are focused on technology transfer/education (Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum) and incubator projects (small scale research projects intended to serve as a “proof of concept” for larger subsequent efforts) centered on the Consortium pillars of technology, operations and safety.

WSRTC Updates

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Consortium Holds Steering Committee Meeting
June 15th, 2021
Consortium Members Attend Northwest Transportation Conference
April 20th, 2020
Important Notice! 2020 Western States Forum Canceled
April 13th, 2020
Consortium Meets for Annual Meeting
October 24th, 2019
New Pages Added to WSRTC Website
March 6th, 2019

Project Updates

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Report for the Last Half of 2021
February 25th, 2022
It’s time to register for the 2021 Forum!
June 23rd, 2021
January – March 2021 Quarterly Update
April 30th, 2021
New dates and technical agenda for the 2021 Forum
April 22nd, 2021
October – December 2020 Quarterly Update
January 29th, 2021
July – September 2020 Quarterly Update
October 26th, 2020

WSRTC: Consortium Holds Steering Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Members of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) met for a regular meeting recently. You can review the meeting’s agenda (pdf), presentation (pdf), and official minutes (pdf) here and on the WSRTC Documents page. Thirteen people participated in the meeting – representatives from the five Consortium member states, WTI/MSU, Montana Tech, FHWA, and Emeritus Member Ian Turnbull.

The meeting was called to order by Leann Koon on March 9th, 2021. After introductions, Leann welcomed everyone and reviewed the meeting’s purpose and agenda.

Leann started with an update on plans for the 16th Annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum. Originally scheduled for June in Yreka, California, the Forum was postponed to October 5-7, 2021, after discussion with the WSRTC and the Forum planning committee. Seven topics are on the technical agenda. Speakers or representatives participating in the meeting gave an overview of what they intended to present at the Forum. Registration for the Forum is open! Check out the Forum website for more information and to register.

Sean Campbell and Ron Vessey updated the group on the status of the Pooled Fund and the associated task orders. WSRTC Phase II TPF-5(241) was granted a time extension with a new end date of March 31, 2023. A master agreement has been executed with Montana Technological University (Montana Tech) to facilitate a task order for maintenance of the One-Stop-Shop system and the Automated Safety Warning System Controller project. The balance of the remaining Phase II funds will go towards a two-year task order supporting the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Western States Forums, and member travel to several WSRTC meetings and host conferences. The group agreed to proceed with a third phase of the WSRTC Pooled Fund.

Doug Galarus gave an update on the One-Stop-Shop for Rural Traveler Information (OSS), the Automated Safety Warning System Controller (ASWSC), and plans for continued support, development, and maintenance of both systems. Leann Koon briefly discussed the Professional Capacity Building for Communications project, the Western States Forum Handbook, and COATS Phase 8.

Questions and discussion with the traditional ITS project roundtable closed out the meeting. Check out the meeting minutes (pdf) to read more about these rural ITS activities.

The WSRTC will meet for the annual meeting at the Western States Forum in October 2021.

Consortium Contacts:

Caltrans LogoCaltrans Project Manager:

Sean Campbell, P.E.
Chief, ITS Special Projects Branch
Caltrans, Division of Research, Innovation, and System Information
PO Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001
(916) 227-6259
(916) 657-4580 (fax)
sean_campbell "at" dot.ca.gov
Caltrans LogoCaltrans Lead
Caltrans Rural Program Steering Committee Chairman - Interim:

Michael Webb
Deputy District Director (Interim)
Maintenance and Operations
Caltrans District 2
1657 Riverside Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 604-4006
Michael.Webb "at" dot.ca.gov
Caltrans LogoRural PSC,
Rural Division Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Coordinator:

Jeremiah Pearce, P.E.
Chief, Office of ITS Engineering and Support
Caltrans, District 2
1657 Riverside Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-3320
(530) 225-3255 (fax)
jeremiah.pearce "at" dot.ca.gov
ODOT Logo Oregon DOT Lead:

Doug Spencer, P.E.
Standards Engineer
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Oregon Department of Transportation
2080 Laura Street
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 747-1276
Doug.L.SPENCER "at" odot.state.or.us
Washington State DOT LogoWashington State DOT Lead:

Tony Leingang
Acting State ITS Operations Engineer
WSDOT HQ Transportation Operations Division
Washington State Department of Transportation
PO Box 47344
310 Maple Park Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7344
(360) 709-8002
leingaa "at" wsdot.wa.gov
NDOT LogoNevada DOT Lead:

Seth Daniels
Assistant Chief Traffic Operations Engineer
Nevada Department of Transportation
1263 S. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89712
(775) 888-7565 (Office)
(775) 253-5304 (Cell)
sdaniels "at" dot.nv.gov
UDOT LogoUtah DOT Lead:

Tyler Laing
ITS Program Manager
Traffic Management Division
Utah Department of Transportation
2060 S 2760 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(801) 887-3792
tlaing "at" utah.gov
FHWA LogoFHWA Technical Liaison:

Michael Villnave
Traffic Operations & ITS Engineer
FHWA Washington Division
711 S Capitol Way, Suite 501
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 753-8078
michael.villnave "at" dot.gov
MSU LogoWTI Principal Investigator:

Leann Koon
Research Associate
Systems Engineering, Development & Integration
Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-7643
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
leann.koon "at" montana.edu
Montana Tech LogoMontana Tech
Principal Investigator:

Douglas Galarus
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Montana Tech
Museum 202
1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701
(406) 496-4858
dgalarus "at" mtech.edu