California Oregon Advanced Transportation Systems (COATS) Update - February 16th, 2018


UPDATE: Friday, February 16th, 2018

COATS Phase 7 is facilitating ongoing technology transfer through the Western States Forum and continued demonstration and evaluation of ITS technologies through several incubator projects. Here is a brief summary of what was accomplished during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Western States Forum
The 13th annual Western States Forum is scheduled for June 19th- 21st, 2018 in Yreka, California at the Best Western Miner’s Inn. A Save the Date postcard was sent to announce this year’s event and catch the attention of potential attendees. The Call for Abstracts was released in early December. The venue for the 2018 forum was reserved, and the Forum website was updated with the date of the 2018 Forum and the Call for Abstracts.

The final report for the 2017 Forum was drafted and sent for review. Also, a Forum How-To handbook was drafted and sent to the project manager for review and comments.

During the first quarter of 2018, planning for the 13th annual Forum will continue. Abstracts will be selected, and first drafts of presentations and demonstrations will be reviewed. A brochure will be developed and registration will open in early March. Expect to see updates both here and on the Forum website as preparations continue.

Incubator Projects
Early in the quarter, a project team meeting was held to discuss the staff changes and corresponding changes to incubator projects. The following incubator projects will be pursued to address Caltrans’ needs and team member experience:

  • Traveler Information Data Quality
  • How-To Handbook/Manual for the Western States Forum
  • Cellular Telco Usage in Rural Environments

Check back next quarter for updates on the progress and status of the COATS projects.