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2017
AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 5/3/2017: Phase III Kicks Off AWOS/RWIS: Phase III Kicks Off
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Phase III of the Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS project has just begun. The research team and the Project Technical Advisory Panel (PTAP) held a Kick Off meeting on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017. During this phase of the project, the website and its systems will be migrated from Montana State University to a Caltrans server to be maintained and supported by Caltrans IT.

WSRTTIF Update, 05/02/2017: Register for the 2017 Forum! WSRTTIF: Register for the 2017 Forum!
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Register now! The 12th annual Forum will be held June 20-22, 2017, in Yreka, California. The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to network with other professionals involved with rural transportation technologies and exchange in-depth, technical information on how various ITS technologies are engineered and implemented in rural areas. The Forum encourages learning and discussion about the benefits of ITS technologies as well as the successes and problems of different rural ITS solutions.

COATS Project Update, 4/19/2017: COATS Phase 7 Gets Underway COATS: Phase 7 Gets Underway
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Work on COATS Phase 7 got underway this month with a Kick-Off Meeting on February 23, 2017. COATS Phase 7 will build on the success of earlier COATS phases to preserve and expand the COATS region as an innovator in rural ITS demonstration. Initiatives to be undertaken in this phase include the Western States Forum, three incubator projects, and maintaining the existing COATS web presence for the technology transfer of results of this effort.

PCB Project Update, 4/5/2017: PCB for Communications Phase 4 Begins PCB: Phase 4 Begins
Wednesday, March 5th, 2017

Phase 4 of the Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications project started recently with a Kick-Off Meeting on January 4th, 2017. During the Kick-Off Meeting, the team discussed the project’s major tasks which include procurement, delivery, and evaluation of three courses, revising the Curriculum Scope and Sequence as needed, and updating the list of Identified Training Providers. The project will continue to have an educational focus with the intent of offering Caltrans ITS engineers and technicians high-quality, hands-on, in-depth technical training in rural ITS communications.

OSS Project Update, 3/13/2017: One-Stop-Shop Usage Spikes During the 2016-17 Bad Weather Season OSS: Usage Spikes During the 2016-17 Bad Weather Season
Monday, March 13th, 2017

This bad weather season has been particularly busy for the One-Stop-Shop (OSS), and it appears that winter is not letting up over the Western States region, including California. Even though winter is not over, it is a good time to look at statistics for both the original, desktop version of OSS and OSS Mobile. It has been a very bad weather season, which means that it has been very good in terms of statistics for our systems! From October 1st, 2016 through midday today, March 6th, 2017, there have been almost 310,000 user sessions on OSS Desktop.

OSS Project Update, 3/7/2017: Data and Links Page Added to OSS OSS: Data and Links Page Added to OSS
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The One-Stop-Shop project team recently compiled an informational list of links and other relevant information related to OSS and the data it utilizes. The Data and Links page lists the information and data layers in the OSS. It lists the many data sources used by the OSS system, including state departments of transportation, state traveler information sites, weather data providers, and various other data providers.

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2016
OSS Project Update, 12/16/2016: The One-Stop-Shop Goes Mobile OSS: The One-Stop-Shop Goes Mobile
Friday, December 16th, 2016

The One-Stop-Shop has gone mobile! OSS is now available on your smartphone. Check it out at http://oss.weathershare/org/m/. Note that it works best with an LTE or high-speed wi-fi connection.

WSRTTIF Project Update, 12/16/2016: Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Western States Forum WSRTTIF: Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Western States Forum
Friday, December 16th, 2016

Save the Date! The WSF Steering Committee is excited to announce the 12th Annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum to be held June 20th, 21st, and 22nd, in scenic Yreka, California. We’ve just released the Call for Abstracts – we are seeking both presentations and live demonstrations about rural ITS topics and technologies. Check out the 2017 Call for Abstracts for more information about the Forum’s technical program.

COATS Project Update, 11/17/2016: 6th Phase of COATS Project Completed COATS: 6th Phase of COATS Project Completed
Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Recently, the project team successfully completed work on the 6th phase of the COATS project. Phase 6 focused on promoting technology transfer, investigating traveler information data quality, and evaluating the Fredonyer Pass Icy Curve Warning System. The final project report is now available.

WSRTC Update, 10/25/2016: Annual Meeting Held in Yreka - June 21, 2016 WSRTC: Annual Meeting Held in Yreka - June 21, 2016
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) Steering Committee gathered for its annual meeting on June 21st, 2016, just prior to the start of the 11th Annual Western States Forum. Both events were held at the same venue in Yreka, California.

WSRTC Update, 10/13/2016: Impact of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium WSRTC: Impact of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium
Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Impact pages on the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium's website are intended to show how the WSRTC is implementing its research into lasting change for the agencies involved. Check out some examples of how the research of the WSRTC is impacting rural transportation in western states.

COATS Project Update, 8/22/2016: Research Report - Data Quality for Aggregation and Dissemination of DOT Traveler Information COATS: Research Report - Data Quality for Aggregation and Dissemination of DOT Traveler Information
Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The technology incubator project – Data Quality for Aggregation and Dissemination of DOT Traveler Information – has been completed and a research report is now available. Read the results of the practitioner survey and the literature review, as well as an analysis of best practices for quality assurance of traveler information data.

OSS Project Update, 8/18/2016: Fires Impacting Travel Across the West OSS: Fires Impacting Travel Across the West
Thursday, August 18th, 2016

On August 16th, the Blue Cut fire started along Interstate 15 North of San Bernardino and resulted in the closure of a large portion of Interstate 15. This closure was apparent in the One-Stop-Shop, visible in the Google Traffic layer, in CMS messages, CCTV images, and more. The fire could be seen in the fire detections layer not long after the blaze began.

WSRTTIF Project Update, 7/14/2016: 11th Annual Western States Forum Another Success WSRTTIF: 11th Annual Western States Forum Another Success
Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Held in Yreka, California, June 21st through the 23rd, this year's Western States Forum brought together 47 ITS engineers and practitioners from across the western United States. Nine technical presentations covered a diverse range of topics including RWIS sensors and RPU redesign, Bluetooth traveler information, adaptive signal timing, field and work zone data collection, controller cabinet standards, and DSRC radio and connected vehicles. Speakers represented California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state departments of transportation, as well as the Idaho National Laboratory.

WSRTC Update, 6/16/2016: WSRTC Steering Committee's 2016 Annual Meeting WSRTC: WSRTC Steering Committee's 2016 Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium Steering Committee is coming up on June 21st, 2016, in Yreka, California.

COATS Project Update, 5/13/2016: January - March 2016 Quarterly Update COATS: January - March 2016 Quarterly Update
Friday, May 13th, 2016

COATS Phase 6 is facilitating ongoing technology transfer through the Western States Forum and continued demonstration and evaluation of ITS technologies through several incubator projects. The first quarter of 2016 saw further preparations for the 2016 Western States Forum and excellent progress on the various incubator projects.

WeatherShare Project Update, 4/15/2016: WeatherShare Phase 4 Kicks Off WeatherShare: WeatherShare Phase 4 Kicks Off
Friday, April 15th, 2016

The Kick-Off Meeting for Phase 4 of the WeatherShare project (WeatherShare Phase 4) was held on April 12th, 2016. Project team members agreed to hold a teleconference in lieu of an in person meeting.

WSRTC Update, 4/15/2016: Consortium Steering Committee Meeting Held in Conjunction with NWTC WSRTC: Consortium Steering Committee Meeting Held in Conjunction with NWTC
Friday, April 15th, 2016

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) Steering Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in conjunction with attendance at the 2016 Northwest Transportation Conference (NWTC) in Corvallis, Oregon. The NWTC, which is held every two years at Oregon State University, opened on March 15th and concluded on March 17th.

OSS Project Update, 4/15/2016: One-Stop-Shop Phase 3 Kicks Off OSS: One-Stop-Shop Phase 3 Kicks Off
Friday, April 15th, 2016

The Kick-Off Meeting for Phase 3 of the One-Stop-Shop project (OSS Phase 3) was held on April 5th, 2016. Project team members agreed to hold a teleconference in lieu of an in person meeting.

WSRTC Update, 4/15/2016: WSRTC Meeting Coordination, Western States Forum Travel Support and Website Maintenance (Task Order 8) Kick Off Meeting WSRTC: WSRTC Meeting Coordination, Western States Forum Travel Support and Website Maintenance (Task Order 8) Kick Off Meeting
Friday, April 15th, 2016

The Kick-Off Meeting for WSRTC Task Order 8, WSRTC Meeting Coordination, Western States Forum Travel Support and Website Maintenance was held on April 7th, 2016. Project team members agreed to hold a teleconference in lieu of an in person meeting.

WSRTTIF Update, 3/24/2016: 2016 Forum Registration Opens WSRTTIF: 2016 Forum Registration Opens
Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Registration is open for the 2016 Western States Forum! The 11th annual Forum will be held June 21 – 23 in Yreka, California. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register by May 20th.

COATS Project Update, 2/24/2016: Evaluation of the Fredonyer Pass ICWS – Final Report COATS: Evaluation of the Fredonyer Pass ICWS – Final Report
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

The Fredonyer Pass Icy Curve Warning System (ICWS) was deployed by Caltrans to increase motorist vigilance and reduce the number of crashes occurring during icy pavement conditions in real-time. An evaluation of the project has been conducted and a final report is now available.

OSS Project Update, 2/17/2016: One-Stop-Shop in the News OSS: One-Stop-Shop in the News
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

In preparation for the 2015 winter holiday season, Montana State University and NBC Montana reported on the One-Stop-Shop and its benefits to travelers.

COATS Project Update, 2/11/2016: October – December 2015 Quarterly Update COATS: October – December 2015 Quarterly Update
Thursday, February 11th, 2016

COATS Phase 6 is facilitating ongoing technology transfer through the Western States Forum and continued demonstration and evaluation of ITS technologies through several incubator projects. Read about the preparations for the 2016 Western States Forum and progress made on the various projects in the last quarter of 2015.

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 2/8/2016: Phase II Completed AWOS/RWIS: Phase II Completed
Monday, February 8th, 2016

Phase II of the Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS project was recently completed. The project focused on the development of a prototype system that integrates weather data from aviation AWOS and ASOS, and surface transportation RWIS, as well as surface and aloft weather forecasts alerts and warnings, satellite and radar imagery, roadside cameras and more. The project team also conducted a business case analysis, researched additional sources of relevant data, documented detailed system requirements, analyzed gaps in existing weather station coverage, and used three separate mechanisms to evaluate the system.

PCB Project Update, 2/8/2016: Phase 3 Completed PCB: Phase 3 Completed
Monday, February 8th, 2016

Phase 3 of the Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications project was recently completed. The project team researched and revised a comprehensive training curriculum for transportation communication systems that will build the professional capacity of rural intelligent transportation system (ITS) engineers and technicians. This phase of the project included a needs assessment and gap analysis, as well as the facilitation of a training course on Telco Wireless communication technologies.

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2015
WSRTTIF Update, 12/9/2015: Call for Abstracts – 2016 Western States Forum WSRTTIF: Call for Abstracts – 2016 Western States Forum
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Save the date! The 11th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum will be held June 21-23, 2016, in Yreka California. We are seeking both presentations and live demonstrations on rural ITS projects and applications. Check out the Call for Abstracts for more information.

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 12/3/2015: Phase II Final Report Presentation AWOS/RWIS: Phase II Final Report Presentation
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Phase II of the Integration of Aviation AWOS and RWIS will conclude December 31st, 2015. On October 21st, Doug Galarus delivered the final report presentation in conjunction with the Caltrans October Research Connection Event.

COATS Project Update, 10/23/2015: July – September 2015 Quarterly Update COATS: July – September 2015 Quarterly Update
Friday, October 23rd, 2015

COATS Phase 6 is facilitating ongoing technology transfer through the Western States Forum and continued demonstration and evaluation of ITS technologies through several incubator projects. The third quarter of 2015, spanning from July to September, has come to a close. Read about the progress made on the various projects during this time.

WSRTC Update, 10/16/2015: NRITS 2015 – Elevate ITS WSRTC: NRITS 2015 – Elevate ITS
Friday, October 16th, 2015

Several representatives of the Consortium member states and organizations attended the 2015 National Rural ITS Conference, August 9-12, at the Snowbird Ski Resort in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. In keeping with the venue’s mountainous locale, the goal of the conference was to "Elevate ITS by Traversing the Terrain to Rural ITS."

OSS Project Update, 10/16/2015: Presentation at the 2015 National Rural ITS Conference OSS: Presentation at the 2015 National Rural ITS Conference
Friday, October 16th, 2015

The 2015 National Rural ITS Conference was held August 9-12, at the Snowbird Ski Resort in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The agenda included tours and technical sessions covering a wide variety of rural ITS topics. Doug Galarus presented Expansion of the Western States One Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information in Session B1 Using Partnerships to Improve Traveler Information.

COATS Project Update, 10/16/2015: Data Quality Project Presentation at the 2015 National Rural ITS Conference COATS: Data Quality Project Presentation at the 2015 National Rural ITS Conference
Friday, October 16th, 2015

The 2015 National Rural ITS Conference was held August 9-12, at the Snowbird Ski Resort in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The agenda included tours and technical sessions covering a wide variety of rural ITS topics. Doug Galarus presented Data Quality for Aggregation and Dissemination of DOT Traveler Information: Best Practices in Session C1 Improvements to Traveler Information Systems & Data.

OSS Project Update, 10/14/2015: Fire Incidents and Detections Layer OSS: Fire Incidents and Detections Layer
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Recently we added a fire layer to the One-Stop-Shop. Given the big fires in California and Washington this year, we thought a fire layer would be helpful to travelers, particularly to show fire activity in relation to the road network. Yesterday afternoon (Sunday) we noticed smoke on the north side of the Gallatin Valley. Given strong winds all day, we were fairly certain that a wildfire had started and taken off northwest of Bozeman.

WSRTC Update, 9/4/2014: Consortium Leaders Gather in Yreka for Annual Meeting WSRTC: Consortium Leaders Gather in Yreka for Annual Meeting
Friday, September 4th, 2015

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) Steering Committee gathered for its annual meeting on June 16th, 2015, prior to the commencement of the 10th Annual Western States Forum. Both events were held at the same venue in Yreka, California.

COATS Project Update, 8/26/2015: Development Recommendations and Equipment Sources Completed for Chain-up Delay Project COATS: Development Recommendations and Equipment Sources Completed for Chain-up Delay Project
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

In the most recent Chain-up Delay tracking with Bluetooth project development, the project team has finalized its recommendations for deployment locations and equipment to be used.

COATS Project Update, 8/25/2015: Thank you to David Veneziano, April – June 2015 Quarterly Update COATS:  Thank you to David Veneziano, April – June 2015 Quarterly Update
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

COATS Phase 6 is facilitating ongoing technology transfer through the Western States Forum and continued demonstration and evaluation of ITS technologies through several incubator projects.  Read about progress made on the various projects during the April to June 2015 quarter. A thank you goes to David Veneziano for his leadership of the COATS efforts over the last seven years!

WSRTTIF Update, 8/24/2015: 10th Annual Western States Forum a success! WSRTTIF: 10th Annual Western States Forum a success!
Monday, August 24th, 2015

Held in Yreka, California, June 16th through the 18th, this year’s Western States Forum brought together 39 ITS engineers and practitioners from across the western United States. Eight technical presentations, given by representatives of six state DOT’s, covered a diverse range of topics such as changeable message sign innovations, automated chain control and parking management systems, winter maintenance, and roadside Wi-Fi systems.

WSRTC Update, 8/24/2015: New Documents Archive Added to Website WSRTC: New Documents Archive Added to Website
Monday, August 24th, 2015

In an ongoing effort to increase transparency and provide up-to-date information and resources related to the Consortium, this week the WSRTC launched a new page listing all published documents for each project.

WSRTC Update, 6/4/2015: WSRTC Steering Committee’s 2015 annual meeting to be held June 16th WSRTC: Steering Committee’s 2015 annual meeting to be held June 16th
Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The Annual Meeting of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium is coming up on June 16th, 2015, in Yreka, California.

WSRTC Update, 5/26/2015: Annual Meeting & New Website Features WSRTC: Annual Meeting & New Website Features
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

As spring continues to unfold, the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) is excited to announce both its annual meeting and a newly updated website.
COATS Project Update, 4/20/2015: Quarterly Update:  January – March 2015 COATS: Quarterly Update: January - March 2015
Monday, April 20th, 2015

COATS Phase 6 is facilitating ongoing technology transfer through the Western States Forum and continued demonstration and evaluation of ITS technologies through several incubator projects.The first quarter of 2015 saw significant progress across Phase 6 projects.
PCB Project Update, Telecom Wireless Fundamentals training course a success! PCB: Telecom Wireless Fundamentals training course a success!
Monday, April 6th, 2015

Twelve Caltrans ITS engineers and technicians gathered for training to expand their skills in Telco wireless communication and its application to rural intelligent transportation systems. Telecom Wireless Fundamentals was delivered by Scott Baxter through TONEX. Students came from areas that are faced with rural transportation challenges, representing Caltrans Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 10, and Caltrans Headquarters.

OSS Project Update, 4/6/2015: OSS News Coverage Videos OSS: OSS News Coverage Videos
Monday, April 6th, 2015

The One Stop Shop received significant media coverage across Montana last November following a major update in late 2014 that expanded the web application to include data from 11 states across the western U.S.

WSRTTIF Project Update, 3/25/2015: Agenda Announced for 2015 Forum WSRTTIF: Agenda Announced for 2015 Forum
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The 2015 Western States Forum, to be held from June 16th to 18th in Yreka, California, will feature an excellent lineup of eight presentations and demonstrations about rural implementations of ITS.

WSRTTIF Project Update, 3/6/2015: Registration Opens for 2015 Forum WSRTTIF: Registration Opens for 2015 Forum
Friday, March 6th, 2015

Registration is open for the 2015 Western States Forum! The 10th annual Forum will be held from June 16th-18th in scenic Yreka, California.

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 2/4/2015: Aviation WeatherShare Provides Essential Information to Aviation Personnel AWOS: Aviation WeatherShare Provides Essential Information to Aviation Personnel
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The Aviation WeatherShare website is well-suited to providing pilots and aviation personnel with essential information needed to maintain safety during hazardous conditions—such as wind speeds aloft and on the ground, satellite imagery, pilot reports, and National Weather Service alerts.

WeatherShare Project Update, 2/4/2015: Phase 3 Update WeatherShare: Phase 3 Update
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

WeatherShare, a web application that provides users with real-time and forecasted weather conditions, road information and alerts across California’s 16,600 miles of highway, is undergoing significant changes. WeatherShare will become Caltrans’ repository for Caltrans RWIS data in addition to other weather information.

COATS Project Update, 1/26/2015:  Phase 6 projects, October – December 2014 quarterly update COATS: Phase 6 projects, October – December 2014 quarterly update
Monday, January 26th, 2015

COATS Phase 6 is now underway with the goals of continued demonstration and evaluation of ITS technologies through incubator projects identified by the Project Technical Advisory Panel (PTAP), as well as provision of ongoing knowledge transfer activities from the Western States Forum. The October – December 2014 quarter included a number of activities as the incubator projects were started and preparations for the 10th Annual Western States Forum commenced.

OSS Project Update, 1/16/2015: One Stop Shop Expands to Cover 11 States OSS: One Stop Shop Expands to Cover 11 States
Monday, January 16th, 2015

The One Stop Shop for traveler information, or OSS, has recently been updated to include real-time and near real-time road information from 11 different state transportation agencies. OSS users can now see up-to-the-minute road and weather information for Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. A principal objective of OSS is to allow travelers to view important road and weather information across state boundaries, and this update is a big step towards that goal.

PCB Project Update, 1/8/2015: Phase 3 – Telco Wireless Technologies PCB: Phase 3 – Telco Wireless Technologies
Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The 3rd phase of the Professional Capacity Building for Communications project is in progress with a focus on Telco Wireless technologies. As applied to Rural ITS, these topics are related to systems that are leased from telecommunication service providers and include fixed deployments of field elements and communications with a TMC, maintenance yard, or other similar facility.

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COATS Project Update, 12/19/2014: Rural ICM project, Phase 5 completed COATS: Rural ICM project, Phase 5 completed
Friday, December 19th, 2014

The 5th phase of the COATS project came to a close recently. The project focused on technology transfer, identification of future sites to deploy Bluetooth readers in support of determining chain-up area delays, a survey of automated safety warning devices and the development of a regional ICM planning process...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 12/10/2014: 2015 Call for Abstracts has gone out! WSRTTIF: 2015 Call for Abstracts has gone out!
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Save the Date! The 10th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is scheduled for June 16-18, 2015, in Yreka, California. We are seeking presentations and live demonstrations on actual rural ITS projects and applications. Check out the recently released Call for Abstracts for more information...

WSRTC Update, 10/3/2014: Consortium members attend the 2014 NRITS Conference in Branson, MO WSRTC: Consortium members attend the 2014 NRITS Conference in Branson, MO
Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The 2014 National Rural ITS Conference was held August 24-27, 2014, in Branson, Missouri. Several individuals from the Consortium member states of California, Nevada, and Washington attended this year’s conference as participants, speakers, and session moderators including: Sean Campbell, Caltrans; Ron Vessey, James Todd Daley, Tony Leingang, WSDOT; Tom Moore, Nevada DOT; and Doug Galarus, WTI...

PCB Project Update, 10/3/2014: Presentation at the 2014 National Rural ITS Conference PCB: Presentation at the 2014 National Rural ITS Conference
Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The 2014 National Rural ITS Conference (NRITS) was held in Branson, Missouri, August 24th-27th. Billed as ITS In The Heartland, this year’s conference provided participants with opportunities to network across many ITS disciplines while discussing a wide variety of ITS topics. Doug Galarus presented Professional Capacity Building for Communications in Session G1 Professional Development Opportunities – Developing Your Skills and those of your Organization...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 9/26/2014: 9th Annual WSRTTIF a success! WSRTTIF: 9th Annual WSRTTIF a success!
Friday, September 26th, 2014

The 9th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum was another successful event! Thirty-six rural ITS engineers and practitioners represented six states (CA, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA), five state DOTs, 8 Caltrans districts, 3 groups from Caltrans Headquarters, one City Public Works Department (Salem, OR), two universities, and the FHWA. The diverse technical program included six presentations on as many different topics...

WSRTC Update, 9/22/2014: Annual Steering Committee Meeting, June 17th, 2014 WSRTC: Annual Steering Committee Meeting, June 17th, 2014
Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The WSRTC Steering Committee gathered for the Annual Meeting on June 17th, 2014, before the start of the 9th annual Western States Forum in Yreka, California...

OSS Project Update, 9/18/2014: OSS wins 2014 Best of ITS Award! OSS: OSS wins 2014 Best of ITS Award!
Thursday, September 18th, 2014

At the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, the One-Stop Shop was announced as the winner of ITS America’s Best of ITS Award for Best New Innovative Practice – Research Design and Innovation. ITS America presents these awards to “the most prominent and innovative transportation technology leaders in the Americas” whose projects exemplify innovation and demonstrate specific and measurable outcomes. The OSS project is sponsored by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), who nominated it for the annual award...

Controller Project Update, 9/18/2014: ASWSC project finalist for 2014 Best of ITS Award Controller: ASWSC project finalist for 2014 Best of ITS Award
Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The Automated Safety Warning System Controller (ASWSC) was selected as a finalist for a Best of ITS Award in the category of Best New Innovative Practice – Rural ITS Project. ITS America presents these awards to “the most prominent and innovative transportation technology leaders in the Americas” whose projects exemplify innovation and demonstrate specific and measurable outcomes. The ASWSC project is sponsored by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), who nominated it for the annual award...

OSS Project Update, 8/12/2014: Fires and Road Closures OSS: Fires and Road Closures
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We do our best to monitor OSS to make sure it is functioning correctly, particularly during events that impact the traveling public. You might think such events only occur during the bad weather season, but summer brings plenty of challenges including fire. For the Western States region, this is certainly turning out to be a bad fire year, particularly when coupled with the drought in California...

COATS Project Update, 6/30/2014: Survey of Western State Safety Warning Devices incubator project completed. COATS: Survey of Western State Safety Warning Devices incubator project completed.
Monday, June 30th, 2014

Agencies across the west have deployed various ITS systems to address a number of different local safety and operational concerns. Historically, there has been a lack of documentation related to these deployments, specifically an inventory of what is presently deployed. The absence of such an inventory has prevented the opportunity for practitioners to learn about the deployments of a particular device in another location prior to pursuing their own. To address this need, the work completed by this project documented where deployments are located, what their function/purpose is, and other information of interest...

WSRTC Update, 5/29/2014:  Steering Committee annual meeting coming up on June 17th, 2014 WSRTC: Steering Committee annual meeting coming up on June 17th, 2014
Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium is coming up on June 17th, 2014, in Yreka, California...

OSS Project Update, 4/29/2014: OSS Poster OSS: OSS Poster
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

We recently created a poster for OSS that displays many of the features and uses for the web application. You can download the poster here or view it on the OSS documents page. This poster will be displayed at the 2014 Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum in Yreka, California, June 17th-19th, 2014...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 4/29/2014: Project team participates in California Aviation Day at the Capitol AWOS/RWIS: Project team participates in California Aviation Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

As we announced in the April 15th, 2014 update, the Aviation WeatherShare project was presented as part of the California Aviation Day at the Capitol on April 23, 2014. PI, Doug Galarus, Caltrans Project Manager Melissa Clark, and Caltrans Project Champion Terry Berrie, demonstrated the project and its features at a display set up on the grounds of the Capitol in Sacramento...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 4/15/2014: 2014 California Aviation Day AWOS/RWIS: 2014 California Aviation Day
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Doug Galarus of WTI and Caltrans project leaders will be presenting a poster and live demonstration of the Aviation WeatherShare web application at California Aviation Day at the Capitol on April 23, 2014. The presentations and displays at this event are a way to inform legislators, staff, and the public about the impact aviation has on the California economy as well as raising awareness of the benefits of aviation to Californians...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 3/27/2014: Registration is Open for the 2014 Western States Forum! WSRTTIF: Registration is Open for the 2014 Western States Forum!
Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Registration for the 9th annual Western States Forum is now open! The 2014 Western States Forum will be held on June 17th-19th in scenic Yreka, California! The goal of the Western States Forum is to network with other professionals involved with rural transportation technologies and provide the opportunity to exchange in-depth, technical information on how various ITS technologies are engineered and implemented in rural areas. The Forum encourages learning and discussion about the benefits of ITS technologies as well as the successes and problems of different rural ITS solutions...

OSS Project Update, 2/21/2014: Caltrans District 2 and OSS on the news OSS: Caltrans District 2 and OSS on the news
Friday, February 21st, 2014

The “bad weather” season in California has been bad for a different reason this year – extreme drought. Fortunately, Northern California has received some relief in the past several weeks in the form of rain and snow. As is always the case during changing conditions, travelers need to remind themselves that information is key to decision making and safety when navigating rural areas in bad weather. Caltrans District 2 staff, Ian Turnbull and Joe Baltazar, were interviewed on February 6th by the “Action News Now” (KHSL-12, KNVN-24 Chico/Redding) team for such a reminder, and the broadcast was seen across Northern California and Southern Oregon, and on the Internet...

OSS Project Update, 2/4/2014: Quick Start Guide Video OSS: Quick Start Guide Video
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

We recently posted a quick start video showing basic use of the OSS web application. We hope this video will help first-time users to better utilize OSS. You can find the video by clicking on the “?” icon at the top left of the OSS interface to show a drop down menu and then selecting “Basic Usage (video)”...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 2/4/2014: CalAERO Newsletter – Aeronautics Testing Aviation WeatherShare AWOS/RWIS: CalAERO Newsletter – Aeronautics Testing Aviation WeatherShare
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Aviation WeatherShare project was featured in the Winter 2014 edition of the Caltrans Division of Aeronautics’ newsletter - CalAERO. The article entitled “Aeronautics Testing Aviation WeatherShare” gives a good description of the project and its features. It also talks about how the website is proving beneficial to Caltrans and emergency responders, and encourages readers to try out the site and provide feedback through the online survey...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 1/30/2014: Phase II is underway. AWOS/RWIS: Phase II is underway
Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Phase II of the Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS project is in full swing. Tasks for this phase of the project include conducting a technical requirements analysis and developing an accompanying report, documenting additional sources of aviation weather information, and converting the high-level user needs and requirements into detailed, low-level system requirements. This phase will also focus on enhancing and evaluating the prototype system...

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2013
OSS Project Update, 12/17/2013: Interview with Traffic Technology International magazine OSS: Interview with Traffic Technology International magazine
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Timothy Compston and Traffic Technology International recently interviewed OSS project team members Doug Galarus and Ian Turnbull about the One Stop Shop application. Doug and Ian described the challenges travelers face in obtaining comprehensive travel information when crossing state borders or districts within a state and the solutions they are developing to address these problems...

WSRTTIF, 12/17/2013: Call for Abstracts - 2014 Western States Forum WSRTTIF: Call for Abstracts - 2014 Western States Forum
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Save the Date! The 9th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is scheduled for June 17-19, 2014, in Yreka, California. The Call for Abstracts has just been sent out and we are seeking presentations and live demonstrations on actual rural ITS projects and applications...

PCB Project Update, 11/12/2013: Hands-On Ethernet and TCP/IP Fundamentals training course PCB: Hands-On Ethernet and TCP/IP Fundamentals training course
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The third training course for the Professional Capacity Building for Communications project was held September 23-27, 2013, at the Sacramento Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) in Rancho Cordova, California. The course, Hands-On Ethernet and TCP/IP Fundamentals, was taught by Andrew Walding of Cellstream, Inc. through Dashcourses International. The course was open to ITS engineers and technicians – 11 students representing seven Caltrans districts participated...

WSRTC Update, 11/4/2013: WSRTC at NRITS 2013. WSRTC: WSRTC at NRITS 2013.
Monday, November 4th, 2013

WSRTC Steering Committee members participated in the recent National Rural ITS Conference held in St. Cloud, Minnesota, August 25th-28th, 2013. A regular Consortium meeting was held on August 28, 2013...

WSRTC Update, 8/20/2013: WSRTC Steering Committee heading to NRITS! WSRTC: WSRTC Steering Committee heading to NRITS!
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Members of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) are headed to St. Cloud, Minnesota, August 25-28, 2013, to participate in the 2013 National Rural ITS Conference (NRITS) – Footpaths 2 Intelligent Highways. NRITS is an annual conference focused on rural applications of intelligent transportation systems...

OSS Project Update, 8/9/2013: One Stop Shop (OSS) Update - August 9th, 2013 OSS: One Stop Shop (OSS) Update - August 9th, 2013
Friday, August 9th, 2013

As of this morning, several new data layers were added to OSS, helping us to provide even better coverage of the Western States region. We’ve added CCTV cameras, changeable (dynamic) message signs and rest areas for Nevada. We have also added RWIS (road weather information systems) back into OSS after an absence of approximately 1.5 months due the Clarus System going offline...

WSRTC Update, 7/26/2013: Annual WSRTC Steering Committee meeting held at Western States Forum WSRTC: Annual WSRTC Steering Committee meeting held at Western States Forum
Friday, July 26th, 2013

The annual Steering Committee meeting for the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium convened on June 18, 2013, just before the start of the 8th annual Western States Forum in Yreka, California...

WSRTC Update, 6/12/2013: Steering Committee annual meeting coming up on June 18th, 2013 WSRTC: Steering Committee annual meeting coming up on June 18th, 2013
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The Annual Meeting of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium is coming up on June 18th, 2013, in Yreka, California...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 5/22/2013: Interview with the Transportation Communications Newsletter WSRTTIF: Interview with the Transportation Communications Newsletter
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Recently, Forum Steering Committee members Sean Campbell and Ian Turnbull were interviewed by Bernie Wagenblast and the Transportation Communications Newsletter...

PCB Project Update, 4/29/2013: IP Networking Fundamentals and Usage the next subject area for Phase 2 PCB: IP Networking Fundamentals and Usage the next subject area for Phase 2
Monday, April 29th, 2013

Phase 2 of the Professional Capacity Building for Communications project is continuing with a shift to the IP Networking Fundamentals and Usage subject area. The project team is currently working to identify and secure an appropriate training contractor to deliver a course in September...

WSRTC Update, 4/4/2013: WSRTC holds winter Steering Committee meeting. WSRTC: WSRTC holds winter Steering Committee meeting
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The WSRTC held its annual winter Steering Committee meeting on March 8th, 2013, via teleconference. Fifteen participants from all four Consortium states (California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington) were on the call...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 4/4/2013: Registration Open for 2013 Forum! WSRTTIF: Registration Open for 2013 Forum!
Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Registration is now open for the 2013 Western States Forum, June 18th-20th in Yreka, California! The goal of the Western States Forum is to network with other professionals involved with rural transportation technologies and provide the opportunity to exchange in-depth, technical information on how various ITS technologies are engineered and implemented in rural areas. The Forum encourages learning and discussion about the successes and problems of different rural ITS solutions, as well as the benefit of these technologies...

WSRTC Update, 3/4/2013: Winter WSRTC Steering Committee meeting to be held. WSRTC: Winter WSRTC Steering Committee meeting to be held.
Monday, March 4th, 2013

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium will hold its winter Steering Committee meeting on March 8th, 2013, via teleconference...

Controller Project Update, 1/11/2013: Phase 2 nearing completion Controller: Phase 2 nearing completion
Friday, January 11th, 2013

It has been awhile since we posted an update about the Automated Safety Warning Controller (ASWC) project and a lot has been accomplished since we last shared the project’s progress. In fact, Phase 2 of the project will be completed in the next couple months. As mentioned in the last update, one of the main objectives for Phase 2 was the design and implementation of a Satellite Operations Center Command System (SOCCS) ASWC interface that TMC operators could use to monitor and control basic functions of Controller devices in the field..…

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OSS Project Update, 12/6/2012: Storm Brings Heavy Rains and Wind to California OSS: Storm Brings Heavy Rains and Wind to California
Thursday, December 6th, 2012

A storm with heavy rains and strong winds passed through central and northern California last week. The storm caused many lane and road closures, flooding, the toppling of trees and power lines, and accidents. Portions of California received over 7 inches of rain within 24 hours, creating many traffic hazards. ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 11/30/2012: 2013 WSF Call for Abstracts has gone out! WSRTTIF: 2013 WSF Call for Abstracts has gone out!
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Save the Date! The 8th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is scheduled for June 18-20, 2013, in Yreka, California. The Call for Abstracts just went out and we are again seeking both presentations and live demonstrations about actual rural ITS projects and applications. A speaker or speakers who could discuss and/or demonstrate a project implemented or improved because of attendance at a past Forum is particularly encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2013 Forum. ...

PCB Project Update, 11/7/2012: Mastering Fiber Optic Network Design and Installation training course PCB: Mastering Fiber Optic Network Design and Installation training course
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The second training course for the Professional Capacity Building for Communications project was held September 24th-28th, 2012, at the Sacramento Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) in Rancho Cordova, California. Mastering Fiber Optic Network Design and Installation was taught by Eric Pearson of Pearson Technologies and was filled to capacity with 12 ITS engineers from six different Caltrans districts. ...

WSRTC Update, 11/7/2012: WSRTC at NRITS 2012 WSRTC: WSRTC at NRITS 2012
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The National Rural ITS Conference was in Biloxi, Mississippi, this year and members of the WSRTC met and presented at the event. On September 19th, the WSRTC held a regular Steering Committee meeting....

WSRTTIF Project Update, 10/5/2012: Western States Forum wins 2012 Best of Rural ITS Award! WSRTTIF: Western States Forum wins 2012 Best of Rural ITS Award!
Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Western States Forum won the 2012 Best of Rural ITS Award for Best New Innovative Product, Service or Application. The award was announced during a special presentation of the opening session of the 2012 National Rural ITS Conference held in Biloxi, Mississippi, September 16th-19th. The award program is the only one of its kind in the world that recognizes the best and brightest of the rural ITS community....

WSRTC Update, 9/6/2012: WSRTC Steering Committee heading to NRITS! WSRTC: WSRTC Steering Committee heading to NRITS!
Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Members of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) are headed to Biloxi, Mississippi, September 16-19, 2012, to participate in the 2012 National Rural ITS Conference (NRITS) – Rural ITS Southern Style. NRITS is an annual conference focused on rural applications of intelligent transportation systems...

PCB Project Update, 8/24/2012: Fiber Optics training course to be held in September PCB: Fiber Optics training course to be held in September
Friday, August 24th, 2012

The content focus for Phase 2 of the PCB for Communications project is plant wired technologies. To better facilitate training for Caltrans ITS engineers, we divided the topics into two sections. One section includes the topics of plant wired core/plant wiring basics, serial connectivity, and xDSL. The second section concentrates on optical fiber. A course in fiber optic communications is scheduled for September 24-28, 2012, at the Sacramento Regional Transportation Management Center in Rancho Cordova, California. ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 8/16/2012: 7th Annual Western States Forum a success! WSRTTIF: 7th Annual Western States Forum a success!
Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The 7th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum was attended by a diverse group of rural ITS engineers from six states (California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas). The group discussed six different presentations and demonstrations about a variety of rural ITS projects deployed in the western states area. ...

WSRTC Project Update, 7/26/2012: Annual WSRTC Steering Committee meeting held at WSRTTIF WSRTC: Annual WSRTC Steering Committee meeting held at WSRTTIF
Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium held its annual Steering Committee meeting on June 12, 2012, just prior to the kick-off of the 7th annual Western States Forum in Yreka, California. ...

WSRTC Update, 6/6/2012: WSRTC Steering Committee to meet at the Western States Forum WSRTC: WSRTC Steering Committee to meet at the Western States Forum
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium is gearing up for its 2012 annual Steering Committee meeting to be held on June 12th, just prior to the Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF). ...

WSRTC Update, 3/20/2012: Winter WSRTC Steering Committee meeting held WSRTC: Winter WSRTC Steering Committee meeting held
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium held its winter Steering Committee meeting on February 9, 2012, in conjunction with the Northwest Transportation Conference on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 3/8/2012: Agenda planned for 2012 Western States Forum WSRTTIF: Agenda planned for 2012 Western States Forum
Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Abstracts have been selected for the 2012 Western States Forum! Speakers will come from seven different states, representing four state DOTs, two universities, and the California Highway Patrol. The agenda is again diverse, covering a variety of ITS technologies. ...

COATS Project Update, 2/16/2012: Incubator projects presented at 91st Annual TRB meeting COATS: Incubator projects presented at 91st Annual TRB meeting
Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Recently, three papers stemming from two COATS Phase 4 incubator projects (Radar Speed Trailer deployment warrants, Evaluation of the Fredonyer Icy Curve Warning System) were presented at the 91st Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, D.C. ...

WSRTC Update, 2/3/2012: Steering Committee meeting to be held at the NWTC WSRTC: Steering Committee meeting to be held at the NWTC
Thursday, February 3rd, 2012

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium will hold its next Steering Committee meeting on February 9th, 2012, at the conclusion of the Northwest Transportation Conference in Corvallis, Oregon ...

COATS Project Update, 1/26/2012: Rural Deployment Assistance COATS: Rural Deployment Assistance
Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Through COATS area research efforts, several web-based research products have been developed, including the WeatherShare, ICM, OSS, and the AWOS/RWIS systems. These systems have been recognized as valued products in improving transportation services. Currently these products are being used while running in a laboratory environment and many of the factors related to transitioning them to a production/deployment environment have not previously been fully addressed. This project examined requirements and decisions to be made to successfully transition a web-based product from the laboratory environment to the production environment while ensuring a reliable and maintainable final system. ...

OSS Project Update, 1/18/2012: Winter Arrives - Part 1 OSS: Winter Arrives - Part 1
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Today is one of those days when a single update isn't enough. Winter has been slow in arriving, but it came in full force today across the four-state, Western States region. There is snow throughout the region and plenty of incidents to go with it. Be sure to take a look at multiple OSS updates from today. ...

OSS Project Update, 1/18/2012: Winter Arrives - Part 2 OSS: Winter Arrives - Part 2
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

In this second update for today we take a closer look at the Google Traffic layer relative to the weather and road conditions. Recall that we've include Google Traffic as an experimental layer in OSS to gauge how well it reflects rural traffic flow. We have concerns about it in terms of accuracy, timeliness and reliability. However, it does appear to be a reasonable indicator of general traffic flow.

OSS Project Update, 1/18/2012: Winter Arrives - Part 3 OSS: Winter Arrives - Part 3
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

In this third update for today we take a closer look at the snow, particularly in Washington. The following snow forecast layer in OSS comes from the National Weather Services National Digital Forecast Database. Heavy amounts of snow was forecast over nearly all of the Western States region, with Washington covered almost completely...

OSS Project Update, 1/18/2012: Winter Arrives - Part 4 OSS: Winter Arrives - Part 4
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

In this fourth update for today we emphasize the need to look carefully at all information available when traveling under winter conditions, since conditions can change quickly with both time and location. ...

PCB Project Update, 1/9/2012: Phase 2 – Plant Wired Technologies PCB: Phase 2 – Plant Wired Technologies
Monday, January 9th, 2012

Phase 2 of the Professional Capacity Building for Communications project is well underway. The content focus for this phase will be plant wired technologies...

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WSRTTIF Project Update, 12/16/2011: Submit an abstract for the 2012 Western States Forum WSRTTIF: Submit an abstract for the 2012 Western States Forum
Friday, December 16th, 2011

The 2012 Western States Forum Call for Abstracts has been issued and we need your help! We are seeking both presentations and live demonstrations about actual rural ITS projects and applications...

COATS Project Update, 12/16/2011: COATS Phase 5 project page added COATS: COATS Phase 5 project page added
Friday, December 16th, 2011

COATS Phase 5 will use the ITS experience and institutional knowledge of stakeholders in the region, combined with technology transfer activities from the Western States Forum and incubator projects to provide benefit for stakeholders both within and outside the COATS region...

OSS Project Update, 12/14/2011: Expanded Coverage OSS: Expanded Coverage
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

It's been awhile since we've posted an update about the One-Stop Shop (OSS), and a lot has happened since the last update. We now have coverage of the Western States Region, which includes California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington. Now OSS truly is ...

COATS Project Update, 12/5/2011: Phase 4 Completed COATS: Phase 4 Completed
Monday, December 5th, 2011

The COATS Phase 4 effort has recently concluded. During the course of this project, a number of research and technology transfer activities were completed ...

WSRTTF Project Update, 11/29/2011: Save the Date for the 2012 WSF! WSRTTIF: Save the Date for the 2012 WSF!
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The 7th annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is scheduled for June 12, 13, and 14, 2012, in Yreka, California ...

COATS Project Update, 10/20/2011: Evaluation of Fredonyer Pass Icy Curve Warning System completed. COATS: Evaluation of Fredonyer Pass Icy Curve Warning System completed.
Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The Fredonyer Pass Icy Curve Warning System (ICWS) was deployed by Caltrans to increase motorist vigilance and reduce the number of crashes occurring during icy pavement conditions in real-time ...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 9/1/2011: Presentation at the National Rural ITS (NRITS) Conference AWOS/RWIS: Presentation at the National Rural ITS (NRITS) Conference
Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Session B2 was focused on the integration of RWIS devices and data for innovative ITS applications. Doug Galarus presented Integration of Aviation Weather Information Systems with Roadside Weather Information Systems for Rural Air Fields and Heliports ...

COATS Project Update, 9/1/2011: Radar Speed Trailer deployment warrants project completed. COATS: Radar Speed Trailer deployment warrants project completed.
Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The Radar Speed Trailer deployment warrants project was recently brought to a close with the completion of the final report and a project presentation at the 2011 National Rural ITS Conference (NRITS) ...

WSRTC Project Update, 9/1/2011: Steering Committee meeting held WSRTC: Steering Committee meeting held
Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Members of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium gathered for a Steering Committee meeting at the conclusion of the National Rural ITS Conference, held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ...

WSRTC Update, 8/26/2011: Steering Committee meeting to be held at NRITS WSRTC: Steering Committee meeting to be held at NRITS
Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium will hold its next steering committee meeting on August 31, 2011, immediately after the National Rural ITS Conference (NRITS). ...

WSRTC Update, 8/5/2011: Steering Committee meeting held WSRTC: Steering Committee meeting held
Friday, August 5th, 2011

On June 14th, 2011, the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium held the first of its three annual Steering Committee meetings ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 6/20/2011: 2011 Forum Presentations WSRTTIF: 2011 Forum Presentations
Monday, June 20th, 2011

The 6th annual Western States Forum was held in Yreka, California, with 31 participants from California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and a U.S. DOT representative from Illinois ...

WSRTC Update, 6/3/2011: Documents Pages Added WSRTC Projects: Documents Pages Added
Friday, June 3rd, 2011

A page with links to Consortium related documents has been added to the website. The governing documents of the WSRTC are available as well as meeting agendas, presentations, and minutes.

Controller Project Update, 4/20/2011: Controller Phase 2 Progress Controller: Controller Phase 2 Progress
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Significant progress has been made on the Automated Safety Warning Controller project ...

OSS Project Update, 4/13/2011: Phase 1 Final Report  OSS: Phase 1 Final Report
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Phase 1 of the One Stop Shop project has concluded and the final report is available to view ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 3/24/2011:  Abstracts Selected for the 2011 Forum WSRTTIF: Abstracts Selected for the 2011 Forum
Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The Western States Forum Steering Committee met recently and selected the abstracts for the 2011 Forum ...

WSRTC Update, 3/24/2011: Documents Page Added WSRTC: Documents Page Added
Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Links to Consortium documents, including the Charter and Steering Committee meeting records can now be found on the documents page ...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 3/1/2011: Update from TRB Meeting AWOS/RWIS: Update from TRB Meeting
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Poster displayed at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board ...

WSRTC Update, 2/16/2011: Incubator Projects WSRTC: Incubator Projects
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Incubator projects update ...

OSS Project Update, 2/16/2011:  Clarus OSS Update OSS: Clarus OSS Update
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Reseach on Clarus System Data ...

COATS Project Update, 1/12/2011 COATS: Update
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Research on radar speed trailer deployment warrants ...

OSS Project Update, 1/12/2011: Bad Weather OSS/WeatherShare: Bad Weather
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

On December 21st and 22nd, there was a great deal of precipitation throughout California and Oregon. Here we’ve grabbed some screenshots to show magnitude of the storm ...

OSS Project Update, 1/10/2011:  OSS Update OSS: Project Update
Monday, January 10th, 2011

OSS can be used to get an idea of where conditions are less than ideal. We took the following screenshots several days ago, on January 7th, 2011. ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 1/3/2011: Call for Abstracts for the 2011 Western States Forum WSRTTIF: Call for Abstracts for the 2011 Western States Forum
Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The 2011 Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is scheduled for June 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2011, in Yreka, California ...

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WSRTC Update, 12/13/2010: Steering Committee meeting held WSRTC: Steering Committee meeting held
Monday, December 13th, 2010

WSRTC Steering Committe meeting held recently in Yreka, California ...

WSRTC Update, 11/5/2010: Consortium Charter WSRTC: Consortium charter
Friday, November 5th, 2010

Consortium charter and upcoming steering committee meeting ...

PCB Project Update, 11/4/2010: RF System Design Training PCB: RF System Design Training
Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications Systems RF System Design Training Added ...

WSRTC Update, 11/4/2010: Pooled Fund Update WSRTC: Pooled Fund Update
Thursday, November 4th, 2010

WSRTC Pooled Fund Update Added ...

PCB Project Update, 10/21/2010: Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications Systems Project Added! PCB: Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications Systems Project Added!
Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications Systems Project Added ...

WSRTC Update, 10/21/2010: COATS Project Added! WSRTC: COATS Project Added!
Thursday, October 21st, 2010

California Oregon Advanced Transportation Systems (COATS) Project Added ...

WSRTC Update, 9/13/2010: Sean Campbell Visit WSRTC: Sean Campbell Visit
Monday, September 13th, 2010

Sean Campbell visits WTI ...

Controller Project Update, 9/7/2010: NRITS and Forum Presentations Controller: NRITS and Forum Presentations
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

NRITS Conference update for Controller Project ...

OSS Project Update, 9/7/2010: NRITS Conference Presentation OSS: NRITS Conference Presentation
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

NRITS Conference update for OSS Project ...

Responder Project Update, 9/7/2010: NRITS Conference - Best of Rural ITS Award Responder: NRITS Conference - Best of Rural ITS Award
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

NRITS Conference update for Responder Project ...

WSRTC Update, 7/16/2010: Bluetooth Working Group WSRTC: Bluetooth Working Group
Friday, July 16th, 2010

Read about how Bluetooth technology is being used for rural travel time observation. ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 7/9/2010 WSRTTIF: Project Update
Friday, July 9th, 2010

This year’s Forum participants listened to and discussed 6 technical presentations detailing different ITS projects deployed in the western states area. ...

WSRTC Update, 7/9/2010: Archived Updates Page Added WSRTC: Archived Updates Page Added
Friday, July 9th, 2010

Archived updates page added for updates to the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium website ...

Controller Project Update, 5/26/2010: Site Visit - Spring Garden Controller: Site Visit - Spring Garden
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

In conjunction with the Phase II kick-off meeting, the project team visited Spring Garden, which served as the pilot site in Phase I. ...

Controller Project Update, 5/25/2010:  Phase II Kickoff Controller: Phase II Kickoff
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The kick-off meeting for Phase II of the Automated Safety Warning Controller Project was held at Caltrans District 2 Headquarters in Redding at the end of May. In attendance were ...

OSS Project Update, 5/13/2010: Google Traffic - ready for rural or not? One Stop Shop: Google Traffic - ready for rural or not?
Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Google Traffic - ready for rural or not? We've enabled Google Traffic in OSS for the sake of evaluation to see if speed estimates are accurate, and how it jives with other OSS layers. Let's see if it's up to the task. ...

WSRTTIF Project Update, 5/7/2010: Registration is Open Western States Forum: Registration is Open
Friday, May 7th, 2010

The 2010 Western States Forum will be held on June 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2010, in Yreka, California. Registration is now open ...

ICM Project Update, 5/6/2010: Introduction to ICM ICM: Introduction to ICM
Thursday, May 6th, 2010

One of our projects that doesn't get a lot of attention is Integrated Corridor Management (ICM). ICM was developed for DOT personnel in California and Oregon so they could better recognize conditions on both sides of the California-Oregon border. ICM is very similar to One Stop Shop, where you'll find most of the same information and more. Let's take a look at ICM. ...

WeatherShare Project Update, 4/29/2010: Try out the animation ... WeatherShare: Try out the animation ...
Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The active weather pattern over the past several days has given us the incentive to make an animation to show the features of WeatherShare. You'll need Flash to play this ...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 4/27/2010: Check out the animation we made to show the site off in light of today's active weather ... AWOS/RWIS: Check out the animation we made to show the site off in light of today's active weather ...
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Today is another active weather day in California. Will this be the last snow of the season? We're not betting on it. But, we have taken advantage of the conditions to make an animation that shows off some of the features of the site. You'll need Flash to play this. ...

WeatherShare Project Update, 4/20/2010: Checking conditions ... WeatherShare: Checking conditions ...
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

When doing any planning it is always good to check to see how cooperative the weather will be. WeatherShare lets you check current conditions and forecast conditions. Here the initial WeatherShare page shows current temperatures ...

Responder Project Update, 4/20/2010: Creating an incident ... Responder: Creating an incident ...
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Responder is used for documenting incidents and the response to them. Creating a new incident is easy ...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 4/16/2010: Time flies. We need your feedback ... AWOS/RWIS: Time flies. We need your feedback ...
Friday, April 16th, 2010

Time flies, doesn't it? We're nearly at that end of the first phase of this project. A lot of work has gone into development of the Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS application, and we're eager to get feedback from prospective users. If you haven't visited the web site yet, please take the opportunity to do so now at: http://aviation.weathershare.org/. You'll notice a Survey link at the end of the page title. Depending on your screen resolution, this might appear in a different place on your screen. We've highlighted it below so you know what to look for. Try the site out and then take the survey. Let us know what you like and what you don't like. Your feedback is important to us, and will be taken into account in future development. ...

OSS Project Update, 3/16/2010: Take a break ... One Stop Shop: Take a break ...
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

When planning a drive on rural roads, it’s a good idea to keep track of towns and facilities so you don’t find yourself in a tough spot. One-Stop-Shop includes several facility types in California including rest areas and truck scales. ...

OSS Project Update, 3/12/2010: Watching the weather ... One Stop Shop: Watching the weather ...
Friday, March 12th, 2010

One Stop Shop includes digital forecasts from the National Weather Service (NWS). We present this in a graphical fashion on the map, consistent with NWS presentation. ...

OSS Project Update, 3/10/2010: Snow from last night ... One Stop Shop: Snow from last night ...
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Is winter over yet? Apparently not. It looks like there was snow overnight. One Stop Shop shows active CMS messages, including this one along US 199 in Oregon ... 

OSS Project Update, 3/9/2010: Changing conditions ... One Stop Shop: Changing conditions ...
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

One way to use One Stop Shop to recognize changing conditions on the roadway is to watch the CMS icons and messages. A yellow CMS icon indicates an active message. This image from a CMS near Mt. Shasta shows the message, "ICY ROADS - REDUCE SPEED" ...

OSS Project Update, 3/9/2010: Unexpected events ... One Stop Shop: Unexpected events ...
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Sometimes truly unexpected events occur on the roadway. Notice the following closure message ...

OSS Project Update, 3/3/2010: Introduction to One Stop Shop ... One Stop Shop: Introduction to One Stop Shop ...
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Today has been a good day to use the One-Stop-Shop. The weather in Northern California and Southern Oregon is interesting, to say the least. Spring is on the way, but Winter isn't over yet. Take a look at the following screenshots ...

AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 3/3/2010: Introduction to Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS ... AWOS/RWIS: Introduction to Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS ...
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Today is an interesting weather day. It is also a good day to demonstrate the use of the Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS application. Take a look at the following screenshots ...


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