Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF)

What does it take to make Rural ITS work? It takes technical excellence across a variety of skill areas. It takes creativity. It also helps to learn from the experiences of others. The challenges in making Rural ITS work are significant. Therefore, it’s important for ITS technology practitioners to be able to meet in order to share what they’ve learned and help advance the state-of-the-practice.

Starting in 2006, the Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum has provided ITS implementers and engineers from the western states region with valuable opportunities for detailed dialogue about some innovative engineering and communications projects designed to support the rural transportation system. The Forum is valuable, not only for the detailed and knowledgeable presentations and demonstrations, but also for the times outside of sessions where participants can network with their peers from other districts and states.

The Western States Forum is unique. Speakers are given an extended amount of time to really delve into the nuts and bolts of how a project works, whether it relates to equations, source code, component-level discussion, or lessons learned. Questions and discussion are encouraged throughout and not just at the end of a presentation or demonstration. High quality technical content, discussion, transparency and trust are the main goals of the Forum.

Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF) Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF)

Recent Updates:

WSRTTIF Update, 4/13/2020: Important Notice!  15th Annual Western States Forum Canceled WSRTTIF Update, 1/9/2020: 2020 Western States Forum – Save the Date and Submit an Abstract! WSRTTIF Update, 12/13/2019: 14th Annual Forum Hits Milestone WSRTTIF Update, 4/2/2019: 2019 Forum – Register Now! WSRTTIF Update, 1/18/2019: It’s Time to Submit an Abstract for the Next Western States Forum! WSRTTIF Update, 1/15/2019: Another Successful Forum in 2018!
Important Notice! 15th Annual Western States Forum Canceled
April 13th, 2020
2020 Western States Forum – Save the Date and Submit an Abstract!
January 9th, 2020
14th Annual Forum Hits Milestone
December 13th, 2019
2019 Forum – Register Now!
April 2nd, 2019
It’s Time to Submit an Abstract for the Next Western States Forum!
January 18th, 2019
Another Successful Forum in 2018!
January 15th, 2019

Check back soon for more Western States Forum updates.


UPDATE: Monday, April 13th, 2020

Due to the current coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, we are sad to inform you that the 15th Annual Western States Forum in Yreka, CA, June 16-18, 2020, is canceled. Here is the official announcement from the Steering Committee.

Check back later this year for information about the 16th Western States Forum in 2021!

15th Annual Western States Forum Logo

DATE: March 26, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the current coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, we are sad to inform you that the 15th Annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum in Yreka, CA, June 16-18, 2020, is canceled.

Following recommendations from the CDC and the State of California Governor’s Office, we believe that canceling the Forum is in the best interest of all participants, particularly given uncertainty with travel restrictions, teleworking and pending workload upon return to normalcy.

This is not an action the steering committee has taken lightly -- a lot had been done to make this year’s Forum a success. We gratefully acknowledge the work many have already put into this year’s Forum, including the presenters, participants, meeting coordinators and vendors. Cancellation will impact all these individuals.

On a positive note, we fully intend to have a 16th Annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum in June 2021. Stay tuned for details as planning for next year’s Forum will begin soon. Together, we will make next year’s Western States Forum awesome once again!!!

Thank you for your understanding during these trying times.

Sean Campbell, PE
Chief, ITS Special Projects Branch
Caltrans Division of Research, Innovation, and System Information

Jeremiah Pearce, PE
Chief, Office of ITS Engineering and Support
Caltrans District 2

The Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is sponsored by the
California Department of Transportation and the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium.


Project Contacts:

Steering Committee Member

Leann A.F. Koon
Research Associate
Western Transportation Institute
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-7643
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
leann.koon "at" montana.edu
www.westerntransportationinstitute.org

Steering Committee Member

Jeremiah Pearce, P.E.
Chief, Office of ITS Engineering and Support
Caltrans District 2
1657 Riverside Drive, MS-14
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-3320
(530) 225-3255 (fax)
jeremiah.pearce "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/

Steering Committee Member

Douglas Galarus
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Utah State University
Old Main 420
4205 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4205
(435) 797-4136
douglas.galarus "at" usu.edu
http://cs.usu.edu/

Steering Committee Member

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
www.dot.ca.gov/newtech/