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, 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! WSRTTIF Update, 3/27/2018: Registration Opens for the 2018 Forum WSRTTIF Update, 12/19/2017: Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum WSRTTIF Update, 10/13/2017: 2017 Forum Continues Tradition of Detailed Discussion on Rural ITS Projects WSRTTIF Update, 05/02/2017: Register for the 2017 Forum!
It’s Time to Submit an Abstract for the Next Western States Forum!
January 18th, 2019
Another Successful Forum in 2018!
January 15th, 2019
Registration Opens for the 2018 Forum
March 27th, 2018
Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum
December 19th, 2017
2017 Forum Continues Tradition of Detailed Discussion on Rural ITS Projects
October 13th, 2017
Register for the 2017 Forum!
May 2nd, 2017

Check back soon for more Western States Forum updates.


UPDATE: Friday, January 18th, 2019

Plans are underway for the 14th Annual Western States Forum so Save the Date for June 18-20, 2019!

Meeting room during 2018 Western States Forum.

Photo by: Doug Galarus

Now is the time to submit an abstract for the 2019 Forum’s technical agenda! The program incorporates both presentations and live demonstrations about rural ITS topics and technologies. If you have implemented or improved a project because of participation in a past Forum, we highly encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation/demonstration at this year’s event.

Forum presentations cover a variety of topics related to ITS design and engineering. Speakers really delve into the details of a project, spurring dialogue about rural ITS system implementations and encouraging transparency about what worked and what didn’t work. Potential topics to be discussed are:

  • Design, engineering and installation of rural ITS field applications, such as warning and safety systems
  • Design, installation, calibration and evaluation of roadside traffic detection equipment (loop or non-intrusive)
  • Applications of microwave, radio, cellular, and/or 802.11 WiFi communications
  • Custom ITS application development
  • Innovative applications of commercial ITS applications
  • Lessons learned with application and development of standards and specifications (e.g., NTCIP, DOT specifications)

Previous Forum agendas have included topics in all these areas and more, with speakers hailing from multiple state DOTs, universities, and other transportation related offices. Here are a few examples:

Speaker Keith Koeppen answers questions from the group during the 2018 Forum. Michael Lee (back), Caltrans District 4, and Greg Larson (front), Caltrans DRISI Chief of Traffic Operations Research, take a look at some of the components for the CMS maintenance kit and mobile device app presented by UC-Davis. At the 2018 Forum, Sarah Lightbody from IBM demonstrates the advanced weather visualization system she and her project team developed with the Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Transportation Department. ITS equipment on display at the 2018 Western States Forum.

Photos by Doug Galarus and Leann Koon.

Visiting the Forum website (www.westernstatesforum.org/PastForums) will give you an idea of the depth and breadth of the technical content expected for the Western States Forum.

If you are involved with a rural ITS project you think would be of interest to other technology practitioners, we would encourage you to consider submitting an abstract for presentation and/or demonstration at the 2019 Forum. For more information about the Forum and instructions on how to submit an abstract, please visit the Call for Abstracts page on the Forum website.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Friday, January 25, 2019.


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
Program Manager
Systems Engineering, Development & Integration
Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-5268
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
dgalarus "at" montana.edu
www.westerntransportationinstitute.org

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/