Teaming up with Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) the Illinois Section of ITE jointly hosted a speed-networking event for students. The event format provided students with varying majors and interests an opportunity to have three-minute conversations with over 20 professionals representing a wide array of backgrounds and industry roles. The students were able to ask for advice and get a better handle on the different sectors within the field of transportation. Thanks again to the professionals who volunteered their time to help out!
In conjunction with the Traffic Engineering & Safety Conference held in Champaign, Illinois in October, the ITE Student Affairs Group and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ITE Student Chapter teamed up once again to host the annual Student-Practitioner Forum. The event allowed student attendees to ask a diverse panel of 7 engineering professionals career-related questions in a casual, friendly environment while the group shared a pizza dinner. Topics discussed during the forum included interview and career path advice, how to successfully manage a work-life balance, and aspects of careers that the professionals found the most rewarding.
The Illinois Section of ITE, in conjunction with the Northwestern Center for Public Safety, hosted a two-day technical workshop titled Traffic Signal Operations on August 28th and 29th. Over the course of the two days, Robert Seyfried, P.E., PTOE led the discussion regarding all things signals, including:
- Traffic Signal Phasing
- Phasing of Non-traditional Intersections/Interchanges
- Traffic Signal Timing Principals
- Actuated Control - Detector Placement, Timing Criteria and Large Area Presence Detection
- Principles of Signal System Operation and Timing
- HCM Applications in Signal Phasing and Timing
- Signal Preemption at Intersections Near Railroad Grade Crossings
- Countermeasures for Red-Light Running
The course was a rousing success and all attendees were granted 15 PDHs. A special thanks to Robert Seyfried and NUCPS for providing this valuable resource to the members of the Illinois Section of ITE and to Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways for providing a venue to host the event.
The Illinois Section received the District/Section Communications Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers at the Joint ITE/CITE 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Toronto, ON, Canada. Click below to see the official press release below from ITE International .
"The Illinois Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers prides itself on remaining connected to its membership. The Section continuously seeks ways to improve its communication methods by employing methods that are commonly used throughout the transportation industry, while also looking for ways to remain current. This is especially important when effectively communicating with the Section’s younger members."
Thank you to ILITE President John Wirtz and ILITE Past President Tracy Shandor for accepting this award on behalf of the Illinois Section.
At the May 24 luncheon, ITE members and other transportation professionals attended a presentation by the RTA and Pace on the Implementation of a Regional Transit Signal Priority (TSP) System in Northeastern Illinois. The May lunch program took place at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg and had over 30 attendees.
Dr. Mark Pitstick from the Regional Transit Authority discussed how TSP is beneficial for transit performance and the need to develop and implement a regional program. This program received funding from federal and local sources and includes 400 intersections and 13 corridors within multiple counties and municipalities. TSP implementation began in 2016 and will continue through 2018.
Taqhi Mohammed from Pace suburban bus presented how the agency implemented TSP and Lane Management in multiple counties. Pace first interconnected signals along 10 transit corridors and conducted signal timing optimization in order to improve bus travel time. Next, Pace evaluated systems architecture, technology specifications, and specialized equipment and software in order to implement TSP. The next steps are further deployment, a centralized TSP center, and data sharing between agencies.
The ITE activities committee organizes monthly luncheons as an opportunity for professionals to network, stay up to date with transportation endeavors and accomplishments, and learn about upcoming innovations in the transportation engineering realm.