Traffic Signal Operations Workshop

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.

Illinois Section wins the District/Section Communications Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers

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. 

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March Luncheon: Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project

On March 29th, the ILITE Activities Committee hosted the March Luncheon at Ditka’s in Oakbrook, IL where we had 52 attendees representing both public agency and private consultant organizations. 

Mr Manar Nashif, Senior Project Engineer with the Illinois Tollway, provided a comprehensive overview of the EOWA project history, scale and scope, and the reasons why the project has the potential to change the face of Illinois' northwest suburbs and the Midwest region.  As the Tollway's largest-ever project, the EOWA project represents a fiscally responsible approach to address the area's diverse travel needs - improving travel efficiency, providing western access to O'Hare International Airport, creating opportunities for jobs and economic development, enhancing multi-modal connections, and reducing congestion.  The EOWA project is designated a "Project of National and Regional Significance" by the U.S. Department of Transportation due to its overall magnitude, potential to dramatically improve mobility, freight connectivity, and enhance the national and regional economies.  The EOWA project presented many challenges including being the first-ever freeway to toll road conversion in Illinois, first use of the tiered EIS in Illinois, first-ever use of federal funding for Illinois Tollway construction, and fast-track design delivery for I-290 Interchange Project.  The Illinois Tollway has already made significant investments in the project, including $ 1 billion in engineering and land acquisition, and $2.4 billion allocated for construction.

John Davis, International Director for the Midwestern District of ITE joined us and provided after lunch activities with the “Slap Shot Shawn” game.   Luncheon attendees got a chance to preview the game, which will be on hand at the upcoming 2017 Midwestern District Conference in Madison, Wisconsin in June where participants compete for a chance for to win a free registration to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting in Toronto.  John also provided a short video presentation to promote the upcoming Midwestern District Conference.

Girl Scouts 6th Annual STEMapalooza

Illinois ITE attended the 6th Annual STEMapalooza Expo hosted by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This event occurred on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 PM at the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills. The goal of STEPapalooza was to inspire girls to explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Approximately 30 organizations attended the event as Girl Scouts circulated to participate in hands-on activities that relate to STEM.

Illinois ITE provided laptops with the traffic control game “Gridlock Buster” available to play. Gridlock Buster is an online traffic control game developed by the University of Minnesota and applies concepts vital to traffic engineering. The game incorporates the concept of delay and queue in a fun and easily understandable way. Players must control the traffic signals to ensure maximum capacity through the intersection. Illinois ITE was able to explain the role of traffic engineers to both the Girl Scouts and the attending parents. Illinois ITE would like to thank the organizers of this fun event and looks forward to future collaborations with the Girl Scouts of Great Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Thank you to ITE board members Josh Harris, Ashley Hochstatter, and Monica Shei for volunteering for this event!

Feel free to play Gridlock Buster here: http://www.its.umn.edu/GridlockBuster/