Dear Fellow VASITE Members
It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as the VASITE President for 2016 and I am looking forward to another successful year. I would like to take a moment and thank our outgoing 2015 President, Robert Lewis, for doing a fantastic job promoting not only professional members but also student members by helping establish the student chapter at Old Dominion University (ODU). I would also like to thank the outgoing and incoming Board members for their willingness to serve. I can’t tell you how important each volunteer position is to the health and success of VASITE.
Reflecting back on our 2015 Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach and our 2016 Spring Meeting at VTTI, it is interesting to see how smart technologies, especially those being advanced by the automotive industry, are assisting us with reducing crashes, injuries, and deaths on Virginia roads, but there is some level of uncertainty how this will affect our profession as a whole. We will continue to work with our university research colleagues, the Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITSVA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS), the automotive industry, and others to ensure that VASITE is an active partner with these emerging technologies.
VASITE has a long history of professional development and networking which we will continue in 2016. Our 2016 Spring Meeting in Blacksburg, VA was a little “out of the box” but proved to be wildly successful. The folks at VTTI did a great job assisting us during our technical presentations and also hosting the field trips the second day. It was the first time I got to see the Virginia Smart Road and actually drive a Cadillac who did the braking and accelerating for you! Hats off to Chris Daily, Bryan Katz and all who helped with this exciting meeting. Our 2016 Annual Business Meeting and Technical Conference in Virginia Beach is now one week later than normal, starting June 29th to July 1st. Everything else is the same so please mark your calendars for another engaging and fun filled summer event. We also formed the initial planning committee for the SDITE meeting in 2019 which will be held right here in Virginia. Stay tuned for more information and possible volunteer opportunities as this committee continues to meet and plan. Finally, VASITE is coordinating with ITSVA for a potential joint meeting in 2017. We are very excited to have an opportunity to join forces with our ITS partners and will keep you posted as the details roll out.
This will be my 5th year serving on the Board and I am always humbled by the outstanding volunteer talent our organization attracts. I have worked with many dedicated and experienced transportation leaders over this timeframe and look forward to “tap” into these resources to make the upcoming year a resounding success. Thanks for all you do to make VASITE a critical resource to the transportation industry in Virginia. I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach!
Past Presidents Message – VASITE
As 2015 came to an end, so did my term of office as President of VASITE. I have been reflecting on the past and the future of our organization. It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as an officer of VASITE and especially in the capacity of President. (This has been on my professional “bucket list” for many years.) In looking back, I see the names of those who have served before me and have served as mentors for many of us in our careers. They have made VASITE a great professional organization by setting great policy, having a grand vision for the organization and by providing outstanding leadership. They have very large shoes that I have attempted to fill this past year and I hope I have been dutiful in this responsibility.
I noted at the summer meeting in 2015 in Virginia Beach that our best lies before us, not behind us. We must continue to reach out to our university students and young members, keeping them engaged in the vision of the organization. We must continue to strive to lead with passion and integrity. We must do a better job of explaining what we do and why we do these things. We must serve and follow the highest standards and values, but we must also be adaptable, willing to learn new things and be innovative. We must recognize that the ways of the past may not be the way of the future. We must strive to be the voice that others seek out when they need advice and guidance on transportation. We must be above reproach in our profession. We must lead and not just follow.
Please join me in congratulating our new Board and Officers. Our organization is in great hands and our best is yet to come!
|UVA TTA - Advanced Work Zone Traffic Control||April 26-27, 2016||Charlottesville, VA|
|UVA TTA - Road Diet Workshop||May 3, 2016||Virginia Beach, VA|
|UVA TTA - Meeting the Needs of Bicyclists and Pedestrians||May 13, 2016||Suffolk, VA|
UVA TTA - Road Safety 365: A Safety Workshop for Local Governments
|May 25, 2016||Charlottesville, VA|
VASITE Annual Meeting
|June 29 - July 1, 2016||Virginia Beach, VA|
VASITE 2017 Spring Meeting
SDITE 2017 Annual Meeting
|March 26-29, 2017||Columbia, SC|
Data Collection Group
Kimley-Horn and Associates
Peggy Malone & Associates
Ramey Kemp & Associates
Sabra, Wang & Associates
Traffic Systems & Technology
Whitman, Requardt & Associates
Bryan B. Goodloe, P.C.
Technical Traffic Services
Welcome to the new members of the 2016 Board!
- Susan Mathai - Treasurer
- John Hendrickson – Secretary
- Ric Lowman – District 5 Rep
- Wes Parker – Director Affiliate
The 2016 Spring Meeting was held on March 16-17 in Blacksburg, VA. This meeting followed a bit different format than VASITE's usual meetings. The first session, held on the afternoon of March 16, was similar to previous VASITE meetings. However, on the morning of the 17th attendees got to take tours of the VA Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) Smart Road. (See below photo of Kathryn Brown relaxing in a VTTI Caddy; unfortunately she did not get to take the car home afterward.)
There was also lots of fun to be had Wednesday night as everyone headed over to Frank's CineBowl for an evening of fun, relaxation, NCAA Basketball watching, and (most importantly) an exciting Traffic Bowl competition. UVA was a worthy competitor, but in the end Tech won the right to represent VASITE at the 2016 SDITE Traffic Bowl. Congratulations to the VTTI Traffic Bowl Team - Noelle Wilcox, Ashley Sumner, Alvaro Calle, and Charles Conran (alternate).
Many thanks to the staff at VTTI for their generous hospitality and assistance in organizing this meeting.
This year's Annual Meeting will be held June 29 - July 1 at the Sheraton Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, VA. (Note that the meeting is a week later than usual.) Registration is now open on the VASITE website. Don't forget to reserve your hotel room!
We hope to see you there!
Activities kick off on Wednesday evening, June 29th, with the VASITE Board Meeting and Welcome Reception (open to all registrants). The Technical Conference concludes at noon on Friday, July 1st.
The Conference Technical Committee is currently accepting abstracts for presentation during the technical sessions.
The abstract should contain the following information:
- Name and contact information
- A Professional Resume including Biographical Information, Title, Degrees and Education, and Licenses and Certifications as an Attachment
- Proposed presentation title
- Presentation abstract (250 words or less)
- Presentation Subject Category (Safety, Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, Operations, Multimodal, Performance Management, ITS, Other, etc.)
Please email the requested information to Danielle McCray by April 22nd, 2016. The committee will consider all proposals and respond to all applicants. If presenting is not on your radar, but you would like to volunteer, please consider serving as a moderator.
Technical Program Committee Chair
Virginia was well represented at this year's SDITE Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, with approximately 24 VASITE members in attendance (including the student members of the VA Tech Traffic Bowl team).
The Local Organizing Committee of the Tennessee Section put on a great meeting. Highlights included the enlightening technical sessions, country line dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon, a 12-mile bicycle tour of Nashville's (rather hilly) streets on Nashville's (40-pound) bike-sharing bicycles, and, of course, cheering on Virginia Tech at the Traffic Bowl. The VTTI Team - Noelle Wilcox, Ashley Sumner, Alvaro Calle, and Charles Conran (alternate) - competed well but unfortunately did not win. Better luck next year Hokies!
We hope to have a similarly strong contingent at next year's SDITE meeting in Columbia, SC. In addition to being great meetings in their own right, these meetings also give VASITE a valuable opportunity to learn best practices from other local organizing committees and help us prepare to put on a fantastic 2019 SDITE Annual Meeting in NOVA.
In 2015 VASITE was proud to have not one, but two of our members presented with achievement awards at the SDITE Annual Meeting.
The 2014 John F. Exnicios Government Employee Outstanding Service Award was presented to Tim Foster. Tim started off with Henrico County in 1989 as an Assistant Traffic Engineer, after receiving his Bachelor's of Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is still with Henrico County 27 years later as Deputy County Manager for Community Operations. Tim has served in multiple leadership roles at VASITE, including Section President in 2009 and Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair for an SDITE Annual Meeting. One of his other claims to fame is he designed the signal and button system used for VASITE Traffic Bowls since its inception.
The 2014 Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award was presented to Tim White. Tim has over 23 years of traffic engineering experience in both the public and private sector, and is currently a Vice President with Kimley-Horn and Associates. He has a Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from UVA, and continues to be involved with the UVA Civil Engineering Advisory Board. Tim has also served in numerous leadership roles at VASITE, including all officer roles and several committees.
Please join us in congratulating the two Tims!
On October 21, 2015, John Hendrickson from PB World graciously represented VASITE at the Hampton Roads Transportation Career Expo, hosted by VDOT. Many high school kids talked to him and learned about the joys we all experience from working in the transportation planning/engineering fields. Thanks to John for organizing this!
As traffic engineers, sometimes you just have to laugh at the interesting traffic situations or traffic control devices out there. Enjoy! If you have images you'd like to include in future newsletters, please email to the VASITE Newsletter editor, Marc Lipschultz, at Marc.Lipschultz@vdot.virginia.gov. [Disclaimer: to the author's knowledge, none of these situations were designed by VASITE members.]