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Shaking Hands: Building Effective Regional Relationships in the Deployment of ITS

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Originally presented under the title: Approaches for Building Effective Regional Relationships in the Deployment of ITS

Date:   March 4, 2008
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
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Presenters will describe successful implementations of regional ITS systems that draw their effectiveness and service capabilities from cooperative frameworks established between their agencies and other transportation providers in the region. The presenters will discuss best practices for encouraging and establishing regional cooperative agreements among agencies and jurisdictions related to the deployment, implementation, and operation of ITS services. The presentations will contrast different strategies for building regional cooperation on ITS.

Target Audience

State, MPO, and RPO transportation engineers, transportation planners, traffic operations engineers and managers, transit operations managers, and emergency management agency managers; and FHWA Division Office and FTA Regional Office ITS and Planning personnel.

Learning Objectives

  • Background on two successful, but differently constructed, ITS systems that feature high-levels of cross-agency and cross-jurisdictional cooperation.
  • Approaches for building regional consensus on ITS deployment.
  • Background on centralized versus decentralized ITS management and operations.
  • Background on a software implementation that supports decentralized ITS management operations.


Lokesh Hebbani, Georgia Office, FHWA
Lokesh Hebanni has been working as a Traffic Management/ITS Engineer at FHWA Georgia Division since November 2006. His past experience includes five years as a Traffic Operations/ITS Engineer at the FHWA Florida Division, eight years as a Freeway Operations Engineer at Wisconsin DOT, and four years in India as a Project Manager for a major Civil Engineering consulting company. Lokesh has MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a M.S., in Transportation Engineering from University of Wyoming, Laramie, and M.E., in Geotechnical Engineering from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India.


Mark Demidovich, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
Mark Demidovich is the Assistant State Traffic Engineer with the Georgia DOT. As 17-year GDOT employee, Mr. Demidovich has spent much of his career in the development, expansion and operation of the Navigator system – Georgia's ITS. In addition to his GDOT duties, he serves on the Board of ITS Georgia. He is a 1989 graduate of Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He resides in Atlanta.

John R. Whaley, P.E., Houston TranStar
John Whaley is the Director of Houston TranStar, Greater Houston's Transportation and Emergency Management Center, a position he has held since August, 1998. He is a professional engineer who is licensed in both Texas and Florida. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Transportation, his 30-year career in the transportation field has included work in both the private and public sectors. While working as a transportation director in South Florida, Mr. Whaley also gained first hand knowledge of emergency management operations as various hurricanes and tropical storms moved through that region during his 12-year tenure there.

James C. Gray, P.E., GCA, Inc.
Jim Gray is a Principal Engineer with GCA, Inc., a consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Gray has 29 years of transportation engineering experience and is a registered engineer. Mr. Gray specializes in the fields of traffic operations and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Throughout his career, Mr. Gray has been actively involved in consulting with local and state agencies in the feasibility, design and/or implementation of traffic signal control systems and ITS. Mr. Gray has directed GCA's efforts as prime consultant for the Georgia Department of Transportation's Statewide Signal Timing program. Mr. Gray has also directed efforts in the revitalization of transportation control centers (TCCs). Mr. Gray has developed and presented courses relating to traffic and ITS operations, functionality and design. Mr. Gray received a B.S.C.E. from Vanderbilt University and a M.S.C.E. and M.C.P. from Georgia Institute of Technology.