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Accelerating ITS Implementation – Applying Past Experience to Achieve Future Success

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Date:   May 8, 2013
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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T3 Webinars are brought to you by the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program (ITS PCB) at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Reference in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by U.S. Department of Transportation.


The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) is placing increasing emphasis on transferring ITS technology from research to practice, and accelerating the rate of ITS technology adoption. Understanding the motivating factors for implementing technologies is critical to accelerating deployment of the next generation of ITS and moving toward the connected vehicle environment of the future.

To advance this effort, The ITS JPO commissioned the Study of ITS Implementation. This study identifies motivating factors for adopting, maintaining, expanding, and replacing ITS technology that supports safe and efficient operations across the broader transportation community. The study included comprehensive interviews with decision-makers within public-sector, trucking, and auto manufacturer organizations. The study also determined if continued ITS operation or system expansion produced measurable results based on transportation data archives maintained at four distinct ITS implementations.

In this interactive webinar hosted by James Pol of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) ITS Evaluation Program, presenters will:

  • Share key study insights and implications for accelerating implementation of the next generation ITS and the connected vehicle environment.
  • Highlight compelling ITS stories identified among interviews with highway, transit and tolling agencies, as well as police, emergency services, and others at the State, metropolitan planning organization, county and city levels.
  • Solicit your feedback on key themes to inform ITS JPO strategies for accelerating ITS implementation.

Target Audience

The target audience for this webinar includes persons involved in planning, implementation, and operation, and performance-based management of ITS systems, including Federal, State, and local transportation professionals as well as those interested in sharing and learning about efforts to accelerate the deployment of the next generation of ITS technologies.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of technical, institutional, and policy issues faced by public and private transportation professionals around the country who deploy ITS systems.
  • Learn about opportunities to contribute to research influencing USDOT's policies and activities for the next generation of ITS implementation, including connected vehicle technologies.



photograph of James Pol

James Pol is the Team Leader for Program Management and Evaluation in the USDOT ITS JPO. He oversees the independent evaluation of all ITS research conducted by the USDOT to ensure the greatest validity in costs and benefits information on ITS for stakeholders worldwide. James also is responsible for applying rigorous program management practices to align the Federal ITS Program with other Federal research programs. James has a bachelor's in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master's in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland, and he is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. James is also a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.


Vaishali Shah, Noblis

photograph of Vaishali Shah

Vaishali Shah is the principal investigator for the Study of ITS Implementation. She has 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, and 16 years ITS experience. Ms. Shah provides a leadership role in the areas of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, experiment design and analysis, stakeholder engagement, and development and application of traveler information performance metrics. Ms. Shah has managed and conducted numerous traffic simulation and mathematical modeling activities aimed at assessing the benefits from ITS technologies and identifying an effective suite of performance measures to support operational and strategic decision-making on the implementation of ITS systems.

Carolina Burnier, Noblis

photograph of Carolina Burnier

Carolina Burnier is a lead transportation engineer with over 12 years of experience in the transportation industry and seven years of ITS experience. She led public stakeholder interviews and panel discussions for the Study of ITS Implementation. She provides program support for the USDOT ITS JPO and Federal Highway Administration in data analysis, evaluation, database and website management, acquisition, institutional policy, and stakeholder engagement and outreach.

Industry Expert Panel

Bill Ball, Merriweather Associates

Bill Ball is President of Merriweather Advisors LLC, a consulting firm specializing in automotive policy issues. He retired from General Motors as OnStar's Vice President for Public Policy and has over 25 years of legislative and regulatory policy experience in the cellular and automotive industries, including leading efforts to support intelligent transportation systems and connected vehicle technology. For this study, Mr. Ball served as automotive manufacturer subject matter expert and led the effort to interview the automotive industry on their perspectives about the challenges that need to be addressed to enable the connected vehicle environment to be fully realized.

Dan Murray, ATRI

Dan Murray is VP of research for the American Transportation Research Institute. Dan has been active in numerous ITS-CVO initiatives including the DOT-sponsored “Smart Roadside Initiative” and the Trucking Industry Technology & Mobility Coalition (TIMTC). For this study, Mr. Murray served as trucking industry subject matter expert and led the effort to interview representatives from the trucking industry on their key decision factors related to ITS technology adoption.

Doug Sallman, Cambridge Systematics

Doug Sallman is a Principal of Cambridge Systematics with expertise in the areas of transportation planning, project and program evaluations, and benefit/cost analysis, and ITS. Mr. Sallman has managed or supported several national-level ITS planning and evaluation projects, including development of a guide on the effective use of freeway performance measures. He also managed the development of the ITS Benefit Cost Desk Reference, a tool intended to provide guidance to practitioners looking to estimate the impacts, benefits, and costs of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and operational improvements. He assisted in developing analysis guidance for the FHWA's Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) initiative. Mr. Sallman also managed the estimation of the benefits and costs of the Twin Cities ramp metering system as part of a comprehensive evaluation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT). For the Study of Implementation, he led the definition and conduct of the post-hoc data analysis to examine how the performance of various ITS deployments have changed over time.