T3 Webinar Overview

Transit Safety and Mobility Applications in a Connected Vehicle World

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Date:   Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
PDH:  1.5   View PDH Policy

T3 Webinars are brought to you by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U. S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). References 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 the U.S. DOT.


As a part of the U.S. DOT's Connected Vehicle Research Program, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and ITS JPO contracted with Battelle Memorial Institute to develop a suite of transit connected vehicle (CV) safety and mobility applications. Two transit specific safety applications were developed: Pedestrian in Signalized Crosswalk Warning and Vehicle Turning Right in Front of Bus Warning. Three basic safety applications were also developed: Forward Collision Warning, Emergency Electronic Brake Lights, and Curve Speed Warning. These applications were introduced into the U.S. DOT's Safety Pilot Model Deployment in Ann Arbor, MI via the Transit Safety Retrofit Package (TRP) project. Based on a preliminary analysis of the data, the TRP system and transit-specific applications were modified and improved. The project will be completed in May 2014.

In addition to these safety applications, three separate but interrelated mobility applications were developed as part of the Integrated Dynamic Transit Operations (IDTO) Prototype Development and Demonstration project. These applications include Dynamic Transit Operations, Connection Protection, and Dynamic Ridesharing. A full-scale demonstration of the IDTO application bundle, including two partner transit agencies and two commercial transportation services providers, is scheduled to commence in Columbus, OH in early May of this year. A second demonstration test is scheduled to follow in mid-summer, and will partner with four additional agencies and two commercial providers.

Independent evaluations of both of these projects are being conducted by the U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. Evaluation results of the TRP applications will be available in late summer 2014. Evaluation results of the IDTO applications are expected in March of 2015.


This T3 Webinar will provide an overview of the two projects, description of the applications, results, and lessons learned, and objectives of the independent evaluations. Steve Mortensen and Ronald Boenau of the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation will provide opening remarks and an overview of the Department's transit connected vehicle safety and mobility research. David Valentine of Battelle will then provide a presentation on the TRP project, followed by Thomas Timcho of Battelle who will provide a presentation on the IDTO project. U.S. DOT and the presenters will then take questions from the audience.

Learning Objectives

By attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Become familiar with transit CV application concepts and designs
  • Understand the basics of transit CV onboard, roadside, and communications equipment
  • Learn about the issues, challenges, and lessons learned in the development of the applications, and recommended improvements
  • Be introduced to the independent evaluation objectives for the two projects

Target Audience

  • Transit agencies and other transportation services providers
  • State DOT and MPO ITS program managers and engineers
  • Consultants and vendors
  • Government officials
  • University professors, students, administrators, and researchers
  • Other individuals or entities involved in the design, deployment, operation, or evaluation of the transit CV program
  • Those interested in learning more about the Transit CV Research Program


Steve Mortensen, Senior ITS Engineer, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, FTA, U.S. DOT

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Steve Mortensen is a Senior ITS Engineer with the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. He is the FTA lead for the U.S. DOT Connected Vehicle for Safety Program and Integrated Corridor Management initiative. He is also the manager of the FTA Vehicle Assist and Automation Program.

Prior to FTA, Mr. Mortensen worked at Noblis providing ITS Program technical and management support to the ITS JPO and FTA in the areas of transit fleet management, human services transportation coordination, electronic payment, traveler information, and rail transit ITS. Prior to Noblis, he worked at PB Farradyne where he conducted transit ITS research, deployment, and implementation plans for several metropolitan regions.

Mr. Mortensen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from Iowa State University.

Ron Boenau, P.E., Senior Transportation System Manager – Special Operations, FTA, U.S. DOT

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Ron Boenau is a registered professional engineer in the Office of Research Management of the FTA. He has over 40 years of experience in multimodal transportation research, standards development, planning, design, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance, and evaluation during his employment with the U.S. DOT, the Florida DOT, and transportation engineering consultants DeLeuw-Cather and Andrews & Clark. He has an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science from the State College of Florida, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.


David Valentine, Program Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute

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David Valentine is a Program Manager for Battelle in Columbus, OH. Mr. Valentine is currently leading Battelle's TRP project. He has 28 years of combined experience in project management, systems engineering, and software development in the aerospace and transportation industries. Mr. Valentine has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Ohio State University.

Tom Timcho, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute

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Tom Timcho has been a part of Battelle's transportation research practice for nearly 14 years and during this time, has led or assisted on numerous U.S. DOT-sponsored research activities, including several recent CV safety, mobility, and transportation operations projects. He is currently serving as the Project Manager for the IDTO project and led the design and deployment of the infrastructure-based technologies associated with the TRP. Mr. Timcho holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional.