T3 Webinar Overview

Public Perception of Safety Messages and Public Service Announcement on Dynamic Messages Signs in Rural Areas

Date:   Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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Background

Transportation agencies are frequently asked to post safety and public service announcements (PSAs), such as seat belt laws or announcements concerning upcoming events on dynamic messages signs (DMS) when they are not being used for transportation-related purposes. However, there are some concerns that these messages are not understood by travelers and may actually be a distraction. Further, the effectiveness of such messages in influencing motorists’ travel behavior and actions is not well understood.

This webinar will present the results of “Public Perception of Safety Messages and Public Service Announcement on Dynamic Messages Signs in Rural Areas” report. The report addressed a number of questions related to safety awareness and PSA messages on DMS, including traveler awareness, understanding, changes in behavior, and opinions. We will discuss the results of Intercept surveys that were conducted at rest areas and truck stops to collect public feedback regarding safety messages and PSAs on DMS posted by five agencies in four study corridors.

Learning Objectives

Attendees of the webinar will expect to learn about:

Target Audiences

The intended audience for this webinar are the following:

Host

Jimmy Chu, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Mr. Chu is a Transportation Specialist on the Traveler Information Management Team at FHWA in Washington, D.C. In this position, Mr. Chu oversees the Travel Time on Dynamic Message Signs program. He also manages the Transportation Management Center Pooled-Fund Study. He provides technical support to State agencies relating to traveler information programs. Prior to joining FHWA, Mr. Chu worked at the Virginia Department of Transportation for 25 years and was the manager of the TMC in Northern Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Moderator

Shari Hilliard, ITS Engineer, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT)

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Ms. Hilliard has worked for KDOT for the past nine years. She managed the first statewide ITS deployments and the Wichita Traffic Management Center deployment. She continues to manage ITS construction projects, ITS maintenance, and operations support contracts. Prior to joining KDOT, Ms. Hilliard worked in electric utility planning and demand forecasting. Ms. Hilliard holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master of Engineering Management from Kansas State University.

Presenters

Jeffery Arch, Transportation Market Manager, Battelle

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Mr. Arch brings 32 years of transportation experience to Battelle. He has been actively involved with ITS and advanced technologies since 1992. He has managed a range of diverse and challenging projects in the fields of: strategic planning; ITS design and operations; TMC recovery and redundancy, design, build-out, operations and management; and Connected Vehicle planning and deployment. Mr Arch is a 1984 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and holds a Masters in Transportation engineering degree from Villanova.

Bob Krile, Statistician, Battelle Memorial Institute

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Mr. Krile is a statistician with more than 20 years of experience consulting with primarily government clients. For U.S. DOT, he has provided statistical design and analysis support for a number of different evaluations or demonstrations, such as the ITS MAYDAY/9-1-1 Field Operational Test Evaluation; the Congestion Reduction Demonstration; the Integrated Corridor Management Initiative; and the Effectiveness of Disseminating Traveler Information on Travel Time Reliability, all for FHWA, including the Bus Operating Practices project for Volpe. In supporting these tasks, he has developed methods to determine appropriate sample sizes for survey-related applications with challenging populations and sampling frames. Mr. Krile has written and executed test plans to perform statistical analysis and is an expert in general linear modeling techniques and acceptance sampling. He has led in the evaluation of underlying data and subsequent statistical estimates for important transportation measures that include annual average daily traffic volumes and the National Highway Construction Cost Index.

Dan Schultz, PE, Control Room Engineer, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

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Mr. Schultz began his career in 1994 on various transportation improvement projects in the northeast and southeast regions of Wisconsin. In 2014, Mr. Schultz accepted a position with WisDOT, Bureau of Traffic Operations at the Statewide Traffic Operation Center in Milwaukee. As a Control Room Engineer, Mr. Schultz provides leadership in the traffic management center; guidance and expertise to control room staff; supports DMS message planning; leads the bureau’s traffic mitigation contracting process; coordinates special event traffic management activities; and assists in executing program and project management for control room operations.