ITS in Academics

ITS University Workshop #5
November 8-9, 2017 | Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia

Day 1 Presentation | November 8, 2017

NACo’s Perspective on Current Trends in Transportation Planning and Technology

Presenter: Jenna Moran
Presenter’s Org: National Association of Counties (NACo)

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The slides in this presentation are branded with the “Stronger Counties. Stronger America.” NACo logo.

Slide 1: NACo’s Perspective on Current Trends in Transportation Planning and Technology

National Association of Counties
November 8, 2017

Slide 2: NACo Overview

  • Represent 3,069 counties
  • Provide advocacy, research, training, peer-to-peer learning
  • Main programming focus areas:
    • Health & Human Services
    • Justice
    • Community and Economic Development
    • Resilience and Sustainability
    • Transportation and Infrastructure

Slide 3: How are transportation technologies impacting NACo?

  • Building local understanding and capacity to implement ITS
  • Increasing education on ITS, its various applications and examples of deployment and policy making
  • Partnering with FHWA Office of Planning and Office of Safety, National Association of County Engineers and others

Slide 4: What are the implications of technology on county planning?

  • Differ in their responsibilities but nationally they own 45% of nation’s highways and operate 33% of transit agencies
  • Of over 100,000 will be impacted the most
  • Need to examine the potential applications, costs and deployment of ITS
  • Will have to alter how they deliver services
  • Will have to adapt their workforce

Slide 5: What are the pressing educational needs within the transportation workforce?

  • Planners need to better understand:
    • What ITS technologies are
    • What they are capable of doing
    • What their potential benefits and costs are
  • Road system managers/engineers need to better understand:
    • The technical skills needed to install, manage and maintain the various technologies

Slide 6: Additional thoughts

  • Where do we incorporate this necessary education and training?
    • Undergraduate civil engineering and planning degree programs and courses
    • Transportation Masters Degree programs
    • Certificate programs for specific ITS skills
    • Trade and technical community colleges
    • National associations

Slide 7: Thank You

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ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
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U.S. Department of Transportation



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