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ITS University Workshop #4
September 22-23, 2016 | ITS America Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Day 1 Presentation | September 22, 2016

Presenter: Randy Johnson
Presenter's Org: Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

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Slide 1: ITS University Workshop

September 22, 2016

Randy Johnson, P.E., PTOE, ACTAR
KC Scout

[This slide contains a black and white background photo of the front interior of a car as viewed from the driver’s side window.]

Slide 2: (No title)

[This slide contains a photo showing the view from the center of the backseat of a car looking at the driver and out through the front windshield. Beyond the windshield there is heavy highway traffic. To the right of the steering wheel is a computer screen with the top half showing a line graph and the bottom half showing a map.]

Slide 3: (No title)

[This slide contains a screenshot of a bulleted list titled “Transportation Systems Management and Operations” with the words “Use Existing System” written diagonally across the list in red.]

Slide 4: (No title)

[This slide contains three photos: (1) the inside of a Traffic Management Center, (2) a roadway dynamic messaging sign with the warning “Stopped traffic past exit 119. 10-20 minute delay,” and (3) a traffic control officer in a vehicle interacting with a computer screen.]

Slide 5: Reliability of the Transportation System

[This slide contains a reproduction of a pie chart titled “Reliability of the Transportation System:” Bottlenecks (40%), Traffic Incidents (25%), Bad Weather (15%), Work Zones (10%), Poor Signal Timing (5%), and Special Events (5%).]

Slide 6: 5 Year Construction Program

[This slide contains a three-dimensional pie chart titled “5 Year Construction Program:” Take Care of Existing System ($3.49, 88%) and New Projects ($0.48, 12%).]

Slide 7: Road to Tomorrow

  • Prepare MoDOT to integrate 21st century technologies into our transportation system and services
  • Enhance MoDOT’s funding stream

[This slide contains a layered, computer-generated image showing an elevated highway in a city.]

Slide 8: Solar Roadways

  • Produce clean renewable energy for homes, businesses, and electric cars on the roadway
  • Heating elements to prevent snow and ice accumulation
  • Panels have microprocessors that allow the panels to communicate with each other, a central control station, and vehicles
  • LED lights to create lines and signage without paint
  • Test Site - Historic Route 66 Welcome Center at Conway, MO

[This slide contains an image of a solar roadway in a flat, open landscape. Yellow LED lights are the centerline and white LED lights mark the roadway boundaries and spell the word “slow” in the right lane.]

Slide 9: Truck Platooning

  • Safety - braking is automatic with virtually zero reaction time compared to human braking
  • Efficiency - reduces congestion by improving traffic flows
  • Cleaner - Reduce CO2 emissions
  • Economical - lower fuel consumption means lower fuel costs (approx. 30% of total operating costs of a truck

[This slide contains an image of the interior front cab of a truck, showing the truck driver on the left and a view through the windshield at the highway.]

Slide 10: Smart Highways (MoDOT’s Request for Proposal)

Purpose - Increase road safety, efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts which generate revenue


  • Tiny windmills to capture wind from trucks driving by and storing energy for lighting roadway
  • “Self-healing” concrete designed to produce bacteria to fill cracks
  • Suite of digital, communication, and information services to MoDOT, motor carriers and other commercial fleet operators and private drivers on a subscription basis

[This slide contains a photo of the St. Louis Arch silhouetted against a deep blue sky; a sign for Interstate 70 West is in the foreground.]

Slide 11: Network/Communications

  • Basic understanding of terminology (switches, routers, IP addresses, fiber optics, wireless communication (Bluetooth, cellular) etc…

[This slide contains an image of a flowchart showing the relationship between different Network/Communications elements: Traffic Management Center, Transport, Yard, Roadside, and Vehicle. There are four images in a column on the left side of the flowchart: two people looking at computer screens, a clipart picture of a cloud with the words “Core and Aggr” on it, an empty two lane road on an open plain, and an aerial view of a red sedan on a road.]

Slide 12: (No title)


  • Capacity analysis
  • Signal control
  • Traffic calming
  • Traffic modeling
  • Public transportation

[This slide contains a word cloud with transportation-related words and transportation issues-related words; the largest words are “traffic” and “engineering.”]

Slide 13: Transportation Planning - Leading the Effort

  • Needs Assessment
  • Planning for short and long term goals
  • System evaluation
  • Public Policy
  • Plan Implementation

“How does vehicle to vehicle or infrastructure and autonomous vehicles affect our 25 year plan?

[This slide contains a photo of five people wearing business clothing gathered around a desktop computer.]

Slide 14: To sum it all up…

[This slide contains four postcards with quotations: (1) a chalk drawing of a light bulb and the words “Creativity and Innovation,” (2) a darkened light bulb with the filament lit red and the words “We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein,” (3) “Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time. - Bill Gates,” and (4) “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”]

Slide 15: Kansas City Scout

Randy Johnson
phone: 816-347-2200

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