2019 Joint WDCSITE/WTS Technical Meeting and Orioles Game Recap

We held a joint technical event on July 16, 2019 with the WTS Baltimore Chapter at WSP’s Baltimore office with presentations on highway safety and intelligent transportation.

Cameron Abedi of JMT discussed MDOT SHA evaluations of and systematic countermeasures for wrong-way driving crashes. He highlighted two case studies, focusing on major initiatives MDOT SHA is undertaking to mitigate the risk of some of the most severe crashes possible on the state road network.

Cameron Abedi of JMT discussed MDOT SHA evaluations of and systematic countermeasures for wrong-way driving crashes

Sushmita Mitra of MDTA highlighted the development and implementation of their ITS strategic plan. This included the process for prioritizing elements for implementation, preparing for CAVs, integrating unmanned aircraft applications, planning for electric charging stations, improving work zone safety and mobility, and managing information.

Sushmita Mitra of MDTA highlighted the development and implementation of their ITS strategic plan

After the presentations, several attendees enjoyed a baseball game at Camden Yards between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, getting a good look at major construction on Howard and Pratt Streets along the walk to the ballpark. Juan Ferman of MDOT SHA threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and, through a stroke of luck, we got free hot dogs!

Autonomous Shuttle Demo at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

The Olli Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program is on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) from June 19 to September 19, 2019. Research is being conducted by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.  A special offer is being made available to ITE members to participate in a demonstration, which will take place at JBM-HH on August 9, 2019, from 9:00-11:00 AM in the parking lot across from the Spates Community Club. Additional information on this program can be found at JBM-HH AV Pilot.

Registration:

Anyone interested in riding the Olli must fill out a waiver – please visit the Olli website to do so (please contact us directly if you have any issues accessing this web page).  Please also fill out the form to get on base – the form can be found on the JBM-HH Page.  You can get a one-day pass (using 8/9/2019 as the date) and print it yourself to access the base.  You must do this four working days prior to the event. If you do not get the pass four days prior, you can pre-fill the Access Control Form on the website and bring it with you on August 9.

Directions and Base Entry Instructions:

Everyone must enter the base from the Hatfield Gate. If you use Waze navigation, search for “JB Myer-Henderson Hall Hatfield Gate.” The security officer at the gate will direct you to the visitor security building. Once you get a visitor parking pass, drive through the 2nd security point, which is a white tent.

Upon passing that white tent, turn right, go straight in the left lane, then turn left onto McNair Road. Proceed to the parking lot on your right, across from the Spates Community Club. The map below shows the location of Spates Hall.

Please plan to arrive early and allow extra time for entering the base and joining the group participating in the demonstration. Rides will begin at 9:00 AM.

Please contact Adam Greenstein at 410-246-3843 or adam.greenstein@wsp.com if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Adam Greenstein
WDCSITE Board

2019 WDCSITE Baltimore Park/Stream Cleanup and Technical Discussion on Parks Transportation Issues

Please join your fellow WDCSITE colleagues for a park and stream cleanup at Middle Branch Park on Thursday, August 29, 2019 with a technical discussion with staff from the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP) on transportation issues impacting the City’s parks.

The meeting place for this cleanup is now at Middle Branch Park – 3301 Waterview Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230. We appreciate your patience as we work to finalize the location in coordination with BCRP.

The first 20 registrants will be able to canoe with BCRP staff as part of their “Canoe ‘N Scoop” program, where you can help clean up shorelines at and near the park to improve the health of urban waterways and awareness around this important issue for the City. Other registrants will be able to join additional BCRP staff for a land cleanup at the park.   

All participants canoeing will be required to wear life vests, which are design for people 50 pounds and above; swimming is not a required skill to participate. If you would prefer to be part of the land cleanup, please contact Adam Greenstein as soon as possible after registering using the contact information below.  

All participants will be required to sign an Outdoor Recreation Waiver from BCRP. After you register, I will send you a copy of the waiver – please sign it, and bring it with you.

Cleanup supplies will be provided, including gloves and trash bags. Please make sure to bring the following supplies:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Appropriate clothing and a change of clothes

It is anticipated that PDH credit(s) will be available. Payment will be taken electronically only (through Paypal portal).

Following the cleanup and technical discussion, we will have a happy hour at Nick’s Fish House, which is approximately 1 mile from the park.

AGENDA

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Registration and Provision of Supplies

2:15 PM – 4:30 PM –  Park/Stream Cleanup and Technical Discussion

  • Speaker: Molly Gallant, BCRP
    • Topics – access to parks, site planning, and trip generation

4:30 PM – Happy Hour at Nick’s Fish House – 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore, MD 21230

COST:

  • Public Sector / Full-Time Student / Retired: FREE
  • Private Sector ITE Member: $5
  • Private Sector Non-ITE Member: $10

If you are concerned about water quality, please check the annual healthy harbor report card at http://www.healthyharborbaltimore.org/how-to-get-involved/healthy-harbor-news/35. BCRP does not recommend canoeing if you have open wounds or a compromised immune system.

As this event is contingent on weather, we will notify registrants no later than 4:00PM on Wednesday, August 28, if the event will be cancelled or postponed. Outdoor activity at the park cannot occur if there is thunder and/or lighting. The canoeing portion of the event cannot occur if there is a small craft advisory, but everyone will be able to pitch in as part of the land cleanup under these circumstances.

Should you have any questions, please contact Adam Greenstein (410-246-3843; adam.greenstein@wsp.com) for further details. On the day of the event, please contact Adam by cell at 443-569-9587 if you need assistance.

Please click on the link below to register for the 2019 WDCSITE Baltimore Park and Stream Cleanup.

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