2019 WDCSITE Annual Conference and Business Meeting Recap

We had a large showing of public and private sector members join us for our 2019 WDCSITE Annual Conference and Business Meeting on November 14th at the National Union Building in Washington DC. It was a packed agenda at a unique venue with presentations on many different topics. We were also able to celebrate our many award winners.

We started the morning with two keynote speakers, Monique Evans (EFLHD) and Jeff Paniati (ITE), who spoke about the current efforts in their respective organizations.

The rest of the morning was dedicated to different presentations regarding connected and autonoumous vehicles. We heard perspectives regarding policy, planning, and operations. Katherine Kortum (TRB) provided a public sector angle while Kwasi Donkor and Sogand Karbalaieali (both Fehr & Peers DC) shared their experience from the private sector. Angie Hernandez (JMT) brought it all together with scenarios, audience polling questions, and a panel discussion with the previous presenters.

During the event, several awards were given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts. A hearty congratulation from the WDCSITE board and leadership to all winners for their hard work. Below is a listing of the award winners recognized at this year’s annual meeting:

  • 2019 Past President Award – Seth Young, STV
  • 2019 Amy Polk Young Engineer of the Year Award – David Duarte, JMT
  • 2019 Appreciation Award – Emil Wolanin, Montgomery County
  • 2019 Transportation Service Award – Bob Garbacz, City of Alexandria
  • 2019 Community Transportation Award – Kanti Srikanth, MWCOG & Steve Kuciemba, WSP
  • 2019 WDCSITE Project of the Year Award – DDOT, Comprehensive Transportation Review (CTR) Guidelines
  • 2019 WDCSITE Student Scholarship – Yeming Hao and Aref Darzi, University of Maryland

After eating a tasty lunch, Vivek Hariharan presented a summary of WDCSITE’s year. Burak Cesme provided financials for the year and announced that Elisa Mitchell (Whitman) won the election to become the 2020 Baltimore Area Director. Congrats, Elisa! The business meeting was concluded with the swearing in of the new officer positions and an outlook of 2020 from incoming President, David Duarte.

The afternoon included two sessions. The first was Mobility, Planning, & Safety where we heard from a breadth of presentations. Dan Rathbone (City Prosperity) provided a big picture in the way communities plan mobility while Neelima Ghanta and Bo Du (both HNTB) provided a detailed look at a corridor project in Philadelphia and how they planned out for improved mobility for the many types of users. Zuxuan Deng (DDOT) discussed the safety implications related to conversion to all-way stop controlled intersections.

After a short break, we watched four multi-modal presentations from David Miller (Foursquare ITP), Josh Coulson (Sabra), Anam (Sabra), and Larry Marcus (Wallace Montgomery). David, Josh, and Anam provided updates to the excellent work they’ve done with MDOT MTA on BaltimoreLink and the Purple Line. Larry concluded the day’s presentations with a comprehensive review of what communities can do to bring together the everyone’s interests to form complete streets and networks. A huge thank you again to all the presenters and individuals that were part of a great conference!

Below are presentations from the opening remarks and technical sessions. All the files below are in PDF.

Opening Remarks

Connected and Automated Vehicles

Project of the Year

Multi-Modal Solutions

2019 ITE-ASHE Joint Traffic Technical Meeting Recap

WDCSITE and ASHE Chesapeake held their annual joint traffic-themed meeting. Presentations covered topics in ITS infrastructure, transit signing and real-time data applications, and regional county-level transportation planning efforts and traffic safety initiatives. There was a great mix of members from ASHE and ITE, and there were plenty of attendees who are not members of either association. Despite the serious nature of the presentations, there were great laughs, shocking revelations, and tough questions. After the technical presentations, there was a happy hour, followed by dinner with an evening talk by Carole Delion of MDOT SHA, who discussed policy and standards-development issues involving CAVs. The industry is moving forward in the realm of CAVs, but we’re certainly hitting plenty of challenges along the way. MDOT SHA and other government partners at the federal, state, and local levels strongly encourage all of us to be engaged in the technical conversations, legislative discussions, and program development initiatives surrounding autonomous vehicles.

2020 ITE Mid Colonial District Annual Meeting – Call for Abstracts

The 2020 ITE Mid-Colonial District Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel from Sunday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 21 in Baltimore, MD. 

To submit an abstract, click here and follow the instructions. The deadline for submission is Friday, November 15, 2019. For any questions or problems, please contact Burak Cesme