WDCSITE held a well-attended technical lunch meeting at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation offices in Gaithersburg, MD on July 31, 2019.
Mr. Michael Paylor, Chief of the Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations, gave an overview of the County’s responsibilities and initiatives.
Ms. Liz Parrish, Senior Engineer with MCDOT, described Montgomery County’s Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) and Transportation Management Center (TMC). She also shared the County’s experience with testing two types of different Adaptive Signal Control Technologies (ASCT) along Montrose Rd/Pkwy.
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.
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.
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!