Event Alert: TransportationCamp NYC 2015

October 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Transportation Camp NYC

Do you love transportation? Do you love New York City? TransportationCamp New York City 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at City College of New York. Following on the success of TransportationCamp East in 2011, Planning Camp NYC in 2013 and TransportationCamps across the country, we’re bringing it back to New York City. TransportationCamp NYC 2015 will continue to foster open conversation and collaboration between all Celexa pills radical changes the near-future promises in transportation.


TransportationCamp NYC will be held at City College of New York in Shepard Hall (160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, at the intersection of Convent Avenue and W 140th St., close to the 1, A, C, and D trains).


  • 8:00 AM – Doors open
  • 9:00 AM – Welcome and Kick-off in the Great Hall
  • 9:45 AM – Keynote addresses in the Great Hall
  • 11:15 AM – First Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 12:15 PM – Lunch in the Great Hall
  • 1:15 PM – Second Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 2:30 PM – Third Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 3:45 PM – Fourth Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 5:00 PM – Adjourn to happy hour at The Grange Bar & Eatery, sponsored byYoung Professionals in Transportation


Registration for TransportationCamp NYC 2015 is now open. Tickets are limited, so get yours now! If you have any questions, reach out at nyc@transportationcamp.org or at@transpocamp. See you November 14, 2015!


Click here to learn more.

FREE Webinar: How Airline Pricing Works – April 16 @ 1PM-2PM

April 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Airline pricing webinar – April 16, 2014

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Call for Papers – 1st International Road Federation (IRF) Asia Regional Congress – Oct. 27-29, 2014 @ Bali, Indonesia

February 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Image Courtesy: IRFnew.org

On behalf of the International Road Federation (IRF) and the Indonesia Ministry of Public Works, the Technical and Scientific Committee of the 1st IRF Asia Regional Congress & Exhibition invites surface transportation experts and researchers from around the world to submit paper abstracts for evaluation.

Under the theme “Building the Trans-Asian Highway,” this one-of-a-kind event will provide a unique setting for sharing proven and innovative solutions for the region’s mobility demands, latest industry technologies and global best practices and how they can be replicated and/or modified to meet the region’s specific needs.

The event will feature a Ministerial Session, as well as Plenary, Executive, Technical and Applied Knowledge Sessions.

Why Participate?

  • High level Ministerial Session
  • 1,000 local & International delegates
  • Innovation forum & live technical demonstrations
  • Networks with key decision makers from the region
  • Exhibition featuring the latest products & technologies

Abstract Guidelines (no cost to submit)

The abstract should be written in English, readily understandable to most readers and may contain a maximum of 200 words. Abstracts should be submitted in the following thematic areas:

  • Asset Management
  • Disaster Mitigation & Recovery
  • Pavements & Materials
  • Road Financing / PPPs
  • Road Safety
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Technology & Innovation
The deadline for submissions is May 2, 2014
To submit an abstract, click here 

For more information, please contact:

Magid Elabyad
Vice President, International Programs & Member Services
Tel: +1 703 535 1001
Email: melabyad@IRFnews.org

For information about the congress, visit the event website.  Scroll below to view the Preliminary Program .
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GTFS in the World – Workshop on OpenTransit Data (Jan 15 @ Washington, DC)

January 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Event Date & Time: January 15, 2:30PM-5:30PM

Organization of American States
Padilha Vidal Meeting Room (Terrace Level)
1889 F Street NW
Washington DC 20006

Hosted By: TransitCenter / REEEP
Twitter Hashtag#GTFSintheWorld

GTFS in the World, a follow-up to the GTFS for the Rest of Us event in November 2013, kicks off on January 15th during the Transportation Research Board annual meeting week, and you’re invited to take part. Everyone is welcome and this is a free event.

Program includes:
  • Ignite Talks: The Rise of Open Transit Data – how did we get here, where will we go? with Neil Taylor and Christopher Titze
  • GTFS in the World – how open transit data works in world cities, and what the U.S. can learn, moderated by Chris Zegras with Holly Krambeck,  Sarah Williams, Jackie Klopp and Emily Eros.
  • Building an Open Transit Community – what do practitioners and policymakers need to continue the work? What should a resource center provide? moderated by Shin-pei Tsay with Janae FutrellKevin Webb, and Kevin Chambers
  • Open Table Roundtable – Technologists roll up their sleeves and show off open-source collaboration facilitated by Neil Taylor and Aaron Antrim

To facilitate entry into the building, please RSVP, arrive a little early, and bring ID.

At the event’s end, we will continue conversations at an establishment close by TBA.

Click here to RSVP

Navigating TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC – Few good tips for the young transportation professionals

December 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Cross-posted on YPTVoice, the blog for Young Professional in Transportation (YPT)

TRB Annual Meeting Tips from Ananda Palanisamy on Vimeo.

YPT Voice is pleased to present the sixth in a 10-week series of blog posts to introduce YPTers to the TRB Annual Meeting (#TRBAM) and to help them prepare for the annual conference in January 2012.  A complete summary of YPT-recommended TRBAM events will be available before and during the conference.

Dear YPT-ers,

When I was approached by YPT to share some tips for fellow-YPT-ers in terms of maximizing their benefit while attending the upcoming TRB, I chose to take a different route and opt for a video blog post rather than the the usual text-laden post. Thanks to my wife Chithra Jeyaram (@RealTalkies), a skilled film-maker from Univ. of Texas, I managed to get a quick video post done. Let us know what you think.

Oh, please remember this video only offers some random thoughts and by no means should be considered as a comprehensive tool when you are preparing to attend the TRB Annual Meeting. One item left out in this above video is the possibility of running into poor internet connectivity. Though the lobby at conference hotels offer free internet, it is often slow and not secure. The situation gets even worse when you are holed up in many of the conference rooms during the event. So my advice is to you, if possible, is to bring an aircard that can help you connect to the internet when you are attending the event.

Also, one more item I forgot to mention in the above video is the busy lunch/dinner times in the nearby eateries around the conference hotels, esp. around Marriott and Omni Shoreham. Yes! Trust me it gets very busy and sometimes meetings attendees have to skip lunch in order to make it to the next session on time. So, do not hesitate to hop on the metro Redline and get to the adjacent stops – Cleveland Park & Dupont Circle are located on either side of the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station. There are plenty of eateries around Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park stations and can help save you considerable amount of time, which you otherwise would have spent waiting in line at the eateries around Woodley Park station.

Finally, do check out the TRB Facebook page and follow the daily updates shared on the feed wall. If you find anything interesting or worth sharing, please do not hesitate to share with fellow attendees.

Looking forward to meeting you all at the YPT Reception.

Previous posts in the #TRBAM  2012 series:

Webinar Alert: ITS JPO Seeks Feedback on Certificate Management Entity Organizational Analysis; Public Meeting December 9, 2011

December 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Research and Innovative Technology Administration will be hosting a free public webinar on December 9, 2011 to discuss plans for a certificate management entity (CME) to support a trusted and secure connected vehicle environment.  During the webinar U.S. DOT will be seeking input on a set of high-level, alternative organizational structures for the CME.

Webinar Details:

The webinar will take place December 9, 2011 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. During the call the U.S. DOT will present results from an early analysis of organizational models. This analysis will describe the functions that need to be performed by a CME; identify key constraints as well as institutional and policy requirements; model how those functions may be organized; and present a high level assessment of these organizational models against a set of evaluation criteria.

Draft documentation of the analysis will be posted for comment at the following location on or before December 9, 2011 at www.its.dot.gov. Interested stakeholders are asked to submit comments about the analysis by the end of the day on December 14, 2011. Written comments may be submitted to:  itscme@dot.gov. This is not an official docket. Stakeholders will have additional opportunities to provide input in to this project at later stages, including via a public meeting planned for March 2012.


Through 2014, the primary focus of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Joint Program Office is a research initiative focused on developing rapid and secure wireless communications and trusted data exchanges among vehicles, roadside infrastructure, and passengers’ personal communications devices.  This innovative use of wireless communications provides the  foundation for a connected environment for transportation that is intended to enable a multitude of applications to enhance surface transportation safety, mobility, and environmental performance.

In the end state, users need to have assurance that the system offers trusted and secure communications. That is the fundamental purpose of the Certificate Management System (or Certificate Management Entities): to ensure that participants and their vehicles receive digital certificates that allow them to be trusted actors within the system and to access meaningful and trusted data that is generated by others. If trust in the communications breaks down, then trust in the overall connected environment erodes and users become reluctant to use it or rely on it. Trust can be violated in several ways:

  • Security of communications: If communications are not considered secure, users will be less likely to trust the data that is generated by or accessible through the system.
  • Private data is compromised: If technical and policy solutions are not in place to protect private data or users perceive that their private data could be made available to unauthorized third parties without their awareness and consent, they will not participate.
  • Corrupt or inaccurate data: If the data  can be altered or corrupted through malicious misbehavior by hackers, it may cause more safety problems than fixes.

The current study aims to analyze alternative operational models that describe potential organizational designs, institutional capabilities, and policies of a Certificate Management System. It also assesses the needs for operation, maintenance, and system enhancements over time. (This study is an institutional analysis only, not a technical analysis, and it is not intended to develop a system design.)

Persons planning to attend the webinar should use the following link:  http://www.itsa.org/policywebinarregistration  by December 5, 2011.  For additional questions, please contact Adam Hopps at (202) 680-0091.

Event Alert – USDOT’s ITS JPO Bidders Conference for Three Major Projects Including the Safety Pilot Model Deployment

February 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

US DOT is conducting a Pre-proposal Conference (“Safety Pilot Joint Bidders Conference”) for interested parties to learn about and ask questions regarding the following three current US DOT procurements/solicitations in support of the Safety Pilot Program. US DOT officials will present and discuss the procurement process and requirements for each of the following three planned procurements, as well as answer relevant questions from interested parties.

  • Safety Pilot Test Conductor – Request for Proposals (RFP) DTFH61-11-R-00006 available atwww.FedBizOpps.gov
  • Aftermarket Safety Devices – Request for Applications (RFA) DTFH61-11-RA-00003 available at www.Grants.gov
  • Roadside Equipment – Request for Quotations (RFQ) DTFH61-11-Q-00012 available at www.FedBizOpps.gov

Safety Pilot is intended to establish a real world model deployment test site for enabling wireless communications among vehicles and with roadside equipment for use in generating data to enable driver safety warning systems.  The deployment site will encompass vehicles of various types that include a mix of integrated, retrofit, and aftermarket vehicle safety systems.  The model deployment data generated will be used for establishing safety benefits in support of future policy decisions by US DOT, as well as for use by the broader industry in developing additional connected vehicle applications.

As such, the goals of the Safety Pilot Program are to:

  • Establish benefits data in support of NHTSA 2013 Agency Decision on V2V Communications with Real World Field Data
  • Support real world V2V and V2I safety applications with a data rich environment
  • Create public awareness & determine user acceptance

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Obtaining empirical data for determining benefits and user acceptance in support of future federal policy actions
  • Establishing a public database of archived road network data for supporting development of additional safety, mobility, and environmental applications
  • Establishing multiple supplier sources for safety devices and roadside infrastructure
  • Develop a better understanding of the operational policy issues associated with the deployment of V2V and V2I applications

Interested parties are invited to attend in person or participate by webinar. Participants are welcome to participate in the full-day conference or any portion of the day.

Date: February 22, 2011
Location: University of California – UC Washington Center
Address: 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 974 – 6200
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30pm Eastern

Registration Form Link: http://www.itsa.org/itsa/files/Safety_Pilot_Bidders_Conference_registration.doc

Agenda(Tenative) – Eastern Time
Registration/sign-in 8:30am
Opening Remarks 9:00-9:15 am
Safety Pilot Test Conductor RFP 9:15-12:00 pm
Lunch Break 12:00-1:00 pm
Aftermarket Safety Devices RFA 1:00-2:30 pm
Break 2:30-3:00 pm
Road Side Equipment RFQ 3:00-4:30 pm

Questions: Interested parties are encouraged to submit questions to US DOT in advance of the Pre-proposal Conference. Please submit questions by COB Wednesday February 16 regarding solicitations to:

US DOT will address questions during the Conference to the extent possible.

Event Alert: USDOT’s IntelliDriveSM Deployment Scenarios Workshop

May 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

June 22-23, 2010

Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, Dulles, Virginia

Dates: Tuesday-Wednesday, June 22-23, 2010
Times: Tuesday:  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Purpose: The U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, ITS Joint Program Office will hold a two-day workshop to present and discuss its four draft IntelliDriveSM deployment scenarios that have been recently developed in response to key stakeholder input. The purpose of the meeting is to provide input to the U.S. DOT as it refines IntelliDrive research plans about potential futures paths for IntelliDrive deployment.  Discussion will be framed around four scenarios developed through stakeholder inputs. The workshop will engage participants to identify advantages and disadvantages of each of the draft scenarios and critical policy and institutional research needs.  The Tuesday session will provide an overview of the four draft scenarios. The Wednesday session will consist of break out groups to explore each of the four scenarios in detail as well as a concluding session that summarizes the findings from the workshop.

Draft Agenda: http://www.itsa.org/itsa/files/pdf/Scenario%20Agenda-Rev1.pdf

Intended audience: This workshop is for all interested parties.

Registration: This workshop is free of charge using the ITS America registration process. The registration page can be found athttp://www.itsa.org/itsa/files/pdf/Registrtion%20Form%20Deployment%205-13-10.pdf Please email your completed registration form to Brei Whitty at bwhitty@itsa.org or fax it to 202-484-3483.

Webinar: The Tuesday session will be broadcast live as a webinar for those who are not able to attend in person.  Webinar information TBA.

Hotel Information:
Washington Dulles Airport Marriott
45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, VA, 20166-7506
Reservations: 1-800-228-9290 or (703) 471-9500

Event Name: Intellidrive
Rate: $139/night + taxes (less than the government rate!)
Please use the code Intellidrive when reserving your room so that you can get the room block rate.  Thank you for reserving your room within the official room block. It helps us meet the hotel contract minimum. The cut-off date to reserve a room is June 1,2010. Please contact Brei Whitty if the room block becomes full.

Contact: Brei Whitty, ITS America, 202-721-4236, bwhitty@itsa.org

Event Alert: Reclaiming our Competitive Advantage: How Intelligent Technologies are Revolutionizing Transportation and What America Can Do to Lead the World in 21st Century Innovation

March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Venue : 2167 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Event Host: The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)


From highways and transit systems to passenger vehicles and freight transportation, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are beginning to transform our nation’s transportation network and provide significant benefits to our communities, businesses and other transportation users.  ITS technologies are already being used in many parts of the U.S. to reduce traffic crashes, congestion, operating costs, and carbon emissions while helping to improve transportation efficiency and spur job growth.  But as a recent report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation highlights, the U.S. is falling behind leading Asian and European nations in deploying ITS technologies (see recent Wired News coverage here and here).

As Congress and the Administration work to spur economic growth and address critical transportation and environmental challenges, this is an opportunity to engage with leading transportation, transit, automotive, and economic policy experts in a discussion about how information and communications technologies are modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, and what steps can be taken to advance the deployment of current and next generation ITS technologies to create a smarter, safer, cleaner, and more efficient transportation system.  Please join ITS Caucus co-chair Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and our distinguished panelists for a discussion about the future of ITS in America, including how smart technologies can benefit your community and how policymakers can help the U.S. reclaim its role as an innovation leader.  Please RSVP to Charlie Tennyson at ITS America at ctennyson@itsa.org or 202-721-4207.

Moderator: Scott F. Belcher (bio)
President and CEO, The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (
ITS America)
Guest Speaker: U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO) (bio)

Co-Chair, Congressional ITS Caucus

Panelists: Ann Flemer (bio)
Deputy Executive Director, Policy, San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (

John Inglish (bio)
General Manager and CEO, Utah Transit Authority (

Kirk Steudle (bio)
Director, Michigan Department of Transportation (

Keith Cole (bio)
Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, General Motors (

Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Place: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515 (map)

Note:  ITS America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that represents several hundred member organizations including public sector agencies, private industry leaders, and academic institutions working to advance the research, development, and deployment of technologies that improve transportation safety, mobility, economic competitiveness, and the environment.  Register here to attend ITS America’s 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition, which will be held in Houston, Texas from May 3 – 5.  Featured speakers include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, IBM Chairman, President and CEO Sam Palmisano, and other public sector, private industry, and academic leaders from across the country.

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YPT Leadership Seminar with Amtrak Board Chair Donna McLean.

February 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm

YPT is happy to announce our February Leadership Seminar with Amtrak Board Chair Donna McLean.


Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

6:00 to 7:30pm


PB Consult

1401 K Street NW, Ste. 300

Washington, DC 20005

[Northwest corner of 14th and K St.; Metrorail – Blue/Orange to McPherson Square]

Ms. McLean serves on the Amtrak Board of Directors and currently is Chair of the Board.

In her last position in the Federal government, Ms. McLean was at the US Department of Transportation serving as the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer under Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.  In her position, Ms. McLean was responsible for developing the $60 billion President’s budget request for the Department of Transportation. 

Prior to CFO of DOT, she was the Assistant Secretary for Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration.  Ms. McLean was also a professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for nearly seven years.  In addition, she has worked at the Office of Management and Budget on the President’s budget as well as the regulatory agenda.

In 2003, Donna McLean established, DONNA McLEAN Associates, LLC, a Washington, DC based consulting firm specializing in transportation policy.  In addition, she is an adjunct Professor for Indiana University’s Washington Leadership Program.

Please join us on February 19 to discuss transportation policy and the nation’s rail service.