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  • President’s Message: There Are No Brakes on the Happenin’ Train!

    It’s an exciting time of year for the Western District.  Candidates have recently been announced for the officer and international director positions, and their statements are presented below.  As of right now, there are only 123 days, 21 hours, and 44 minutes until the joint Western-Midwestern Districts’ Annual Meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota.  more >
  • President’s Message: Ralph Waldo Emerson Was Right On

    Over 20 years ago, 17 of my classmates and I piled into an 18-passenger van and drove over 1,400 miles from College Station, Texas, to Washington, DC, to attend the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting.  It was a pilgrimage that the transportation engineering students there still do today. We were excited to meet more >
  • President’s Message: The IALAC Tag

    One of the perks of being the District president is that each month I get to write a short message that will be sent to thousands of fellow transportation professionals. And while I can’t force anyone to read it, it’s still a nice little platform that I have to put to good use. Theoretically more >
  • President’s Message: Getting on the Technology Bandwagon

    I can whistle, sing, and hum. And after attending the International ITE meeting in Boston, I can now “tweet.” I’m a “Gen-Xer,” the minority group between the generation who still handwrites letters and the generation who asks, “Do you have your phone?” when they want to know what time it is. I will admit more >
  • President’s Message: Restoring the Reputation of the Flashing Yellow Arrow

    Atlantic Cities issued an online article with the headline “Flashing Yellow Turn Signal: Good for Drivers, Bad for Pedestrians”. It cites a study by Oregon State/Portland State University researchers where test drivers in a simulator were found to concentrate so much on oncoming vehicles during a flashing yellow arrow display that many neglected to notice more >
  • President’s Message: Taking on Traffic Engineer Bashing

    Somehow, “traffic engineer” has become shorthand for a car-loving, lane-inserting opponent to all things walkable and livable. Among us ITE members who are traffic engineers, being viewed as the villain might be regarded as part of the job. Even though perhaps half the projects I work on nowadays involve converting lanes of traffic into something else, more >
  • President’s Message

    By Walter Okitsu, ITE Western District President WE NEED YOUR LATEST E-MAIL ADDRESS If this sentence is the first you’ve received from me since I was sworn-in as President last June, please update your profile on ITE Headquarters’ website at www.ite.org. I have already e-mailed two editions of E-News from ITE Western District to more >
  • President’s Message

    By Alyssa Reynolds, P.E., PTOE,   Western District President I recently listened to a presentation by a speaker, Rebecca Ryan. Ms. Ryan is an economist and founder of a consulting firm that helps clients attract and retain talent, particularly young professionals. Her presentation focused on how our country is currently experiencing “winter” in our more >