International Director’s Report

By Mark Spencer, P.E., Western District International Director

The following summarizes the ITE International Board of Direction’s (IBOD) meetings during April 2021.  The IBOD met virtually for a total of three 2-hour sessions.

Budget and Finance Committee Report

So far 2021 has been positive.  ITE is on track to meet our goals in membership dues.  Also, the recent virtual technical conference was successful in terms of finances resulting in excess revenue, and with respect to participation by over 1,000 meeting attendees.

Technical Programs

Sarah Abel was introduced as the ITE staff liaison to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Jeff Lindley stated that ITE is submitting a letter in response to the Proposed Amendments to the MUTCD in support of continuing the current process.  Themes in the letter include considering the needs of all users, allowing flexibility and innovation, and keeping a focus on forward-looking issues. The Board voted to endorse the letter (here is a link to the letter MUTCD NPA Letter – final.pdf (ite.org)).

Jeff Lindley reported on ITE’s current technical work including a new contract from FHWA on speed management, ITS Standards work for USDOT, possible continued support to USDOT’s Transportation Safety Advancement Group, and collaboration with Johns Hopkins University on Safe Systems.

2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Overview

The Joint ITE International and Western and Mountain Districts Annual Meeting has been moved to a virtual event. There will be a similar format to last year’s very successful event. The technical program is scheduled  from Tuesday through Thursday over two weeks, July 20-29, followed by council and committee meetings during August 3-5. The sessions have been scheduled in time zone friendly slots, which is good news for ITE Western District members!

The technical program features 40 technical sessions, more than 85 poster presentations, and 6 workshops focusing on the critical transportation theme areas of:

  • Safety
  • Complete Streets
  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Data Analytics

In addition, the program from the National Rural ITS conference will be integrated into this year’s program again.  Sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees until the end of October.

You can find information about the technical program and registration on the Annual Meeting web page (Conference | ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition).  Early bird registration is available until June 15, 2021.  Please note that ITE Western District events are free for members but require a separate registration (Western ITE Annual Meeting).

ITE Program Updates

There were 14 applications for the ITE Diversity Scholarship this year which is the most ever received. This year ITE will be able to award up to three scholarships.

ITE received 60 applications for the new Young Leaders to Follow Program. Ten were selected to join the 10 Rising Stars from the Districts to create the 20 Young Leaders to Follow.

The Virtual Technical Conference had more than a thousand registrants; over half were from the public sector and over half were first-time International meeting attendees.

ITE recently conducted two Equity Listening Sessions, and three more sessions are currently planned.

ITE put out a call for a Big Data Committee.  Of the 57 applications received, 10 to 12 will be selected for the Executive Committee. The first meeting will likely be held following the Annual Meeting.

ITE HQ is holding “Section 101” Orientation Sessions.  Sessions have been held with the newly formed Sections throughout the country, and the new District/Section/Chapter Resource Center (DSC Resource Center) was used as a framework. Additional sessions are planned.

The Board had a lengthy discussion about Sections in their Districts that may need help in certain areas.  Board members were tasked with sharing examples of best practices with one another and to work with Sections that need assistance.