Section and Chapter Activities

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On Thursday, May 7, the New Mexico Section held its monthly luncheon meeting at the new Centennial Engineering Center on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.  Each spring the NM Section sponsors and judges a traffic engineering paper competition for UNM Student Chapter members enrolled in Dr. Jerry Hall’s CE 482/582 Highway Traffic Engineering class.  Prior to the meeting, ten students presented their papers before a distinguished panel of NM Section past presidents who then selected the top three papers.  The three winning students were recognized at the May 7 meeting where they presented their projects to the Section.  The first place award and a check for $200 went to Emmy Foley for, “Redesign of Northbound Oak Street between Central Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.”  Second place awards and checks for $100 each went to Trent Simpler for ,”Widen Wyoming Blvd. on Kirtland AFB,” and Bryan Esvanko for, “Roundabout Design.”

-Jim Barrera

Colorado/Wyoming SectionKari

The 7th Annual Spring Transportation Symposium was held on April 3, 2009. The event, jointly hosted by the Colorado/Wyoming ITE Sections, the WTS Colorado Chapter and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ITS had 120 attendees, and was held at the Denver Pepsi Center. The keynote speaker was Honorable Dan Gibbs, Colorado State Senator, District 16. Dan Gibbs provided his background and his influences including a memorable story about his youth including having President Carter eat pickles off his lunch plate. Senator Gibbs then discussed the current Colorado FASTER legislation, and its current and future implications to funding.

A Colorado/Wyoming Section ITE luncheon was held on Friday, May 14, 2009 at the Embassy Suites in Centennial. Section President, Craig Faessler, presided over the meeting that was attended by 51 members and guests.  Craig Faessler announced that the Section is selling ITE polo shirts to benefit the Student Endowment Fund.

Dave Hattan announced Scott Thomas as the recipient of the Section’s Transportation Professional of the Year Award.

The Colorado/Wyoming ITE Section is proud to welcome all ITE members and their families to Denver, Colorado, for the 2009 ITE Western District (District 6) Annual Meeting. Whether this will be your first annual meeting or you are a frequent attendee, we are confident that the City of Denver, the Rocky Mountains, and all of the surrounding beauty, attractions, and activities will encourage you to arrive early and stay late to enjoy Colorado. We invite you to Take the High Road and join us, July 12-15, 2009.

The Colorado/Wyoming Section is proud to introduce a new feature for the website. Videos of the Section’s business and presentations are now available to those who cannot make it to the actual meeting. This allows everyone to follow Section business and to enjoy the presentations made at the meetings.

This year’s Colorado/Wyoming Section ITE Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 26th at the West Woods Golf Club in Arvada, Colorado.

-Kari McDowell

HawaiiHong

The Hawaii ITE had its monthly luncheon meeting on April 24, 2009 at the City’s Frank Fasi Municipal Building.

The speaker, Mr. Steven Hogan, updated ITE members the City’s Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project. Mr. Steve Hogan is the City’s consultant, the Transportation Planning lead for PB Americas, Inc. He explained the rail technology selections and some examples from other metropolitans. The project cost, funding, and the construction techniques were discussed as well. The first segment of the project from East Kapolei to Pearl Highlands will break ground by the end of 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2013. The Minimal Operational Segment (MOS) from Kapolei to Ala Moana Shopping Center is projected to be operational in 2018.

The members asked the questions such as the comments received on FEIS, the project’s coordination with different City and State agencies, the project’s procurements process. Mr. Steve Hogan concluded by noting that the correct information regarding the project can be accessed at www.honolulutransit.org or the hotline 566-2299.

-Hong Li

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