#ITEAustin2019 Daily Edition
July 24, 2019
Thank You For a Great Week!
With the final numbers still being tallied, it looks like this year's meeting was a smash hit with more than 1,500 attendees! ITE would like to thank all the attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, board members, family members, students, and especially the TexITE District for being wonderful hosts. Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the hospitality and welcoming nature of everyone in the great state!
Power Plenary
It was another packed room for Tuesday's Power Plenary, sponsored by Transoft. Johanna Zmud, Director, Washington, DC Office, Texas A&M Transportation Institute moderated the session discussing Mobility as a Service and Mobility on Demand, how it is being implemented in cities, what challenges and opportunities exist, and what the future holds. The p anelists included, Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State DOT, Seattle, WA, Karina Ricks, Director, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Gabriel Scheer, Senior Director of Strategic Development and Special Projects, Lime, and Kathleen Baireuther, Markets & Operations, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. Discussions centered around data, how best to use the information gathered, creating slow lanes and defining what goes into those lanes in various cities and circumstances.
Tuesday Sessions Address Change Issues in Transportation
Mukul Mulhotra of MIG Inc., talks about a complete streets project in San Antonio, TX during the session Complete Streets Boulevards. He described the multiyear study that was undertaken to find out what the public wanted out of the project. "They said, 'We want something that is well connected, safe and secure, with good lighting,'" he noted. "They wanted to respect all of the modes of travel, too."
“Follow the rules.” “It’s important to always look both ways.” “I hope to see a bike lane or maybe a sign saying share the road or be aware of other bikers.” These are just a few words of wisdom offered by the all-kid panel in the session Generation Z – The Fortnite Evolution. They were asked about safety, including what factors they’re aware of when riding their bike. “Bikers should get rid of distractions,” said one participant, “Earphones, or being on the phone while biking, or biking one handed can lead to crashes.”
Dan Hennessey with Big Red Dog Engineering presents during the What's New in Trip and Parking Generation session. There was a lot of attendee discussion regarding the importance of understanding the relationship between trip generation and parking cost/availability, as well as the need to provide practitioners with design and operations tools for parking facilities.
During the technical session Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies on Transportation Engineering and Planning, Thomas Williams with DKS Associates emphasized the shift in modeling that must occur in order to facilitate connected and automated vehicle technology. "We have to start thinking of things called exploratory modeling, maybe more strategic modeling, but we don’t want to let go of the stuff we’ve been using, trip modeling and activity-based modeling," he said. "How do we communicate this level of certainty or uncertainty we may have as we move forward to decision makers?"
Moments From the Meeting
A great time was had by all at the TexITE Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
Awards Lunch and LeadershipITE Graduation
Marsha Anderson Bomar, winner of the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award poses with ITE President, Bruce Belmore
Kim Kolody (Jacobs) and
Steve Cyra (HNTB)
accept the Transportation Achievement Award-Design for the Zoo Interchange Core and Adjacent Arterials and have their photo taken with Bruce Belmore 
Bruce Belmore shakes hands with Becky Rogers who accepted the second place District/Sections Communications Award on behalf of Hollis Loveday from the Southern District
Coordinating Council Meeting
Meghan Mitman accepts the Coordinating Council (CoCo) Outstanding Volunteer Award from Eric Rensel, vice chair of CoCo.
Lynn LaMunyon receives recognition from President, Bruce Belmore and Vice President, Randy McCourt for her dedicated service as the Transportation Engineering Council chair.
Dr. Grant Schultz receives recognition from Vice President, Randy McCourt and President, Bruce Belmore for his work as chair of the Education Council.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Looking Forward to Next Year
Mark your calendars now for the 2020 ITE Joint International and Southern District Annual Meeting and Exhibit, August 9-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

To get a short preview of the flavor of New Orleans, take a minute to watch the video below.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll).
2020 Exhibit Hall Almost Half Full
If you're thinking about exhibiting next year in New Orleans reserve your booth today. The hall is almost half-full for 2020. Please reach out to Tima Good at tima.good@theygsgroup.com to reserve your booth today!