October 2023
Issue 113
In This Issue:
  • New LTA Training Requirements
  • Safety Matters: Connecticut Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) 2022-2026
  • Innovation Station: Town of East Lyme, CT - Infrastructure Management
  • Meet T2 Instructor Sadie Rosethorn
  • FMCSA Launches Grants to Improve CDL Licensing Process
  • Watch for Me CT's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Event
  • NEAPWA Chapter Connects: Grant Writing - How to Get Started (Video)
New LTA Training Requirements
On June 26, 2023, Governor Ned Lamont signed Senate Bill 904. Section 5 of the bill requires Local Traffic Authorities (or their designee) to attend a training program, through the University of Connecticut’s T2 Center, to provide them with critical knowledge and skills to better serve in this important role. 
To assist the LTAs in meeting this legislative requirement, we have created a new Local Traffic Authority (LTA) 101 course, that will be offered virtually in December. Please keep an eye out for promotion, as we will be posting class details and registration in the coming weeks.

If you are not sure who the LTA is for your municipality, you can check OSTA’s list here.
The T2 Center Team prepared a few questions and answers to help you with this new requirement.
  • Will the T2 Center continue to have the LTA Certificate Program?
  • Yes, after you complete the LTA 101 required training, our LTA certificate program will help you meet your annual training requirements through a variety of sessions and topics, including Hot Topic Roundtable Discussions.

  • If I have previously taken LTA training, is this LTA 101 training still required?
  • Yes, every LTA or their designee is required to take the new LTA 101 training prior to January 1, 2024.

  • Will LTA 101 be offered every year for new LTAs?
  • Yes, an in-person and/ or virtual option will be available every year to accommodate new LTAs.

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact Melissa Evans or Lisa Knight.
Connecticut Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) 2022-2026
A Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide, data-driven, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary transportation safety plan integrating the 4Es of safety – education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency services. The goal of the plan is to reduce traffic accident fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, in keeping with Connecticut’s Vision Zero commitment. In coordination with federal, state, local, and private sector safety stakeholders, the SHSP establishes goals, objectives, and emphasis (or challenge) areas. Connecticut recently updated our plan and is currently in the Implementation Phase.
The current SHSP identifies three main Safety Emphasis Areas (EAs): Infrastructure, Behavior and Pedestrian, as well as Additional Safety Areas that encompass many other topics. Emphasis Area teams have been established and have begun meeting in order to identify implementation strategies. The CT T2 Center has representation on the SHSP Steering Committee and the Pedestrian, Infrastructure, and Additional Safety Areas EA teams.

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For more information and assistance with local road safety in your community, contact Melissa Evans, Safety Circuit Rider, or Jason Hughes, Safety Technical Associate.
Town of East Lyme, CT - Infrastructure Management
Cyvl's direct partnership with the Town of East Lyme, CT, marked a pivotal moment in modern infrastructure management.

Home to 18,645 residents, East Lyme sought to harness Cyvl’s advanced technology, performing a comprehensive assessment of its 118 centerline miles road network to preserve their budget and make optimized decisions.
East Lyme faced the challenge of efficiently managing its infrastructure assets, including pavements, signs, trees, and streetlights. The need for accurate and up-to-date data prompted the town to explore innovative solutions for infrastructure assessment.

Cyvl partnered with East Lyme for a multifaceted project.
  • Cyvl’s sensor inventories pavements, signs, trees, and streetlights.
  • Delivered interactive 360° street view imagery.
  • Empowered the town with accurate GIS reports for informed decisions.
  • Showed commitment to improving local communities through technology.

The collaborative effort involved detailed data collection, leveraging various innovative technologies. Integrating pavement, signs, trees, and telephone pole assessments, along with 360-degree imagery and 2D imagery, provided a comprehensive understanding of East Lyme's infrastructure assets.

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Meet T2 Instructor Sadie Rosethorn
Sadie Lee Rosethorn is the owner of Level Up Coaching. Sadie believes that any challenge can be overcome with enough focus, dedication, and a sincere willingness to learn. In her work as an executive coach, trainer, and organizational development consultant, Sadie helps clients cut through the obstacles that hold them back so they can achieve their organization’s mission. She brings out the best in leaders and teams by consistently providing the right balance of challenge, support, and education that they need to reach their goals. Sadie holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and business administration, and a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership. She is also a certified executive coach, facilitator, and mediator. 
Sadie is known for her down-to-earth style and adventurous spirit. Her love of learning and trying new things drives her to pursue numerous and ever-evolving hobbies including yoga, hiking, sailing, African drumming, poi spinning, winemaking, candle-making, machine knitting, baking bread, and more. But the thing she loves the most is fostering deep and genuine connections with others.
FMCSA Launches Grants to Improve CDL Licensing Process
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced it will award $48 million in grant funding to increase CDL driver training opportunities and to continue improving the process to obtain a CDL.

According to a news release, the funding is aimed at improving the resiliency of the national supply chain and strengthening America’s trucking workforce.

“Every day, we all count on food, clothing, medicine and other goods that reach us thanks to America’s truck drivers,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “With these grants, we are helping states bring more well-trained drivers into this essential field, strengthening our supply chains for years to come.”

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Watch for Me CT's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Event
World Day of Remembrance is a worldwide event, now in its 30th year, that honors and acknowledges the many people killed by cars. Last year Connecticut saw 367 victims, 90 of them pedestrians and cyclists. This year the pace of fatalities continues.

WDoR this year is on Sunday, November 19th and Connecticut will hold its first statewide event at Bushnell Park in Hartford from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The goals of WDoR are to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families.

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NEAPWA Chapter Connects: Grant Writing - How to Get Started (Video)
If you are interested in learning how to tackle a grant or funding application, or would like a refresher, this pre-recorded webinar is for you!

Writing a grant or funding application can seem like an impossible task if you have never completed one before. It can seem daunting even if you have completed one or more but weren’t given any guidance on how to approach the project. During this webinar, learn the basics of how to tackle and complete a grant or funding application. Topics will cover reviewing and understanding what your application requires, organization to collect the application’s information, readability of your application, and considerations for strengthening your application’s chances of being funded. You won’t become a grant or application writing expert by participating in this webinar, but you will take away a method for approaching and completing applications.
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