Training Announcements

Vol. 83
November 21, 2018
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on speed management, autonomous vehicles, and traffic control devices. Join the Safety Center on December 18th for the Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasures - Part 3 webinarThis webinar will give  an overview of clear zone treatments and crash testing of roadside hardware.

If you know of relevant trainings or events which are not included in our emails, please let us know so that we can add them. Also, if you know of sites, newsletters or other sources that we should monitor for upcoming trainings and events, please pass those along to us, as well. 
 
Sincerely,

Jaime Sullivan
Center Manager
National Center for Rural Road Safety
info@ruralsafetycenter.org
In This Issue

Traffic Safety Weeks

Event: Thanksgiving Holiday Travel
Date: November 21-26, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 28), 341 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Tragically, 49% of those killed were not buckled up, representing an increase in seat belt use compared to the same weekend in 2015, when 52% of those killed in traffic crashes were unrestrained.

Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 55% of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night. Much like drunk driving, these deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America. These deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. Research shows that wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest things you can do to stay safe when you're traveling in a vehicle, especially during busy travel periods like Thanksgiving .

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Event: Holiday Season Impaired Driving Prevention
Date: December 13-31, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The Holiday Season is known for being merry and bright, but they're also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to drunk driving. Every holiday season, lives are lost due to drunk drivers.

For more information about this training, click here .

Webinars

Webinar: Leading with Health: Complete Streets and Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
Date: November 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Complete Streets policies and bicycle and pedestrian plans are two key tools used by cities and counties to support community visions and goals for health. 

Health stakeholders have a crucial role to play in advancing strong policies and plans in their communities. In this webinar, you'll hear from a county health department that developed pedestrian plans for unincorporated communities, a health coalition that lead a Complete Streets policy effort, and about other ways to bring a health focus to local walking and bicycling initiatives.  

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Best of Minneapolis: Speeding Up the Slowdown - Strategies for More Intelligent Speed Management in Urban and Suburban Communities
Date: November 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $199
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

This webinar, originally delivered as one of ITE's most popular technical sessions at the 2018 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Minneapolis, focuses on new approaches to speed management, and how slower speeds can reduce fatalities and improve community livability. Several projects from medium and large cities around the Midwest will showcase the project development process for previously high-risk corridors, and the session will conclude with a broader discussion on intelligent speed limit setting and how to leverage all available tools and resources.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Optimizing Lane Widths: A Data Driven and Performance Based Approach
Date: November 29, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $149
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

The transportation profession is in the midst of game-changing movement in the planning and design of safe and efficient roadways. Local and state agencies are shifting towards performance-based, data-driven decision making and solutions that require a transparent assessment of trade-offs between performance measures-namely safety, operations, environmental impacts and life-cycle cost. Flexibility is not only needed; it is a necessity for designing roadways for all modes. The webinar will provide an overview of national guidance and highlight implementation by States and local agencies of flexible lane widths on projects.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Connected Vehicles Technology Platform
Date: November 30, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC)

The long-term vision and promise of connected vehicles is to use communication between vehicles, and between vehicles and infrastructure, to improve the safety and efficiency of our transportation network.

In late 2018 and through 2019, a multidisciplinary research team will deploy the Multi-Modal Intelligent Traffic Signal System (MMITSS) - a Dynamic Mobility Application developed at the University of Arizona by Dr. Larry Head - on the Portland Streetcar and at four intersections along the "Art Museum Corridor" in Southwest Portland. A prototype CV system is currently being designed and developed based on the MMITSS prototype, traffic signal controllers used by the City of Portland, and the Streetcar operating schedule. It will be tested at PSU and in the City of Portland Traffic Signal Shop. A test intersection near the PSU campus will be selected and equipment installed for field testing. Between November and July, on-board units will be installed on two streetcars and four intersections, and operations will commence. In the long term, technology like this could reduce delay and prevent collisions, making the streetcar-and eventually, the entire transportation system-safer and more efficient .  

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Making Autonomous Vehicles a Reality: Precise Localization Using Precise GPS, Map, and Perception Sensors
Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: University of Minnesota Roadway Safety Institute

Intelligent fusion of different sensor types is the key to enabling safe and reliable autonomous vehicles. Throughout the past few years, there has been great interest and continued investment in perception technologies such as Lidar, cameras, and radar. These sensor types offer great performance at falling costs-but they also have significant limitations. These include weather restrictions, limited range, and tight tolerances for vehicle packaging.

General Motors (GM) believes perception sensors must be intelligently combined with other localization technologies, including precise GNSS, high-performance inertial measurements, and a precise map. GM has established a leadership position within the auto industry by developing and using these "absolute localization" sensors for its Cadillac Super Cruise feature, available on the CT6 sedan.

This presentation will discuss how precise GNSS can be applied to autonomous vehicles with low-cost technology, and how this equipment can be combined with MEMS inertial sensors and a highly precise map referenced to the WGS-84 datum. These sensor types overcome many of the limitations of Lidar, cameras, and radar-and provide complimentary inputs to achieve better levels of safety and integrity. This presentation will also provide a high-level comparison between Level 2 automation with Super Cruise versus Level 4 automation on GM's Chevy Bolt AV. Finally, this presentation will provide an overview of the challenges and benefits of precise vehicle positioning for emerging vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure applications .  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: FTA Rural and Tribal NTD Overview and Updates
Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Rural Transit Assistance Program 

Maggie Shilling, FTA NTD Program Manager, will lead a webinar that will cover basic requirements for rural and tribal reporters, how the data are used in the formula, and an overview of updates to the asset inventory requirements.  She will be joined by Joe Eldredge, NTD Operations Center Manager.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Best of Minneapolis: Signs and Signals - Innovations That Work
Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $199
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

This webinar was originally delivered as one of ITE's most popular technical sessions during the 2018 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Minneapolis. During this webinar, attendees will learn about several innovative applications of traffic control devices aimed at improving transportation safety and operations for all users. Experimental overhead bicycle signals, gap-out signal timing strategies, state of the art updates for dynamic message signs will be discussed, as well as an overview on how automated vehicle location (AVL) is being used to measure and improve signal
performance
.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Design and Operations of Road Segments and Interchanges in Rural Areas
Date: December 11, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $199
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Geometric design of uninterrupted flow facilities is the process by which engineers seek to provide for the needs of a variety of users and vehicle types while minimizing environmental impacts. Uninterrupted flow exists when there are no traffic control devices that interrupt traffic and where no platoons are formed by upstream signals. Examples are freeways, multilane highways, and two-lane highways. Design involves integrating three dimensions: horizontal alignment, vertical alignment, and cross-section. In addition to the design elements, the professional practices of uninterrupted flow facilities include the effect of roadway design on traffic operation and safety as well as signs, markings, and traffic safety devices associated with rural areas.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Coordinating Information and Data between Traffic Management Centers and Public Safety Access Points
Date: December 12, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

The co-location and integration of traffic management enters (TMCs) and public safety answering points (PSAPs) offers the possibility of coordinating emergency services with traffic operations to increase the effectiveness of the traffic incident management. While attempts at integration exist at the state level, PSAPs are often run by county or city agencies, making for a natural coordination local or regional TMCs.   This webinar will look at three TMCs that are co-located or integrated with PSAPs and evaluate the various models of integration and highlight best practices:
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Minnesota DOT
  • Connecticut DOT
For more information about this training, click
here .
New
Webinar: Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasures - Part 3
Date: December 18, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety

Are roadway departure crashes a challenge in your area? If so, this three-part webinar series is for you! 

In part 3, attendees will learn about clear zone treatments and crash testing of roadside hardware.

Missed the other two parts? Do not worry! They were recorded and are available on our website for you to view at your convenience. The other webinars in the series, have addressed the following subjects:
  • (part 1) summary of rural roadway departure safety problem, a description of the EDC-5 innovation focused on rural roadway departure reduction, and a discussion about rumble strips (archived version can be found here)
  •  (part 2) roadway curve marking/signing and high friction surface treatments (archived version can be found here)
For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Reducing Underage Drinking with Practical Tools that Develop Social and Emotional Skills
Date: December 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC)

A recent study found that Montana parents with higher social and emotional parenting skills were over six times more likely to engage in best practices to reduce underage drinking. This webinar will review social and emotional skills, how they are protective for youth, and a project creating practical tools for parents to reduce underage drinking and strengthen social and emotional skills.

For more information about this training, click here .
Instructor-Led Trainings
Training: Traffic Incident Management Training for Emergency Responders
Date: November 28, 2018
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

Three vehicle crashes involving injuries occur every minute in the United States putting nearly 39,000 incident responders in harm's way daily. Disruption and congestion from these incidents can increase the likelihood of secondary crashes, cause delays, and increase driver frustration. The longer responders remain on the scene, the greater the risk they, and the traveling public, face. Correct traffic incident management (TIM) focuses on responding in a way that protects motorists and emergency personnel while minimizing negative effects on traffic. TIM practices include detecting, verifying, and responding to incidents; clearing the incident scene; and restoring traffic flow.

Using a multi-discipline approach, first responders in New Jersey will learn how to operate more efficiently and act collectively. The training covers topics including TIM guidelines, fundamentals, and terminology; notifications and scene size up; scene safety and risk management; traffic management; special circumstances; clearance; and termination.

This course is open to all traffic-incident first responders including personnel in law enforcement, fire fighting, emergency medical services (EMS), public safety, public works, towing and recovery, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) .

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Safer Roads by Design: Black Spot Solutions and Road Safety Audits
Date: December 3-7, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
Organization: International Road Federation (IRF)

This IRF Executive Seminar Safer Roads By Design™: Black Spot Solutions & Road Safety Audits , part the IRF Certified Continuing Education Program, will be held from December 3-7, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia USA. The program is one of the most comprehensive road safety training programs available in the world. Top international experts from a variety of countries will present best practices and state of the art technologies in Roadside Safety, Work Zone Safety, Vulnerable User Safety, Traffic Management and Road Safety Audits over a 5-day period. The purpose of this seminar is to help road authorities understand what can be done to help them meet their Decade of Action commitment to reduce fatalities 50% by 2020.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Speed Management Techniques and Applications
Date: December 11, 2018
Location: Arlington, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

The Speed Management Techniques and Applications Course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and principles for applying various techniques for countering speeding and speed related crashes.  The first sections of the course review the Fatality Analysis Reporting System as well as other sources of crash data.  Methods for identifying potential hazardous areas related to crashes involving roadway departures, intersections, and bicycle and pedestrians are demonstrated.

A portion of the course is devoted to discuss and demonstrate methods for determining appropriate design and posted speeds.  The application of USLIMTS2 software is presented to the class for developing posted speed limit recommendations.

The course also reviews various speed reduction techniques that are applicable to rural and urban areas and reviews their effectiveness.  The countermeasures are categorized into three types of speed related crashes: 1. Road Departures; 2. Intersections; 3. Pedestrians & Bicyclists.   The class is asked to apply the appropriate techniques to a series of case studies .

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Introduction to Highway Safety Fundamentals
Date: December 18, 2018
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

This course provides a broad understanding of the history, laws, institutions, and research methods that govern our approach to road safety.  Many in the profession go about their daily work lacking a basic understanding of how transportation safety works in part because, most learned about safety through on the job training and lack a broader perspective on the discipline as a whole.  Perhaps most importantly, there is little opportunity to understand and appreciate the growing body of science and knowledge associated with the discipline.  Yet, familiarity with these fundamentals is imperative if we are to improve the methods used to prevent fatal and serious injury crashes and mitigate the consequences of those that do occur.   Crashes are rarely, if ever, due to a single contributing factor; hence, comprehensive, multidisciplinary solutions are needed.  This course teaches the fundamentals, and begins to establish a common language to improve communication and understanding among the disciplines.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Training: Purdue Road School
Date: March 4-7, 2019
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Organization: Purdue, Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program

Purdue Road School is co-sponsored by JTRP and the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and attracts over 2,000 Indiana local and state officials, consultants, and suppliers each year. Important updates on pertinent transportation issues, as well as sessions on topics of general interest, are provided in the two-day event.

For more information about this training, click here .

Conferences

Conference: 2nd National Summit on Rural Road Safety
Date: December 4-6, 2018
Location: Savannah, GA
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety, National Association of County Engineers (NACE)

Rural communities provide food, energy, resources and much more to keep America running. In 2016, attendees at the National Working Summit on Transportation in Rural America helped define the future for "Moving Rural America" by articulating the key transportation safety issues facing rural areas, culminating in a call to action of "On the Road to Zero, We Cannot Ignore Rural."

The 2nd summit will continue to move the rural conversation forward and will focus more intently on safety solutions and "Bridging the Gap."
  1. How do we create awareness and a unified voice for rural areas?
  2. What rural-specific solutions exist and how do you implement them within rural constraints?
  3. How do we look at rural safety without peering through an "urban lens?"
  4. More importantly, how do we shift rural safety culture to get us to zero?
Join this conversation in Savannah, Georgia in December 2018.  We need your perspective and expertise to successfully articulate rural transportation safety needs and solutions.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: TRB Annual Meeting
Date: January 13-17, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting will be held January 13-17, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2019 meeting: Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: ATSSA 49th Annual Convention and Traffic Expo
Date: February 8-12, 2019
Location: Tampa, FL
Organization: American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)

Where do Roadway Infrastructure Safety Professionals go to learn about the latest innovative safety technology, garner CEU credits, and collaborate with the best and brightest minds in roadway safety?

Uncover the Innovation at ATSSA's Annual Convention & Traffic Expo with four days of education, exhibits and networking in Tampa, Florida, February 8-12, 2019 at the Tampa Convention Center.

For nearly five decades, ATSSA members have paved the way to make the nation's roads safe. Whether you've been in the industry for years or just a short time, the Convention & Traffic Expo is the forum to see why ATSSA has put safety and innovation on roadways.

Now is a pivotal time for the roadway safety industry to join together to discuss innovations in safety, programs and progress. Come hear the latest developments, how you can make a difference and how your business will be impacted.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 2019 Lifesavers Conference
Date: March 31 - April 2, 2019
Location: Louisville, KY
Organization: Lifesavers Conference, Inc.

The Lifesavers Conference brings together a unique combination of public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research, and policy initiatives that are proven to work. You can't get the kind of information that is conveyed at this conference anywhere else at this value.

For more information about this conference, click
here .
Conference: NACE Annual Meeting/Management and Technical Conference
Date: April 14-18, 2019
Location: Wichita, KS
Organization: National Association of County Engineers (NACE)

There are 2 ways to learn about best practices and innovation changes in local roads: Wait until they happen then scramble to catch up ...  Or attend  NACE 2019 to stay ahead of the game!  A reimagined NACE 2019 presents a fresh, new approach to how county road and infrastructure officials learn, engage, and connect with one another. 

For more information about this conference, click
here .
Conference: ASHE National Conference
Date: May 8-12, 2019
Location: Nashville, TN
Organization: American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

The Middle Tennessee Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) is excited to host the 2019 ASHE National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.

The conference is expected to attract over 600 public and private sector design professionals, vendors, contractors and guests from across the country, and provide a forum for networking and education on topics relevant to the transportation industry. The agenda is filled with informative technical sessions, social events and networking opportunities.  

For more information about this conference, click
here .
Conference: ITS America Annual Meeting
Date: June 4-7, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: ITS America

ITS America's 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. will highlight seamless mobility around the movement of people, data and freight.  Innovative business models can flourish in the new age of mobility. Be a part of the conversation that will shape an environment for safe deployment of connected and automated mobility.  

For more information about this conference, click
here .
New
Conference: WASHTO Annual Meeting
Date: June 9-12, 2019
Location: Glendale, AZ
Organization: Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO)

On June 9-12, 2019 transportation professionals will gather in Glendale, Arizona for the 2019 Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) Annual Conference.

WASHTO 2019 will be attended by State Department of Transportation Directors, Chief Engineers, and executive leadership from the 18 western most states in the country, as well as executives from the US Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration. Other notable attendees are national transportation leaders from the private sector and academia.  

Approximately 500 attendees will be on hand to experience WASHTO 2019, which will feature informative breakout sessions, technical tours and information covering all areas of interest in highway transportation .  

For more information about this conference, click
here .
New
Conference: 12th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads
Date: September 15-18, 2019
Location: Kalispell, MT
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB is sponsoring the 12th TRB International Conference on Low Volume Roads on September 15-18, 2019 in Kalispell, Montana. This conference examines new technologies and new techniques in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of low-volume roads. Panelists will explore case studies and practical solutions to common problems related to all aspects of low-volume roads.

For more information about this conference, click
here .