Training Announcements

Vol. 84
December 6, 2018
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on Vision Zero, traffic incident management, and rural road design. 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: 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

New
Webinar: Creating a Vision Zero Action Plan Course Overview
Date: December 6, 2018
Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am MT/10:00 am to 11:00 am ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Ohio Department of Transportation

Receive an overview of the Creating a Vision Zero Action Plan course which provides instruction on how to create a Vision Zero Action Plan that centers on addressing crash fatalities. The course is divided into four parts. Part I presents fundamentals of traffic safety and traffic-related crash trends. Wherever possible local examples will be used, so this Part includes an evaluation of local crash patterns and trends. In Part II, state-level traffic safety programs are discussed, and then the three main crash fatality initiatives are reviewed and compared, including Toward Zero Deaths, the Road to Zero, and Vision Zero. This part of the course concludes with a field visit of a nearby traffic safety project or equivalent location to evaluate its effectiveness/safety and other opportunities for improvement. Once back in the classroom, participants will form small groups to analyze the site and propose additional countermeasures, presenting their solutions to the class. Part III then covers Vision Zero in more detail - goals, components, and implementation steps. The course concludes with Part IV, which includes a detailed review of the steps and elements needed to create a Vision Zero Action Plan, including reference and funding information. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to evaluate other communities' Action Plans and then to develop their own customized strategy for implementation in their community.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Implementing Context Sensitive Design
Date: December 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Complete Streets Coalition

Join the National Complete Streets Coalition and Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates to learn about the new Institute of Traffic Engineers guide, Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Thoroughfares: A Practitioners Handbook. During this webinar, they will present real-world case studies from the report to demonstrate the medium- and long-term impacts of successful context sensitive design projects. They will also discuss their focus on effective community engagement and the methodology they used to develop the document and tools.  

For more information about this training, click here .
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 .
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: FTA Rural and Tribal NTD Overview and Updates
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 Rural Transit Assistance Program

Maggie Schilling and Murtaza Naqvi, FTA NTD Program Managers, 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.  They will be joined by Joe Eldredge, NTD Operations Center Manager.

The webinar will also address questions on the Rural and Tribal NTD.

For more information about this training, click
here .
New
Webinar: Leveraging Big Data to Improve Traffic Incident Management
Date: December 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

As the era of "Big Data" is upon us, there is an overwhelming number of data sources to draw from to improve traffic incident management (TIM). Big Data is not just "a lot of data," it is a fundamental change in how to collect, analyze, and use data to uncover trends and relationships. In general, advances in technology have significantly increased data quantity, improved data quality, and enhanced data analytics. There is an urgent need for transportation agencies to become fluent in these technologies and to successfully integrate them within their operations so that they may benefit from the large set of existing and emerging Big Data data sources and tools. Big Data holds the potential for leveraging the greatest return on investment in traffic incident management and associated public safety outcomes.

For more information about this training, click
here .
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 .
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 .
New
Webinar: Introducing ITE's New Curbside Management Practitioners' Guide
Date: December 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Curb space is where movement meets access. However, this valuable and flexible public space is not always optimized for its highest and best use. Curb space can be used not only as car parking and loading, but also as the front stoop, sidewalk café, transit hub, freight delivery zone, taxi stand, rain garden, or trash collection area. It serves many purposes throughout the day and makes possible the exchanges and interactions that occur on great streets. Curb space has historically been a reliable revenue source for municipalities through parking fees, and a key indicator for real estate and retail value. The curb space is usually contested; reassigning curb space for new purposes is often politically fraught, in part because use of the curb is competitive and viewed as zero-sum.

In support of the key challenges and opportunities for cities in this technical realm, ITE's new Curbside Management Practitioners' Guide provides guidance on best practices for curb space allocation policy and implementation based primarily upon the outcomes of tested strategies. It presents a framework and toolbox for analyzing and optimizing curb space in this time of change with the aim of prioritizing and maximizing community values and safety. The goal is to provide practitioners the tools and reference material needed to make decisions pertaining to the allocation of curb space. This includes planning and implementation considerations for curbside management or sharing, policy development, prioritization, available tools and treatments, and evaluation metrics. The tools applied must match the policy goals; the policy decision about which curb uses to prioritize is almost always more important than the tool or technology used to implement it.

This webinar will introduce the new guide and present several case studies of cities with active curb space management policies, programs, and/or design efforts.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Modeling Freeway Traffic in a Mixed Environment: Connected and Human-Driven Vehicles
Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Institute of Transportation and Communities (NITC)

Although connected vehicles (CVs) will soon go beyond testbeds, CVs and human-driven vehicles (HVs) will co-exist over a long period. Hence, it is critical to consider the interactions between these two types of vehicles in traffic flow modeling. In this study, we aim to develop a macroscopic model to understand how CVs would impact HVs in the traffic stream. Grounded on the second-order traffic flow model, we study the relationships among flow, density, and speed by two sets of formulations for the groups of CVs and HVs, respectively. A set of friction factors, which indicate CVs' impact to HVs, are introduced to the speed equation for accounting CV speed impacts. Then extended Kalman Filter is employed to update both model parameters and friction factors in real-time. By using CVs trajectory data as measurements, the difference between CV average speed and overall traffic mean speed will be fully accounted. The proposed model will serve as a basis for designing CV-based traffic control function, such as speed harmonization, on highways.

For more information about this training, click here .
Instructor-Led Trainings
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: Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking
Date: January 23-25, 2019
Location: Denver, CO
Organization: National Transit Institute (NTI)

Public Involvement is much more than posting notices and holding public hearings. Public participation involves creative thinking, with willingness and ability to interact openly to the public's preferred forms of communication. It is about being sensitive to disparate needs and conflicting priorities. It is about giving the public an opportunity to influence transportation decisionmaking. This course walks the talk by employing public involvement techniques as the means of conveying the key learning outcomes. It is a joint effort among FTA's Office of Planning, NTI, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Planning, and the National Highway Institute (NHI) and was recently updated to reflect changes in the Federal Transportation reauthorization.

This course does not focus on the NEPA process, but on more general strategies and tools of engaging the public .

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Training: Introduction to Highway Safety Fundamentals
Date: January 30, 2019
Location: Roanoke, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

Our roads and highways form a complex system. Infrastructure that makes travelers safer in one circumstance won't necessarily work in another. Likewise, what makes a roadway efficient for some users excludes others; think of high-speed arterials without sidewalks because planners deemed the roads unsafe for pedestrians.

That's an example of single-modal thinking, and implementing such measures has reduced crash and fatality rates. But those reductions have leveled off over time as we've reached the limits of what single-mode interventions- or those rooted in a single engineering discipline - can achieve. Further improvements must come from countermeasures that address road safety across all modes and from solutions based on multidisciplinary science and research.

Introduction to Highway Safety Fundamentals begins to explore the growing body of knowledge that underlies the safety transportation profession today. Participants will take away a new understanding of road safety defined by a science-based perspective that results in both fewer accidents and the mitigation of consequences when they do occur. It does so in part by emphasizing the "4 Es" of road safety: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response.

The workshop is intended for design, traffic, safety, utilities, maintenance and operations engineers; transportation and land use planners; law enforcement; agency directors; project managers; inspectors; emergency response personnel; and safety data collectors, managers and analysts .

For more information about this training, click here .
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 .
New
Training: Mainstreaming Safety into Road Projects
Date: March 4-8, 2019
Location: Alexandria, VA
Organization: International Road Federation (IRF)

Preventive road risk assessment procedures are an effective and essential instrument to help road authorities reduce the number of crashes and casualties, because design standards alone cannot guarantee road safety in all conditions.

Risk assessment procedures can typically be applied at successive stages of road planning, design, opening and operations. They all serve the common purpose of identifying risk factors related to road design or traffic control that may lead to crashes, or make crashes more severe. In many cases, they help network highway operators and city traffic departments identify engineering weaknesses and hazardous road sections, even in the absence of robust traffic injury data.

In 2015, 82.5% of countries reported implementing one or more of these procedures, yet over 70% of roads surveyed by the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) in emerging countries were rated under 2 stars across at least one user category. These figures suggest a startling disconnect between the theoretical merits of safe road infrastructure management and the actual results experienced by countless road users every day. In 2017, UN Member States agreed on global performance targets for road safety that include ensuring all new roads are built to 3-star or better standard, and more than 75% of travel is on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads by 2030 .

For more information about this training, click here .

Conferences

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 .
New
Conference: Shared Use Mobility Summit
Date: March 5-7, 2019
Location: Chicago, IL
Organization: Shared Use Mobility Center

Join today's thinkers and do-ers in exploring how different mobility options (ridehailing, carsharing, micromobility, mass transit, autonomous vehicles, mobility hubs, and the latest technology) can work together to create a multi-modal transportation system that's affordable, efficient, accessible, and environmentally sound.

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 .
New
Conference: National Planning Conference
Date: April 13-16, 2019
Location: San Francisco, CA
Organization: American Planning Association (APA)

Want to move to the forefront of planning? Attend NPC19 and pack learning, sharing, connecting, and fun into four exciting days. NPC19's robust educational program covers emerging issues, new trends, and best practices in planning.

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 .
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: 2019 APBP Conference
Date: August 25-28, 2019
Location: Portland, OR
Organization: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Join over 300 active transportation professionals and advocates at the biennial APBP 2019 from Aug 25 - 28 in Portland, Ore - one of the must multimodal cities in America. In addition to national stories and perspectives, you'll be getting the low-down on some of most successful active transportation programs in the Portland metro region - including our Vision Zero "Twenty is Plenty" initiative; protected bike lanes and greenways; and innovative parking reform.

The APBP Local Host Committee is pulling together over 40 sessions, workshops, and mobile tours around the city. They're excited to showcase over 350 miles bike lanes, integrated transit options, and our newest bridge: the Tilikum Crossing. It's the first bridge of its kind in the U.S., carrying lightrail, buses, streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians over the Willamette River. Note - no cars.

You think you know Portland, but this conference will go deeper than just bike boulevards and car-free bridges. Major programs (including Sunday Parkways, Safe Routes to School, and SmartTrips) have been managed by the City for over a decade; we've been installing bike parking quietly but relentlessly for even longer; and our pedestrian accommodation policies for construction sites has transformed our streets. Come tour North America's biggest valet bike parking; new enhanced arterial bikeway crossing strategies; invisible yet powerful signal magic; and Better Naito (a resident-led tactical urbanism project that has become an annual tradition).

For more information about this conference, click
here .
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 .