Earlier this month, NOCoE conducted a peer-to-peer exchange on "Communicating the Future of Transportation," where we brought in state communications directors to discuss the role communications can play in TSMO. NOCoE focused on both internal and external communications needs, including change management efforts across entire agencies to successfully implement TSMO, as well as communicating the benefits of TSMO strategies to the users of transportation systems.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published in the Federal Register the final rules for the last two national performance management measure regulations. One rule establishes regulations to assess the condition and performance of bridges on the NHS and of pavements on the Interstate and non-Interstate NHS. The other establishes regulations to assess the performance of the National Highway System (NHS), Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program.
Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants empower you to put safety first and Just Drive.
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New Episode Featured in Passenger Transport
Highlights from the latest episode of ITE's Thought Leaders in Transportation series with Peter Rogoff, Chief Executive Officer of Sound Transit, are summarized in the current issue of the American Public Transportation Association's Passenger Transport publication.
At the January meeting of the ITE International Board of Direction, the Board established a 2017 initiative on Transportation and Health. Past President, Paula Flores, was charged with working with ITE staff and volunteers in the development of this initiative and the preparation of a Statement of Intent to share with ITE members. Over the last several months Paula and Jeff Lindley, ITE's Chief Technical Officer, have worked to lay out a series of steps and actions that ITE can take in the coming months to advance this initiative.
The National Operations Center of Excellence is currently evaluating its suite of services from 2016, in order to identify improvements for future offerings. Please visit the link below, and answer a series of questions about each of the services that you participated in during 2016. Based on your level of participating in previous services, we anticipate the survey will take between 5 and 20 minutes to complete.
The Board of Directors of the National Operations Center of Excellence has named Patrick Son, P.E., as its Managing Director, effective August 3, 2016.
Son is a registered civil engineer with more than 10 years of experience including transportation and traffic planning, design, operations, and construction inspection. Son has also managed and worked in a nonprofit environment working directly with transportation stakeholders and is actively involved in volunteer engagement.
Nominations are currently being sought for the annual America’s Transportation Awards competition. State departments of transportation have until April 14 to get their projects submitted for consideration.