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Best of National Rural ITS Conference 2018


Webinar Description:
The National Rural ITS and ITS Arizona Conference and Exhibit was held this past October in Fort McDowell, Arizona. The conference provided an opportunity to hear new and thoughtful perspectives on wide variety of ITS topics and the latest in technology innovation applied to small and rural communities. This webinar highlights a few the best rated presentations from the 2018 conference on the topics of rural applications of active traffic management, smart work zones, and adaptive signal control technology. The close of the webinar will look forward to the rural ITS sessions to be held in conjunction with the 2020 ITE Annual Meeting July 21-24 in Austin, Texas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the different approaches to active traffic management as implemented in Michigan.
  • Describe the lessons learned from an example adaptive signal control technology implementation.
  • Understand the application of smart work zones and supporting devices to improve system reporting and operations. 


  • Steve Albert (Webinar Moderator), Director, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University

  • Jennifer Foley, Traffic and Operations Engineer, Michigan DOT, Jackson, MI

    Jennifer Foley is the region’s Traffic and Operations Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), University Region. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. Over the past 15 years, Jennifer has worked for MDOT in different regions in construction, design, traffic, safety and operations including intelligent transportation (ITS). Jennifer has worked in traffic, operations and ITS in the University Region for the last decade specializing in ITS design, operations and construction oversight. Recently she was the lead engineer for the ITS system for an Active Traffic Management (ATM) system for the US-23 Flex Route project in Ann Arbor, the state’s first ATM which involves dynamic lane and shoulder use, a queue warning system and a variable speed advisory system. Jennifer continues to lead the operations and maintenance efforts for this system as well as the regions ITS deployments.

  • David Haines, Project Manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Mesa, AZ

    David has 25+ years of experience specializing in wide-area communications architecture, fiber optic network, local-area network (LAN), and wide-area network (WAN) design; wired and wireless communications; intelligent transportation systems (ITS) equipment planning and design, specification writing, plans package production, constructability evaluations, software functionality writing, communication hardware integration, construction and technical support, conduit percent fill calculations, and troubleshooting and repairing communications equipment. David was the project manager for the UDOT SWZ PVSL and Queue Warning System project.

  • Deanna Haase, Project Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Mesa, AZ

    Deanna has led or managed components of various ITS and transportation operations projects locally and across the U.S. for 14 years with a focus on agency deployment planning, operational process evaluation and development, data management and information sharing, operational integration, developing regional and statewide strategic plans, innovative concept development for new technology applications, concepts of operations, and high-level system designs. Deanna was the lead Project Engineer for the UDOT SWZ PVSL and Queue Warning System project.

  • April Wire, ITS Project Manager, Maricopa County DOT, Phoenix, AZ

    April Wire has worked in the Traffic Engineering field for the last decade and currently serves Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) as the Arterial Operations Program Manager. She is responsible for overseeing Arterial Mobility & Traffic Signal Operations Programs. Her areas of focus include adaptive signal control technology and automated traffic signal performance measures. Prior to joining MCDOT, April worked for the City of Overland Park, KS and Douglas County, CO. April has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in AZ, KS, and CO and has certification as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). She currently serves as Vice President for AZ ITE and is the Chair for the AZTech Operations Committee.

  • Randy Johnson, KC Scout Manager, Missouri DOT, Lee's Summit, MO

    Randy Johnson is a registered Professional Engineer, Accident Reconstructionist and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He joined the Missouri Department of Transportation in 2001 and has worked in construction, traffic, project management and planning. In January 2015, Randy expanded into the arena of Intelligent Transportation Systems becoming the Manager of KC Scout. KC Scout is a bi-state traffic management and technology organization shared between Missouri and Kansas DOT. Randy Johnson is currently the Past-President of ITS Heartland, a 5 state chapter of ITS America.

May 30, 2019
Thu 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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