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Rural TSMO Planning in Western States

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This panel session explores the unique needs, opportunities and challenges to providing Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) planning in rural areas. The panel brings experts representing small and large agencies, all currently completing distinct rural TSMO planning efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide example of embedding both urban and rural ITS needs into the TSMO plan
  • Explore managing limited workforce resources in rural areas and how to customize the needs and priorities for the districts
  • Learn about making the business case for funding rural TSMO growth

Moderator: Susie Serres, Operations Group Manager, DKS

Speakers:
  • Justin Belk, P.E., Integrated Corridor Operations Engineer and Pamela Vasudeva, Acting Statewide TSMO Development Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, Washington
  • David Hirsch, P.E., PTOE, Region 4 Traffic Operations Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bend, Oregon
  • Stacy Shetler, P.E., County Engineer, Washington County (OR), Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Jeff Miles, P.E., PTOE, Transportation Engineer IV, Texas Department of Transportation, Bryan, Texas
  • Dennis Mitchell, P.E., Regional Director of Transportation Technology, DKS Associates, Portland, Oregon

Contributors

  • Moderator: Susie Serres, Operations Group Manager, DKS

  • David Hirsch, P.E., PTOE, Region 4 Traffic Operations Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bend, Oregon

    Dave Hirsch, P.E.; PTOE is the ODOT Region Traffic Operations Engineer with ODOT Region 4 located in Bend, OR. His daily duties include developing Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O) strategies for ODOT Region 4 as well as participate on statewide leadership teams to standardize practices in this subject area. Aspects of his duties include securing funding, public and private outreach, and coordination with area transportation agencies to initiate, plan and execute ITS and traffic operations projects. Other duties include developing performance management processes for traffic signal systems, illumination and ITS as well as provide technical traffic design oversite on various project teams. Dave earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and is licensed as a professional engineer in Oregon and Minnesota.

  • Stacy Shetler, P.E., County Engineer, Washington County (OR), Hillsboro, Oregon

    Stacy Shetler, P.E. is a graduate of Oregon State University and the County Engineer for Washington County in Hillsboro, Oregon. He manages the Engineering, Traffic Engineering and Survey Sections. Over his 20+ career at the county and the Oregon Department of Transportation, he has helped integrate cost effective technology to improve safety and mobility for users of the transportation system.

  • Dennis Mitchell, P.E., Regional Director of Transportation Technology, DKS Associates, Portland, Oregon

    Dennis Mitchell, P.E. is a transportation engineer with over 37 years’ experience leading transportation projects for public agencies. Prior to joining DKS, Dennis was the Region 1 Traffic Engineer with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).With this agency experience, he brings expertise in leading and directing the technical aspect of traffic investigations, design and operations including the development, evaluation and deployment of new technology related to traffic engineering and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Dennis is also experienced in securing funding, public and private outreach, and coordination of efforts with other area transportation agencies to initiate, plan and execute ITS projects. Dennis also coordinated planning with local agencies on build-out and sharing of communication infrastructure.

  • Jeff Miles, P.E., PTOE, Transportation Engineer IV, Texas Department of Transportation, Bryan, Texas

    Jeffrey (Jeff) David Miles, PE, PTOE is a transportation engineer, born and raised in the big, friendly state of Texas. He is a US Navy veteran with a Westpac tour aboard the ballistic submarine, USS Alaska (SSBN 732 Blue). In 1999, Mr. Miles became a Fighting Texas Aggie. He graduated from Texas A&M University first in 2002 with his bachelor's degree, and again in 2004 with his master's degree with an emphasis in transportation civil engineering. Upon graduation, he worked for a short stint at a consulting firm, before returning back to Texas A&M to spend more than a decade in research at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). His research experience ranged from developing engineering tools, such as the GPS based horizontal curve advisory speed setting method to human factors visibility research.

    In 2016, Mr. Miles switched his hat again to expand his expertise in the area of signalization at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in the Bryan District. Since joining the TxDOT team, he has designed or managed over $10 million dollars of new construction and nearing $1 million in maintenance work. Mr. Miles has focused on safety design and maintenance projects that utilize beacons, signalization, safety lighting, barrier, or geometric improvements. Mr. Miles keeps a broad perspective on transportation through various other activities. He is involved in ITE and TRB. He is on several TxDOT research panels. He is involved in the state of Texas rewrite of the construction standards manual. Mr. Miles is also a contributing engineer to several design standard revisions.

  • Pamela Vasudeva, Acting Statewide TSMO Development Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, Washington

    Pamela Vasudeva is the acting Statewide TSMO Traffic Engineer at WSDOT. In my current role she is responsible for developing the state’s TSMO program plan that supports WSDOT’s multimodal network and addresses the needs of both urban and rural parts of the state. Pam has been in the transportation industry for over 15 years in Washington and California, in both the private and public sectors. Her responsibilities have included policy development, long-term planning, and the early design phase of project implementation. Throughout her career she has been committed to solutions that improve the operations and efficiency of multimodal transportation systems. Pam’s overarching goal has and continues to be to provide safe, reliable, and resource-efficient options for those that walk, bike, take transit and use trip alternatives such as telework.

  • Justin Belk, P.E., Integrated Corridor Operations Engineer | Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, Washington

    Justin Belk is the statewide Integrated Corridor Operations Engineer at WSDOT. He is a licensed professional engineer in Washington and Oregon with a B.S. in Civil Engineering degree from Missouri University of Science & Technology. With over 13 years of public and private sector experience in transportation engineering and operations, he has worked on a variety of TSMO strategies deployed in various contexts and settings in both the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. From planning through design and implementation, he has an eye for multimodal safety and creative solutions. He currently oversees statewide ITS operations efforts at WSDOT in areas such as traffic management, joint operations, and cooperative automated transportation.

July 20, 2021
Tue 1:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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