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KYSITE Fall Meeting Register - RSVP
Exclusive Interview with ITE VP-Elect
MUTCD Compliance Info
Highway Capacity Manual Workshop
Coming Soon: Call for Abstracts
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KYSITE Fall Technical Meeting (Louisville)

October 12: 
HCM Workshop (Cincinnati)

November 10, 2011:
KYSITE Annual Meeting

April 15 - 18, 2012:
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The Changing Face of Transportation


Hello again!   

The Fall Meeting is a week away -- have you signed up yet?  If not, please do so right away - the deadline to sign up is September 16!!!  


This newsletter features:

  • KYSITE Fall Meeting Registration
  • Another Highway Capacity Manual Workshop Reminder
  • Exclusive Interview with Zaki Mustafa, International ITE Vice-President-elect RivalryRug-- this is 'hot off the press' and we hope you enjoy it.

There's a big in-state football game this weekend.  Let's all have fun and good luck to your team.


Finally, thanks for Rebecca Franke and Billy Garrison for their contributions this week!


As always, contact us at anytime!      


- KYSITE Officers

KYSITE Fall Meeting - Final Reminder!


The KYSITE Fall Technical Meeting is on Thursday  September 22, 2011.  For those of you coming from outside of Louisville, please allow additional travel time to get to the meeting as traffic delays have been occuring near downtown Louisville with the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge (I-64 bridge from Louisville to Indiana). 


The "theme" is Managing Capacity.  Presentations will include:


-Harrodsburg Rd Double Crossover Diamond (from a project, lessons learned, and signal re-timing perspective)


-Adaptive Traffic Control Systems (different systems and a case study of South Limestone Street in Lexington, KY)


The meeting will be held at the University Club in Louisville, Kentucky.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 with breakfast and end at 12:00 PM.  Other things to note include:


-3.0 credit hours

-$25 member / $30 non-member


For more details, visit this link on our website.  This link also contains information about paying for the meeting via PayPal if you wish to pay ahead of time.


VERY IMPORTANT! Please RVSP by September 16, 2011 at


Also, please note that there will be a short Local Arrangements Committee meeting following the fall meeting over lunch to discuss the status of the upcoming 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Annual Meeting in Lexington!


Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! 


Interview with ITE International Vice-President Zaki Mustafa


Two of our younger members (Rebecca Franke and Billy Garrison) had the opportunity to conduct a telephone interview with the newly elected International Vice-President of ITE, Zaki Mustafa.  The following are some questions they came up with and his answers.  Enjoy!Zaki's Photo

Working in a city like Los Angeles that is known for traffic, what is it like to be a traffic engineer?  What is your favorite thing about being a transportation engineer?

It's impossible to keep everyone happy and every day is different.  There are always new challenges. I am in charge of 4,600 signals, 800,000 signs, and 6,500 miles of striping.  I love being able to help other people with their problems.


What's it like to be married to another engineer?

We hardly ever talk about work. I am sometimes amazed about the things my wife, who works in a much smaller town, worries about. What's a big deal for Loretta is very different. My son is also a traffic engineer and my daughter-in-law is a civil engineer, so I get to hear a lot of different perspectives.


How did you get into ITE?  How many years have you been active?

My mother and father wanted me to become a doctor, but my parents were really strict so I didn't want to live at home for that long. I decided to go into a career where I could graduate earlier, and I decided on engineering. I took a transportation class and really enjoyed it, and my teacher approached me about starting an ITE student chapter at my college when I was a sophomore. I have been active in ITE for 27 years now.


Has being an International ITE officer always been a desire of yours?

No. I never, ever thought I would even be District president, much less anything International. Going through the selection process for International VP was amazing.


What do you look forward to serving in your new position?

I like to seek out people to talk to, and I try to talk to everyone. One time I started a conversation with a young man who was looking kind of lonely on my way to a conference. I discovered that we both happened to be going to the same conference, and we became friends. This student eventually graduated and started his career, and recently gave ITE $15,000 dollars. I asked him why he was doing this so early in his career, and he said that he hoped other students would get the opportunities he had as a student. 


What do you consider your biggest accomplishment as a professional?

During the mid 80's, it took 3-4 months to install conduit for signals. A client came to us and asked for the conduit to be installed in 30 days. We thought it was impossible. Coming home one day, I saw a cable TV installation, where they were making cuts in the ground and putting their conduits in PVC pipe and I wondered- "Why wouldn't that work for us?" I decided to propose this tactic, and it worked! And now what used to take 3-4 months can be done in 4 hours.


I am also very proud of my kids. My wife and I have been very fortunate to spend a lot of time with them, being very active in their schools. We live under the mantra that "it is better to give than to receive" and we have instilled that value into our children; they routinely work in shelters and I have worked with a program where we gave away approximately 450 bikes last year.


What is something you hope that younger members get out of being involved in ITE?

Jobs, of course, are one aspect

Zaki and Bob
Bob Stammer - SDITE Intl Director (L) and Zaki Mustafa (R) - ITE VP-Elect

I hope to help younger members with. But, the main thing is that I hope younger members acquire the appreciation and ability to contribute to society. We need to do whatever we can to help others and our profession gives us the opportunity and ability to do that.


Are you looking forward to SDITE / GLDITE 2012 Joint Annual Meeting?

I might not be able to make it.  We are going to cut back on the traveling of the officers.  Campaigning costs a lot of money, and not all the officers need to be at every meeting.


5 Quick Questions:


Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite color? Green

Telephone or email? Telephone

Pen or Pencil? Pencil

Cats or Cards? I don't really follow sports


Other Notes: Zaki also wanted to say that while traveling around during the ITE election, he got to meet a lot of great people and has really enjoyed seeing people and their families grow on Facebook.


[Editor's Note:  I am very appreciative of Zaki's willingness to do this interview.  He has been very accomodating and very responsive since the first time I spoke with him earlier this year.  Thanks Zaki if you're reading this!]

MUTCD: Changes to Compliance


As many of you know, there is some discussion related toMUTCD_Reminder revised and/or elimination of compliance dates related to the MUTCD and the replacement of signs.  More information about this discussion can be found here.


Also, there is an upcoming webinar related to this subject.  KYSITE is not sponsoring this, but we wanted to provide the information to you:


September 22, 2011: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 


For more information and to register, please go to this link.


Thanks to Eric Green for passing this information along.

2010 Highway Capacity Manual Workshop Reminder

A one-day 2010 Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) WorkshopHCM 2010 will be held on October 12 in Cincinnati, OH.  Please note that KYSITE is not hosting this workshop; however, we thought there might be some of our members that would be interested in such a workshop.

The workshop will provide an overview and technical information on the 2010 HCM to be published this year. Special attention will be given to those procedures that will change most, including Signalized Intersections, Urban Streets, Roundabouts and Freeway Weaving. The Highway Capacity Software (HCS 2010) will be previewed to demonstrate the new features being implemented in the 2010 version. The cost of the workshop is $150 and certificates will be distributed to document 6 PDHs.


You can read more about the training course content and register online at:

Please contact McTrans with any questions at 1-800-226-1013 or

Coming VERY Soon: SDITE / GLDITE 2012 Call for Abstracts...2012 Banner


Within the next week, you should be seeing the Call for Abstracts coming for the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting that will take place in April 2012.  Keep an eye on your inbox and start thinking about submitting an abstract.  More information will be provided in the next newsletter.



      In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon 

- More announcements!

- Another Member Profile

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2011 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor