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It's October. Fall is in the air. The fall colors are beautiful. And while the importance of sports pales in comparison with the more serious issues in this world, it's a nice distraction for many of us. We're in the middle of football season. And it's time for baseball postseason -- a great time of year.
This newsletter features:
Finally, thanks to Billy Garrison and Rebecca Franke for their contributions this week!
- KYSITE Annual Meeting / Silent Auction
- 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
- KYSITE Fall-Meeting Re-cap
- Member Profile #9
- The Cost of Congestion
- Driver Behavior Research
As always, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
- KYSITE Officers
[Editor's Note: Go STL Cardinals!]
KYSITE Annual Meeting / Silent Auction Reminder!
It's nearing the end of a great year for KYSITE, which means it is time for the KYSITE Annual Meeting! This year the meeting will be changing locations to The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. This allows KYSITE to have a trial run with the venue as one of the events being held as part of the SDITE / GLDITE 2012 Joint Annual Meeting in April 2012 is planned at The Red Mile.
The KYSITE Annual Meeting is being held on Thursday, November 10, 2011. The general agenda for the evening is as follows:
6:00 pm - Arrive / Begin Silent Auction / Cash Bar / Big River Band
6:40 pm - Dinner
7:30 pm - Big River Band Concludes
7:45 pm - Silent Auction Closes / Business Meeting
8:00 pm - 2011 KYSITE Awards
8:05 pm - Installation of 2012 Officers
8:10 pm - Silent Auction Results
8:30 pm - Close of Meeting
This link provides directions to the Red Mile.
We have numerous donations for the silent auction including tickets to Dollywood, hotel and golf at Rising Star Casino, tickets to Holiday World, admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, and tickets to the Louisville Bats. There will be plenty more great items for you to bid on and raise lots of money for our scholarship fund!
To mix things up, we will also be having entertainment at the meeting - The Big River Band! Come on out for some live music!
The cost will be $25.00 member / $35.00 non-member. A member can bring one guest at the member price.
Included in the price is a dinner buffet consisting of salad, rolls, chef's choice entrées and accompaniments along with dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.
A paypal link is being setup to pre-pay for the dinner and will be provided in the next newsletter in two weeks. You may also pay cash or check at the door the day of the event.
Please RSVP no later than Friday, November 4, 2011. You can RSVP at email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing everyone in November!
Reminder: SDITE / GLDITE 2012 Call for Abstracts
The SDITE/GLDITE 2012 Annual Meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of technical, policy, planning, and administrative information on all aspects of transportation engineering and planning.
Call for Abstracts
High-quality papers and presentations are sought on a range of roundabout topics. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length and may be on any topic relevant to the planning, design and operations of transportation facilities. Presentation options include:
- Research papers;
- Presentations with detailed handouts;
- Panel discussions, opening with a 5-minute review of the topic;
- Technical Workshops and
- Displays or posters about projects, featuring pictures, models, and computer graphics.
If you believe your presentation meets the requirements for Professional Engineer and/or AICP CEUs, please indicate in your submission. You may also propose a single presentation, or an entire session.
Submit abstracts by November 15, 2011, via the submittal website:
Please include your name, organization, and an e-mail address. State the specific topic area for the abstract, along with your preferred presentation option. If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified.
Possible conference topics include all aspects of transportation research, experience, and practice: policy and procedures development, funding strategies, planning and programming, design, traffic control, transit, bicycles, pedestrian use, meeting the needs of those with disabilities, and public involvement and outreach.
Contacts: Adam Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Eric Green (email@example.com).
KYSITE Fall Meeting Recap
Thanks to everyone who participated and came out to the KYSITE Fall Meeting on September 22! We had 25 people in attendance to learn about different ways to manage roadway capacity.
First off, Brian Aldridge (Entran), Tony McGaha (KYTC), and Steve Cummins (LFUCG) provided varying perspectives on the Harrodsburg Road Double Crossover Diamond. This type of interchange is a first for the state of Kentucky. The discussion topics focused on the design of the interchange, construction challenges / lessons learned, and the challenges related to re-timing the traffic signals through the corridor.
After a short break, the meeting switched to the topic of adaptive signal control. Two presentations on this topic were given, one by Mark Sullivant (Rhythm Engineering) and another by Pat Johnson (KTC). The first presentation by Rhythm Engineering showcased their product InSync which is an adaptive traffic control system being deployed by multiple agencies throughout the United States. The second presentation focused on the case study of using ACS Lite for the South Limestone Street corridor in Lexington, Kentucky.
Thanks again to all our presenters and to Ashley Sells for arranging the meeting space and refreshments at the University Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
Member Profile #9
Our ninth member profile is another one of our younger members.
Place of Work: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Title: Traffic Engineer
Degree(s): BSCE (2005) and MSCE (2007) / University of Kentucky
Certifications: Professional Engineer (KY)
Place of Birth: Columbus, OH
Family: Husband: Derek, Dog: Moose, Cats: Topanga and Mr. Feeny
1. What do you do day-to-day?:
Depends on the day. For the past few months, signal design. It will probably be different a month from now.
2. What are your technical interests?:
I really enjoy microsimulation modeling.
3. What are your hobbies?:
Anything that involves being outside and playing.
4. In what capacity have you served KYSITE in the past?
I mostly just help out where needed. For the past few years I have run the silent auction for the annual meeting, and I am currently serving on the LAC for the upcoming 2012 SDITE meeting in Lexington.
5. Five Quick Questions:
A. Coke or Pepsi: Neither, I don't do carbonated beverages
B. Dogs or Cats: Both
C. Telephone or Email: Email
D. Pen or Pencil: Pen
E. Cats or Cards: Cats
6. Other Information:
- My main goal in life is to love God and love other people, and that pretty much drives everything I do.
[Editor's Note: Anne often works behind the scenes on many KYSITE activities. She never quite knows what she might be given on any given day. While these activities aren't glamourous at times, she does a great job at it. I am very thankful to have her help out.]
The Cost of Congestion
Traffic congestion is costing billions every year, further threatening the nation's economic recovery and highlighting the need for a boost in infrastructure investment, a new report finds.
To read the article, click here.
For more information on the most recent Urban Mobility Report from TTI, click here.
Driver Behavior Research
The Transportation Research Board, along with Penn State has began a large study to record the habits of drivers. This study will enable transportation matters to be based on mathematical models instead of educated guesses. The study equips volunteer's cars with multiple cameras and sensors. The study will run through March of 2013.
To read the article, click here.
In the Next Edition...
- More announcements!
- Another Member Profile
Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!
2011 KYSITE Board; and
Scott Walker, Editor