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This is the Year!
Membership Guidance
SDITE Award Nominations
Transportation Haiku #1
History of the Stop Sign
Amish Buggies in KY
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February 13, 2012:
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April 15 - 18, 2012:
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The Changing Face of Transportation


Happy New Year!

 2012 New Year

Welcome to 2012.  This is a HUGE year for the Kentucky Section and we want you to be a part of it.


Assuming you haven't been hiding somewhere, you know that this is the year of the 2012 Southern District ITE / Great Lakes District ITE Joint Annual Meeting.  This meeting has something for everyone: planning the meeting, partipating in the meeting program, or attending the meeting.


This newsletter features the following:


- 2012 Meeting Information

- Membership Information

- Transportation Haiku #1

- Transportation Articles


We're hoping the member profile feature comes back for next issue.


As always, contact us at anytime!      


- KYSITE Officers


(P.S. -- C-A-T-S.  Cats! Cats! Cats!)


This is the Year!! 


Welcome to 2012 -- that means that our SDITE / GLDITE2012 Banner Joint Annual Meeting is right around the corner.  We will be featuring bits and pieces of information about the meeting over the next few months.  How about some random facts?  Did you know:

  • There are approximately 35 people that are actively involved in planning the meeting.
  • There is still a need for you to help out.
  • 12 States are being represented at the meeting.
  • This is the first time the meeting has been in Lexington since 1983 and the last meeting in Kentucky since 2004.
  • Special local government (KY only) registration rates have been established.
  • This is a great meeting to bring your spouse as we have a special spouse program established.



2012 KYSITE Membership Guidance

Not an international ITE member, but want to pay your 2012 KYSITE Dues?  Click here.


Your KYSITE-Only membership will get you:Dues 2012


- Discounts at KYSITE Meetings, webinars, and outings

- Voting privaleges which help set the direction of the Section

- Includes $5 toward KYSITE scholarship fund


It only costs $15 for one year.  Help support our organization with your dues.  (It helps pay for this awesome newsletter as well!)


Please have your dues paid by the KYSITE Spring Meeting (anticipated to be in March 2012).


Note 1: If you are an international ITE member, your Section dues are already included in your renewal.


Note 2: As previously noted, in order to qualify for the "Member" registration price for the District Meeting in April, you must be an International ITE member.   Kentucky Section-only members will be required to pay "Non-Member" pricing ($25 more).  We apologize for this but that is a rule to be fair to the other Sections.



SDITE Award Nominations


The Southern District ITE (SDITE) Awards CommitteeAward requests nominations (Nominations Submission form) for the following five prestigious awards:
- Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award
- Marble J. Hensley Outstanding Individual Activity Award
- Joseph M. Thomas Young Member Award
- John F. Exnicios Public Employee Service Award
- Excellence in Transportation Engineering Education Award

More information about these awards including past winners can be found here.

The Awards Committee is responsible for choosing recipients for the above awards from a pool of nominees.  Nominations received by February 13, 2012  will be considered for this year's awards. Any nominations received after that date will not be considered.
The recipients for the awards listed above will be announced at the SDITE Annual Meeting.

If you have any questions about these awards or the nomination procedure, please contact Ms. Karen Mohammadi, P.E., AICP, PTOE, Award Committee Chair.


New Feature: Transportation Haiku
You may remember Haikus from middle and/or high school literature class.  In a nutshell, Haikus are short poems that originate from the Japanese culture.  Contemporary haiku are written in many languages, but most poets outside of Japan are concentrated in the English-speaking countries.


It is impossible to single out any current style, format, or subject matter as definitive. Often, they are three line poems of up to 17 syllables, with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third.


Thanks to the New York City Department of Transportation, we found a series of Haiku poems related to transportation that we wanted to share.  We hope you like them.  At some point in the future, we may ask you to submit one.



The Origin of the Stop Sign
Provided by: Billy Garrison (GRW) / Scott Walker (PB)


The stop sign is easily one of the most recognizableStop Sign traffic control devices to motorists in the United States.  The red octagon with four simple letters is a 'no brainer' in transportation these days.  However, that was not always the case. 


Want to learn more?  Check out this article about the origin of the stop sign.

Amish Buggies in Kentucky


Every now and then, transportation articles appear on a large, national news site.  While we all wish such articles would compliment the hard work on our sucessful project, unfortunately, these articles tend to feature issues that are tough to tackle.  We ran across this one a week or so ago as it involved an issue in Kentucky.  Specifically, Amish buggies on Kentucky highways are discussed.  Check out the article



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      In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon 

- More on the April Meeting

- Spring Meeting Annoucement

- Another Member Profile

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2012 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor