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Spring Meeting Announcement
2012 Registration Reminder
Pay Dues!
SDITE Award Nominations
Transportation Haiku #3
Safer Cars...Dangerous Roads
Quick Hits
Member Profile #15
Important Dates 
February 13, 2012:
SDITE Awards Nominations Due
March 1, 2012:
April 15 - 18, 2012:
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The Changing Face of Transportation


Happy Groundhog Day!


Groundhog Day is arguably the best holiday in the month of February though we suspect that some of you lovebirdsGroundhogDay would prefer 2/14 having that distinction.  Perhaps we'll debate that in two weeks.


This newsletter features the following:


- KYSITE Spring Meeting Reminder

- 2012 Meeting Registration

- Transportation Haiku #3 (and two from a member!)

- Transportation Articles

- Member Profile #15: Adam Kirk


After you register for the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Meeting, take the rest of the day off, rent the movie Groundhog Day and prepare yourself for 6 more weeks of winter.  And for fans of the movie, "Watch out for that first step, it's a doozy!"


As always, contact us at anytime!  


- KYSITE Officers



KYSITE Spring Meeting Announced


The KYSITE Spring Meeting is on Thursday March 1, 2012The meeting will serve as a preview of the 2012 SDITE / Spring_DaisiesGLDITE Joint Annual Meeting to be held in Lexington in April and other KYSITE activities throughout 2012.   


Presentations will include:


- Sneak peek at the technical program offered at the Annual Meeting


- Overview of the technical tour


- Overview of the spouse program


- KYSITE 2012 events


The meeting will be held at the Phoenix Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 101 East Vine Street in Lexington.  The meeting will begin at 11:30 and end at 1:00 PM. 


Cost to attend the meeting will help to cover lunch. Cost is as follows:     


-$10 member / $15 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 February 27, 2012 at


Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! 



Registration is Now Open! 2012 Banner


As announced in the last edition of the newsletter, registration is now open of the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting. 


Please note that public agency registration page will be available by the end of this week.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please email us:


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Reminder: Pay Your Dues!

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


Your KYSITE-Only membership will get you:Dues


- 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 on March 1, 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.



Last Reminder: SDITE Award Nominations


The Southern District ITE (SDITE) Awards Committee requests nominations (Nominations Submission form) for the following five prestigious awards:
- Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service AwardAward2
- 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.


Transportation Haiku 


This week's haiku from the New York City Department of Transportation:




This week's bonus, two "reader-submitted haikus" from KYSITE Past President, Steve Skaggs:


Sitting in traffic

Thinking I should take the bus

Mass transit for me


Construction ahead

Orange barrels everywhere

There's no end in sight


Thanks Steve!


If you have one you would like to share, please send it to us!

Do Safer Cars Mean More Dangerous Roads?
Provided by: Billy Garrison (GRW)


With the increase in technology, cars have become much safer in recent years. While this has helped lower fatalities, some studies are suggesting that a safer car makes a driver more dangerous. Do you believe that safer cars make for a more dangerous road? To read more, click here.

Quick Hits


Here are links to a few articles that we ran across that you might find interesting:Knock Out


London Faces "Perfect Traffic Storm" During Olympics 



Can You Name the Countries with Roadway Networks of Less than 1000 km?


Roundabouts Emerging as the Ideal Intersection Between Driver Safety and Efficiency


Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Bill Allowing Reflective Tape Rather than Triangular Emblem on Slow Vehicles (Amish Story Update)



Member Profile #15: Adam Kirk 

Prepared by: Rebecca Franke (UK)


This week, we feature Adam Kirk, currently a researcher at UK and a KYSITE Past President.  Adam is currently working as a co-chair of the Technical Program Committee for the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting.

Not Adam

We didn't get a picture of Adam, but hope this is sufficient.


Name: Adam Kirk   


Place of WorkKentucky Transportation Center 


Title: Research Engineer  


Degree(s): BSCE (University of Kentucky), MSCE (University of Washington), PhD... almost (from University of Kentucky)


Other Certifications: PE, PTOE, AICP  


Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH  


Family: Wife (Lindsay), Son #1 (Jackson), Son #2-coming any day as of press time (Will)


1. What do you do day-to-day?

I conduct research for the divisions of highway design traffic operations and planning.  Recently we have completed a guide for the use of road diets in Kentucky, put together the new traffic engineering policy for Kentucky and am currently working with LFUCG on the potential deployment of an adaptive signal system.  I've also been doing a lot of training.  


2. What are your technical interests?

Over the past year we've developed a traffic signal laboratory at UK with hardware in the loop simulation systems, which is one of the few in the country.  With it, we can simulate virtually any type of traffic operations and actual field controller settings.  We're looking for ways to better exploit that in developing improved signal timings and controller operations.


3. What are your hobbies?

flying, kayaking, and biking


4. Favorites:

a. Favorite Color? Blue

b. Favorite Music? Old Crow Medicine Show 

c. Favorite Movie? I've been watching the Toy Story series a lot lately... 



5. Five Questions:

a. Coke or Pepsi?  Coke, but diet, I'm watching my figure 

b. Dogs or Cats?  Dogs

c. Telephone or Email?  Email 

d. Pen or Pencil?   Pen, I never make mistakes 

e. Cats or Cards?   CATS


[Editor's Note:  Good luck with #2 Adam!]

      In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon 

- More on the April Meeting

- Spring Meeting Reminder

- Another Member Profile

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2012 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor