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In This Issue
Almost Final Reminder of Registration
SDITE / GLDITE Meeting Themes
SDITE Election
2012 KYSITE Golf Outing
Why Seven is Better Than Two
Transportation Haiku #5
Weird Signs
Spending Enough?
Member Profile #18
Quick Hits
Playing Nice

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The Changing Face of Transportation


Happy March Madness!UK_UL


It's a big week in the Bluegrass as we have an unprecedented basketball game that the majority of our readers have an interest in one way or another.


So, first, Congratulations to the Wildcats and Cardinals on getting to the Final Four -- and Good Luck to the Cards and Cats this weekend.  May the best team win -- we know who that is!


Along the same lines, I have pledged to try to tone down the Wildcat rhetoric this time.  This newsletter is my best attempt!


In this edition:


- Almost Final Reminder for SDITE / GLDITE

- Overview of Meeting Themes (and how we tied things together)

- SDITE Elections (i.e., we have a Kentucky candidate!)

- Save the date: 2012 KYSITE Golf Outing

- Transportation Haiku

- Weird Signs

- Transportation in History


Contact us at with any questions or comments!  


- Scott Walker (for the KYSITE Officers who may not agree with all content!)


Almost Final Reminder: SDITE / GLDITE


Did you remember to wish your favorite KYSITE newsletternon_rect_logo editor a "Happy Birthday" on Wednesday? Let's hope you did!  If you didn't, he requests that you simply make up for your shortcomings by registering for the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting.  You know that was his birthday wish anyway. 


Please note that if you're a public agency employee in Kentucky, we are offering a reduced registration rate for public agency / government employees to attend the meeting.  This has not been an option in previous District ITE Meetings and we are very excited to offer this to you.  Please contact Scott Walker for more details if you haven't already received information on this special opportunity.


The technical program is set.  We recommend you take a look!

SDITE / GLDITE Meeting Themes


The general theme of the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting is "The Changing Face of Transportation" which is very appropriate considering that our world is continually evolving.  We are proud of our logo and theme for the meeting.


In addition to the meeting theme, we've spent time focusing on things that make Kentucky such a great state, including:


Horses: An unofficial trip to Keenleand on Saturday (4/14), a ABD/vendor party at the Red Mile on Monday Night, and Spouse Tour stops to Keeneland and local horse farms.  Check!


Bourbon:  Our receptions will include a local bourbon, Buffalo Trace is doing a tasting at our ADB/vendor party, and the spouses will tour a distillery.  Check!


Basketball:  Two great teams in Kentucky in the Final Four. And yes I'm including U of L and UK in this as the Final Four is quite an honor. Check!

SDITE Election: Please Vote


International ITE Members:  Please note that you are eligible to vote in Southern District ITE Election.  This is aBillSeymour particuarly important year as we have a member of the Kentucky Section running this year.  Bill Seymour will be running against Bryan Webb of South Carolina for SDITE Secretary / Treasurer position.


In SDITE elections, candidates don't necessarily 'campaign' for the position.  In this year's election, both candidates are extremely qualified or else they wouldn't have been nominated. 


While cannot endorse a candidate, we would strongly encourage you to review Bill's credentials for this position.   


If you would like to learn more about either candidate before you vote, please contact Scott Walker or any other KYSITE officer.   


For more information on voting, please go here.

KYSITE Golf Outing - Save the Date


The 2012 KYSIUK_HolmesTE Golf Outing will be on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. We are still working out some of the details, which probably won't be posted until after the April meeting.  Please save the date and remember that this is a great way to contribute to our student / scholarship fund. 


Plese mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information in April.

Seven Important Years in Transportation History 


History has a tendency to repeat itself.  As a result, weSeven wanted to highlight transportation in history.  We chose seven (7) completely random years -- really, they are random!


1948: British Railways came into existence as the business name of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission (BTC) on January 1, 1948 when it took over the assets of the "Big Four" railway companies


1949: The DOD indicated in 1949 that a 14-foot vertical clearance was adequate for most military vehicles


1951: The first zebra crossing was introduced in 1951


1958: Britain double yellow lines at the sides of the roads meaning no parking were introduced in 1958


1978: The Airline Deregulation Act is a United States federal law signed in 1978


1996: In all, Federal-aid legislation authorized a total of $119 billion to pay the Federal share of the cost of Interstate construction, which were authorized through Fiscal Year 1996


1998: The FHWA may approve the access point for an interchange if it complies with the policy on "Additional Interchanges to the Interstate System" published in the Federal Register in 1998


2012??: Not sure yet, but wouldn't eight be great?


We thought about doing only two (2) years, but realized that two wasn't enough.

Transportation Haiku


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



Here is a haiku submitted by an anonymous reader (we didn't want to hurt feelings by not putting it in):


Traffic stopped in Lex,

UK wins NCAA!

People fill the streets.


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

New Feature: Weird Signs

Are We Spending Enough?
Provided by: Billy Garrison (GRW)



A federal report done to assess the condition and performance of the US transportation system stated that there is substantial gap between what we are spending and what's needed to maintain our infrastructure. It states that $101 billion needs to be spent annually in order to maintain our system. To read more about this issue click here.

Member Profile #18: Staci Timol
Prepared by: Rebecca Franke (UK)


This week's Meet Your Fellow Member profile is Staci Timol.  Staci is such a big fan of the member profile section that she was willing to do one of herself -- thanks Staci!!


Name: Staci Timol     

Place of Work:
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Division of Traffic Operations   


Title: Transportation Engineer II  


Degree(s): BSCE- UK- 2006

BA Mathematics with specialization in Applied Math- KSU- 2006


Place of Birth: Pikeville, KY   


Family: Husband (Zee)  


What do you do day-to-day?  

I am very excited to have just started a new position with the Traffic Design Services Branch. I am making the transition from working with coordinated signal systems to designing electrical devices. 


What are your technical interests?

Traffic signals, Microsimulations, GIS, and, of course, playing in traffic 



a. Hobbies? Trying new things on Pinterest  

a. Favorite Color? White with black cow spots

b. Favorite Movie? No favorite movies, but I am obsessed with all of the Real Housewives shows 


Five Questions:

a. Coke or Pepsi?  Diet Coke 

b. Dogs or Cats?  Pet Rock Charlie (see above) 

c. Telephone or Email?  Email   

d. Pen or Pencil?  Pencil- I make mistakes, and I am not ashamed to admit it

e. Cats or Cards?  Whichever team is most hated by the people around me 


Other interesting information? 

My roller skating career is officially over!!! 


Quick Hits


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



US Space Tourism Set for Takeoff by 2014, FAA Says


New Report: Road Congestion Wastes 1.9 Billion Gallons of Gas


John Calipari and Rick Pitino reverse roles for a Kentucky-Louisville Final Four showdown 


Does Ticketing Drivers Make Pedestrians Safer?


Billboards Spread Message About New Pennsylvania Texting Ban


Two dialysis patients fight over Saturday's Kentucky-Louisville game


To be Fair... 


      In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon 

- More on the April Meeting

- More on KYSITE Golf Outing

- Another Member Profile

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2012 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor