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Save the Date: KYSITE Golf Outing
KYSITE Spring Meeting Pictures
SDITE 2013
Board Games -- Not Bored Games
New Contributor
Legislative Update
Compare Your Commute
LA Traffic
Amazing Roads II
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important Dates 

April 7-10, 2013

 Charlotte, NC
April 11-13, 2013
KY Rails to Trails Council's Walk/Bike Summit
June 5, 2013
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Ashley McLain

The Changing Face of Transportation



Hello KYSITE! 


Wow -- March sure went fast, didn't it?  In like a lion and out like

Click the picture for the song that doesn't end.

  a lamb?   


Famous lambs might include:


- Lamb Chop (featured)

- Mary Had a Little Lamb

- Doron Lamb

- Dolly (the first cloned animal)

- Silence of the Lambs


I hope ewe thought this was amusing.


This newsletter includes: 

  • KYSITE Golf Outing - Save the Date
  • Spring Meeting Pictures
  • SDITE 2013 Notes
  • Board Games for Transportation Planners
  • New Contributor!
  • Legislative Update
  • Compare Your Commute
  • LA Innovation
  • Transportation Superlatives: Amazing Roads II
  • Weird Signs
  • Quick Hits 
  • Have You Seen This

Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE!


- KYSITE Officers





This year's golf outing will be held Wednesday June 5th at Duckers Lake Golf Resort.  Lunch will be served at 11:00 immediately followed by a shotgun start. 




Questions / RSVP's should be directed to Stuart Sparks.  Cost and payment details will be soon to follow.

KYSITE Spring Meeting Pictures

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Due to tight publication deadlines (aka, your editor didn't have time), we won't have a full re-cap of the KYSITE Spring Meeting in this edition.  However, we have some photos from the meeting that you might enjoy. 


Please click here. 

SDITE 2013 -- You Can Still Sign Up!

Just because early registration is over doesn't mean that you can't still attend the 2013 SDITE Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC sdite2013 this year from April 7 - 10.  The theme, "Partnerships for Vibrant Communities," will focus on the changing environment in which we work to fulfill the new expectations of transportation engineers and planners.  


AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (CM) and/or Professional Development Hours (PDH) are being offered for attending the various technical sessions and tours.  In addition to the technical program, sticking with the theme of NCSITE to "Make it Funner", activities such as a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame have been planned.  


To get more information about the meeting and register please visit the meeting website at


Board Games -- Not Bored Games

Want an excuse to play games like Rail Tycoon, Empire Builder,tycoon  China Rails, and several others while still learning about transportation planning?  Researchers at the University of Minnesota (minus Tubby Smith) have found that some games help students understand the concepts of transportation planning.  For more information, click here.


Thanks for Eric Green (KTC) for passing this along.

Welcome to our New Contributor!

Our newsletter "staff" has increased by one!  We'd like to welcomewelcomemat  Ashley McLain from Palmer Engineering to our team.  Ashley is a former UK Student and Traffic Bowl Contestant who has volunteered to help us out with a variety of topics.  


Welcome Ashley!   

New Feature: Legislative Update
By: Ashley McLain (Palmer)
downtown bridges    
Two transportation related bills have recently been signed by Governor Beshear. House Bill 441 allows the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority to establish toll collection and enforcement procedures. House Bill 445 allows KTC to use design/build procurement on up to five demonstration road and bridge projects each fiscal year. These projects are restricted to those with a construction phase not greater than $30,000,000.  
[Editor's Note: Legislative activities are one area that we hope to cover more frequently in the future.  If you have topics that you wish us to cover, let us know.] 
Interactive: Compare Your Commute

Some of you walk to work.  Others drive a pretty good distance.  But we can probably almost all agree that our drcommuteive in Kentucky isn't as bad as other areas in the country.


This interactive map, created by WNYC, shows commute times, by ZIP code, across the country. Zoom into your area to see how your commute compares.

L.A. Introduces Groundbreaking System 
By: Billy Garrison (GRW)


Everyone knows that Los Angeles has terrible traffic. Engineers have implemented a traffic signal monitoring system to try relief some of the congestion. L.A. is the first city of its size in the world to have all of its lights monitored and synchronized. To read more about this system, click here.

Transportation Superlatives
By: Anne Warnick (Parsons Brinckerhoff)
Up this week is #14 on the Weather Channel's 15 most amazing roads list. This road comes from the southwest region of the U.S. and made the list because of its breath taking scenery. All images and descriptions all come straight from
The World's 15 Most Amazing Roads
#14: Red Rock Scenic Byway,  Sedona, Arizona

The region known as the Red Rock Country of central Arizona is home to a road that's often called a "museum without walls," the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Officially State Route 179, the 7 1/2-mile-long highway stretches between Sedona and its southern terminus at Interstate 17, a short drive that offers up stunning views of the area's red rock mesas and nearby Mingus Mountains.


You'll want to plan for plenty of time to stop and take photos, and to see places just off the highway like Red Rock State Park and the ruins of Montezuma Castle National Monument, whose well-preserved cliff dwellings provide a window into the life of the Sinagua people who lived here more than 600 years ago.

Weird Signs
Quick Hits


Snow Removal Puts New Hampshire $6 Million in Hole


US Gets D+ on Infrastructure Report Card


Tennessee Highway Patrol Using Semi Trucks to Hunt Down Texters on the Interstate  

Have You Seen This?

This week, we feature an internet classic.  It should have been included for St. Patricks Day, but better late than never, right?  Keep in mind this was an actual news story on television.


Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama
Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama





In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon  

- More on 2013

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor