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KYSITE Fall Meeting
2014 Highway Capacity Mid-Year Mtg
Back to the Future
800 MPH Transportation
LAMPO Survey
Amazing Roads XII
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important KYSITE Dates 

September 30, 2013

KYSITE Fall Meeting
November 14, 2013
KYSITE Annual Meeting
June 2014
KYSITE / Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee Meeting
Important ITE Dates 

ITE Technical Conference & Exhibit 

March 9-12, 2014
Miami, FL
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The Changing Face of Transportation



Hello KYSITE! 


During his campaign a couple of years ago, International ITE President Zaki Mustafa ran on the slogan that "Together we are the BEST".  Since his election, Zaki and the others on the International Board have taken an extra long look at what the organization offers and what the membership needs.  This is evident through the recent membership survey and the creation of a Membership Task Force.  In addition, there have been multiple 'listening sessions' which has allowed members to voice their opinion to members of the Board.


Below is a short promotional video that Zaki released that you may find interesting.  It's something you might want to consider sharing with others to explain the role of a transportation / traffic engineer. 


ITE Video
ITE Video


For more information on Zaki, please read the piece we did a couple of years ago.


Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE!


- KYSITE Officers

Reminder: KYSITE Fall Meeting Date
The KYSITE Fall Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 30th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the University of Club at the University of Louisville.  Breakfast will be provided. 
Please add it to your calendar and make plans to attend. 
Stay tuned for registration information coming to an inbox near you.
2014 Highway Capacity Committee Mid-Year Meeting

Mark Your Calendars!


The Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee of the Transportation Research Board is coming to Lexington! The Committee, which oversees the best-selling Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), will hold its 2014 mid-year meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from June 11 - 14, 2014. KYSITE members are invited to register for the conference and participate in meetings and workshops of the Committee and its numerous subcommittees.


This is an important time for the Committee. The recently released 2010 version of the HCM offered a number of new and/or improved methods, but because of the importance of emerging issues like reliability and an increased emphasis on performance measures attributed to MAP-21, funding has been made available for an update to the 2010 HCM that will incorporate new research completed since 2010. The focus of the 2014 mid-year meeting will be on the integration of this research into the HCM.


Committee mid-year meetings historically have included a luncheon with the local ITE section in the city where the meeting is being held and such a luncheon is being planned in conjunction with KYSITE. Even if you can't attend the entire conference, you are invited to attend the luncheon. This is a great opportunity to learn about what's happening on the leadind edge of the profession and to talk with those who literally "wrote the book."


So save the dates. More information will be forthcoming in future editions of this newsletter. Also feel free to follow Committee activites at


Thank to Dr Tom Creasey (Stantec) for passing this along!

Back to the Future
By: Dr. Reg Souleyrette (University of Kentucky)
[Note: This first appeared in last week's Kentuckian's for Better Transportation Newsletter.  Reg was kind enough to let us send this out to you in our newsletter.  Thanks Reg!]    


There' nothing new under the sun, the old saying goes.


While nothing could be further from the truth regarding innovation in today's transportation industry, it is interesting to look back at the vision of yesterday's dreamers.


I've been told that to look 10 years into the future, you need to look back 30 and observe trends. Well, I decided to look back as far as I could into transportation technology to see just how far we've come (or not) - to see if there were some good ideas out there from an era when folks were not overstimulated or distracted by constant communications and continually bombarded by massive amounts of electronic data. An era when people had time to think (or so we assume).


I decided to actually visit a library in person (yikes) to see what might be out there that is not yet on Google. Back issues of Popular Science, Popular Mechanics and Scientific American from the turn of the century (the one before the turn of the millennium) provide for some interesting reading.


Did you know that exposure to radium painted on gas caps was intended as a safety measure? (Can you think of why?) That an accurate clock was necessary for trans-Atlantic exploration in the 15th century? Or, that cars were initially considered much safer than horses (at a time when one out of every 250 cars sold would be expected to be involved in a fatal collision)?


Scientific American reported, in the year 1900, "If there are faults with cars, only time is wanted to make them disappear ... there is no mechanism more inoffensive, no means of transportation more sure and safe." Unlike horses, cars would not run away, bite or kick their owner, plus they were less costly to maintain. Cars had less "byproduct" and concomitant airborne bacteria.


By the 1920's, when cars had chiefly replaced horses as a means of transportation in New York City, tuberculosis rates dropped dramatically (horses may transmit TB to humans). There were predictions of NYC ten feet deep in "byproduct," and much of the arable land proximate to the City was used to grow oats, driving up food prices.


On another note, did you know that the electric car of 1901 had a range of 40 miles? Or that a giant parachute for a commercial aircraft in danger (an idea actually considered recently) was successfully deployed on a smaller aircraft, saving the lives of its passengers in the 1930s? How about a 1910 touring car with a map that automatically tracked the vehicle's progress?


For more information, you may access power point slides on the topic available here: ppt (notes are available on many of the slides) or pdf version (no notes). Enjoy! To contact the author or share some of your own historical images, please contact Reg at

800 MPH Transportation
By: Billy Garrison

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has a new mass transit plan. He calls it the hyperloop. The hyperloop is solar powered and can theoretically travel at 800 mph. To read more about the theoretical hyperloop, click here.   
Lexington Area MPO Survey
Attention Lexingtonians:
The Lexington Area MPO (LAMPO) is seeking input on a survey.  From LAMPO:
"Speak Up!  Tell us how our community should invest in transportation!  The Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is developing a plan to guide how transportation funds will be spent in our area over the next 25 years.  How do you feel about our transportation system today?  What are your hopes for the future?  What should be our priorities?  The survey is being conducted by the MPO, the transportation planning agency for Fayette and Jessamine Counties (the focus area of the plan).  The survey will take you about 5 minutes to complete.  Thank you for your time!"
Click here to take the survey. 
Amazing Roads XII
By: Anne Warnick
Up this week on the Weather Channel's 15 most amazing roads list is number 12, coming all the way from Abu Dhabi. All images and descriptions all come straight from
The World's 15 Most Amazing Roads
Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, United Arab Emirates


Named the world's greatest driving road by, the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road winds through the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, on the edge of the city of Al Ain. The road rises some 4,000 feet between its start near the Green Mubazarrah, a park in the foothills leading up to Jebel Hafeet, and the mountain's peak, where visitors can stay at the hotel there. (Though not at the palace that's also on top of the mountain -- it's reserved for the country's ruling sheikhs.)


The road's steep 8% incline makes it a challenging draw for road cyclists, as many travel here to train and to take part in the Jebel Hafeet Mercure Challenge, a duathlon (running and cycling) race that takes place here every year.


Weird Signs

Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?

Have another rough week?  How about the classic video of the baby monkey riding backwards on a little pig to make you feel better? 


Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig) - Parry Gripp
Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig) - Parry Gripp


Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor