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March 5-7, 2014
KYSITE Spring Meeting
10:30 AM-12:45 PM
UK Raymond Building Rm 112
March 30 - April 2
Lake Oconee, GA
KYSITE / Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee Meeting
KYSITE Golf Outing
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ITE Technical Conference & Exhibit
March 9-12, 2014
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The Changing Face of Transportation
Happy end of February to you -- Spring is right around the corner (we hope).
The big question of today is..."Have you been playing Monopoly wrong all of these years?" I was skeptical when I read the article, but I am guilty as charged. The rule states:
"If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder," the Monopoly rules state. "The buyer pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property."
For more information, click here for the original article we saw and here for more in-depth information from the original blog post.
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Spring Meeting Agenda
The agenda for the Spring meeting on March 25th is taking shape and it is going to be a great program!
- Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) in KY - Jarrod Stanley, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC)
- Putting the Public to Work: How to Get Useful Information to Improve Your Project - Dr.Ted Grossardt, with the University of Kentucky Transportation Center
- Long Range Statewide Transportation Plan (LRSTP)Update - Jeff Moore, KYTC
There will also be a special preview round showcasing this year's Traffic Bowl team. Rumor has it that the students will be competing against UK Faculty AND KYSITE "elder statesmen"....
The program will begin at 10:30. A map of campus can be found here with parking and building location information. Special thanks to Director Eric Green for coordinating.
KYSITE Webpage Update
The current KYSITE website (www.kysite.com) has been in place for two years, and it's time for an update. We are aiming to change the look and feel of the webpage and we welcome suggestions and comments. If you have any photos that you would like for us to use in the banner that showcases different modes of transportation, please send them to Nithin Agarwal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Listed below are the candidates that have been nominated for SDITE officers for the 2015 calendar year. Instructions for voting will be sent to all eligible voting members via email in late February. To be eligible, you must be a member of International ITE.
Bill Seymour, P.E.
W. Hollis Loveday, P.E.
Jennifer T. Bihl, P.E.
Jonathan Kiser, P.E., PTOE, PTP
International Director (2015-2017):
James A. (Jim) Meads, P.E.
Bob Murphy, P.E., PTOE, RLS
For bio information on the candidates, click here.
Which Type of Traffic Signals are the Safest?
Submitted by: Steve Cummins
New York experienced major traffic safety improvements during the Bloomberg era, largely as a result of new street designs that offered a model for other U.S. metros to follow. The city hopes to build on that success during the de Blasio era, with the new mayor pursuing a "Vision Zero" plan to eliminate traffic deaths. That plan relies heavily on better enforcement of traffic laws, and despite a shaky start, there's hope it can become a governance model, too.
With so much focus on large-scale design and enforcement measures, it's important to remember that often, the quickest and most direct way a city can improve safety at an intersection is with traffic signals. Traffic lights are neither as ubiquitous as they might seem (even in New York, only a quarter of all intersections have four-way signals) nor as simple. New research in the journal Transport Policy evaluates four common light structures found across the city: basic signal installation, increased pedestrian cycles, the Barnes dance, and split-phase timing.
Read the full article here
The World's Most Amazing Bridges
By: Anne Warnick
This week we have another amazing bridge located in Italy, that I happen to have a picture from! The picture comes from me, but the description is straight from weather.com.
#11 Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Florence, Italy
|Butchers once occupied the shops now filled by jewelers and souvenir sellers on this bridge that spans the narrowest point over the Arno River in Florence, Italy. Believed to date back to Roman times, the bridge appears in Italian records as far back as 996 A.D.|
One of three bridges that span the Arno River in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio (translated, "Old Bridge") is one of the most photographed places in the city, where it can be found on countless postcards sold in souvenir shops. It's had many lives, after being destroyed twice by floods (in the 12th and 14th centuries) and damaged seriously when a flood on the Arno swept through Florence in 1966.
Unlike most other bridges in Florence, which were destroyed during World War II, the German army left the Ponte Vecchio untouched in their August 1944 retreat.
Submitted by: Billy Garrison
Have You Seen This?
So...what would Facebook be like in real life? There are a few of these out there, but we picked a cleaner version for you. Enjoy.
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