FDOT District One
FDOT District One’s Traffic Incident Management Team and its leadership by Bill Fuller for successfully conducting Strategic Highway Research Program training.
FDOT District Four
FDOT District Four ITS Unit for deploying a Districtwide power distribution system and installing back-up generators along the I-95 and I-75 corridors to offer a steady power supply for the ITS network. District Four also implemented a Maintenance of Communication Plan to emphasize continuity of ITS systems during interstate construction projects.
Advanced Protection Technologies, Inc.
Advanced Protection Technologies, Inc. for establishing a customized ITS-specific surge protection training seminar that is provided on an on-going basis to educate FDOT ITS personnel, ITS consultants, and ITS contractors from all over Florida on surge protection issues related to deployment of ITS infrastructure.
The Manatee/Sarasota Traffic Management Center (TMC)
The Manatee/Sarasota Traffic Management Center (TMC) received a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement. This unified regional TMC currently manages approximately 414 traffic signals, 150 CCTV cameras, and 60 vehicle detectors that are connected via fiber optic cable and Ethernet communications. Operators monitor and operate the system via individual workstations and a 15-cube video wall display.
John Beck of the Beck Consulting Group
John Beck of the Beck Consulting Group received a Certificate of Appreciation. John has been a friend of and advisor to ITS Florida for many years and has assisted us with issues such as the elimination of funding for the Road Rangers, a PPP training course, and meeting our state legislators.
ITS FLORIDA 2012 AWARDS
ITS FLORIDA PRESIDENT
Chester Chandler has been a staunch leader of ITS in the State of Florida for over 20 years, both on the job—from being the ITS Manager for the Florida Turnpike, the Central Office ITS Program, to currently, District 7—and as an active professional participant. He led the creation of the ITS program in the Florida DOT and guided that program for years, overseeing the first series of ITS Cost Feasible Plans, ensuring that ITS would be part of FDOT Work Program on a regular, annual basis. He is a former president of ITSFL and has initiated a number of important activities of the society. He is eminently deserving of ITS Florida’s highest award, the ITS Florida Presidents’ Award for 2012, and it is fitting that this should come on the 20th anniversary of ITS Florida.
ITS FLORIDA CHAMPION
Jim Wolfe, District Four Secretary, has been a strong supporter of traffic operations for many years. ITS is a key tool for optimizing traffic operations. He helped get the transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) program going in the Florida DOT, and chairs the TSM&O Leadership Team. He instigated the first TSM&O consulting program in Florida, which is now being spread around the DOT. As a result, the DOT is considering how FDOT should be involved in arterial management statewide and developing a TSM&O Business Plan. He led the deployment of the I595 Express Lanes public-private partnership, which is a uniquely innovative approach to PPPs. He likewise championed the extension of the 95Express HOT lanes indo Broward Co., and later into Palm Beach Co. He was instrumental in getting a managed lanes project on I75 from Miami-Dade to I595 in Broward from concept to funded project.
ITS FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Charles Stratton, Vice President of Traffic Operations and ITS, Metric Engineering, Inc. has dedicated more than 20 years to the advancement of transportation; in particular: ITS design, integration, operations, and ITS construction management. One noteworthy aspect of his experience includes the deployment of the largest continuous detection corridor in the United States, which included the installation of 450 vehicle detection devices installed approximately every ½ mile for the Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Charles also recently managed the City of Orlando Phase 1 ITS CEI Project, working directly with TERL to get full matrix, full color Daktronics Way-finding signs TERL-approved in time for the Amway Center’s grand opening. These signs were monumental in directing heavy event traffic.
Another major contribution Charles has made to the ITS industry is through his active role in facilitating the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Team activities and TIM initiatives in FDOT District One. This year, for all 3 TIM Teams, Charles successfully implemented the 2012 Annual Statewide Road Ranger Survey for Incident Responders utilizing Turning Point software. This was the first time this anonymous software (which promotes further member participation) has been used in the State of Florida, and served as a “test bed” of sorts for other Districts. He also successfully managed a specialized tour for the 2012 ITS World Congress, which involved a real-time parking study for the City of Orlando that quantified garage occupancy using ultrasonic sensors.
ITS FLORIDA MEMBER OF THE YEAR
FDOT Central Office Traffic Operations, TSM&O Program Through the establishment and integration of the TSM&O Program on a statewide basis, FDOT has taken significant steps to integrate planning and operations; develop high levels of coordination and communication with local traffic, transit, freight, and other modal entities; maximize the efficiency of existing infrastructure; and make use of tools and data for mobility and safety outcomes. FDOT can therefore expect decreased travel times and increased travel time reliability, fewer incidents and traffic disruptions, reduced congestion and delays, and improved safety. All users of Florida’s multimodal transportation system will experience profound positive long-term impacts as a result of the TSM&O Program.
Gainesville Advanced Traffic Management System
In a recent national survey, Gainesville had the shortest commuting time in Florida, and was ranked 19th nationally among all metropolitan areas, according to Nielsen. This outstanding result is because the City of Gainesville and its surrounding Alachua County are nearing completion of one of the country’s most sophisticated traffic management systems, recognized within Florida and nationally as a state-of-the-art implementation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology.
Traffic Engineering Research Lab (TERL)
The TERL is a product certification body facility within the state of Florida government. It has delegated authority to certify traffic signals and devices (per Florida Statute 316.0745). The TERL, unique to Florida, ensures that traffic signals and devices listed on the FDOT Approved Product List (APL) meet FDOT minimum requirements for products. The TERL’s certification activities include evaluation and certification of many ITS devices used in transportation projects in the state. This project has been a team effort from its inception. Successful implementation has required the critical support of all involved in developing, reviewing, approving, implementing, and, more importantly, complying with the approved procedural documentation. This documentation has resulted in increased operational efficiency and consistency of product certification activities. Routing of certification documents for review and approval is now completely automated and paperless. These internal improvements have led to enhanced customer satisfaction from various TERL customers and partners. This community includes FDOT Districts; county and city maintaining agencies; and contractors, vendors, and consultants doing business in Florida. Additionally, this project enhances TERL’s credibility among product vendors through leading-by-example in the arena of management.
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Four Intelligent Transportation Service (ITS) Unit for its extremely pro-activeness on issues that affect motorist and responder safety. The US 27/I75 Incident Management Task Force exemplifies this philosophy. The task force was created by FDOT in cooperation with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and other partner agencies. The group’s Activation Plan has predefined operational procedures, directing how emergency responders will respond to highway closures due to poor visibility, resulting in improved communications, cooperation and coordination and the rapid deployment of needed resources. The plan also benefits the public by improving traveler information services along key corridors. For taking an innovative, “take-charge” stance to a recurring problem that can potentially save lives and significantly reduce travel delays.
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Citizens’ Band Radio Advisory System (CB RAS)
The Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise operates fifteen Citizens Band Radio Advisory System (CB RAS) transmitters at strategic locations along the Turnpike roadways for disseminating information to CB radio users. CB RAS supplements other modes of information dissemination (dynamic message signs, highway advisory radio, 511, public broadcasters) by providing advance warning about lane closures/blockages, severe weather, or other incidents.
The CB RAS is a tool used to reduce congestion and secondary crashes by providing information primarily to overtheroad commercial drivers and truckers. CB RAS requires no action on the part of the driver as the message is broadcast over CB channel 19, the frequency most commonly monitored. The CB RAS provides information for the Turnpike and also for other major roadways and emergency operations on a broader scale.
In Mid2011, the Citizens’ Band Radio Advisory System (CB RAS) expanded from the original 6station pilot program to a total of 15 permanent stations throughout the Turnpike statewide system. The Turnpike’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) is responsible for the daily activation of the stations in realtime for major closures, low visibility conditions, weather emergencies, evacuation events, and interagency coordination events.
Florida Department of Transportation District Six—ITS Web-based Software Maintenance Module
The Florida Department of Transportation District Six Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Office developed an ITS Maintenance Module. This web-based software is a first-in-Florida application that is increasing the district’s network device reliability to help improve the quality of traffic management, incident management and traveler information services it provides to the public. This software is designed to save time and money while improving the quality of services. It was designed to address the ITS Program’s need for device checks and may be used by other Districts statewide.
Martin County TMC
Martin County built a fully functional TMC to withstand Category 5 Hurricanes. There is 52.5 miles of fiber cable throughout the county to monitor its systems using ATMS software. The TMC also incorporated advanced features within the traffic controller to maximize the efficiency of their corridors. They utilize coordination adaptive split algorithm within the controller by time of day which takes unused times during AM and PM peaks times from unused phases and places the extra time on the phases with increased demand. This methodology optimizes the utilization of phase time based on demand to maximize the throughput of vehicles at each intersecting while maintaining coordination along the corridor.
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
Ms. Stephanie Hoback, Wavetronix
For the past two years, Wavetronix has been a member that ITS Florida could count on for support. Ms. Stephanie Hoback has been the representative for Wavetronix in Florida and has helped ITS Florida in many ways. Wavetronix has made banners and furnished the banner stand. Stephanie has actively participated in ITS Florida meetings, staffed the ITS Florida booth at trande show events and has provided many other contributions to the organization. The Management at Wavetronix been extremely supportive of ITS Florida.
Mr. John Brown, Gobal5 Communications
John Brown has continuously supported ITS Florida. He has provided his expertise for the ITS Florida website, new banner/exhibit display designs, and the Transpo logos. He has participated in previous Transpo events providing as our professional photographer. Since its inception, John Brown has been instrumental in the layout and creation of the ITS Florida calendar. He works quietly behind the scenes on very short deadlines. This would not be possible without the support of the Management at Global5 Communications.
Tuesday, October 18th in the ITS World Congress Exhibit Hall, ITS Florida presented its Annual Awards. ITS Florida honored the following well-deserving individuals and projects.
ITS Florida Champion Award
This award, called the ITS Florida Champion Award, is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to advance the cause of ITS in Florida.
Jim LaBatt received the ITS Florida’s Champion award. He worked with FDOT statewide since the early years of ITS as a colleague and a vendor. In this role, he worked closely with the Districts and Central Office to improve the quality of ITS systems. This included valuable input for statewide specifications, worked with the TERL in its early stages to test field devices, and promoted the creation of equal standards for products. Over his years of involvement in ITS in Florida, he has provided support to ITS both in local projects and statewide efforts.
ITS Florida President’s Award
The ITS Florida President’s Award is ITS Florida’s highest award and is only given out when an extraordinary candidate is brought forward to ITS Florida for consideration. This award recognizes superior career achievements in ITS and extraordinary contributions to ITS Florida.
Charlie Wallace is one of the longest active member and co-founder of the organization. Any board member that has had the pleasure to work with him can testify to his unselfish dedication to ITS Florida and ITS since it was known as IVHS. As Past President of ITS Florida, Charlie has been around ITS Florida and his contributions are too numerous to list. In May 2005, Charlie accepted the award for Outstanding State Chapter given by ITS
America as current ITSFL President at the time. His contributions to the growth and success of ITS Florida continues through today and he will likely continue into the future. Areas that Charlie has been involved in include:
• Provided training sessions to our members
• Chaired task forces
• Serves as the liaison:
• Floridians for Better Transportation (FBT)
• Florida’s Transportation Builders Association (FTBA)
• ITSA and the State Chapters Council.
• Involved with the organization and coordination of the biennial Transpo conferences
• Guiding hand to board members, officers and numerous presidents
ITS Professional of the Year Award
The ITS Professional of the Year Award recognizes a person who has contributed significantly to the ITS community and to the ITS mission/goals of ITS Florida. Criteria of this award is that this person has been instrumental in ITS project management, project completion, project planning, financial, and/or other strategies.
Over the past 7 years, Dr. Mohammed Hadi created an ITS Program at Florida International University (FIU) that supported FDOT District Four and District Six by training and supplying students with the ITS Lab that he created. The ITS lab at FIU has a small video wall and runs the SunGuide ATMS software and receives real-time detector data from District 6 for analysis. It pro-vides an excellent opportunity for FIU students to learn ITS hands-on with SunGuide and the close working relationships with FDOT.
He led the development of various ITS planning and operations tools for FDOT Central Office for use statewide. The tools allow the assessment and selection of ITS strategies and technologies for planning and operation applications. The tools are based on analyzing ITS data, advanced modeling and previous ITS experience. He provided cost benefit performance measures that have been very valuable to FDOT D4 in the growth of its program. Dr. Hadi remains a great friend of ITS Florida and his students, both current and former. His membership on the ITS Florida Board of Directors illustrates his dedication to ITS in Florida.
ITS Florida Organizational Member of the Year Award
The ITS Florida Organizational Member of the Year Award recognizes an ITS program, project, or other accomplishment that is of significant benefit to the transportation industry and to the traveling public. The recipient can be any public- or private-sector member of ITS Florida. The primary criterion for award consideration is that the work provides improved transportation for Floridians.
The FDOT Central Office ITS Program is committed to supporting the connected vehicle on-road demonstrations during the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Orlando on October 16-20, 2011. The ITS Program planned, designed, and enabled the connected vehicle effort through coordination with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) team and local agencies.
The overall program included funding, procurement and installation of equipment and software on several fronts. The enhancements included software modifications to SunGuide to incorporate new connected vehicle communications and applications, deployment of vehicle to roadside communications units, procurement and allocation of vehicle awareness devices to provide probe data with-in the system. FDOT also worked hand-in-hand with ITS World Congress demonstrators to incorporate and facilitate new technology demonstrations and worked with USDOT to establish a fully functional test bed within the Orlando area that will stay long after the World Congress is completed.
This year, ITS Florida Organizational Member of the Year Award is Florida Department of Transportation. The connected vehicle effort is comprised of four key individuals:
• Elizabeth Birriel, FDOT Central Office ITS Program;
• Arun Krishnamurthy, FDOT Central Office ITS Program;
• Rick Morrow, FDOT District Five Traffic Operations, and
• Mike Smith, FDOT District Five ITS.
ITS Florida Certificates of Outstanding Achievement Award
Annually, ITS Florida recognizes one or more individuals or organizations for their outstanding ser-vice and/or achievements in this “open award” category. Two (2) individuals received Certificates of Outstanding Achievement.
In 2010, Florida Department of Transportation District Six (6) made an outstanding contribution in the development and support of public information efforts as part of their daily program operations. This, in turn, increased the program’s profile in the industry on a national scale and improved the relations with the local community.
In the past year, the District Six (6) ITS Public Information staff has completed several initiatives to raise awareness and achieve a higher level of customer service. These initiatives have included a newly improved SunGuide website, and an email sign-up feature to keep the public up-to-date on the latest ITS Program news. The team also released a streamlined version of the website that can be accessed on a mobile phone.
ITS Florida Certificates of Outstanding Achievement Award
Annually, ITS Florida recognizes one or more individuals or organizations for their outstanding service and/or achievements in this “open award” category. Two (2) individuals received Certificates of Outstanding Achievement.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Four Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Unit created a first-of-its-kind training program for transportation professionals. The Transportation Management Academy trains current Transportation Management Center (TMC) operators on traffic engineering and incident management principles, empowering them to manage events with the utmost confidence in their decisions. The Academy is part of District Four’s effort to create a paradigm shift to proactive/adaptive management of a transportation system that incorporates ITS.
FDOT District Four ITS Unit developed a Transportation Management Academy for operators that provides insight to incident management, traffic engineering, roles of partner agencies and ITS developments. The Academy consists of self-paced reading, interviews, job shadowing and participation in learning activities.
The Academy will be adopted by other TMCs and start a paradigm shift to proactive/adaptive management for regional transportation systems.
ITS Florida Special Recognition
ITS Florida acknowledged Carlton Urban, Albeck Gerken, for his outstanding work over the past year on behalf of ITS Florida. In the past three years, difficult economic times negatively impacted ITS Florida’s membership, like many other professional organizations. As part of an on-going, concerted effort, ITS Florida has been working diligently to recruit new members by demonstrating and explaining the benefits of being a member of this organization.
Carlton took on the challenge of spreading the word and seeking out companies. In the past year, ITS Florida’s membership grew by 12.5%. Congratulations and many thanks, Carlton!
This is an award given for outstanding service by individuals or organizational units.
Florida Department of Transportation
District Four ITS Unit
Early in 2010, the ITS Unit developed and implemented a new inventory tracking software called the Maintenance Inventory Management System (MIMS). Using the MIMS software, which is already integrated into District Four’s version of SunGuide®, a full inventory can be completed of all of the ITS Unit devices in less than one week, a time reduction of 80% from their original baseline.
John Brown, Global-5 Communications
Global5 Creative Director, John Brown has been the creative force behind increasing ITS Florida’s visibility among Florida’s ITS professionals and their peers around the world. He has created a branded look for the society that instantly positions it as credible, professional and cuttingedge in line with the organization’s goals and values. His work has drawn attention to ITS Florida at transportation professional events throughout the state and has had an impact on how ITS is viewed worldwide. He has volunteered hundreds of hours including the 2010 and 2011 ITS Florida Calendars.
Arun Krishnamurthy, PE
Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy is in charge of ITS software, architecture, and standards. In the past year, along with managing all aspects of this program, Mr. Krishnamurthy has coordinated the development and deployment of the SunGuide® Software, a highly successful statewide advanced traffic management system software.
The successful development and statewide use of this software has provided an estimated monetary savings of $80 million with the standardization of design, development, installation, training, maintenance life cycle, and operations costs. Florida has 14 TMCs using SunGuide®, including FDOT Districts, toll authorities, and local agencies.
MEMBER OF THE YEAR
This award is to recognize an ITS program, project, or other accomplishments that is of significant benefit to the transportation industry and to the traveling public.
Florida Department of Transportation
The District One ITS Office made several substantial contributions to improving transportation and safety in southwest Florida, including the opening of the Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC), commonly known as the SouthWest Interagency Facility for Transportation (SWIFT) SunGuide® Center. The opening of the SWIFT Center provided significant benefits to the motoring public along I75 in southwest Florida. In addition, the ITS Office contributed substantially to improving transportation by delivering several major ITS projects and continued to provide great service to its customers in the area of
PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
This award is to recognize that person who has contributed significantly to the ITS community during the past year.
Adam C. Moser, PE
Pinellas County, Public Works Transportation Department
Pinellas County’s SmartTracs Arterial ITS is one of the first system’s to bring full featured ITS onto the arterial roadway network providing for regional traffic management. Mr. Adam Moser is responsible for the design, project management and construction management of the SmartTracs corridor projects included in the County’s 5 year capital improvement . Once completed these projects will triple the size of the County’s current system.
Adam has provided innovations in the design area by developing a Pinellas County ATMS/ITS Design Guide and hosted meetings with the County’s ATMS design consultants. Through this effort the plans preparation process is now more consistent and saves the County, FDOT and the consultant’s time and money in the design and review process.
Adam is also involved directly with ITS Florida taking on the chairmanship of the Technical Solutions Subcommittee last year.
CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
This award may be given to an individual who has made significant contributions to advance the cause of ITS in Florida.
Rory J. Santana, PE
FDOT District 6
Mr. Rory Santana has excelled in every aspect of his role. He spearheaded the launch of the southbound express lanes and successfully led the completion of Phase1B in MiamiDade County. He oversaw the development of critical project concept and components and effectively equipped his team to manage the additional southbound operations. As a result of his efforts, the project now offers a direct crosscounty transit service that has significantly increased person throughput on Interstate 95 as well as enhanced operations for the incident management, public outreach and congestion mitigation services it provides. Rory’s leadership continues to help materialize the goals envisioned for the 95 Express, but it is his longstanding passion for the improvement of Florida’s transportation system that is driving the project to exceed public benefits and expectations.
This award recognizes superior career achievements in ITS and extraordinary service to ITS Florida.
Jay Calhoun, PE
The VANUS Group of Gannett Fleming
Mr. Jay Calhoun has been one of the most active members of ITS Florida He was a Director at Large in 20002001. When the Secretary/Treasurer in 2004 decided not to remain an officer, Jay stepped in and was elected VicePresident in 2005, then served as President and Past President in the next two years. He has been a willing volunteer over the years, serving in a number of committees. He is Chairman of Transpo2010. He attends most ITSA Annual Meetings and has participated in the State Chapters strengthening Workshop. Whenever ITS Florida needs a steady hand to lead a diverse number of activities, Jay has stepped in and been quietly effective in the success of that activity and ITS Florida.
Outstanding Achievement Awards
Annually, ITS Florida recognizes one or more individuals or organizations for their outstanding achievements in an open award category. The following individual and organization are receiving Certificates of Outstanding Achievement.
Mr. Randy Pierce, FDOT ITS Telecommunications Manager, was recognized for his involvement in launching Florida’s WiFi® pilot project—an asset not only to the FDOT’s ITS Program, but also to Florida’s traveling public. Mr. Pierce was responsible for managing this project from contract negotiations through implementation. Mr. Pierce oversaw the installation of “Wi-Fi hot spots” at Florida’s four welcome centers and the Turkey Lake Turnpike Service Plaza. These hot spots permit travelers to access the internet and check their email from their personal computers. In order to implement this:
· Several challenges were overcome in order to bring internet connectivity to the traveling public.
· An additional feature was added to this project—a mobile WiFi unit. The FDOT has launched this newest WiFi hot spot, integrated into an FDOT trailer. This trailer can be moved to various rest areas to analyze whether WiFi service should be provided at that site. This analysis will save money by identifying the most appropriate candidate sites for future expansion of the WiFi system.
· FDOT included some pilot project features in the trailer to enhance its functionality—a mobile weather station and a camera system allowing remote events monitoring. Additional potential uses for the trailer are continuing to be identified. During the recent spring flooding at the Suwannee River, although integration of the trailer was not yet complete, the FDOT considered using it to view the status of the I-10 bridge over the river.
Mr. Pierce has brought a new means of communication to Florida’s traveling public, along with an enhanced mobile incident management tool for use by the FDOT.
District Four, ITS Unit, FDOT
The District Four ITS Unit was recognized for The Interagency Video and Event Data Distribution System “iVEDDS”. In February 2008, in response to user feedback, FDOT released iVEDDS, a substantially revised Web-based solution for their partnering agencies that integrated SMART Viewer and iVDS into a single Web address and secure login. iVEDDS distributes live-motion, closed circuit television (CCTV) camera video feeds from District Four to inter-agency partners (and other authorized users), using existing Internet infrastructure. This tool provides streaming video from all active freeway CCTV cameras in Broward County to emergency response agencies such as 911 centers; police, fire and ambulance stations; transportation management centers; airports and transit authorities who benefit from the live images before or during an incident along the freeways. There are 42 public agency users representing 13 different partner agencies.
iVEDDS addresses the need for FDOT’s regional emergency response agencies to view real-time, freeway camera streaming video in order to provide quicker response. It also affords them the availability to dispatch proper crews to the scene earlier compared to waiting for on-scene communications. Additionally, iVEDDS furthers the deployment of ITS by sharing the benefits of all the equipment in place with more than one agency.
District Four has not only accomplished goals set in the Public Outreach Plan and Five Year Strategic Plan for their ITS Unit and TMC, but is also fostering relationships with regional public agencies that could benefit the entire Department.
ITS Champion Award
In recognition of his tireless efforts related to the advancement of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in Northeast Florida, ITS Florida recognized Doug Conkey with its ITS Champion Award. Mr. Conkey is a Commissioner for Clay County and the Chairman of the North Florida TPO.
The North Florida TPO has made a significant investment in and remarkable progress towards developing a fully integrated Interstate and arterial system that can be controlled from a single remote location and monitored for incident management by local governments, FDOT and the Florida Highway Patrol. The TPO has begun programming funds to construct a regional transportation management center. District 2 is the only District in the state without a state-of-the-art regional TMC.
The North Florida TPO has made ITS and technology use to improve the operation of major arterials in the four county region it serves a critical component of its transportation planning strategy and has integrated ITS into its overall planning program. By doing so, the TPO is championing the ITS cause and setting an example that can be followed by other metropolitan planning organizations and other regions in Florida. Mr. Conkey is instrumental in this accomplishment.
ITS Professional of the Year
The ITS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizes a person who has been actively involved in some aspect of an ITS project within the last year and contributed significantly to the ITS community in so doing.
Mr. Gene Glotzbach, Florida Department of Transportation Deputy State Traffic Operations Engineer received this awarded. His involvement in launching Florida’s next generation statewide 511 Traveler Information System significantly impacted the FDOT’s ITS Program.
Mr. Glotzbach has been the administrator for the ITS general consulting contract since 2001. This contract provides support to the ITS Program; in the past year, along with the statewide 511 Traveler Information System, Mr. Glotzbach has managed or supported such successful projects as:
· Ten-Year ITS Cost Feasible Plan, the statewide funding mechanism of approximately $883 million for ITS deployments between 2002 and 2019, including the SunGuide® Software, the Traffic Engineering Research Lab (TERL) ITS lab, commercial vehicle operations, and incident management.
· License plate readers/probe data collection using global positioning systems-based technology, which enables travel time posting to dynamic message signs—a key to the expansion of ITS deployments on rural roadways
· Arterial ITS Plan, initial phase concentrating on arterial advanced traffic management systems deployment and the benefits of signal retiming
· ITS specifications development and maintenance, ensuring device interoperability and interchangeability with other equipment
· TERL with quality assurance and support of the ITS lab to test ITS equipment operability using the SunGuide® Software
With the recent launch of the new, bilingual statewide 511 Traveler Information System, Mr. Glotzbach has significantly contributed to ITS in the state of Florida. Mr. Glotzbach has been the FDOT project manager for this “next generation” 511 system—a multi-million dollar project—from its inception.
The next generation statewide 511 advanced Traveler Information System replaced five regional 511 systems and allows travelers to call 511 anywhere in the state and hear the same voice and call menu options. Along with the calling feature, the new system Web site replaced the regional Web sites providing Florida with detailed traffic and travel information, including camera views and links to airports, seaports, and transit agencies.
Florida’s new 511 phone and Web system gives real-time traffic reports on Florida interstate highways; toll roads, including Florida’s Turnpike, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority roads, and Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority roads; and other major metropolitan roadways. The statewide system provides information on roadway conditions, such as commuter travel times, construction, lane closures, crashes, congestion, and severe weather affecting traffic. Travelers have access to traffic, transit, travel times, airports, and seaports, or they can request information for a specific roadway, city, or county. This system is also updated with public safety alerts, including AMBER, Silver, and Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) alerts.
ITS FLORIDA ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The ITS FLORIDA ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD recognizes an ITS program, project, or other accomplishment that is of significant benefit to the transportation industry and to the traveling public. The recipient can be any public- or private-sector member of ITS Florida. The primary criterion for award consideration is that the work provides improved transportation for Floridians.
FDOT District Six ITS Office
Phase 1 A of the Interstate 95 Ramp Signaling System was implemented in February 2009 in Miami-Dade County. It is the first system of its kind in the State of Florida that utilizes Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies, such as roadway detectors and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras to meter the rate of traffic entering the mainline from the adjacent city streets. The system is reducing the problem of ‘bottlenecking’ caused by merging traffic, which leads to congestion and reduced safety conditions for all motorists along the highway. Ramp signals regulate the rate vehicles enter from the ramps based on the spaces available on the mainline to improve mobility and regulate traffic flow.
Even though ramp signals have been successfully deployed in other areas of the Country, this project marks the first time the concept was implemented in Florida. The District Six ITS team took careful measures to introduce the system and ensure its operational effectiveness. They researched solutions, and allocated the necessary resources to bring this system on-line and within schedule. The Ramp Signals have served to improve mobility and increase the flow of traffic on the mainline along the project limits of the 95 Express Lanes. Travel speeds have increased from 38 mph to 43 mph on the general purpose lanes during the typically congested evening rush-hour period. This increase in speeds has saved motorists more than $1 million in travel time delays since implementation, with values projected to increase as additional ramp signals are activated along the I-95 corridor.
In addition to the Ramp Signaling System, the 95 Express Lanes project has significantly improved, the project has garnered laudable attention and has served to put Florida’s ITS Program at the forefront of the national arena. Recently winning America’s Transportation Award in the category of innovative management, the project is also a top contender for the American Association of State Highways & Transportation Officials (ASSTO) America’s Best Transportation Project as well. More importantly than the accolades received however, are the daily benefits the project is providing to the motoring public of our community.
Interstate 95 in southeast Florida is one of the most highly congested roadways in the country, and usually serves as a main point of access for cross-county commuters traveling between Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Introducing variable congestion pricing and transportation demand management practices along the project’s limits has allowed Phase 1A of the 95 Express Lanes to increase travel speeds from approximately 18 mph to 43 mph on the general purpose lanes and 57 mph on the express lanes during the evening rush-hour period (compared to before and after implementation reports). The 95 Express Lanes operate above 45 mph or higher 99.5% of the time, increasing the vehicle throughput and providing motorists with more options along the facility.
A contributing factor to the overall success of the 95 Express Lanes, is the development of the State of Florida’s first dynamic toll collection pricing system. The District Six ITS Team developed an electronic software application that automates the variable toll collection algorithm, and recommends price changes every 15 minutes to maintain free flowing conditions along the managed lanes. The team expedited the automation of this feature 1 ½ years ahead of schedule, offsetting operational costs by $2.1 million as a result (compared to a non-automated system of toll collection operations).
In addition, the project also counts with an enhanced, multidisciplinary incident management plan that has increased the operational effectiveness of the managed lanes facility. The plan has reduced travel lane blocking duration times by approximately 15 minutes, saving motorists more than $18.5 million dollars in added value during the first six months of implementation, with benefits expected to continue. 95 Express utilizes ITS components to manage daily operations.
ITS Florida Awards
ITS Florida provides awards to recognize the outstanding achievements of people and organizations in ITS Florida. At Transpo2008 on September 24th, the following received much deserved recognition.
Outstanding Achievement Awards.
The Outstanding Achievement award is an “open-ended” class of award that is given by ITS Florida for outstanding service by individuals or organizational units. At Transpo2008 on September 24th, ITS Florida presented three Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2007.
Mr. Justin Begley is the Project Manager for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s $10 million ITS project. He was responsible for managing the Systems Integrator from contract negotiations through design and project implementation over a 24 month contract term. The project is a bundled procurement for CAD/AVL, radio communications, mobile and fixed camera security, automated on board next stop announcements, automated passenger counting and advanced traveler information system.
Mr. Steven Corbin is the FDOT District 4 ITS Operations Manager. He single handedly conceptualized and organized a joint, four (4) day conference between the TRB Freeway Operations Committee and IBTTA with over 300 delegates from all over the world, over 150 speakers and moderators, several key speakers including 2 retired U.S. Army Generals and the President of ITS America, 26 exhibitor/vendor booths, networking events, technical tours and other activities. Mr. Corbin’s actions and leadership were key to this conference being held in Florida in June 2008.
Mr. Julio Orozco of FDOT District 6, has led the effort to provide redundant fiber access for FDOT into and out of the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas through a public-public communication agreement with Miami-Dade County. The NAP of the Americas is a 750,000 square foot, Category 5 hurricane rated, data center access point for over 59 telecommunication carriers providing the majority of communication switching traffic to and from 148 Nations. Julio’s activities included engineering a co-location within the Miami-Dade County suite and implementing servers with SunGuidetm software to act as the District’s disaster recovery site. The NAP implementation allows District 6 or any FDOT TMC with SunGuidetm software the ability to provide disaster recovery services from any location within the state.
ITS Professional of the Year Award
The ITS Professional of the Year award recognizes a person, or persons who has contributed significantly to the Intelligent Transportation System community during the past year. The person nominated significantly contributes to the ITS mission and goals of ITS Florida.
The criteria for the ITS Professional of the Year Award include:
1) the person has contributed to ITS mission;
2) the person has been instrumental in project management, project completion, project planning, development of planning, financial or other strategies; and
3) the person has had a key role in some significant program or project, which may include activities of ITS Florida itself.
The 2007 ITS Professional of the Year Award recipient is Javier Rodriguez – FDOT – District 6 ITS Operations Engineer.
Javier Rodriguez has transformed the Traffic Management Center (TMC) operations in District 6 from a reactive to a proactive style of operations. Significant improvements in both quality control and high frequency of Dynamic Messaging Systems (DMS) messaging have been achieved. This is especially important as District 6 embarks on two major new initiatives: ramp metering and variable toll managed lanes. The improved efficiency in TMC operations will enable operations staff to take on the new challenges and provide best practices to other TMCs in the state and nation.
ITS Champion Award
The ITS Champion award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to advance the cause of ITS in Florida. This award is given only for rare and conspicuous service.
The 2007 ITS Champion Award recipient is John Easterling, P.E., Traffic Operations Engineer Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise.
Mr. Easterling has been instrumental in the promotion of ITS through the area of Rapid Incident Scene Clearance Program (RISC). He has been involved with the Operations Academy and other organizations and has made many presentations to ITS groups in Florida and other states. He has demonstrated very effective leadership in deploying a vast ITS System throughout the 460 miles of the Turnpike System and participated in other outstanding programs that promote ITS throughout the State and Nation.