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Interviews with transportation newsmakers by transportation journalist Bernie Wagenblast.

Caltrans’ Director Toks Omishakin Talks Active Transportation
Oct 6 • 22 min
California DOT Director Toks Omishakin about the important role active transportation — primarily walking and cycling — plays in a healthy transportation system during the AASHTO ETAP Podcast. Omishakin, chairs AASHTO’s Council on Active Transportation,…
Promoting Quality of Life Through Rural and Tribal Transit – National RTAP Program
Sep 28 • 29 min
Robin Phillips, Executive Director of the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), discusses the challenges of delivering safe and effective public transportation in rural and tribal areas, and highlights some of the challenges faced by these…
Futurist Garry Golden – How COVID-19 is Shaping the Future of the Transportation Industry
Sep 11 • 19 min
Futurist Garry Golden shares how he sees the global COVID-19 pandemic shaping future outcomes for the transportation industry as a whole and for professionals. Garry was a Plenary Speaker at the 2020 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition and the session was…
Hawaii DOT’s Focus on Organizational Resiliency
Sep 8 • 20 min
Hawaii is no stranger to natural disasters — over the course of several months between 2018-2019, the state faced flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions. In this episode of the AASHTO ETAP Podcast, Ed Sniffen, Hawaii DOT deputy director for…
Arizona DOT’s Innovative Approach to Virtual Public Involvement
Aug 16 • 15 min
One of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the temporary end to the traditional public meeting. Most of these gatherings have become virtual. On AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast, Arizona DOT’s Steve Olmsted, senior program manager, discusses ways in…
Self-Driving Technology and Safety with David Harkey
Aug 16 • 20 min
David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to discuss connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) and two new studies conducted by the traffic safety…
The Impact of Innovation on MaaS/MOD with Vincent Valdes
Jun 23 • 18 min
Vincent Valdes joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to talk about the role of mobility as a service (MaaS) and mobility on demand (MOD) in public transit and how innovation can improve travel for users and transportation networks as a whole. The…
A Minnesota Perspective on Environmental Sustainability
Jun 3 • 21 min
Minnesota DOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher talks about her state’s perspectives on environmental sustainability on the AASHTO ETAP Podcast. Commissioner Anderson Kelliher, who serves as chairperson of AASHTO’s Committee on Environment and…
The Safe System Approach with Robert Wunderlich, P.E.
May 26 • 32 min
Robert Wunderlich, P.E., ITE Fellow and Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, discusses the Safe System approach to reducing serious injuries and fatalities on roadways. He highlights the various…
Interview with Veteran NYC Traffic Reporter Pete Tauriello
May 21 • 38 min
For nearly four decades Pete Tauriello has been telling drivers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut what awaits them during their travels. As he explains, there’s more to good traffic reporting than just running through a list of crashes and…
ETAP Podcast: Exploring The Ray, An Interview with Allie Kelly
May 6 • 25 min
The ETAP Podcast’s inaugural episode features an interview with Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray. Georgia’s innovative smart highway is the nation’s first public-private-philanthropic partnership. The podcast is presented by AASHTO’s (American…
The Impacts of COVID-19 On Public Transit with Paul Skoutelas, APTA President and CEO
Apr 28 • 20 min
Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, discusses both the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public transit and how the industry is responding, as well as how funding from the CARES Act…
Emerging Trends In Mobility With Annie Chang, SAE International
Mar 31 • 19 min
Annie Chang, head of New Mobility at SAE and director of the Mobility Data Collaborative, joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to discuss the mobility landscape and her research in the mobility as a service/mobility on demand field. She also…
Transportation and Equity with Tamika Butler, Toole Design
Feb 25 • 26 min
Tamika L. Butler, Esq., director of Equity and Inclusion at Toole Design, joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to discuss the critical issue of equity in transportation. She delves deep into the challenges confronting transportation professionals…
Leslie Richards, SEPTA General Manager: Leadership and the Link Between Community and Transportation
Jan 28 • 22 min
Leslie Richards, general manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast for a conversation on leadership, the inextricable link between community and transportation, and managing a…
NJ Transit’s Customer Advocate Looks to Improve Communications Between Agency and Its Customers
Jan 27 • 16 min
Being in the middle can sometimes be a tough place. Stewart Mader’s job finds him talking to NJ Transit customers about how the agency operates and explaining what goes on behind the scenes. It also has him taking customers’ ideas and concerns to top…
NJ Transit President Kevin Corbett Talks Challenges And Future Of System
Dec 18, 2019 • 21 min
New Jersey Transit has been the subject of much attention the past few years for service issues, primarily with its commuter rail service. In February 2018 Kevin Corbett was appointed as the agency’s president and CEO. Corbett talks with Transportation…
ITE Talks Transportation: Managing The Evolving Curbside
Nov 26, 2019 • 23 min
Curbspace is in higher demand than ever before, with ridesharing companies, freight delivery vehicles, vendors, and more attempting to share the scene. Meghan Mitman and Steve Davis with Fehr & Peers discuss the challenges and opportunities…
MaaS/MOD with Valerie Lefler, Feonix – Mobility Rising
Oct 24, 2019 • 21 min
Valerie Lefler, Executive Director at Feonix – Mobility Rising, joins us on the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to explore issues around Mobility as a Service/Mobility on Demand (MaaS/MOD). She highlights ways to ensure that underserved communities are…
The Value Of Professional Development With MARTA’s Marsha Anderson Bomar
Sep 24, 2019 • 24 min
On this edition of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast, ITE Honorary Member Marsha Anderson Bomar discusses the various benefits that professional development can have on building one’s career. She touches on mentoring, soft skills, developing…
New York City Congestion Pricing: From Idea to Reality, with Sam Schwartz, PE
Aug 28, 2019 • 22 min
Sam Schwartz, longtime New York City traffic engineer and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, joins the ITE Talks Transportation Podcast to discuss how congestion pricing is being implemented in NYC. He explains how the pricing may help…
Managing Mobility in Washington State: Roger Millar, WSDOT Secretary
Jul 30, 2019 • 22 min
Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation at Washington State DOT in Olympia, Washington, highlights how the state is innovating when it comes to mobility as a service/mobility on demand and collaborating with partners across various municipalities and…
Conversation with a Cruise Ship Captain
Jul 26, 2019 • 14 min
Marek Slaby has worked in the maritime field for nearly three decades. It’s a career that’s brought him from cargo vessels to cruise ships. During a cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska aboard Royal Caribbean International’s…
Mobility as a Service Series: Sam Zimbabwe, Director, Seattle DOT
Jun 27, 2019 • 21 min
Sam Zimbabwe, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, discusses how the city and surrounding region have incorporated Mobility as a Service, as well as how they are addressing equity and accessibility gaps in the transportation system.
New Jersey Company Provides Unique Parking, Bus Service For Suburban Commuters
Jun 4, 2019 • 19 min
Many older suburbs that grew up around train stations face the challenge of providing sufficient parking for commuters. A New Jersey-based company, a little over two years old, is doing something to address that. Boxcar is finding parking in places that…
ITE Talks Transportation: Improving Access to Healthy and Sustainable Transportation with Charles Brown, MPA
May 28, 2019 • 26 min
Charles Brown, MPA, senior researcher and adjunct professor at Rutgers University, addresses the challenges to creating healthy and sustainable communities through transportation and highlights innovative solutions, including complete streets policies….
Safety Through Speed Management
Apr 24, 2019 • 27 min
This month’s episode of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast features Leah Shahum, founder and executive director of the Vision Zero Network, and Robert Spillar, director of transportation for the City of Austin, Texas. With host Bernie Wagenblast they…
ITE Talks Transportation: Mobility as a Service with Susan Zielinski
Mar 26, 2019 • 24 min
Susan Zielinski, independent consultant and former managing director of the SMART program at the University of Michigan, discusses Mobility as a Service (Maas), including what initiatives are currently underway in the space, how the public and private…
Transformation of the Parking Industry with Mike Klein, CAPP
Feb 26, 2019 • 21 min
There has been a tremendous shift in the parking industry over the last few decades, both in terms of how parking is generated and regulated, as well as how practitioners approach their job. Mike Klein, CAPP, founder and CEO of Klein & Associates,…
‘Critical Issues in Transportation’ Discussion with TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen
Jan 22, 2019 • 27 min
Neil Pedersen, executive director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to discuss the “Critical Issues in Transportation” report recently released by TRB. The discussion notes some of the significant…
New Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Talks About Her Goals for Organization
Jan 10, 2019 • 10 min
Rachel Maleh has been involved in the transportation industry for a little less than a year, but in her new role at Operation Lifesaver she’s now a leader in the effort to improve transportation safety by eliminating rail deaths and injuries from…
Past, Present and Future of Transportation with AASHTO Executive Director Frederick G. ‘Bud’ Wright
Nov 27, 2018 • 21 min
Frederick G. ‘Bud’ Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, announced earlier this year that he will retire at the end of 2018. He joins ITE Talks Transportation to discuss the changes and…
Reflecting on 30 Years in Transportation with Kirk Steudle
Oct 23, 2018 • 25 min
This episode of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast features Kirk Steudle, Michigan Department of Transportation Director, who is retiring after 31 years with the department on October 31. He reflects on the changes, challenges and successes across his…
ITS America President/CEO Kicks Off ITS5C Summit
Oct 8, 2018 • 4 min
Over 700 attendees have gathered in Jacksonville, Florida for the ITS5C Summit. The group heard from Shailen Bhatt, the CEO and President of ITS America. Bhatt spoke of some of the issues facing the US ITS industry, including foreign competition and…
ITE Talks Transportation: Equity 101 with Veronica O. Davis
Sep 26, 2018 • 25 min
This new podcast episode captures highlights from the well-attended Equity 101 technical session at the Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit. Veronica O. Davis, a speaker during the session, provides an…
ITE Talks Transportation Podcast: Safety Strategies with Robert Wunderlich
Aug 29, 2018 • 27 min
Robert Wunderlich, Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, discusses his perspectives on pedestrian safety strategies, speed management, and proven safety countermeasures as the transportation…
Five ITS America State Chapters Coming Together for ITS5C Summit
Aug 23, 2018 • 9 min
It’s been four years since three state chapters held the ITS3C Summit in Mobile, Alabama. This time it’s five chapters representing eight states at the ITS5C Summit being held October 7 through 10 in Jacksonville, Florida. Jay Calhoun, Vice President of…
Surrogate Measures of Safety and Vision Zero
Jul 26, 2018 • 27 min
Andrew P. Tarko, Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of the Center for Road Safety, Purdue University and Franz Loewenherz, a principal transportation planner for the City of Bellevue, Washington, discuss surrogate measures of safety and how they…
GEWI Uses Technology to Improve Work Zone Safety
May 25, 2018 • 13 min
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were over 96,000 crashes in work zones in the US in 2015. Despite work zone safety being a high priority, drivers and workers are still killed and injured at an astonishingly high rate. Technology…
Road to Zero Report Advances Vision Zero Strategies
May 22, 2018 • 28 min
The Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council, released a comprehensive report in April laying out strategies to end roadway deaths in the US by 2050. It is the first time so many organizations have collaborated to put forth a plan…
Active Transportation and Health in Minneapolis and Beyond
Apr 24, 2018 • 29 min
Matthew Dyrdahl, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, Amber Dallman, Minnesota Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, and Sarah Stewart, senior public health specialist with the…
Transit Equity Research at CTEDD
Apr 12, 2018 • 36 min
The Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) is a USDOT (Tier-1) University Transportation Center. As indicated by its name, CTEDD does research into transportation equity issues. Two researchers associated with the center are…
Ronnie Hakim: NY MTA Managing Director, ITS NJ Hall of Fame Member, Looks at Technology from Both Sides of Hudson
Oct 6, 2017 • 14 min
At ITS New Jersey’s annual meeting in September, Veronique (Ronnie) Hakim, Managing Director of the MTA, was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame. Hakim, who served the Garden State for six years as executive director of NJ Transit and the New…
How Do You Bring 21st Century Communications Technology to a 100+ Year Old Transit System?
Aug 31, 2017 • 18 min
When the New York City subway opened in 1904 even H.G. Wells probably didn’t envision the types of communications we take for granted today. Transit Wireless took on the challenge of making it possible to using cellphones in underground subway stations….
Former Florida Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad on Infrastructure
Jun 16, 2017 • 17 min
For nearly four years Ananth Prasad served as Florida’s Secretary of Transportation. More recently, he’s been a senior vice president and National Transportation Practice Leader at HNTB. At the end of 2016 he wrote an op-ed piece on investing in the…
Profile: Virginia Transportation
Jun 14, 2017 • 26 min
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne has all aspects of transportation under his purview. From highways, to ports, to transit, if it moves people or cargo, chances are he plays a role. In Transportation Radio’s ongoing series featuring…
Profile: Michigan DOT
May 15, 2017 • 21 min
Kirk Steudle, the director of Michigan DOT, is distinguished in many ways but two factors that stand out are his years of service as the leader of the state’s transportation agency and the national leadership roles he’s had with AASHTO, TRB and ITS…
PRT, the Often Overlooked Automated Vehicle System
Apr 17, 2017 • 18 min
Over the past few years you can barely open a newspaper or watch a newscast and not hear automated and autonomous vehicles mentioned. One form of automated vehicles have been carrying passengers since 1975. West Virginia University’s personal rapid…
Profile: Rhode Island DOT
Mar 30, 2017 • 24 min
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation may have the smallest territory to cover of any state DOT, but there’s quite a few transportation facilities packed into that area. The Main Street of the east coast, I-95, carries millions of travelers,…
Ferry Safety and Technology Conference Returns to New York City in May
Mar 29, 2017 • 15 min
For the third year in a row, the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference will take place in Manhattan. This year’s event is May 11 and 12. The conference is presented by the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association and brings maritime experts together to…
Profile: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Feb 14, 2017 • 17 min
When it comes to extremes, no department of transportation in the United States comes close to what the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has to deal with. From the coldest weather in the US to the highest mountain in North…
Parking Industry to Gather at PIE in March
Feb 13, 2017 • 8 min
This year’s Parking Industry Exhibition, aka PIE, returns to the Chicago area. A change in this year’s event is that there will be tracks focused on different segments of the parking industry, such as airports, municipalities and hospitals. The man…
Claude Carette, Chair of 2017 ITS World Congress, Provides a Preview
Feb 10, 2017 • 11 min
The ITS World Congress returns to North America this year via Montréal. Claude Carette is the Director of Infrastructure, Roads and Transport Services for the City of Montreal and serves as the chair of this year’s event. He talked with Transportation…
Profile: Idaho Transportation Department
Jan 11, 2017 • 17 min
Brian Ness has served as the director of the Idaho Transportation Department since 2010. That’s given him a lot of time to not only know the department but to make his mark on the agency. In the second of Transportation Radio’s series profiling state…
ITS Canada Prepares for 2017 ITS World Congress
Dec 1, 2016 • 20 min
In less than a year the ITS community will be focused on Montreal when the ITS World Congress is held in the city. ITS Canada is the host, but long before the event the organization has brought together industry and public agencies to advance…
New Jersey Turnpike Authority Uses Technology to Help Manage Two of the Busiest Highways in America
Nov 21, 2016 • 22 min
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority runs both the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. The two toll roads have a variety of tools that are used to keep traffic running smoothly and to help respond when things go wrong. Barry Pelletteri is the…
Profile: Mississippi DOT
Nov 18, 2016 • 19 min
Melinda McGrath is the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. In the first of a series of interviews with the leaders of state DOTs, Transportation Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast talks with her about MDOT and her career with the…
Cummins and Indiana Rail Road Demonstrate New Tier 4 Locomotive Engine
Nov 9, 2016 • 6 min
Cummins has been testing their new QSK95 locomotive engine with the Indiana Rail Road since last March. On Wednesday, the two companies provided media representatives an opportunity to see the diesel engine at the Indiana Rail Road’s Indianapolis…
Ex-Lehigh Valley Railroad Employee Revisits Train Line on Amtrak Autumn Express
Oct 31, 2016 • 2 min
While there were approximately 1,300 people on the Amtrak Autumn Express this weekend, one woman had a special reason to take the train. Jeanne Remmel of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania once worked for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. The Amtrak train traveled…
Amtrak Autumn Express Brings Passenger Train to New Lines for a Weekend
Oct 30, 2016 • 4 min
For the fourth year in a row, Amtrak’s Autumn Express brought passenger trains to lines that haven’t seen such service in decades. The fourteen car trains were filled with people eager to see the countryside and excited to travel places they can’t go….
FM Radio Station One Unique Way Maryland Transit Administration Keeps Its Riders Informed
Oct 26, 2016 • 5 min
The Maryland Transit Administration may be the only transit agency in the country to have its own radio station. It’s just one of the innovations the MTA uses to keep its riders informed. CEO Paul Comfort talks with Transportation Radio about the…
Sound Transit: Communication Challenges in a High-Tech Capital
Oct 25, 2016 • 3 min
The Seattle area is headquarters to a number of high-tech companies, including well-known firms such as Amazon, Microsoft and Inrix. Those companies also attract a number of young workers. It’s against that backdrop that Sound Transit has to plan and…
Matthew Edelman Inducted Into ITS New Jersey Hall of Fame
Oct 24, 2016 • 6 min
The recently retired executive director of TRANSCOM, Matthew Edelman, has been inducted into the ITS New Jersey Hall of Fame. Matt spent a few minutes with Transportation Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast to talk about the honor and how TRANSCOM has evolved…
High-Tech at the Port Authority of NY & NJ
Oct 21, 2016 • 6 min
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey operates some of the busiest transportation facilities in the world. Additionally, they also cover many modes, including bridges, tunnels, airports, bus terminals, ports and rail. Pat Foye is the agency’s…
SmartTransit USA Being Held in October
Sep 2, 2016 • 10 min
SmartTransit USA will be held in Elizabeth, New Jersey on October 25 and 26. Dan Loosemore, the Director and General Manager of Global Transport Forum talked with Transportation Radio about event.
A Preview of the 23rd ITS World Congress in Melbourne
Jun 1, 2016 • 9 min
When the 23rd ITS World Congress opens its doors in Melbourne on October 10, it will feature many of the same elements attendees have come to expect; exhibits, plenary and executive sessions, along with technical tours. But this is the first ITS World…
Vermont’s Transportation Research Center
Mar 31, 2016 • 14 min
Across the US, University Transportation Research Centers are charged with doing transportation research and helping to prepare people to work in the transportation field. One of these centers is located at the University of Vermont in Burlington….
Lessons of Superstorm Sandy Prominent as NJ Transit Works to Strengthen System
Feb 23, 2016 • 4 min
One of the biggest impacts of Superstorm Sandy on NJ Transit’s rail network was on its power systems. Eric Daleo is the Senior Director of NJ Transit’s Resilience Program and he recently spoke at an ITS New Jersey technology forum that examined what…
New Jersey DOT Looks to Strengthen Resiliency
Feb 23, 2016 • 4 min
Transportation systems are quite vulnerable to the forces of nature. This is especially true of the technology that is used to better manage the transport networks. C. William Kingsland is the Assistant Commissioner for Transportation Systems Management…
Cranford Fire Department Offers Winter Fire Safety Tips
Jan 28, 2016 • 0 min
Winter means a lot of great things; sledding, skiing and, of course, hot chocolate. Unfortunately, it’s also the season when the most home fires occur. The Cranford Fire Department has some tips on staying safe during this season of cold weather.
North/West Passage Helps Guide Drivers Along I-90 and I-94
Dec 10, 2015 • 7 min
Winter weather and long, lonely stretches of highway can make traveling along Interstates 90 and 94 treacherous. Having a wide variety of both real-time and reference information can make for a safer trip and provide confidence before heading out. The…
Dutch Professor Writing Book on RFK Funeral Train
Dec 7, 2015 • 4 min
Rein Jelle Terpstra is a professor of art and photography at the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen, Netherlands. He’s in the midst of writing a book about the funeral train that carried the body of assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy from…
Arthur Imperatore - Founder of NY Waterway
Nov 20, 2015 • 6 min
Since colonial times ferries were a primary means of travel between New Jersey and New York. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, many of those ferries were run by railroads. Those ferry services disappeared in the 1960s but in 1986 a new company,…
HNTB Survey Looks Into Why Americans Use Transit
Nov 13, 2015 • 5 min
It’s not always available as a choice, but when it is millions of Americans choose to use public transportation rather than drive. HNTB just released a survey the examined why they are making that choice. Michael Townes, HNTB’s transit sector market…
The Rahway Valley Railroad Still Loved Decades After Its Last Run
Nov 2, 2015 • 2 min
At the end of the 19th century, a railroad was built in then rural Union County, New Jersey. For nearly a hundred years the Rahway Valley Railroad served a handful of towns on its 11 miles of track. Richard King has written two books about the short…
Ken Philmus Inducted into ITS New Jersey Hall of Fame
Nov 2, 2015 • 6 min
The highest honor ITS New Jersey can bestow is induction into its Hall of Fame. At this year’s annual meeting, the organization added Xerox’s Ken Philmus to the HOF. Philmus spoke with Transportation Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast.
Interview with NJ Transit Executive Director Ronnie Hakim
Nov 2, 2015 • 1 min
NJ Transit Executive Director Ronnie Hakim spoke to the ITS New Jersey annual meeting on Friday and talked about how the agency is using technology to improve the experience for customers. Transportation Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast caught up with her…
Interview with Sam Schwartz
Nov 1, 2015 • 1 min
Sam Schwartz, a former New York City Traffic Commissioner and Chief Engineer of the NYC Department of Transportation, recently authored Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars. The book looks at how America’s cities are changing as people,…
Rasmus Lindholm of ERTICO - ITS Europe
Sep 28, 2015 • 17 min
Transportation professionals from around the world will have an opportunity to network and see the latest in intelligent transportation systems at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France October 5-9. Transportation Radio spoke with Rasmus Lindholm,…
ITS California Prepares for Annual Meeting - September 21-23
Sep 11, 2015 • 19 min
One of the largest ITS America state chapters, ITS California, will be holding its annual meeting in Los Angeles September 21 through 23. In the first of a series of podcasts sponsored by Econolite, Transportation Radio spoke with Josh Peterman, the…
Melbourne to Host 2016 ITS World Congress
Aug 4, 2015 • 4 min
Although it’s more than a year away, preparations are already underway for the 2016 ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia. I had the opportunity to talk with Rob Fitzpatrick, Director of Intelligent Transport Systems Australia, to get a preview of…
Meet ITS America’s New President & CEO, Regina Hopper
Jun 2, 2015 • 10 min
Just 11 days before ITS America held its annual meeting in Pittsburgh, its new president and CEO, Regina Hopper joined the organization. Many ITSA members had their first chance to meet her at the meeting. Transportation Radio spoke with her to learn a…
ITS New Jersey Wins State Chapter Award from ITS America
Jun 2, 2015 • 3 min
ITS New Jersey, was one of the winners of the State Chapters Awards from ITS America at their annual meeting in Pittsburgh. Rizwan Baig, of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and Second Vice President of ITS New Jersey, received the award…
Interview with USDOT Asst. Secretary Gregory Winfree
Jun 2, 2015 • 12 min
Gregory Winfree serves as the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in the US Department of Transportation. This week he’s in Pittsburgh at the ITS America annual meeting and he sat down to talk with Transportation Radio.
PATCO Introduces Next-Generation Train Cars
May 28, 2015 • 1 min
The public had their first opportunity to ride refurbished PATCO cars on Thursday.
Workshop Looks at How Social Media & Apps Are Changing Transportation
May 18, 2015 • 2 min
What started as a means for friends to stay-in-touch has grown to be much more. Today, many transportation agencies and private-sector companies, are using social media and apps to change the face of transportation. ITS New Jersey hosted a forum Monday…
ITS New Jersey, ITS New York & ITS Pennsylvania Meet
Apr 19, 2015 • 6 min
The leadership of the ITS state chapters in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey held their first coordination meeting last week at the World Trade Center in New York City. The gathering, hosted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey,…
New Jersey TransAction Conference to Be Held in Atlantic City
Apr 1, 2015 • 3 min
One of the biggest state transportation conferences in the nation will be held in Atlantic City in April. Frank Reilly is the long-time chairman of the New Jersey TransAction Conference and he spoke with Transportation Radio about the event.
SYSTUF: Breaking New Ground in Rail Communications
Mar 23, 2015 • 7 min
A project underway in France hopes to demonstrate how LTE technology can be used for both critical and non-critical communications. Alcatel-Lucent is serving as manager of the project which will initially be deployed on Paris Metro Line 14. I spoke with…
VTA Creates Innovation Center
Mar 9, 2015 • 8 min
The history of transportation is a history of innovation. In recent decades it seems the pace of innovation has increased exponentially. California’s Valley Transportation Authority recently opened the VTA Innovation Center to serve as a place where a…
I-70 Mountain Travel Radio Sample
Feb 15, 2015 • 10 min
This is a 10-minute sample of Colorado DOT’s I-70 Mountain Travel Radio from Sunday morning, February 15, 2015.
Colorado DOT Uses Unique “Radio” Station to Help Drivers Navigate Mountain Corridor
Feb 13, 2015 • 9 min
Most winter weekends the I-70 corridor between Denver and the mountain resorts to the west is crowded with drivers heading for the ski slopes. In January, Colorado DOT launched a unique online broadcast service to inform and guide motorists. Amy Ford,…
Assemblyman John Wisniewski Addresses Transportation Trust Fund
Jan 26, 2015 • 3 min
One of the biggest issues facing New Jersey is the financial status of the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the chairman of the Transportation Committee, has called for a 25 cent increase in the state’s gas tax so that the…
Steve Dilts New President of ITS New Jersey
Jan 20, 2015 • 6 min
The January meeting of the ITS New Jersey Board of Directors saw Steve Dilts elected president of the organization. Dilts is a Vice President for HNTB and he talked with Transportation Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast about his goals for the organization as…
TomTom’s Nick Cohn
Jan 15, 2015 • 8 min
This week it was announced the I-95 Corridor Coalition had selected TomTom as a preferred provider of real-time traffic information. Nick Cohn, Senior Business Developer at TomTom sat down with Transportation Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast to talk about what…
New National Operations Center of Excellence Opens
Jan 15, 2015 • 2 min
Transportation Systems Management and Operations is key to keeping people and freight moving smoothly. The field is constantly evolving and the new National Operations Center of Excellence is designed to help all transportation professionals stay…
Dennis Motiani Discusses New National Operations Center of Excellence
Jan 15, 2015 • 3 min
Former ITS New Jersey President Dennis Motiani is the executive director of the new National Operations Center of Excellence. Following the center’s ribbon-cutting, Transportation Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast spoke with Motiani.
Neil Pedersen, TRB’s New Executive Director
Jan 13, 2015 • 6 min
Come February 1, the Transportation Research Board will have a new executive director. Neil Pedersen, who spent much of his career at the Maryland State Highway Administration, and most recently with TRB’s SHRP 2 program, will follow Robert Skinner….
TomTom Selected by I-95 Corridor Coalition as Preferred Provider of Real-Time Traffic Information
Jan 13, 2015 • 0 min
The I-95 Corridor Coalition has selected TomTom, along with Here and Inrix, as preferred providers of real-time traffic information. The coalition members come from 16 states along the US east coast, stretching from Florida to Maine. TomTom’s Nick Cohn…
NTSB Lists Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements
Jan 13, 2015 • 1 min
The National Transportation Safety Board’s top 10 most wanted safety improvements for 2015 was released at a news conference Tuesday. Bernie Wagenblast has the story for Transportation Radio.
National Operations Center of Excellence Unveiling
Jan 11, 2015 • 7 min
The National Operations Center of Excellence was introduced at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington, DC on Sunday. Bud Wright, Executive Director of AASHTO kicked-off the event.
Profile: ITS Australia
Dec 11, 2014 • 9 min
You may be quite familiar with ITS organizations in your own nation, but what about other ITS groups around the world? Transportation Radio profiles ITS Australia in this interview with its CEO, Susan Harris.
Rural Traveler Information Site Grows
Nov 19, 2014 • 4 min
Just in time for winter weather, the One-Stop Shop for Rural Traveler Information now includes many of the states in the western lower 48.
Women of ITS New Jersey Hold Networking Event
Nov 14, 2014 • 3 min
The damp, chilly night didn’t discourage those attending the Women of ITS New Jersey’s networking event in Newark.
Opportunities for Women in Transportation
Nov 14, 2014 • 6 min
Where are there opportunities for women in the transportation field and how do they learn of them? Networking events are one way and Transportation Radio attended such a gathering in Newark, New Jersey.
A Look at Operations and Communications at the Maine Turnpike Authority
Nov 8, 2014 • 9 min
Like many toll roads in the world, the Maine Turnpike handles a mix of traffic. However, the highway is also distinctive in several respects. Transportation Radio learned more in a discussion with two officials of the agency during a visit to their…
Larry Rosin on the Future of Radio Traffic Reports
Oct 31, 2014 • 9 min
Cars and radio have been constant companions for decades. As traffic increased over the years radio has been the place people have turned to learn where the problems are and how to get around them. As vehicles become connected to the Internet, that…
CTA & Titan to Test Beacon Technology at Rail Stations
Oct 28, 2014 • 8 min
Beacons are one of the newest forms of technology which allow organizations to communicate location-specific information. The Chicago Transit Authority and Titan have announce a pilot program to test the technology in some Chicago rail…
Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Holds Open House, Provides Update on One-Seat Ride to NYC
Oct 27, 2014 • 2 min
Elected officials, representatives of New Jersey Transit, and residents along the Raritan Valley Line attended an open house Monday evening of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.
Ken Leonard of US DOT’s ITS Joint Program Office
Oct 23, 2014 • 8 min
What’s the role of the federal government in the future of ITS? What’s the difference between connected and autonomous vehicles? Is there such a thing as a connected pedestrian? Ken Leonard, Director of US DOT’s ITS Joint Program Office answers these…
Judy McReynolds Named Chairman of American Transportation Research Institute
Oct 22, 2014 • 5 min
ATRI has its first female chairman. Judy McReynolds talks to Transportation Radio about her role and the organization.
ITS America’s Scott Belcher Takes a Look Back & a Look Ahead
Oct 16, 2014 • 3 min
After serving as president and CEO of ITS America for the past seven years, Scott Belcher is moving to the Telecommunications Industry Association. Transportation Radio spoke with him at the ITS New Jersey annual meeting.
NJ DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox Addresses ITS New Jersey Annual Meeting
Oct 15, 2014 • 1 min
Attendees at the ITS New Jersey annual meeting had their first opportunity to hear from the state’s new transportation commissioner at their annual meeting in New Brunswick.
NJ DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox
Oct 15, 2014 • 1 min
New Jersey’s new transportation commissioner, Jamie Fox, says intelligent transportation systems are an important part of the state’s future.
Gary Carlin Brings Public Sector Expertise to INRIX
Sep 4, 2014 • 6 min
Among the companies exhibiting at the ITS World Congress in Detroit is INRIX. Gary Carlin is the new Director of Business Development for the Public Sector for the company and he talked to Transportation Radio about INRIX’s plans for the World Congress.
Scott Belcher on ITS World Congress
Sep 2, 2014 • 6 min
The ITS World Congress will be held in Detroit September 7 through 11. Scott Belcher, the President and CEO of ITS America, talked with Transportation Radio about the conference.