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23 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Evolution of Urban Form and Function
ITE Talks Transportation host, Bernie Wagenblast, shares hosting duties for this podcast with Justin Ward, Head of Policy and Practice, CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation), London, UK. They speak about the evolution of urban form and function with with Noreen McDonald, Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
26 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Rolling Resistance and Vehicle Efficiency
Mark Hoffman, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Auburn University, and his graduate research assistant Karl Bohnenberger have been studying one of the lesser known contributors to poor fuel economy: rolling resistance. Rolling resistance is a measure of the effort required to keep a tire rolling. It might not grab headlines, but rolling resistance has a substantial impact on emissions and energy use. According to the US Department of Energy, conventionally fueled vehicles use up 11% of their fuel to keep their tires rolling, while electric vehicles use up to 25% of their energy for this purpose. As a result, reducing rolling resistance, as well as quality research on the subject, presents a valuable opportunity to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce the transportation sector’s carbon footprint. On this episode of AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast, Mark and Karl join us to chat about rolling resistance reduction as an attainable step toward a sustainable future.
26 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Deployment of MaaS/MOD Strategies
This month, Bernie Wagenblast talks with Carol Schweiger, president at Schweiger Consulting LLC and co-chair of the TRB Committee on Innovative Public Transportation Services and Technologies. Carol has more than 40 years of experience in transportation consulting, nationally and internationally recognized in the area of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and advanced public transportation systems (APTS).During this conversation, Carol talks about the deployment of MaaS (Mobility as a Service)/MOD (Mobility on Demand) strategies, reflecting on how the pandemic impacted implementation, pilots in the U.S. and internationally, and the wide range of factors that need to be considered.
19 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
Monarch Butterfly Conservation with Arizona DOT's Kris Gade
Once ubiquitous in North America, the monarch’s striking orange and black wings are likely the first image that comes to mind when picturing a butterfly. The monarch is famed not only for its beauty, but also for its role in a healthy ecosystem – the pollinators are a critical support to some uniquely American landmarks: from the Great Smoky Mountains to Zion National Park. Yet, over the past few decades, the monarch has experienced a dramatic dip in population.As the eastern members of this iconic species prepare for their annual migration to Mexico, on this episode of the AASHTO ETAP Podcast we talk with Arizona Department of Transportation’s Roadside Resource Specialist, Kris Gade, Ph.D — one of the professionals leading the charge for monarch conservation.
21 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Moving a Public Agency into the Future of Active Transportation
On this episode of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast, the director of the California Department of Transportation, Toks Omishakin, discusses how the agency dealt with the challenges of the pandemic as well as the strategies it is employing to create safer, more livable, and more equitable communities.
24 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Roadside Vegetation & The Ray
In this month’s episode of AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast, host Bernie Wagenblast sits down with Matthew Quirey, a Landscape Design & Research Fellow at The Ray. For his thesis, Matthew partnered with The Ray to produce new classifications of the most beneficial and well rounded roadside vegetation systems which can now be used to guide Georgia’s efforts in sustainability and harmonious roadside ecology.
25 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
A Safer, More Equitable Post-COVID Future for Transportation – Eulois Cleckley, Denver DOT Executive Director and NACTO President
Eulois Cleckley, the outgoing Executive Director of the Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, discusses how he helped launch a new transportation and infrastructure department in a large urban city. Cleckley, who serves as president of both the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) as well as the Colorado Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), also shares insights on how cities are working together to achieve safer, more equitable environments for all road users in a post-COVID environment. Finally, he touches on an upcoming career move this summer to Miami-Dade County in Florida as its new Director and CEO of Transportation and Public Works.
27 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Connecticut DOT Climate Initiative Program and Partnership with Department of Environmental Protection
This month's AASHTO ETAP Podcast will focus on how state agency partnerships are helping Connecticut both achieve its state climate goals and implement the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program, or TCI-P. State DOTs are critical stakeholders in deciding how to re-invest revenue generated caps on emissions. TCI-P is a historic multi-state effort to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation In Connecticut, for example, TCI-P is projected to generate roughly a billion dollars over the next decade, much of which will support transportation systems.To learn more about TCI-P and the ongoing collaboration between state agencies in Connecticut, we are joined by Katie S. Dykes, the Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, or DEEP, as well as Garrett Eucalitto, the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.
25 minutes | May 28, 2021
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: Looking Back, Looking Forward with Jeff Lindley, PE, ITE Chief Technical Officer
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been around for nearly 100 years, and is the federal standard for regulation of all things signs, markings, and signals in the US transportation system. But how has the manual changed throughout the years, and how has ITE played a role in influencing those changes? ITE Deputy Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer Jeff Lindley joins the podcast to demystify these issues. He also describes ITE's response to the current Notice of Proposed Amendments issued by FHWA, which is expected to result in a new edition of the manual, the first to be issued since 2009.
34 minutes | May 7, 2021
Transportation Equity and Minnesota's Rethinking I-94 Project
This episode of the AASHTO ETAP podcast will focus on transportation equity and environmental justice. Transportation systems are critical to people’s ability to reach jobs, educational opportunities, health care, and a number of other goods and services. However, underserved and marginalized communities often lack transportation options that are accessible and affordable. In its efforts to address these issues, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has earned national recognition for its Rethinking I-94 project. MnDOT began the project in 2016, working with communities negatively affected by the construction of I-94 in the 1960s to develop a new vision for the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Rethinking I-94’s Livability Director, Gloria Jeff, join us on this episode to discuss transportation equity and environmental justice.
22 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
2020 Motor Vehicle Fatalities Estimates and COVID-19 Safety with Lorraine Martin, National Safety Council President and CEO
Lorraine Martin, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, discusses the NSC 2020 Motor Vehicle Fatalities preliminary data, which estimate that as many as 42,060 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020. That marks an 8 percent increase over 2019 in a year where people drove significantly less frequently because of the pandemic. She also talks about workplace safety guidelines issued by NSC during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they were utilized by employers.
33 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
AASHTO ETAP Podcast: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Implementation with Shoshana Lew
State departments of transportation will play a critical role in rolling out electric vehicle infrastructure. Shoshana Lew, the Executive Director of Colorado DOT, is leading the march towards a greener future for her state’s drivers and riders. This month’s podcast discusses how Colorado is ramping up its efforts to promote electric vehicles and provide the infrastructure necessary for the future of transportation.
18 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Ryan Russo, OakDOT Director – Lessons Learned from the Slow Streets Program
Ryan Russo, Director of Transportation at the Oakland, California Department of Transportation, is the guest on the ITE Talks Transportation podcast and discusses the city’s Slow Streets program and the challenges of meeting the community’s transportation needs during COVID-19. He also highlights the department’s strategic plan, including the establishment of a Racial Equity team that works to address inequities, build trust within the community, and make transportation more accessible for all. Russo is also a keynote speaker at ITE’s Virtual Technical Conference in March.
31 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Women In Transportation With Paula Hammond
In this episode of the AASHTO ETAP Podcast, Paula Hammond – market leader-multimodal at consulting firm WSP USA and a former secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation – talks about the career challenges and opportunities for women in the transportation industry.
20 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
INRIX President and CEO Bryan Mistele Talks Transforming Transportation with Big Data
On the February edition of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast, Bryan Mistele, President and CEO of INRIX, talks about the impact of big data and data analytics on the transportation sector, including how his company utilizes real-time information to improve location-based insights for companies, cities, and road authorities around the world.
15 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
DC DOT Advancing Transportation Equity
Jeff Bennett — head of the Transit Delivery Division of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and president of the DC Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials — is interviewed by host Bernie Wagenblast about how Washington, DC is advancing transportation equity on this episode of the AASHTO ETAP Podcast.
20 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
AASHTO's Jim Tymon on Transportation and COVID-19, Working with a New Administration, and More
Jim Tymon, Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on the transportation industry over the past year and how state departments of transportation are faring. He also talks about the new US presidential administration and upcoming legislative activities, including what AASHTO hopes to see in terms of congressional investment in infrastructure and transportation, as well as the FAST Act reauthorization.
21 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Environmental Topics at the Virtual TRB Annual Meeting
The January AASHTO ETAP Podcast focuses on the Transportation Research Board’s 2021 Annual Meeting, taking place throughout the month of January. Like most organizations, TRB has shifted to a virtual meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting will celebrate TRB’s centennial with the theme, “Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life.” The program covers all transportation modes and addresses a range of topics, including dozens of sessions on how COVID-19 has affected transportation and how transportation professionals and researchers are responding. This month’s guest is Martin Palmer, Washington State DOT engineering services manager and co-chair of TRB’s Standing Committee on Environmental Analysis and Ecology.
22 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Complete Streets in a Pandemic and Beyond with Jennifer Toole, Toole Design
Jennifer Toole, founder and president of Toole Design, discusses the implications of COVID-19 for complete streets in communities and whether they will last beyond the pandemic. She also talks about starting a business from scratch, and how she and her staff work to promote a spirit of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.
22 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
AASHTO's ETAP Podcast: Georgia DOT's Innovative Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study
In this episode, host Bernie Wagenblast interviews Jannine Miller and Charles Robinson of the Georgia Department of Transportation about the I-85 Corridor Study, an innovative effort that is using a new approach – Planning and Environmental Linkage, or PEL. EPISODE NOTESPlanning and Environmental Linkages or PEL represents a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that 1) considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the transportation planning process, and 2) uses the information, analysis, and products developed during planning to inform the environmental review process.The benefits include: Improved relationships with stakeholders; improved project delivery timelines; and better transportation programs and projects.More information about PEL can be found at the Center for Environmental Excellence website.
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