Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC)

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The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC), comprised of California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, has been established to facilitate and enhance safe, seamless travel throughout the western United States. The Consortium seeks to promote innovative partnerships, technologies and educational opportunities to meet these objectives. Additionally, the Consortium seeks to provide a collaborative mechanism to leverage research activities in a coordinated manner to respond to rural transportation issues among western states related to technology, operations and safety. Consequently, activities of the Consortium are focused on technology transfer/education (Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum) and incubator projects (small scale research projects intended to serve as a “proof of concept” for larger subsequent efforts) centered on the Consortium pillars of technology, operations and safety.


WSRTC Updates

WSRTC Update, 5/10/2018: Steering Committee Meets at Northwest Transportation Conference WSRTC Update, 3/12/2018: WSRTC to meet at the Northwest Transportation Conference WSRTC Update, 10/26/2017: WSRTC Leaders Meet for Annual Meeting Held in Yreka, CA WSRTC Update, 06/08/2017: Annual Steering Committee Meeting to be held June 20th, 2017 WSRTC Update, 10/25/2016: Annual Meeting Held in Yreka - June 21, 2016
WSRTC
Steering Committee Meets at Northwest Transportation Conference
May 10th, 2018
WSRTC
Consortium to meet at the Northwest Transportation Conference
March 12th, 2018
WSRTC
Consortium Leaders Meet for Annual Meeting Held in Yreka, CA
October 26th, 2017
WSRTC
Annual Steering Committee Meeting to be held June 20th, 2017
June 8th, 2017
WSRTC
Annual Meeting Held in Yreka - June 21, 2016
October 25th, 2016

Project Updates

OSS Project Update, 8/14/2018: Fire Season Hits Close to Home COATS Project Update, 5/1/2018: January – March 2018 Quarterly Update OSS Project Update, 4/17/2018: Research Pays Off - OSS Featured in TR News WSRTTIF Project Update, 3/27/2018: Registration Opens for the 2018 Forum COATS Project Update, 2/16/2018: October – December 2017 Quarterly Update WSRTTIF Project Update, 12/19/2017: Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum
OSS
Fire Season Hits Close to Home
August 14, 2018
COATS
January – March 2018 Quarterly Update
May 1st, 2018
OSS
Research Pays Off - OSS Featured in TR News
April 17th, 2018
WSRTTIF
Registration Opens for the 2018 Forum
March 27th, 2018
COATS
October – December 2017 Quarterly Update
February 16th, 2018
WSRTTIF
Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum
December 19th, 2017

WSRTC: Steering Committee Meets at Northwest Transportation Conference
Thursday, May 10th, 2018

In March, the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium’s Steering Committee met at the Northwest Transportation Conference (NWTC) in Corvallis, OR. The meeting’s agenda and official minutes can be found here and on the WSRTC Documents page.

Sean Campbell called the meeting to order on March 13th, 2018. He reviewed the purpose of the meeting and the planned agenda. Twelve individuals represented each of the WSRTC member states, WTI/MSU, Utah State University, and FHWA.

The 13th annual Western States Forum was the first topic of discussion. Leann Koon gave an overview of the nine presentations that have been selected for the Forum, most of which will address the topic of weather from various perspectives. Speakers are coming from six different states with several new presenters. More information about this year's event can be found on the Forum website's 2018 Forum page.

Sean Campbell discussed the status of the Pooled Fund and the various Task Orders. He shared and reviewed the balance sheets and FHWA TPF transfer log, reminding the group that member states contribute $5,000 annually to the Pooled Fund. Task Order 11 is the current meeting coordination and travel support task order. One-Stop-Shop Phase 4 and Automated Safety Warning Controller will be Task Orders 12 and 13 respectively, and both projects will be with Utah State University. A master agreement between Washington State DOT and Utah State University is being executed. Ron Vessey was acknowledged and thanked for his work with the task orders and master agreement.

The primary item of business for this meeting was expansion of the WSRTC. At the last meeting, the group agreed to approach Utah about joining the WSRTC. On behalf of UDOT, ITS Program Manager Tyler Laing indicated that Utah was interested in becoming a WSRTC member state. The group unanimously approved expanding the WSRTC to include Utah.

COATS/WSRTC Emeritus Status was briefly discussed. Look for a new page on the website this summer!

The meeting concluded with the traditional roundtable discussion of ITS projects that are being conducted across the WSRTC region. Check out the meeting minutes to read more about these various ITS activities.


Consortium Contacts:

Caltrans LogoCaltrans Project Manager:

Sean Campbell, P.E.
Chief, ITS Special Projects Branch
Caltrans, Division of Research, Innovation, and System Information
PO Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001
(916) 227-6259
(916) 657-4580 (fax)
sean_campbell "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/newtech/
Caltrans LogoCaltrans Lead
Caltrans Rural Program Steering Committee Chairman:

Don Anderson
Deputy District Director, Maintenance and Operations
Caltrans District 2
1657 Riverside Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-3545
don.anderson "at" dot.ca.gov
www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/
Caltrans LogoRural PSC,
Rural Division Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Coordinator:

Jeremiah Pearce, P.E.
Chief, Office of ITS Engineering and Support
Caltrans, District 2
1657 Riverside Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-3320
(530) 225-3255 (fax)
jeremiah.pearce "at" dot.ca.gov
http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/
ODOT Logo Oregon DOT Lead:

Doug Spencer, P.E.
Standards Engineer
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Oregon Department of Transportation
2080 Laura Street
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 747-1276
Doug.L.SPENCER "at" odot.state.or.us
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/ITS/
Washington State DOT LogoWashington State DOT Lead:

Ron Vessey, P.E.
ITS Field Operations Engineer
Washington State Department of Transportation
PO Box 47344
310 Maple Park Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7344
(360) 705-7948
(360) 705-6826 (fax)
vesseyr "at" wsdot.wa.gov
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Operations/Traffic/
NDOT LogoNevada DOT Lead:

Seth Daniels
Assistant Chief Traffic Operations Engineer
Nevada Department of Transportation
1263 S. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89712
(775) 888-7565 (Office)
(775) 253-5304 (Cell)
sdaniels "at" dot.nv.gov
http://www.nevadadot.com/
WTI/MSU LogoWTI Principal Investigator:

Leann Koon
Research Associate
Systems Engineering, Development & Integration
Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-7643
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
leann.koon "at" montana.edu
www.westerntransportationinstitute.org
FHWA LogoFHWA Technical Liaison:

Nathaniel T. Price
ITS / Operations Engineer
Oregon Division and FHWA Resource Center
530 Center St NE, Suite 420
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 316-2566
(503) 399-5838 (fax)
nathaniel.price "at" dot.gov
www.fhwa.dot.gov/resourcecenter/teams/operations/index.cfm
 

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