Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC)


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, 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 Update, 10/13/2016: Impact of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium WSRTC Update, 6/16/2016: WSRTC Steering Committee's 2016 Annual Meeting
Consortium Leaders Meet for Annual Meeting Held in Yreka, CA
October 26th, 2017
Annual Steering Committee Meeting to be held June 20th, 2017
June 8th, 2017
Annual Meeting Held in Yreka - June 21, 2016
October 25th, 2016
Impact of the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium
October 13th, 2016
WSRTC Steering Committee's 2016 Annual Meeting
June 16th, 2016

Project Updates

WSRTTIF Project Update, 12/19/2017: Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum COATS Project Update, 11/21/2017: July - September 2017 Quarterly Update WSRTTIF Project Update, 10/13/2017: 2017 Forum Continues Tradition of Detailed Discussion on Rural ITS Projects OSS Project Update, 10/10/2017: Terrible Fires in California OSS Project Update, 9/7/2017: Watching the Eclipse in the One-Stop-Shop AWOS/RWIS Project Update, 05/03/2017: Phase III Kicks Off
Submit an Abstract for the 2018 Western States Forum
December 19th, 2017
July - September 2017 Quarterly Update
November 21st, 2017
2017 Forum Continues Tradition of Detailed Discussion on Rural ITS Projects
October 13th, 2017
Terrible Fires in California
October 10th, 2017
Watching the Eclipse in the One-Stop-Shop
September 7th, 2017
Phase III Kicks Off
May 3rd, 2017

WSRTC: Consortium Leaders Meet for Annual Meeting Held in Yreka, CA
Thursday, October 26th, 2017

On June 20th, 2017, the Steering Committee for the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) gathered for the annual meeting. This meeting was held just prior to the 12th Annual Western States Forum. The agenda, meeting presentation, and the meeting minutes can be found here and on the WSRTC Documents page.

WSRTC committee members review documents related to the status of the pooled fund.

Photo by: Doug Galarus

Doug Galarus called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm Pacific Time. Introductions were made around the table as well as by those calling in. Doug went over the purpose of the meeting and the planned agenda.

First on the agenda was the 12th annual Western States Forum. Leann Koon gave a quick overview of the eight presentations that were on the technical agenda. This Forum had forty-eight participants representing seven western states, six state DOT’s, ten of the twelve Caltrans districts, several Caltrans divisions, FHWA, three universities, and the California Department of Water Resources. More about this year’s Forum, including the technical content and images from the event, can be found on the Forum website’s 2017 Past Forum page. You can also read about the 2017 Forum on the WSRTTIF’s project pages in the update from October 13, 2017.

Sean Campbell and Ron Vessey reviewed the status of the pooled fund and the three current task orders: WeatherShare Phase4, One-Stop-Shop Phase 3, and Meeting Coordination, Website, WSF Support, and Travel. The group discussed the benefits and contributions to the WSRTC, and agreed that supporting the annual Western States Forum is important. Information sharing and technology transfer through the Forum and the WSRTC are beneficial to the pooled fund members.

The group also discussed the Charter and membership of the WSRTC, particularly whether there was interest in expanding the Consortium to include additional member states. The rural perspective in the western region is a priority to maintain. Expansion could help improve diversity, bring in more and new perspectives, and increase information sharing.

Incubator projects were next on the agenda. Three projects were originally identified for work in this phase of the WSRTC: Rural Winter Travel Times, Chain-Up Delay Tracking with Bluetooth (Part 2), and Data Quality for Aggregation and Dissemination of DOT Traveler Information (Part 2). At this point, development of project work plans has been deferred considering anticipated staffing changes. Check back later for more information about the incubator projects!

Doug Galarus then reviewed the progress of several spin-off projects of interest to the WSRTC. These projects included Professional Capacity Building (PCB) for Communications Systems, California Oregon Advanced Transportation Systems (COATS), Integration of Aviation AWOS with RWIS, WeatherShare Integration with QuickMap, and Automated Safety Warning Controller.

The meeting concluded with the traditional roundtable discussion of projects that are being conducted across the WSRTC region. Take a look at the meeting minutes to see what the member states are working on.

The group acknowledged Ian Turnbull’s pending retirement and the key role he played in the development and success of the WSRTC. Thank you, Ian, for your leadership and vision! Jeremiah Pearce is now the Acting Chief of the Caltrans District 2 Office of ITS Engineering and Support. Don Anderson is the Caltrans Lead for the WSRTC and Chairman of the Rural Program Steering Committee. In the upper right of the photo below, Jeremiah (left) and Ian (right) are shown participating in last year’s WSRTC annual meeting.

Both Jeremiah and Ian attended the annual WSRTC meeting in 2016.  They are pictured at that meeting here in the upper right, Jeremiah Pearce (left), and Ian Turnbull (right).

Photo by: Doug Galarus

To review the meeting minutes, click here, or go to the Consortium’s Documents page. The presentation from the meeting is also on the Consortium’s Documents page.

Consortium Contacts:

Caltrans LogoCaltrans Project Manager:

Sean Campbell, P.E.
Chief, ITS Special Projects Branch
Caltrans, Division of Research, Innovation,
and System Information
1227 O Street, PO Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001
(916) 654-8868
(916) 657-4580 (fax)
sean_campbell "at" dot.ca.gov
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
Caltrans LogoRural PSC,
Rural Division Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Coordinator:

Jeremiah Pearce, P.E.
Acting 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
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
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
NDOT LogoNevada DOT Lead:

Rodney D. Schilling, P.E.
Assistant Chief Traffic Operations
Traffic Operations Division
Nevada Department of Transportation
1263 S. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89712
(775) 888-7863
roschilling "at" dot.nv.gov
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
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