California Oregon Advanced Transportation Systems (COATS) Update - January 24th, 2020


UPDATE: Friday, January 24th, 2020

As COATS Phase 7 begins winding down, here is a brief summary of the work completed during the last three months of 2019.

Minutes from the annual PTAP meeting were finalized, distributed, and posted to the WSRTC website along with a report about the meeting. The project team continued studying and evaluating needs for website development and maintenance. Correspondence concerning abstracts and presentations at the next NRITS/ITE meeting was conducted. A quarterly update was posted on the project’s pages on the WSRTC website.

A draft of the Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum Handbook: A Practical How-To Guide for Planning and Executing the Forum, Version 2019 was completed.

Western States Forum

As the 15th Annual event, the 2020 Forum is a milestone in the history of the Forum and the COATS partnership. The event is scheduled for June 16th – 18th, in Yreka, California. At the beginning of the quarter, a Save the Date postcard was sent to announce this year’s Forum and catch the attention of potential attendees. The Call for Abstracts was released mid-way through the quarter. Both items were posted on the websites. In addition, the updated fact sheet was also posted to the WSRTC website. Finally, the research team completed a draft of the 2019 Forum Final Report and finished posting a report and images from the event.

Before the COATS Phase 7 project ends on January 31st, 2020, Western States Forum abstracts will be selected, and a preliminary agenda penciled out. The Forum meeting venue will be secured, and a lodging block established. Registration materials will be drafted. Expect to see updates both here and on the Forum website as preparations continue.

Check back soon to see where COATS goes next!