Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (WSRTTIF)

What does it take to make Rural ITS work? It takes technical excellence across a variety of skill areas. It takes creativity. It also helps to learn from the experiences of others. The challenges in making Rural ITS work are significant. Therefore, it’s important for ITS technology practitioners to be able to meet in order to share what they’ve learned and help advance the state-of-the-practice.

Starting in 2006, the Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum has provided ITS implementers and engineers from the western states region with valuable opportunities for detailed dialogue about some innovative engineering and communications projects designed to support the rural transportation system. The Forum is valuable, not only for the detailed and knowledgeable presentations and demonstrations, but also for the times outside of sessions where participants can network with their peers from other districts and states.

The Western States Forum is unique. Speakers are given an extended amount of time to really delve into the nuts and bolts of how a project works, whether it relates to equations, source code, component-level discussion, or lessons learned. Questions and discussion are encouraged throughout and not just at the end of a presentation or demonstration. High quality technical content, discussion, transparency and trust are the main goals of the Forum.

WSF participants look at system components during a technical presentation. WSF speaker Matt Neeley holds a vehicle detection system component during discussion at the Forum.

Recent Updates:

2021 Western States Forum Save the New Dates postcard front, thumbnail, link 15th Annual Western States Forum logo, thumbnail, link Meeting room during the 2006 Western States Forum presentations, thumbnail, link Meeting room during the 2019 Western States Forum presentations, thumbnail, link Registration brochure, 2019, mountain logo, www.westernstatesforum.org; thumbnail, link Meeting room during 2018 Western States Forum presentations, thumbnail, link
New dates and technical agenda for the 2021 Forum
April 22nd, 2021
Important Notice! 15th Annual Western States Forum Canceled
April 13th, 2020
2020 Western States Forum – Save the Date and Submit an Abstract!
January 9th, 2020
14th Annual Forum Hits Milestone
December 13th, 2019
2019 Forum – Register Now!
April 2nd, 2019
It’s Time to Submit an Abstract for the Next Western States Forum!
January 18th, 2019

Check back soon for more Western States Forum updates.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Save the NEW date! The 16th Annual Western States Forum will be October 5-7, 2021, in Yreka, California, at the Best Western Miner’s Inn.

Front of the Save the New Dates postcard for the 16th annual WSRTTIF

The Forum offers an unparalleled opportunity to network with other professionals involved with rural transportation technologies, and exchange in-depth, technical information on how various ITS technologies are engineered and implemented in rural areas. The event encourages learning and discussion about the benefits of ITS technologies as well as the successes and problems of different rural ITS solutions.

Here’s what is planned for this year’s Forum agenda:

  • ASWSC Phase 3: Migration of the Automated Safety Warning System Controller to the Caltrans Advanced Transportation Controller Platform
    Douglas Galarus, Jeremiah Pearce, Jeff Worthington
    Montana Tech, Caltrans District 2

  • Evaluating Methods for Wrong Way Driving Deterrence
    John Slonaker
    Caltrans Division of Research, Innovation, and System Information

  • Field Site Power Data Acquisition and System Reporting
    Kenneth Shipley
    Caltrans District 2

  • Innovative Uses of UAV Technology
    Tony Leingang, Alyssa Ryan
    Washington State DOT, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • UDOT’s Statewide Wrong-Way Detection, Design and Implementation Project
    Troy Torgersen, Tyler Laing, Brad Lucas
    Utah Department of Transportation

  • Wrong Way Driver Systems: Technological Solutions for Behavioral Problems
    Rick Tydeman
    Nevada Department of Transportation

In addition to the excellent technical program, there will be numerous opportunities for networking with peers in a casual environment where frank discussions are encouraged.

More information about the 2021 Forum, including registration and lodging materials, will be posted on the Forum website as we head into summer.

We intend to hold The Forum in person barring any COVID-19 restrictions.

Project Contacts:

Steering Committee Member

Leann A.F. Koon
Research Associate
Western Transportation Institute
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250
(406) 994-7643
(406) 994-1697 (fax)
leann.koon "at" montana.edu

Steering Committee Member

Jeremiah Pearce, P.E.
Chief, Office of ITS Engineering and Support
Caltrans District 2
1657 Riverside Drive, MS-14
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-3320
(530) 225-3255 (fax)
jeremiah.pearce "at" dot.ca.gov

Steering Committee Member

Douglas Galarus
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Montana Tech
Museum 202
1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701
(406) 496-4858
dgalarus "at" mtech.edu

Steering Committee Member

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