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ITS Midwest 2007 Fall Meeting

The new ITS Midwest held its first meeting on November 2, 2007 at the Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront Hotel located in Covington, Kentucky.
A wrap-up of the Meeting is now available, as well as presentations in PDF format
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ITS-MI Annual Meeting 2008 "Integration of Technology and Services - A World of Innovation"
The 2008 Annual ITS Michigan meeting and Exhibition will be held on May 13 and 14 in Novi, Michigan, and is an event you won't want to miss. For those interested in registering as an exhibitor: early bird rate deadline is approaching!
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Interim Guidance on the Information Sharing Specifications and Data Exchange Formats for the Real-Time System Management Information Program
On October 15, 2007, FHWA published a notice titled "Interim Guidance on the Information Sharing Specifications and Data Exchange Formats for the Real-Time System Management Information Program" in the Federal Register. The purpose of this notice is to: (1) Announce the publication of interim guidance; and (2) solicit public comment on the contents of the interim guidance.
Public comments  sought
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CMAP Innovation + Integration Summit: Creating a Regional Agenda to Address Climate Change
CMAP and its regional partners will host on Dec. 11, 2007 in Chicago the second in a series of Innovation + Integration summits
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Transcript from Sep. 18 T3 Webinar Now Available
The transcript for the Sep. 18 Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar, "The Congestion Management Process: Best Practices in Wilmington, DE and Peer-to-Peer Lessons Learned by Albuquerque, NM" is available online
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Combating Congestion through Leadership, Innovation, and Resources
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has released a report that summarizes the 2007 National Congestion Summits, which brought together federal, state, and local transportation experts to identify and share practices to ease delays occurring on the nation's transportation system.
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Turbo Architecture Version 4.0 now available for free download
Turbo Architecture Version 4.0 is now available for download from the Turbo Architecture Support Page.
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2008 TRB 87th Annual Meeting: Interactive Annual Meeting Preliminary Program Available!
Create your personal itinerary for the TRB 87th Annual Meeting with TRB's online Interactive Annual Meeting Preliminary Program.
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Call for Papers Announced for 15th World Congress on ITS
You are invited to submit a paper for the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
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New RITA ITS Program Web Site
On October 15, 2007 the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) launched its redesigned Web sites
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Transcript from Sep. 11 T3 Webinar Now Available
The transcript for the Sep. 11 Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar, "Arterial Traffic Signal Timing: Addressing Technical and Inter-Jurisdictional Challenge" is available online
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Texas Transportation Institute releases 2007 Urban Mobility Report
Traffic congestion continues to worsen in American cities of all sizes, creating a $78 billion annual drain on the U.S. economy in the form of 4.2 billion lost hours and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel—that's 105 million weeks of vacation and 58 fully-loaded supertankers.
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Transcripts from August T3 Webinars Now Available [updated - Sep. 27, 2007]
The transcripts for the Aug.2, Aug. 14, and Aug. 23 Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinars, "Approaches for Integrating Systems Engineering into Your Agency's Business Practices", "A Primer on Wireless Data Transport Systems: Wireless Trends, Tools and Tips", and "National ITS Architecture Update: New Features of the Latest Version of the National ITS Architecture (Version 6.0)" are available online.
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SAVE THE DATE — Nov. 2, 2007: ITS Midwest Fall Event [updated - Sep. 26, 2007]
ITS Midwest is holding a fall event on Nov. 2, 2007.
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Scott F. Belcher Named President and CEO of Intelligent Transportation Society of America
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2007 - The Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the leading advocate for ITS development and deployment in the United States, today announced the appointment of Scott F. Belcher as President and CEO effective September 10, 2007.
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56th Illinois Traffic Engineering & Safety Conference
The 56th Illinois Traffic Engineering & Safety Conference will take place Thursday-Friday, October 18-19, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Urbana, Illinois.
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Transcript from T3 Webinar "Developing a Regional Concept for Transportation Operations" Now Available
The transcript for the July 25 Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar, "Developing a Regional Concept for Transportation Operations" is available online.
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Transcript from T3 Webinar "Public Transit ITS Data Collection and Analysis: Large- and Small-Agency Lessons Learned" Now Available
The transcript for the June 20 Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar, "Public Transit ITS Data Collection and Analysis: Large- and Small-Agency Lessons Learned" is available online.
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Platinum Hermes Creative Award 2007

Argonne National Laboratory was recently honored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) in the Pro Bono category with a Platinum Hermes Creative Award, the highest award category, for its development of the ITS Midwest website.
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ITS America to Host Workshop on "Using Regional ITS Architectures"
ITS America announces a workshop on "Using Regional ITS Architectures." This workshop will be held from September 25-26, 2007 in Boston, MA.
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2008 TRB 87th Annual Meeting and 2008 Transportation Research Record: Paper Submissions now Being Accepted
TRB is now accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 87th Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2008, in Washington, DC, and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR).
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Transcript from T3 Webinar "Core Suite of ITS Technologies for Transit Agencies" Now Available
The transcript for the May 22 Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar, "Core Suite of ITS Technologies for Transit Agencies" is now available online.
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Presentations from the 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition Available on July 23
The presentations from the ITS America's 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition, held June 4-6 in Palm Springs will be available online beginning July 23, 2007 to attendees of the event.
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Intelligent Transportation Society of America Partners with U.S. Department of Transportation to Expand the ITS Peer-to-Peer Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will join in a partnership with ITS America to enhance and expand its Peer-to-Peer Program (P2P) for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
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National ITS Architecture Version 6.0
The National ITS Architecture Web site has been updated with new features that enhance architecture definitions.
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New Standards Updates (April 2007) Available on ITS Standards Web Site
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Architecture Open House web cast by CMAP on Northeastern Illinois Regional ITS Architecture
On April 12th at 10 am, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is sponsoring a one hour Architecture Open House web cast.
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Richard J. Daley 2007 Urban Forum "Building the Future City"
On May 2, 2007 the third annual Richard J. Daley Urban Forum will bring together mayors from around the world, business leaders, key policy-makers, leading scholars and commentators to examine how the cities of the future will be built.
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Needs of U.S. Transportation System Explored In AASHTO Report to National Commission
New report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) worth reading in preparation for the upcoming public hearings that the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission  will hold April 18-19, 2007 in Chicago.
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National Traffic Incident Management Coalition Releases Proposed National Unified Goal
Culminating an 18-month consensus-building process, the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) has released a Proposed National Unified Goal (NUG) for Traffic Incident Management.
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Common Issues in Emergency Transportation Operations Preparedness and Response: The Results of the FHWA Workshop Series
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that examines the results of an FHWA workshop series designed to enhance the working relationship between the transportation community, emergency managers, and first responders in an effort to improve recognition of each other's role in emergency preparedness and response.
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Systems Engineering for Intelligent Transportation Systems - An Introduction for Transportation Professionals
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that is designed to introduce systems engineering and provide a basic understanding of how it can be applied to planning, designing, and implementing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) projects.
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Preliminary Program for ITS America's 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition now available
The 36-page publication contains all of the relevant information about the Annual Meeting program, as well as details about pre-conference workshops, poster sessions, site tours, networking events, the exhibit hall and VII Technology Showcase.
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ITS Initiatives 2007 Update

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New Tool for Rush-hour User Charge Evaluation
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Proposed Merger of ITS Midwest and ITS Mid-America
A message from Gary Rylander, President of ITS Midwest addressed to ITS Midwest Corporate and Individual Members.
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Deadline for submitting abstracts at the 2007 National Rural ITS (NRITS) Conference approaching
The deadline for submitting abstracts for presentation at the 2007 National Rural ITS (NRITS) Conference is Friday, February 16, 2007.
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Bush Administration's U.S. Department of Transportation Budget Request
U.S. President Bush has submitted his transportation budget to Congress. According to a press release, the Administration is requesting $67 billion for fiscal year 2008 to finance transportation construction, congestion relief, and safety programs and to provide the framework for reforming the aviation system.
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National Transportation Operations Coalition Newsletter: January 31, 2007
The National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) has released the latest issue of its semi-monthly newsletter.
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ITS Midwest Officers/Directors Solicitation
ITS Midwest is soliciting candidates for Officers and Directors. Voting will take place at the Annual Meeting on March 21st.
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Free Exhibit - "Chicago, That Toddlin' Town: The History of Transportation in the City"
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U.S. DOT Provides Model Legislation for Private-Sector Involvement in Transportation Projects
U.S. DOT recently provided model legislation that would give states flexibility to contract with the private sector to invest in and manage transportation projects.
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Update on the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management
In order to reduce incident-related congestion and improve responder and motorist safety, the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) has been leading the development of a National Unified Goal (NUG) for traffic incident management.
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Systems Engineering Guidebook for ITS now available on the WEB
The Systems Engineering Guidebook for ITS has been updated as Version 2.0 and is now available on the Web in an interactive format.
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