January 2013 Posts

Social Media Gives TRB Attendees Dynamic Voice

January 09, 2013

As professionals from all facets of the transportation industry prepare for the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Annual Meeting, KAI is thrilled to announce our robust social media presence throughout the weeklong conference. While KAI currently engages with the professional community via social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, 2013 marks the first year that the firm will be "live tweeting" from TRB.

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Improving System Prioritization Using Safety-Focused Decision Making

January 08, 2013

As transportation professionals and agencies have sought to better manage and optimize transportation infrastructure, the approach to performance measurement has evolved from a narrower focus on output—miles of rumble strips or number of reflectorized road signs installed, for instance—to data-driven outcome measures that quantify safety and performance. These new approaches are made possible by innovative tools that are improving transportation system management and operations amid shrinking public budgets and a drive for greater government accountability.

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Leading the Way in Safety Analysis and Highway Management

January 08, 2013

More than a decade ago, Girish “Gary” Modi, PE, Chief of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Safety Management Division, began analyzing system-wide data that showed a troubling trend. Several of PennDOT’s districts were experiencing higher than average head-on crashes on two-lane highways. Modi pinpointed the district locations that had a high probability of such crashes and, in 2001, sent them a letter suggesting they install centerline rumble strips to improve safety on their two-lane highways. “It was a new concept at the time and people were a little skeptical,” he admitted.

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US 12 Chehalis Safety Study

January 08, 2013

When WSDOT began to conduct a crash analysis study on a 12-mile corridor of US Highway 12 near Chehalis, Wash., the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis knew it had an opportunity to solve a problem close to home. The tribe had suffered fatal and injury crashes at a US 12 intersection near the reservation. Kayloe Dawson, PE, a member of the tribe’s Planning Department, said its 2010 Long-Range Transportation Plan called for improving the safety on a near the reservation. The tribe embarked upon an innovative collaboration with WSDOT to study crashes along the corridor, with Dawson leading the tribe’s portion of the study and John Donahue, PE, serving as the WSDOT lead.

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Arterial Prioritization Process Focuses City Funding

January 08, 2013

Historically, if the City of Bend made safety improvements to a particular area, chances were it was because a contingent of citizens came before the City Council to voice their perceived safety problems and the City would allocate funding to fix those problems. Recently, however, the City recognized that a data-driven approach would more effectively prioritize safety improvement needs and result in more cost-effective solutions to addressing them. In addition, a data-driven process would help the City become more proactive in addressing safety needs. The City worked with a consultant team to create a process that allows it to have a focused and reproducible approach to determine where to spend project dollars.

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