As state transportation departments seek to improve system performance, mobility and safety, engineers working in both the public and private sectors are charged with crafting effective solutions within restrictive budget limitations.
On October 22-25, 2014 NACTO will host the 3rd annual Designing Cities Conference in San Francisco, California. NACTO promotes innovative design solutions for complete streets in urban environments. The conference brings together both leaders and partitions in transportation to discuss trends in urban street design and transportation policy. Topics for this year’s conference include re-imagining right-of-way, economic benefits of sustainable streets, bike and car sharing, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and strategies to create public space using low-cost, temporary materials.
As the nation’s transportation infrastructure has evolved and become more sophisticated, so have the legal issues that arise from it. These range from traffic accidents and geometric roadway design to public rights-of-way, property condemnation and standards of care for transit areas.
KAI’s Oakland office is ready to hit the ground running in 2014 as we reflect on the exciting developments of the past year. The office has been infused with fresh faces who bring new energy and perspectives. “We have added three talented young staff with a wide variety of experiences and skills,” says Alice Chen, Co-Office Manager. “We are excited about the passion for transportation exhibited by our new staff.”
Nancy Kraushaar, PE was recently honored by the American Public Works Association (APWA) as the recipient of the Professional Manager of the Year in Transportation award for her career achievements to date. Nancy currently serves as Oregon City's public works director and is actively involved in a number of innovative projects. She generously shared more about her background and her vision for future transportation projects in Oregon City, Oregon.
Jim Bonneson, a Senior Principal Engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI), gave a two hour presentation at KAI's Portland office on March 20, 2012 on two topics related to his research and experience: Safety Prediction Methodology and Analysis, as well as Urban Street Safety, Operation, and Reliability. Jim's professional interests are in the areas of traffic operations, highway safety, and highway geometric design. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for numerous research projects through which he has developed expertise in intersection capacity analysis, traffic flow theory, simulation, traffic data collection, highway geometric design, and road safety.
Oregon’s Highway 213 is a multilane high-speed expressway that is also one of the state’s most congested corridors. As Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) worked with multiple stakeholders to reduce congestion and improve the highway’s safety, one particular conundrum presented itself: How to build a new Highway 213 bridge immediately adjacent to its existing bridge over a railroad line without closing the expressway for 10-12 months?
This article is one in a series about the experiences of KAI staff members at the recent Transportation Research Board annual meeting.
Assessing accomplishments from the prior year, strategizing about how goals and objectives will be met in the coming 12 months, and getting acclimated to a new leadership role – Kittelson & Associates Inc.’s Brian Ray tackled a bit of the past, present and future during the just-concluded 2012 Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The KAI principal engineer wrapped up his two, three-year terms of service as chair of TRB’s Geometric Design Committee (AFB10), and got his feet wet as the incoming chair of its Design and Construction Group’s Design Section. When his term is over, he will have served on the committee for 15 years. Ray officially takes over as section chair April 15, but the TRB annual meeting gave him the chance to tag team his new role with the outgoing section chair.
The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) is a volunteer organization that provides input to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on issues related to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The NCUTCD convenes twice a year: once in January in Arlington, VA preceding the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference and once in the summer. Kittelson & Associates, Inc. staff actively contributes to the NCUTCD and uses that involvement as a way to contribute directly back to the profession.
The Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting is big, attracting more than 11,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and sprawling across three hotels in the nation’s capital.
It’s encompassing, with thousands of presentations, many of which will focus on the meeting’s theme, “Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work.”
For attendees such as Adam Burghdoff, an engineer in Kittelson & Associates Inc.’s Orlando, Fla., office, this year’s TRB annual meeting will be his first, offering an abundance of networking and professional opportunities in a city he’s never before visited.
Knowledge about tort law and risk management, interaction with teaming partners, university professors and the people behind transportation research – the opportunities presented by the upcoming Transportation Research Board’s 91st Annual Meeting abound for Christopher Brehmer.
Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. James A. Bonneson, P.E. to the KAI team. Dr. Bonneson brings to the firm nearly 30 years of experience as a researcher, educator, and consultant in the transportation industry, with expertise in arterial traffic operations, highway safety, and highway geometric design.
Jim joins KAI after 17 years with the Texas A&M University System, where he served as a professor and Senior Research Engineer in the Signal Operations Program at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). Over that period, he has acted as a partner and advisor to KAI on numerous national research efforts, including development of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual and the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual. He has also been a principal investigator for multiple research projects, such as NCHRP 3-79: Measuring and Predicting the Performance of Automobile Traffic on Urban Streets. Through this experience, he has developed expertise in intersection capacity analysis, traffic flow theory, simulation, traffic data collection, highway geometric design, and road safety.
As a Senior Principal Engineer based in College Station, Texas, James will work with all KAI offices to help clients nationwide achieve better transportation system performance. He can be reached at (979) 319-1886 or email@example.com.
Use of the Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) at signalized intersections is a safe, low-cost approach to reducing delay and greenhouse gas emissions. The Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. hosted a recent presentation that highlighted benefits and considerations supporting the use of FYA protected-permissive left-turn (PPLT) signal control. A brief overview of the FYA PPLT control was presented along with key implementation considerations. Washington County, Oregon’s effort to implement FYA PPLT at 372 locations was profiled through a case study that offers a sampling of the relative delay and greenhouse gas emissions reduction achieved. This information should be of particular interest to agencies exploring use of FYA PPLT control.
Kittelson & Associates, Inc. was the contractor producing the first edition of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual, (HSM), released in the spring of 2010. The HSM provides tools to measure safety quantitatively and to predict the safety performance of design, operations, and planning decisions. The HSM includes guidance on implementing a comprehensive roadway safety management program. The following are some useful safety related websites to support application of the HSM, and other safety activities.
The Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. hosted an interactive workshop on January 13th, 2011 that covered the following related to Road Safety Audits (RSA): 1) A brief overview of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Road Safety Audit (RSA) – Guidelines and Checklist; and 2) A walk through of a recent RSA application in Oregon - Mt. Hood Highway (US 26) on the western slope between Portland, OR and the Mt. Hood recreational facilities (including ski areas during winter season). Hermanus Steyn, from Kittelson, and Sue D’Agnese, from ODOT, facilitated the workshop.
Presentation Slides as well as Overview from the Workshop Included.
Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is very proud to have led production of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM), which was originally released via hard copy by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) mid 2010. AASHTO has recently followed up with a CD version that is now available for purchase.
Below is a brief video from AASHTO that provides detail about the HSM. Click through for an outline of the publication, as well as additional resources and links to AASHTO's website.
Applying the principles of NCHRP 613 Guidelines for Selecting Speed Reduction Treatments at High Speed Intersections. This NCHRP research topic was the focus of a recent workshop in Bend, Oregon. Details about the session, as well as presentation slides are available for your reference.
As communities across the country continue to grow, and federal funds to support our aging infrastructure continue to diminish, public agencies look for new ways to maximize investment dollars with minimal compromise. One key approach is the concept of Practical Design, which was pioneered by the Missouri and Pennsylvania DOTs. On April 15th, Brian Ray, from Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and Dr. John M. Mason, PhD, from Auburn University, co-presented a workshop that focused on how industry trends in performance based analysis can support practical design-based project solutions for planning and design projects. Brian and John provided a summary of current and emerging tools that can aid professionals in evaluating, screening, and selecting project alternative concepts.
A masters student from Portland State University, with some assistance from Alta Planning + Design and others, recently put together a guidebook on Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design. The guidebook contains a lot of useful illustrations and case studies of bike boulevard treatments.
There has been much discussion in the world of transportation regarding pedestrian crossings. The various types of treatments, how to apply design standards and when to make adjustments, and the legalities involved with signage and signalization are just a few of the many aspects that transportation professionals balance with regard to addressing pedestrian crossings. This presentation provided information on the latest research on this dynamic topic.
Coming April 2010 - The Highway Safety Manual, 1st Edition!
The purpose of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) is to provide practitioners with the best factual information and tools to facilitate roadway design and operational decisions based on explicit consideration on their safety consequences.
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