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Your Chance to Contribute to the Next Edition of the Highway Safety Manual

January 07, 2016

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This week, a major national outreach program was initiated to support the development of the Second Edition of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM). The current outreach effort includes a broad-based survey of current HSM users that will provide the research team with both a sense of how the HSM is being used, as well as where it usability, accessibility and technical content can be improved. The survey can be accessed at the new “HSM2 Development Website” at www.hsm2.org.

Respondents are being asked to complete and submit the survey and their suggestions by February 15, 2016.

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KAI Opens Office in Tallahassee, Florida

February 18, 2014

Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is pleased to announce the opening of our newest office in Tallahassee, Florida. The office will be led by Li Jin, PhD, AICP, with support from senior staff including John (Jack) Freeman, PE and Karl Passetti, PE. Located in the heart of downtown Tallahassee, this new office is within close proximity to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Central Office, Florida Capitol and Legislative Offices, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Doak Campbell Stadium.

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Too many projects & not enough resources: How to identify & prioritize safety improvements

February 27, 2013

This past week, the Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) hosted an interactive workshop titled, Too many projects and not enough resources: How to identify and prioritize safety improvements. A wide variety of state and local agency staff from Oregon and Washington attended the session, which was facilitated by Brian Ray, PE; Erin Ferguson, PE; and Joey Bansen, PE from KAI.

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WTS Portland recognizes Erin Ferguson with New Voice Award

May 15, 2012

Erin Ferguson’s commitment to making transportation safer for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit users is one of several reasons the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Portland chapter is presenting her with its New Voice Award today.

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Safety Prediction Methodology and Analysis Tool AND Urban Street Safety, Operation, and Reliability

March 29, 2012

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.

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign (and other Traffic Control Devices): NCUTCD 2012 Annual Meeting Recap

January 25, 2012

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.

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An Inside View of TRB 2012 from KAI's Erin Ferguson

January 13, 2012

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will kick off their Annual Meeting in Washington DC on Jan 22nd. This one-of-a-kind meeting attracts more than 11,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and this year marks the 91st anniversary of the event. The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will address the spotlight theme for 2012: Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work.

Transportation professionals from Kittelson & Associates, Inc. have a long history of participation at the annual conference and the firm plans to send a variety of team members again this year. As a way to provide more insight to TRB, Streetwise interviewed several first-time and veteran TRB attendees from KAI. The following is the first of these interviews which will continue daily as we lead up to the start of TRB.

For Erin Ferguson, the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting is an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration. And what she has contributed and gleaned from the international event has evolved with her career.

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Dr. James Bonneson, P.E. Joins KAI

December 07, 2011

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 jbonneson@kittelson.com.

Comprehensive List of Roadway Safety Tools

June 16, 2011

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.

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Safety Culture Evolves as Industry Strives to Reduce Crashes

June 07, 2011

Safety has long been an important component of transportation system design and engineering, but it has been historically addressed in a reactive manner where a facility was evaluated after a problem was identified. Kittelson & Associates, Inc. talks about the Highway Safety Manual and other new innovations to make roads and streets safer.

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Highway Safety Manual Breaks New Ground

June 07, 2011

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and national researchers including Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) partnered to develop the first edition Highway Safety Manual (HSM). The HSM provides professionals with tools to evaluate and quantify safety along with other transportation performance measures, such as traffic operations, environmental impacts, mobility measures and construction costs.

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Kittelson at 2011 TRB Annual Meeting

January 24, 2011

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) kicked off their Annual Meeting in Washington DC this weekend. This one-of-a-kind meeting attracts more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and this year marks the 90th anniversary of the event. The 2011 program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. More than 85 sessions and workshops will address the spotlight theme for 2011: Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development in a Changing World.

As the Principal Investigator (PI) on many high profile TRB research projects such as, the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual, The Highway Safety Manual, Update to the Roundabout Guide, an many more, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI), has been a long-time supporter and active participant at the Annual Meeting. KAI is sending nearly 20 people to the event this year and the majority of them are presenting or speaking at the event. A list of KAI workshops and/or committee members is listed below for your reference. We look forward to sharing some wonderful information from the 2011 TRB experience in upcoming posts.

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Highway Safety Manual Now Available on CD

January 05, 2011

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.


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Learn How to Apply the Predictive Method from the Highway Safety Manual

August 31, 2010

To support application of the HSM, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. is offering a daylong workshop to teach attendees how to apply Part C: Predictive Method. This will include fundamentals of the method, how to apply the material, how to interpret the results, and potential strengths and pitfalls of the method. The material will be demonstrated using real world project examples that engineers and planners face on a daily basis.

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Performance based analysis can support practical design-based project solutions

April 16, 2010

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.

Slideshow presentation included.

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AASHTO Announces Pre-order of Highway Safety Manual, First Edition

April 07, 2010

The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced this week that the Highway Safety Manual, First Edition can be pre-ordered before its official release later in the year. The manual is a big step forward for the transportation profession as it will provide tools for safety to be meaningfully integrated into the project planning and design process.

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Crash Modification Factors Clearinghouse

January 25, 2010

The Crash Modification Factors Clearinghouse (CMF) is just one of the tools and resources available to help transportation professionals make safety decisions. The Highway Safety Manual (HSM), expected to be released in the spring of 2010, will provide practitioners with the best factual information and tools to facilitate roadway design and operational decisions based on explicit consideration of their safety consequences. One of these tools is the inclusion of crash modification factors, which can be used to support an agency's roadway safety management process or as input to the safety prediction methods.

[Read more at the CMF website]

Highway Safety Manual, 1st Edition

January 18, 2010

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.

(from the NCHRP Synthesis 367, pg 11)

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Highway Safety Manual Workshop

November 18, 2009

The interactive workshop was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. The discussion focused on the development of the manual and potential applications of new methods at statewide, regional, and project levels. The presenter was Beth Wemple of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Beth is the co-Principal Investigator leading the project team in developing the first edition of the HSM.

Slideshow presentation included.

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Research Helps Fuel Improvements in Road Safety

October 19, 2006

What does a safe road look like? Is a safe road one where vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians all share the same right-of-way without sidewalks or striped bike lanes? Are the shoulders paved or gravel? Are those shoulders 8 or 10 feet wide? Is it a divided roadway or is it undivided? How many driveways access the roadway in each mile? Are the driveways and intersecting streets controlled by traffic signals, stop signs, or roundabouts? How much do these elements affect roadway safety?

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