TASK ORDER CONTRACT TO DEA
Transportation Authority / Bridges and Tunnels (MTA-B&T)
recently selected DEA to provide Consultant Design
Services for ITS tasks on an As Needed Basis. The
contract will be in effect for the next three years. DEA
and team subconsultants, El Taller Colaborativo, P.C. and
Environmental Planning & Management Inc. were selected
for these services based on their outstanding track record
on the MTA-B&Tís ATM IDEAS Project and
other major ITS projects throughout the country.
On-Call project will consist of specific task assignments
that address ITS and other related technical issues that
arise at any of the MTAís seven bridges and two
tunnels connecting all five New York City boroughs. Some
of the technical areas for which tasks would be assigned
ITS equipment installations including Detectors, VMS,
Communications Networks to support ITS and E-ZPass
development and adjustment for ATMS and Toll collection
Design, Planning and Scoping for larger ITS capital
and Peer reviews of ITS related projects.
and Wireline communication network design and
Support for ITS efforts.
or review of construction schedules.
or review of Engineerís Estimate for design documents
and construction work.
The MTA is
the nationís largest bridge and tunnel authority serving
over one million people daily.
the January 2004 TRB Annual Meeting in
, Herb Richardson,
Director of the Texas Transportation Institute, presented
Walter Dunn with a Certificate of Recognition for his
participation in Advanced Institute Program at
Advanced Institute Program allows graduate students and
state DOT employees the opportunity to work directly with
recognized experts in traffic operations, traffic
management, and Intelligent Transportation Systems in
developing, preparing, and presenting a research paper on
a selected topic area. In addition to receiving advice and
guidance from the Mentors regarding their research, the
program encourages one-on-one interaction and discussion
between Mentors and students from a variety of backgrounds
in both formal and informal settings.
Advanced Institute Program is directed by Dr. Conrad Dudek
of Texas A&M University, and is now in its fourteenth
year. Walter served as a Mentor in 1994, 1995, 1996,
and will participate again in 2004.
Latoski, P.E. has received a three year appointment to
the Transportation Research Board Committee
on Freeway Operations, effective January 2003.
mission of the Committee is to provide leadership and
serve as the TRB focal point in promoting, implementing,
operating and maintaining traffic management systems and
strategies including Intelligent Transportation Systems,
to enhance the efficiency, safety and environmental
conditions on freeways and in freeway corridors. The
Committee's activities specifically include promoting
research in traffic management and the application of
promising results to operational systems; and fostering
the cooperation, coordination, and information
dissemination, between individuals and groups active in
freeway traffic management and advanced technologies.
The Committee comprises approximately 32 members
from the public and private sectors, and academia.
Past members Walter Dunn and Bob Reiss
remain active friends of the Committee and congratulate
Steve on gaining this appointment.
Jennifer Granholm visited the Michigan ITS Center in
Detroit on June 23, 2003 along with MDOT Director Gloria
Jeff, Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri, Washington DC
Congressman John Boozman, Commissioner Ted Wahby,
Michigan Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, MDOT
Region Engineer Kirk Steudle, Commissioner Lowell
Jackson, New York Congressman Tim Bishop and Michigan
Congressman John Conyers, Jr. They met to discuss
increasing the gas tax by 5 cents for an additional $375
billion in transportation funding. Sarah Gill,
DEA Operation Supervisor led a tour
of the control room, enabling the group to see Michigan
traffic operations and maintenance at work.
From left to right:
Commissioner Ted Wahby, MDOT Director Gloria Jeff,
Michigan Governor Granholm, Wisconsin Congressman Tom
Petri, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, MDOT
Kirk Steudle, Commissioner Lowell Jackson, Washington DC
Congressman John Boozman, New York Congressman Tim
Bishop, MDOT Administrator Jim Schultz and DEA
Operations Supervisor Sarah Gill.
A Power Point presentation on design
aspects of Suffolk County DPW's Mill Dam Reconstruction
project was made by Colin Richardson of the
Structural Group at New York State's Tenth Annual
Statewide Conference on Local Bridges held in Syracuse
on October 22nd and 23rd. DEA performed bridge, highway
and traffic engineering design
services on the project for the county. This
presentation can be viewed through a link on the Cornell
Local Roads Program website at
DEA intern Sam Starrís paper, The
Bus Revolution: How a Technology Assisted Metamorphosis
Can Help MTA-New York City Transit Bus Service,
won in a contest sponsored by ITS-NY. Sam won a free
registration and expenses for the ITS-NY Annual Meeting
an opportunity to present his paper in a poster session.
The paper delved into a recent development in bus
technology, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Originally
developed in Europe, BRT was created to fill the
gap between bus and rail transportation in terms of
performance and permanence. BRT, however, is not just
the vehicle component; it
is an entire system, complete with exclusive or
semi-exclusive guideways, train-like stations, and level
platforms for vehicular entry.
Implemented on routes with high ridership
and persistent delays, BRT uses several ITS technologies
from automatic vehicle location (AVL), to
intelligent guidance systems. These technologies provide
an enhanced, higher capacity bus system that aims to
provide faster operating speeds, high frequencies,
superior service dependability, and a more convenient
service, while simultaneously projecting the image of a
state-of-the-art, distinct, and more permanent bus
system. All of these
features are similar to those of many train systems. To
create a more train-like system, BRT systems use many
features on and off the vehicle that make
them more advanced than regular