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MTA AWARDS TASK ORDER CONTRACT TO DEA

The Metropolitan 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.

This 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 are:

Design of ITS equipment installations including Detectors, VMS, Communications Networks to support ITS and E-ZPass readers.

Software development and adjustment for ATMS and Toll collection activities.

Conceptual Design, Planning and Scoping for larger ITS capital projects.

Constructability and Peer reviews of ITS related projects.

Wireless and Wireline communication network design and deployment.

Construction Support for ITS efforts.

Preparation or review of construction schedules.

Preparation 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.

HONORS  

At the January 2004 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington , DC , Herb Richardson, Director of the Texas Transportation Institute, presented Walter Dunn with a Certificate of Recognition for his participation in Advanced Institute Program at Texas A&M University .  

The 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.  

The 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.

Steve Latoski, P.E. has received a three year appointment to the Transportation Research Board Committee on Freeway Operations, effective January 2003.  The 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.

 

Michigan Governor 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 www.clrp.cornell.edu

 

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 and
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 bus systems.

 

 

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