Western States Rural Transportation Consortium Phase 2

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(494)
Lead Organization: Washington State Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1564
Partners: CA, OR, UT
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $270,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Tony Leingang
leingaa@wsdot.wa.gov
Phone: 360-709-8002
Study Champion(s): Tony Leingang
leingaa@wsdot.wa.gov
Phone: 360-709-8002
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2022 $125,000.00 Sean Campbell Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2023 $125,000.00 Sean Campbell Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Oregon Department of Transportation $0.00
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2025 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov

Study Description

WSRTC is a continuation and broadening of the original California Oregon Advanced Transportation System (COATS). COATS began in 1998 as a collaborative effort among the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Montana State University, Bozeman's Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to investigate the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in rural areas. The intent of the COATS project was to facilitate the use of ITS to enhance safety, improve the movement of people, goods and services, and subsequently promote the economic development of the bi-state region and to begin deployment of those solutions.

During the COATS effort, the WSRTTIF was created to bridge the technology transfer gap between practitioners. WSRTTIF consisted of nuts-and-bolts presentations that allowed frank discussions on how technology projects were implemented in the field.  The WSRTTIF provided insight into not only the need for collaboration on rural ITS technology transfer, but also operations and safety research.  The WSRTTIF was acknowledged by nationally by NRITS in 2012 as the best new innovative product, service or application.

The COATS Steering Committee determined that it was in the best interest of the project to broaden its area of service to the western United States. This included a refocusing on three primary areas, technology, operations and safety, while leveraging research dollars to provide reliable, robust solutions to common rural transportation issues.  The Steering Committee reached out to Washington and Nevada and developed the charter for the WSRTC.  Washington took the lead state role and TPF-5(241) was underway in March 2011.  Utah joined the WSRTC in 2018.

The WSRTC has been responsible for operating multiple projects, including:

-       Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (Technology/Safety/Operations)

Objectives

The purpose of the WSRTC is to promote innovative partnerships, technologies and educational opportunities to facilitate and enhance safe, seamless rural travel throughout the western United States.

The WSRTC also provides a collaborative mechanism to leverage research activities in a coordinated manner to respond to rural transportation issues among western states related to technology, operations, and safety. 

Scope of Work

-       Hold multi-day annual workshops for discussion and exchange of information and knowledge about each state's Rural ITS needs, standards and applications. Each of these workshops will focus around planning and implementation of incubator and spin-off projects that meet the WSRTC objectives. Support the presentation of WSRTC research at local and national conferences with the purpose of technology transfer. Provide the Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum to define, support and share technology of mutual interest. Implement task orders, as requested by the WSRTC Steering Committee. Develop and maintain the WSRTC website which will display workshop reports, incubator and spin-off project reports, and presentation material used at local and national conferences with the purpose of technology transfer.

 

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Comments

The membership of the WSRTC currently consists of the following states and universities: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, the Western Transportation Institute Montana State University Bozeman and Montana Technological University.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
TPF-5(494) Acceptance Letter TPF-5(494) Acceptance Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Approval SP&R Waiver Memo Approval SPR Waiver Memo#1564.pdf Memorandum Public

Western States Rural Transportation Consortium Phase 2

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(494)
Lead Organization: Washington State Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1564
Partners: CA, OR, UT
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $270,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Tony Leingang
leingaa@wsdot.wa.gov
Phone: 360-709-8002
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2022 $125,000.00 Sean Campbell Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2023 $125,000.00 Sean Campbell Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2025 $5,000.00 Tyler Laing David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov

Study Description

Study Description

WSRTC is a continuation and broadening of the original California Oregon Advanced Transportation System (COATS). COATS began in 1998 as a collaborative effort among the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Montana State University, Bozeman's Western Transportation Institute (WTI) to investigate the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in rural areas. The intent of the COATS project was to facilitate the use of ITS to enhance safety, improve the movement of people, goods and services, and subsequently promote the economic development of the bi-state region and to begin deployment of those solutions.

During the COATS effort, the WSRTTIF was created to bridge the technology transfer gap between practitioners. WSRTTIF consisted of nuts-and-bolts presentations that allowed frank discussions on how technology projects were implemented in the field.  The WSRTTIF provided insight into not only the need for collaboration on rural ITS technology transfer, but also operations and safety research.  The WSRTTIF was acknowledged by nationally by NRITS in 2012 as the best new innovative product, service or application.

The COATS Steering Committee determined that it was in the best interest of the project to broaden its area of service to the western United States. This included a refocusing on three primary areas, technology, operations and safety, while leveraging research dollars to provide reliable, robust solutions to common rural transportation issues.  The Steering Committee reached out to Washington and Nevada and developed the charter for the WSRTC.  Washington took the lead state role and TPF-5(241) was underway in March 2011.  Utah joined the WSRTC in 2018.

The WSRTC has been responsible for operating multiple projects, including:

-       Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum (Technology/Safety/Operations)

Objectives

The purpose of the WSRTC is to promote innovative partnerships, technologies and educational opportunities to facilitate and enhance safe, seamless rural travel throughout the western United States.

The WSRTC also provides a collaborative mechanism to leverage research activities in a coordinated manner to respond to rural transportation issues among western states related to technology, operations, and safety. 

Scope of Work

-       Hold multi-day annual workshops for discussion and exchange of information and knowledge about each state's Rural ITS needs, standards and applications. Each of these workshops will focus around planning and implementation of incubator and spin-off projects that meet the WSRTC objectives. Support the presentation of WSRTC research at local and national conferences with the purpose of technology transfer. Provide the Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum to define, support and share technology of mutual interest. Implement task orders, as requested by the WSRTC Steering Committee. Develop and maintain the WSRTC website which will display workshop reports, incubator and spin-off project reports, and presentation material used at local and national conferences with the purpose of technology transfer.

 

-

Comments

The membership of the WSRTC currently consists of the following states and universities: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, the Western Transportation Institute Montana State University Bozeman and Montana Technological University.

Title File/Link Type Private
TPF-5(494) Acceptance Letter TPF-5(494) Acceptance Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
Title File/Link Type Private
Approval SP&R Waiver Memo Approval SPR Waiver Memo#1564.pdf Memorandum Public

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