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Great Communities: At the Intersection of Planning and Engineering
Great Communities: At the Intersection of Planning and Engineering
ITE Virtual Spring Conference Earn 12 PDHs/CMs
March 14-15, 2023
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This conference will showcase the importance of planners and engineers working collaboratively, and provide real-world examples of their success. Great communities are built with this collaborative spirit in mind, and transportation professionals of all disciplines will benefit from lessons learned in this conference. Participants will gain insights on leading-edge practices that can be taken back to their communities.

This virtual conference offers 10 sessions and two plenary sessions on topics of importance to both planners and engineers seeking to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Moreover, all sessions are being recorded so that registrants can participate in sessions in real-time or on-demand. There is no need to choose between sessions taking place at the same time! Recorded sessions are available to registrants until Memorial Day.

In addition, both PDH/CMs will be offered. Details on these credits are coming soon.

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March 14, 2023

All Times ET

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Welcoming Remarks

  • Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E., ITE Executive Director and CEO, Washington, D.C.

  • Rosana Correa P.E., PTOE, ITE International President and Project Manager, Jacobs, Tampa, FL

  • Eric Rensel, ITE Council Leadership Team Chair and Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Mechanicsburg, PA

Keynote Conversation: At the Intersection of Planning & Engineering
​Our opening plenary panel features two outstanding leaders from the public and private sector with extensive experience in both engineering and planning.  They have led organizations, teams, and projects at the state and local levels in both the US and Canada. Along with our moderator ITE International President Rosanna Correa, Jennifer and Steve will share their perspectives and lessons learned on the value of collaboration between planners and engineers and how the two can work together to create great communities.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion through the use of the on-line tool Slido.


  • Jennifer Toth, Director, Arizona Department of Transportation

  • Stephen Buckley, P.E., AICP, Planning & Advisory Services, Kimley Horn

1:30–2:30 p.m.


  • Priorities and Tradeoffs: A Discussion on Roadway Cross Section Reallocation
    Organized by ITE Complete Streets Council
    This session will begin with an overview of NCHRP Report 1036 Guide for Roadway Cross Section Reallocation, a first-of-its-kind resource to redesign streets to reflect community needs and interests.  This will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion among the Guide authors and transportation professionals who have successfully completed projects that reallocated roadway cross sections - or are in the process of developing an approach for roadway cross section reallocation.
    Alex Rixey, AICP, Transportation Planner,  Montgomery County, Maryland Planning Department


    • Conor Semler, Principal Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

    • Meredyth Sanders, Senior Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

    • Mike Sawyer, P.E., City Transportation Engineer, City of Richmond, VA

    • Corey Pitts, AICP, BRT Project Manager, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Transportation

    • Joseph Moges, State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation

  • Applications of Big Data in Safety Analysis
    Organized by ITE Safety Council
    This session will discuss a list of data sources most applied to safety projects and definitions of terminology used by data vendors who process and package datasets of driver behavior. Case studies of specific applications will be included to illustrate real world examples of evaluating safety performance with Big Data. While both traditional crash data and near-miss events are based on real recorded events, and both can provide tremendous value to safety analysis, there are some key differences that will be illustrated and discussed in this session.
    Diwu Zhou, P.E., RSP1, Senior Transportation Engineer, Fehr & Peers


    • Darcy Akers, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Bellevue, WA

    • Paul G. St-Aubin, Ph.D., P.Eng., Transportation Safety Expert, Postdoctoral Researcher, and Senior Product Manager, Transoft Solutions

    • Trevor Whitley, Researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno and CEO and Co-Founder LiDAR Matrix

3:00–4:00 p.m.


  • Speed Management for Urban Roadways
    Organized by ITE Traffic Engineering Council
    This session will discuss various methods of controlling speeds on urban roadways, including arterial roadways.  The session will address case studies in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
    Chuck Huffine, TSMO Engineer, Manatee County, FL


    • Randy McCourt, P.E., PTOE, Consultant

    • Shane Turner, Ph.D., CPEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ), MACRS, MITE, Technical Director, Road Safety, Abley Ltd

    • Paul Mackey, RSP1, Director, Safestreet Inc.

  • Planning for an Electrified Transportation System: Challenges and Best Practices
    Organized by ITE Planning Council
    This session will highlight the how’s and lessons learned from transportation electrification planning efforts across local and state levels, across modes. Speakers will share successes, challenges, and solutions that offer case studies to attendees. City, county, and DOT officials will share their stories on agency fleet transitions to electric vehicles, transit fleet transitions to electric vehicles, electrified micromobility, and public charging infrastructure, among other topics.
    Rachel McGuire, Senior Transportation Planner/Project Manager,Jacobs


    • Robin Shishido, P.E., Deputy Director, Highways Division, Hawaii Department of Transportation

    • Samuel Snead, MCA, MA, Director (Transportation Officer), Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    • Rylan Seifert, Policy Analyst, City of Pittsburgh, PA

    • Matt Meservy P.E., TDM-CP, Director, Long Range Planning Division, Tennessee Department of Transportation

4:30–5:30 p.m.


  • Rethinking Urban Intersections for All Users
    Organized by ITE Traffic Engineering Council
    This session showcases techniques for designing intersections to better accommodate all road users.  This will include techniques for reducing bicycle and motorized vehicle conflicts, roundabouts, and pedestrian improvements, protected intersections, and the concept of “daylighting” intersections.
    Gordon Meth, Transportation Engineering Expert Witness, Robson Forensic


    • Ryan Sharp, P.P., AICP, Director of Transportation and Parking, City of Hoboken, NJ and Olga Garcia, P.E., CME, City Engineer, City of Hoboken, NJ

    • Kenn Beer, RPEng., RPEQ, RPEV, Principal Engineer, Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd

    • Matt Pinder, P.Eng., Project Manager, WSP Canada and James Schofield P. Eng., RSP1, Project Manager,  WSP Canada

  • Prioritizing TSMO Projects Starting at the Planning Level
    Organized by ITE TSMO Council
    This session will show several examples of how TSMO projects can be prioritized and successful collaborations to complete a variety of transportation projects. The process varies at each agency; however, the collaboration between planners and engineers is part of the success of this programming TSMO projects. In addition, workforce development continues to be an important consideration when considering technology and pilot projects.
    Catalina Echeverri, Senior Project Manager, Gannett Fleming


    • Eric Hill, Director, MetroPlan Orlando

    • Jeremy Dilmore, TSM&O Program Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation

    • April Wire, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Operations Branch Manager, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, AZ

    • Denise Lacey, Transportation Systems Planning Branch Manager, Maricopa County Department of AZ

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March 15, 2023

All Times ET

11:30–12:30 p.m.


  • Pedestrian Safety & Vulnerable Road Users
    Organized by ITE Safety Council
    Pedestrians are disproportionately represented in traffic fatalities. In 2020, pedestrian deaths account for 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 2 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes. People experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable on the roads: fatal crashes involving people experiencing homelessness are increasing. Several agencies are working to identify the issues and plan for improvements, and this session will discuss various programs, activities, and solutions in practice.
    Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE, ENV SP, Managing Director, Virginia Beach, VHB


    • Sean Doyle, Transportation Planner, Portland Bureau of Transportation; Asif Haque, Associate I - Junior Transportation Planner Nelson\Nygaard; Nick Meusch, Marketing and Business Development Manager Elcon Associates

    • Mohammad Shaheed, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE, RSP2IB, Maricopa Association of Governments AZ; Shuyao Hong, Emerging Technology Program Manager, Maricopa Association of Governments AZ

    • Lauren Blackburn, AICP, VHB

  • Electric Vehicle Charging is Parking Policy
    Organized by ITE Complete Streets Council
    This facilitated panel discussion aims to talk about federal policies and strategies advancing transportation electrification, especially in local communities, including discussion of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, both of which include specific funding programs for EVs. Additionally, the panel will touch upon curbside management and the challenges and opportunities EV charging will present on existing traditional and best practice curbside management approaches.
    Chris Rall, Outreach Director, Transportation for America


    • Richard Ezike, Ph.D., Program Communications Specialist, Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

    • Jane Wilberding, AICP, Co-Founder, Parking Reform Network

    • Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP, Chief Strategy Officer, International Parking & Mobility Institute

1:30–2:30 p.m.


  • Reconnecting Communities
    Organized by ITE Complete Streets Council
    This facilitated panel discussion aims to shed light on the policy framework around the federal Reconnecting Communities program. Discussion will touch upon the problem statement and foundational principles underlying the development of the program as well as how that has translated into the regulatory framework enshrined in the infrastructure law. Discussion will also touch upon challenges and opportunities the policy framework provides for implementation efforts to redress past harms due to transportation infrastructure and emphasizing creating affordable, accessible, and safe community connections for all users.
    Drusilla van Hengel, Ph.D., Principal, Nelson\Nygaard


    • Mariia Zimmerman, Strategic Advisor for Technical Assistance and Community Solutions, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

    • Charlene Wang, Special Assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

    • Joung Lee, Deputy Director, Chief Policy Officer, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    • Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America

  • Transportation Equity Case Studies
    Organized by ITE Transportation Planning Council
    This session will use case studies to discuss equity impacts to planning and engineering efforts. The impacts will discuss public engagement techniques and methodologies, planning-level strategies to include equity in transportation projects, and equity considerations for implementation, funding, and construction. Case studies in this session will include: San Jose Emerging Mobility Action Plan, City of Mississauga Pedestrian Master Plan, and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Racial Equity Analysis Report.
    Dan Hennessey, P.E., PTOE, RSP1, Consulting Engineer, Project Development, City of Austin, TX


    • Frank Ponciano, Associate Director, Winter Consulting; Sahar Shirazi, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard

    • Jacqueline Hunter, Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, City of Mississauga, ON

    • Ashley Rhead, Safe Routes to School Program Manager, City of Seattle, WA

3:00–4:00 p.m.


Closing Remarks

  • John Davis P.E., PTOE, RSP1 (F), City Traffic Engineer, Des Moines, IA

Closing Keynote Conversation: Touching Every Corner of our Neighborhood
Our virtual conference closing plenary will feature the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, Gia Biagi.  The Commissioner will talk about her early career experience as a transportation planner and urban designer, and now in her current post as Commissioner.  She will include a discussion about the importance of planners and engineers making a move toward equity, mutuality and positive change in cities by working with a range of partners including community-based organizations, cultural institutions, developers, government, and other public and private groups and individuals.

  • Gia Biagi, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation

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  • $199 

  • Students are $50 


  • $299 

  • Students are $50

Special Discounts

Public Agencies: Register 5 or more individuals: $99 per person

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  • Organization logo (250x250 px) with hyperlink on conference website

  • Organization logo with hyperlink on all conference marketing materials

  • Organization logo on title slide on session powerpoint

  • Verbal recognition during the opening plenary session

  • Social media shout-outs before, during, and after the conference

  • Ability to have 30-second video in issue of ITE Spotlite in conjunction with the conference



  • Organization logo (100x100 px) with hyperlink on conference website

  • Organization logo with hyperlink on all conference marketing materials

  • Organization logo on title slide on session powerpoint

  • Social media shout-outs before, during, and after the conference

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