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Notes from SSOM Monday Meeting

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									Notes from SSOM Monday Meeting June 15, 2009 Called meeting to order Each attendee of the joint meeting was provided a copy of all the pertinent documents for the meeting that was put together by Mark Bush. Introductions of attendees ( list attached) The Subcommittee did not have quorum. However, the group in attendance worked on the following agenda items:

1.Task Group Reports:
Reliability: Gummada Murthy, VDOT, provided a handout of the Task Group plan from last year and a revised plan based on discussion he and Ted Trepanier have had about combining the two Task Groups, Reliability and Technology. Generally, the group felt the list of work items were valuable work and given the number of subcommittee members who are attending meetings and willing to do work, the merger of the two task forces makes sense. The discussion included the resources the Subcommittee has to accomplishing projects: o NCHRP Research projects underway and annual submittals for funding. Deadline is December 1. o SHRP2 Research Projects underway o FHWA – various programs, including communities of practice, training. The subcommittee can propose projects for funding. Each summer is when the agency is preparing its budget for the upcoming year and can consider proposals. o ITS JPO – Peer-to-Peer , T3, webinar support One item for annual subcommittee meeting agenda is tohave project contractors working on its projects reporting on them at the annual meetings. Standards work is also part of the subcommittee’s function. More will be discussed about this later in the program. Performance Measures: Rich Taylor, FHWA, provided a report on behalf of Daniela Bremer, WSDOT, chair of the Task Group. He distributed the Task Group’s work plan. A Fall workshop is being being planned by FHWa based on the operations performance measures in the report. It is planned to be a day-long, hands on reprt Recommended for action:have the Subcommittee adopt the NCHRP project 20-7. Those present voted to have an email ballot taken to adopt the report as an AASHTO report and have it published. Then, appropriate next steps would be to communicate the document to member states for use. The subcommittee should recommend/endorse one or two of the measures for Pete Rohn’s Subcommittee on Performance Measures.

** get copies of the report for the subcommittee to consider for recommendations

Mainstreaming Operations, Workforce Development Task Group: John Corbin, Wisconsin DOT, co-chair, reviewed the Task Force work plan in the Strategic Plan. He noted that the Subcommittee has three basic actions it can take: (i) network with peers, (ii) influence the work of NCHRP and SHRP2 through proposal process, and iii) take results of studies and ty to integrate the recommendation into the peer network for implementation. The Task Force has four areas in which it is working, o Workforce development o Making the business case for operatons o Linking planning and operations o Developing the research agena He recommended that all the taskforces should collaborate to develop a roadmap of all of the NCHRP, SHRP2 and other research projects to help us get an integrated picture of what is underway and assess what, if any gaps, exist in the current research program. Several products from the Subcommittee’s research are in development, including: o The Operations Guide o The Institutional Architectures Report o The training framework project The future work of the Subcommittee should include examing how these and other research projects are linked. One item discussed by the group is the issue of SHRP2 project results and if there are any dollars for implementation. Funds for implementation are not available now. It is early in the SHRP2 program for implementation funding.

Other topics discussed included a project to communicate initiatives, including identifying what to communicate and to whom about the operations programs. One of the issues facing several members is that there is quite a lot of data available but it is in many places, FHWA, ITS JPO, TRB, AASHTO. However, it is time consuming to sort through all the materials. One question is whether the NCHRP 3-94 Guide to Operations Porject would pull all these materials together. Steve Lockwood mentioned that Cambridge Systematics has built a bibliography of materials as a part of its work. Webinars were mentioned on several topics as an effective tool for outreach to Subcommittee members and others that should be used. Support for these can be provided through ITS JPO.

2. US DOT ITS JPO Presentation on the IntelliDrive Strategic Plan.
Valerie Briggs, US DOT ITS JPO, Technology Transfer and Policy Manager, briefed the committee on the newly adopted Strategic Plan for IntelliDrive. She thanked the group for those who gave feedback on the draft. Overall, the JPO will be focued on the technologies related to Connectivity over the next 5 years. The new vision is “to carry us into the wireless workd to serve the collective public good.” A copy of her presentation is attached. Six major goals been outlined for the IntelliDrive workplan, including one on safety, three on mobility, one on the environment and one on policy research. She reviewed the Six Goals for the program. She received some questions and feedback on the goals. One observation was that there is no mention of the role of public safety role in DOTs. Overall, the presentation was well received. One concern related to the presentation was the timeline. It is an aggressive schedule to get the research projects identified within US DOT. It is not clear, what, if any, additional input that AASHTO will have on the specific research projects that will pursued. Valerie did state that the program can not survive with its partners so that there will be opportunities to have input. Not everything will be programmed in the first year. Valerie indicated that only 60% of the funding would go to the IntelliDrive Research program. The remaining 40% will be dedicated to the other research programs. 3. AASHTO Strategic Plan The Subcommittee reviewed the Chairman’s memorandum asking for feedback on the Draft Strategic Plan, particularly the area of congestion reduction, for which he is the lead. The outcome of the discussion follows: Many of the 10 objectives are crosscutting. While # 7 is clearly the focus of the subcommittee’s work plan and that all the work plan efforts support this objective, other objectives will benefit from the work of the committee. Primarily 2, 3, 6 and 8 are in which the Subcommittee Examples include: by addressing congestion, safety will improve; by working on performance measures for congestion, the overall performance measurement program will benefit. One missing element in the objectives is the role of DOTs as emergency response agencies. This is an area that should be considered for inclusion. DOTS expend tremendous resources in this arena and the mention of security does not adequately recognize this as a strategic role. The other subcommittees that we should coordinate within include the SCOTE, Perforamnce Measures.

4. Continued discussion of Task Group work items:

Ted Trapanier committed to leading the effort on crateing a framework for sharing emergency technologies and best practices. He has done some work on a sharepoint site but it must be populated. This would require committement on the part of the subcommittee members. This would be similar to the FHWA sharepoint site on safety performance issues. Valerie committed to working with Ted to determine if their office ould help evelop a community of practice site for the research program. The goal would be to have it developed and presented at the next annual meeting.

Jeff Lindley also indicated that the FHWA is working on an effort to map all of the current research and would be willing to work wth the committee on developing a roadmap on all the pending work initiatives including NCHRP, SHRP2 and FHWA guidance that are on the horizon. Another area would be to make more use of webinars for peer to peer sharing of technology deployments, etc. These could be done with ITS JPO support. The Performance Measures Task Group noted it would be developing new NCHRP proposals for the subj;lcommittee. Ray Derr mentioned that there is another NCHRP project that has been approved, 2024(31)D. It is a CEO project on performance measures. The group further discussed projects underway with the Mainstreaming Task Force: o the planning for operations reference guide under development (NCHRP 394), o the NCHRP project 20-27 on training needs for operations. This will be on the RITA website. It needs to be communicated and it will need to periodically updated. o Institutional Architecture project L-06. The committee meeting was adjourned

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