ITS Texas Award Citations - 2012 Annual Meeting
TxDOT - Waco District
The Waco District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is recognized for outstanding achievement for their Traveler Information and Public Outreach Effort in the expansion of I-35 in Central Texas.
From the beginning of planning the I-35 expansion, the Waco District has put extraordinary resources into meeting with each population center along the corridor and personalizing the construction aesthetics to the local population as well as addressing the individual geometric needs. As planning progressed and construction started, the District has employed significant outreach to keep the public informed, including community and business meetings, shippers meetings, newsletters, website information, press releases, social media, and the use of mobility coordinators as project ombudsmen. During construction, the District has developed business rules for contractors to minimize the overall impact of the construction on the traveling public as well as deploying a construction traveler information system comprising comprehensive lane closure notifications, dynamic traveler information resources, and travel time messages. These resources are being integrated into a developing LoneStar system within the District and TxDOT public information web sites. Along the way, the District has achieved a number of significant accomplishments by managing the 17 different projects along the corridor as a single large project.
Mr. Joe Hunt is recognized for the work he has performed in the area of interagency connection coordination of ITS systems in a large metropolitan region. Working with many city, county, media outlets, transit and other governmental agencies, Mr. Hunt has been a vital part of the success the north Texas area has experienced in obtaining a regional wide ITS system. Thus far TxDOT has been successful in connecting their ITS system with:
- Cities of Dallas, Mesquite, Farmers Branch, Irving, McKinney, Allen, and Richardson.
- Dallas County
- All major media outlets in the region.
With his vast knowledge and personal skills, Mr. Hunt has overcome the challenges everyone faces when dealing with agency to agency network connections head-on both at the technical level with dissimilar systems and at the administrative level with different agencies policies and procedures.
The Wallace Ewell Award
Charlie Farnham is recognized for being instrumental in the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in Texas for more than a decade. With 28 years of service to the Texas Department of Transportation, Charlie currently serves as ITS Branch Manager in the Traffic Engineering Section of the Traffic Operations Division, where he oversees the statewide ITS Development, Integration, Implementation and Maintenance Services (DIIMS) project and plays a leading role in the deployment of ITS technology across Texas. Charlie is the agency’s expert in partnership ITS deployment and has worked diligently with districts, cities, and other agencies to support data sharing between TxDOT and regional and local partners.
As ITS Branch manager, Charlie has been instrumental in the deployment of Lonestar, which serves as a single software solution for TxDOT’s ITS needs and provides a robust traffic management solution with a common ITS platform applicable to both rural and urban traffic management settings. Lonestar is highly scalable to support very small deployments (as few as several ITS devices with minimal ITS staff) to very large deployments (hundreds of ITS devices and dedicated ITS staff) while supporting statewide core architecture and regional communication and operation.
Through the deployment of standard software modules, Lonestar allows TxDOT to operate 14 traffic management centers throughout the state, enabling centers operating 24-7 to support the smaller deployments from remote locations. Lonestar’s Center to Center (C2C) functionality provides the ability for centers operated by other agencies to integrate with TxDOT for broader regional solutions benefitting both TxDOT and the region. The program serves as a model for other ITS deployments by providing a system meeting both large and small needs, as well as the ability to integrate with stakeholders’ systems using limited resources via the C2C infrastructure in a productive and economical manner.
Stephen Novosad is recognized for his steady leadership, steadfast service and excellence in all undertakings as a member, board member and President in the organization.