As transportation professionals we need to continue to grow and learn about our profession. This can happen by attendance at local section meetings, district meetings, or international meetings. It can also happen through training programs focused on keeping you updated with current practices. I want to highlight a particular program in California that has been serving training needs for professionals for over 70 years.
The University of California, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies Tech Transfer program provides lots of opportunity for practicing professionals to receive training through workshops, conferences, classes, and publications in the transportation field. They have both online training as well as in person. There are a variety of classes available at the following website:
Berkeley Tech Transfer Class Schedule
The listing includes classes through 2019 and into 2020 with topics ranging from the Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering, Traffic Signal Controllers, Roundabouts, Roadside Safety, and Liability and Risk Management. Please take a look and see if any of these classes would be a benefit for you or your staff.
The ITE Western District Public Relations Committee recently produced a video to promote transportation and ITE. The video can be viewed here:
ITE Western District Transportation Video
Please take a look and find opportunities to share this with your colleagues, friends, family, and whenever you have a chance to visit a school to talk about transportation.
Both The ITE Western District and ITE International met this summer in Monterey, CA and Austin, TX respectively. Both meetings were very well attended and a lot of good information was shared during the sessions.
The Western District meeting in Monterey was joint hosted by our section and the SF Bay Area section. We had a comprehensive technical program and a great Family Night event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A special thank you to Justin Link of our section for his leadership as Co-Chair of the conference. You can review the technical program here.
The meeting next year will be in Honolulu, HI. They are already accepting abstracts if you want to participate.
Congratulations to Joe De La Garza from the San Diego section on being elected as the incoming Western District Secretary-Treasurer. His term will start In January 2020. The current list of new District officers in on their website (https://westernite.org/aboutus/current-officers/).
The ITE International Meeting was held in Austin, TX and there were over 1,400 attendees. There were a variety of workshops before and after the technical conference days and lots of opportunity for networking with ITE professionals across the world. The Meeting next year will be in New Orleans, LA and you should consider attending.