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ITRE is hiring a Director!
The Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University is seeking an innovative and progressive leader to serve as Director. The Director will formulate and guide the strategic direction of the Institute and is responsible for all aspects of the Institute’s operation, including the administration of ITRE’s research and education programs. The successful candidate will be nationally recognized as a leader in transportation research and exhibit in-depth knowledge of emerging research needs, have a strong track record of developing and implementing innovative research and education programs, and have experience building partnerships with government and industry stakeholders. As Director, the candidate is expected to lead large research initiatives that include both ITRE staff and students. The candidate will be expected to build relationships with program officers involved in transportation research at the federal, state and local levels as well as with private sector entities. The candidate is also expected to collaborate with academic departments at NC State University and elsewhere in the 16-campus University of North Carolina (UNC) system. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to lead a large and diverse program involving research, education, and outreach. Excellent leadership, mentoring, and communication skills and promotion of a positive work environment are essential. The candidate is expected to qualify for appointment at the level of a tenured Professor; however, candidates with extraordinary government or industry work qualifications may also be considered. For more information regarding this position, please see the listing at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/82000...
ITRE in the News: Law enforcement officials look to drones as way to improve public safety
From The News & Observer: As drones become more readily available, the technology has caught the eye of public safety officials who see them as a new tool to keep first responders and the public safe. A growing interest among law enforcement and emergency medical providers in using unmanned aircraft systems has prompted an aviation technology group at N.C. State University to develop some best practices and spread the word about what is happening. Read More...
ITRE to Host Leading Scientist for Lecture on Traffic Modeling
On Tuesday, May 16, Dr. Rahmi Akçelik will present a guest lecture at ITRE titled “Key Parameters in Traffic Modeling” to discuss all fundamental aspects of traffic modeling. Dr. Akçelik is director of Akcelik & Associates (trading as SIDRA SOLUTIONS), based in Australia, and author of the industry-leading SIDRA INTERSECTION and SIDRA TRIP traffic modeling software packages. Dr. Akçelik is an award-winning scientist and software developer in the areas of road traffic operations, traffic engineering, management and control. He has 40 years of practical, research and training experience and has authored over 300 technical publications. The lecture will be held May 16, 2017 from 3:00-4:30 PM in Room 2600 of the Research IV Building, 909 Capability Drive, on NC State’s Centennial Campus. This is a free event open to the public. View the event flier....
North Carolina Moves Toward Zero Roadway Deaths with the Help of ITRE
Earlier this October, ITRE helped to launch NC Vision Zero, a new initiative focused on eliminating deaths North Carolina’s roadways. Recognizing that the number of people who are killed on North Carolina roads each year — 1,387 in 2015 alone — is unacceptable, multiple agencies and stakeholders from across the state have come together with the goal of cutting roadway fatalities and serious injuries in half in the next 15 years. The ultimate aim of the initiative is to end all roadway deaths, with a target of zero fatalities. “This is an ambitious goal, but it is not beyond our reach,” said Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson. For the last several years, ITRE has been heavily involved in the formation and implementation of NC Vision Zero, including developing the website, creating data visualization tools, conducting supportive research, and more. At the heart of efforts of ITRE and other initiative partners are the “Five E’s of NC Vision Zero.” These include: Education to prepare drivers through lifelong learning, Enforcement of traffic laws, Engineering vehicles and roadways to prevent crashes and forgive human mistakes, Emergency response to reduce the severity of injuries, and Everyone sharing the responsibility of keeping North Carolina roads safe. “We want to educate and empower North Carolinians. Every decision on the road has a ripple effect — the way we walk, drive, and bike sets a standard that influences people around us. The poor decisions of a few can cause deadly collisions, but we can all intervene to stop risky behaviors, prevent crashes, and transform the traffic safety culture in our state,” said Tracy Anderson, ITRE researcher and the Communications Specialist for NC Vision Zero. If the current trend of yearly fatalities continues, more than 6,300 lives are at stake in the next five years. The public can help stop this trend by following traffic laws, reducing risky behavior like using a phone while driving, and advocating for others to do the same. To learn more about NC Vision Zero and how you can be a part of saving lives, visit http://ncvisionzero.org/, or contact Tracy Anderson at email@example.com....
North Carolina Announces Plans for New Passenger Ferry Studied by ITRE and Volkert
Outer Banks visitors and residents will have a faster way to get to Ocracoke Island, thanks to a new passenger-only ferry that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to introduce as soon as 2018. This announcement comes after a nearly yearlong study focused on how to increase mobility on the popular island. Researchers at ITRE worked alongside engineering consulting firm Volkert to address increasing traffic congestion at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal, which has worsened after recent coastal shoaling. In the last few years, the duration of the ferry ride between Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island has increased by 50 percent, reducing the total number of trips that can be made each day from 53 to just 36. The increase in travel time and reduction in ferry trips has been especially challenging because the only existing links between the two islands are vehicle-oriented ferries that has led most travelers to navigate Ocracoke in their cars rather than use on the island’s limited public transportation system. This limited transportation capacity has had a negative economic impact on the area, which depends heavily on tourism. “Nearly all of the Ocracoke business owners we interviewed cited the ferry wait times as a major challenge to their business,” says Daniel Findley, ITRE’s lead researcher on the project. “They’ve noticed a sharp drop in sales since the route was impacted and many are struggling just to remain profitable. There simply isn’t the same volume of customers making it into the town anymore.” Because efforts to dredge a channel and return to the previous route have been unsuccessful, the research team investigated other alternatives. In addition to conducting an economic analysis and surveying area residents, business owners, and tourists, the research team examined the travel behavior of potential ferry users during peak tourism times. During the peak hours of the study period, 9% of vehicles abandoned their trip while waiting in line to board the ferry to Ocracoke Island, likely due to long wait times, with an estimated more than 1,200 foregone tourist trips during the peak tourist season. Considering that the average island visitor spends approximately $100 per day, this decrease in traffic would lead to an estimated $370,000 loss in profit during the peak season alone. The research team found that one of the major reasons for congestion was that the existing vehicle-oriented ferry from Hatteras delivers passengers to the opposite end of the island from Ocracoke Village, the island’s main hub for businesses. The 20-minute commute ferry riders were taking from the dock to the village is a key contributor to the small island’s traffic. As a result, the research team recommended that the NCDOT implement a passenger-only ferry that will deliver passengers directly to Ocracoke Village and reduce the number of cars on the island. Based on study findings, the NCDOT is also identifying new ways to enhance non-vehicle mobility options on the island in preparation for the new ferry. The passenger-only ferry will shave 40 minutes off the previous round-trip travel time required by the vehicle-oriented ferry, with the hope that the quicker commute will improve the experience of Ocracoke visitors and grow the area’s economy. For more information, view this video: https://youtu.be/6BXdJdb9ihg?list=PLQ2tBMRKXROYZhv-tfMxSDoNuEfNUNXto....