Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC)

OVERVIEW | HISTORY | CONTACTS | WSRTC UPDATE | 5875000436  | (315) 568-6736 | PROJECTS | 682-587-1460 | DOCUMENTS | 252-230-8196 | IMPACT

The Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC), comprised of California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, has been established to facilitate and enhance safe, seamless travel throughout the western United States. The Consortium seeks to promote innovative partnerships, technologies and educational opportunities to meet these objectives. Additionally, the Consortium seeks to provide a collaborative mechanism to leverage research activities in a coordinated manner to respond to rural transportation issues among western states related to technology, operations and safety. Consequently, activities of the Consortium are focused on technology transfer/education (Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum) and incubator projects (small scale research projects intended to serve as a “proof of concept” for larger subsequent efforts) centered on the Consortium pillars of technology, operations and safety.


WSRTC Updates

WSRTC Update, 12/12/2018: Annual Steering Committee Meeting WSRTC Update, 5/10/2018: Steering Committee Meets at Northwest Transportation Conference WSRTC Update, 3/12/2018: WSRTC to meet at the Northwest Transportation Conference WSRTC Update, 10/26/2017: WSRTC Leaders Meet for Annual Meeting Held in Yreka, CA WSRTC Update, 06/08/2017: Annual Steering Committee Meeting to be held June 20th, 2017
WSRTC
Annual Steering Committee Meeting
December 12th, 2018
WSRTC
Steering Committee Meets at Northwest Transportation Conference
May 10th, 2018
WSRTC
Consortium to meet at the Northwest Transportation Conference
March 12th, 2018
WSRTC
Consortium Leaders Meet for Annual Meeting Held in Yreka, CA
October 26th, 2017
WSRTC
Annual Steering Committee Meeting to be held June 20th, 2017
June 8th, 2017

Project Updates

WSRTTIF Project Update, 1/18/2019: It’s Time to Submit an Abstract for the Next Western States Forum! WSRTTIF Project Update, 1/15/2019: Another Successful Forum in 2018! OSS Project Update, 8/14/2018: Fire Season Hits Close to Home COATS Project Update, 5/1/2018: January – March 2018 Quarterly Update OSS Project Update, 4/17/2018: Research Pays Off - OSS Featured in TR News WSRTTIF Project Update, 3/27/2018: Registration Opens for the 2018 Forum
WSRTTIF
It’s Time to Submit an Abstract for the Next Western States Forum!
January 18th, 2019
WSRTTIF
Another Successful Forum in 2018!
January 15th, 2019
OSS
Fire Season Hits Close to Home
August 14, 2018
COATS
January – March 2018 Quarterly Update
May 1st, 2018
OSS
Research Pays Off - OSS Featured in TR News
April 17th, 2018
WSRTTIF
Registration Opens for the 2018 Forum
March 27th, 2018

WSRTC: Annual Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

The annual meeting for the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium (WSRTC) was held just prior to the 13th annual Western States Forum (June 19, 2018). The 8163675385, (703) 626-3067, and the meeting minutes can be found here and on the WSRTC Documents page.

Sean Campbell called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Introductions were made by everyone at the meeting site in Yreka, California. Sean reviewed the purpose of the meeting and the planned agenda.

WSRTC committee members counter-clockwise from upper left: Don Anderson (Caltrans District 2), Jeremiah Pearce (Caltrans District 2), Tyler Laing (Utah DOT), Doug Spencer (Oregon DOT), Seth Daniels (Nevada DOT), Jim Whalen (Nevada DOT), Sean Campbell (Caltrans DRISI), and Leann Koon (WTI/MSU).

Sean Campbell welcomes WSRTC Steering Committee members at the start of the annual meeting.

Photo by Doug Galarus

The first item of business was welcoming a new member state into the Consortium. Welcome Utah! Tyler Laing from UDOT expressed how they were glad to be a part of the Consortium and were looking forward to leveraging the Forum and Consortium to help develop ITS in rural areas.

Leann Koon provided an overview of the 2018 Western States Forum. There were nine presentations on the agenda this year and weather/road weather management was a common theme. Speakers came from six different states with several new faces. Those at the meeting gave a synopsis of their upcoming presentation. Participants came from diverse backgrounds as well: eight states and Washington D.C., five state DOTs, the California Department of Water Resources, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Southwest Research Institute, IBM, three universities, and half of the Caltrans Districts as well as Caltrans Headquarters and DRISI. You can review the technical content and images from this year’s Forum on the Forum website’s 2018 Past Forum page. You can also read about the 2018 Forum on the WSRTTIF’s project pages in the update from January 15th, 2019.

Next, Sean Campbell explained the history of COATS and the WSRTC, noting that the COATS project had come full circle as early COATS meetings were held at this location (Best Western Miner’s Inn). The COATS Phase 7 project is set to end next year. This phase is the last in a partnership with roots going back to 1991. Future incubator projects and support for the Western States Forum will go through the WSRTC. Sean discussed the status of the Pooled Fund and the various Task Orders. He mentioned future discussions about a third phase of the WSRTC as well as state contributions to the pooled fund. The group agreed to revise the WSRTC Charter to include Utah as a Member State and Utah State University as a Member Research Institution.

There have been 11 WSRTC task orders, 10 of which have been completed to date. Task Order 11 is the current meeting coordination and travel support task. Starting September 1, 2018, Task Order 12 will be the Automated Safety Warning Controller System. The project team at Utah State University (USU), led by Doug Galarus, will be taking the system from the commercial off the shelf MOXA platform and running it on the 2070 LX. The team will also work to get Python running on the system.

Task Order 13, One-Stop-Shop (OSS) for Rural Traveler Information Phase 4, will