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New AZTech Operations Committee Chair Named…
Mike Pacelli City, Traffic Engineer for the Town of Queen Creek, was elected Chairman of the AZTech Operations Committee at the November 27, 2007 meeting. Prior to his employment with Queen Creek, Mike was with Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. and served as consulting project manager for the AZTech Sky Harbor Airport RCC (Rental Car Center) ATIS Project and the AZTech Center-to-Center Focus Area 1 (Strengthen Connectivity & Expand to Public Safety). Mike will serve a two-year term and will continue to bring his ITS knowledge, experience and AZTech history in his new leadership role with the AZTech Operations Committee. AZTech looks forward to continue working with Mike in future initiatives and learning from Mike as the Chairman of the AZTech Operations Committee.
Scott Nodes (ADOT) Promoted…
ADOT’s Scott Nodes was recently promoted to Assistant State Engineer. Scott previously held the position of Acting TTG (Transportation Technology Group) Manager at ADOT and has been a long-time member of the AZTech family as he has continuously remained involved and AZTech initiatives and participation on the AZTech Executive Committee and the AZTech Operations Committee through employment with several AZTech public member agencies. AZTech looks forward to Scott’s participation, wishes to congratulate him and extends best wishes to him in his new and exciting journey as Assistant State Engineer at ADOT.
Peoria TMC Coming on Line…
The City of Peoria has long been preparing for the debut of their new Traffic Management Center (TMC) and has moved into the new 2,800 square-foot facility. The City will host a future AZTech TMC Operators Working Group for a tour of the new facility. Additionally, the new TMC will function as an alternate ADOT Traffic Operations Center (TOC).
Scottsdale Sending Incident Media Alerts…
The City of Scottsdale has developed an incident media alert system to notify the media of arterial incident information. As a result of the first ABA & AZTech Media & Transportation Summit in 2006, efforts were increased to provide more arterial information to the media using a simple email distribution list. The list is not automated or computer generated and includes a text format. Currently, the structure includes information on location, type of incident, direction affected, lane affected, and whether minor or significant delays are expected until a specific time. It is reported that the low-tech solution works very well because the information is sent immediately and media usage and response has been outstanding.
The speed and ease of sending a non-structured email is key to the success of the system. Currently 4 TMC Scottsdale personnel send out messages, all maintaining the same but separate email distribution lists. Additionally, interested parties internal to Scottsdale such as the transportation public information officer (PIO), police PIO’s, the Citywide PIO, and other TMC staff participate as well. Interested external customers are also included such as radio, TV, and newspaper media contacts. Possible future improvements could include a structural update to the intranet web form and an automated listserv.
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