The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) along with the Intelligent Transportation Society of Maryland (ITSMD) held its joint Annual Meeting and BRTB Traffic Signal Forum on Thursday, November 4. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event was held virtually this year.
The event brings together traffic and transportation professionals from the public and private sectors from across the state and region. The morning keynote address was delivered by Dr. Tim Kerns, Director, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Highway Safety Office, to focus attention on the troubling trend of increasing highway crashes, fatalities and serious injuries and challenged the attendees to work with state and local partners to help reverse the trend. Mr. Todd Lang, Director, Transportation Planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) delivered the closing keynote, on topics ranging from safety and signal operations to long range planning and the infrastructure bill being debated in congress.
Breakout sessions focused on signal operations and safety, connected and autonomous vehicles, and Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO). A panel discussion on what a post-COVID transportation landscape might look like featured experts from freight, law enforcement, traffic data analysis, and private industry.
The virtual forum had 220 registered attendees. Guests included staff from local and state departments of transportation and public works, traffic engineers, signal engineers, planners, transportation system operators; private sector companies involved in consulting, providing/installing/maintaining/designing traffic signal equipment and ITS equipment, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and academia. The event also included several exhibitors from public and private sectors.
For more information and to see the program, presenter bios, list of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors, please visit https://itsmd21.kujenga.tech/.