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Session No. 1B

Session Title:  Smart Cities: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Session Description: What is a Smart City? Is your city smart? How do you define Smart Cities? The definition of what is a Smart City seems to differ widely and depending on who you ask. However, it seems we all agree it’s a combination of ways technology improves important aspects and tasks of cities, like monitoring parking, lights, vehicles, water, and yes, even air. There is quite a lot of whiz bang wizardry and fancy technology being pedaled in the Smart Cities marketplace, yet how much of it is real and what is right for my city? In truth, there isn’t a one size fits all, or ready-to-go boxed up on the shelf, kind of solution for Smart Cities. Cities come in many different shapes, sizes, varieties, and geographies, have different ages and are in different cycles of urban development and growth. What works for some won’t work for all. Today, we will explore these differences. We will look at different cities, both in Pennsylvania and in other states/countries. We will look at both large and small cities. How do they differ and how are they similar?

Moderator: K.R. Marshall, WSP USA

Marysville, Ohio — A Fully Connected Small Town, Thomas Timcho, Principal – CV/AV and ITS Systems, WSP USA

Practical Uses of Big Transportation Data for Cities and Municipalities, Stephen Buckley, Northeast Manager for Planning, Environment and Traffic, WSP USA

Big City Approaches — Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, Richard J Montanez, P.E., Deputy Commissioner -Transportation, City of Philadelphia, Department of Streets 

Big City Approaches — Philadelphia & Pittsburgh, Amanda Purcell, P.E., Municipal Traffic Engineer, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Speaker Bios

Tom Timcho is an experienced and successful project manager and systems engineer who has led multiple, complex design, development, deployment and evaluation projects. His experience spans over 29 years and includes the transportation, defense and telecommunications industries. Most recently, his work has focused on Connected Vehicle (CV) and Automated Vehicle (AV) technologies, the operational and safety benefits of this technology and the associated data-rich environment, and how this technology integrates with existing ITS practices, technologies, and local operations. His current work includes leading the CV/AV technology concept development activities for SmartColumbus, the recipient of the $40M US DOT Smart City Challenge grant and well as providing expertise to other WSP CV/AV projects.

Based in Philadelphia, Steve Buckley is a vice president and the manager of the northeast U.S. planning, environment and traffic practice for WSP USA. He has over 20 years of experience in transportation including design, operations, maintenance, policy, planning, programming and funding.  Steve previously served as general manager of transportation for the City of Toronto, where he helped lead a dialogue on how North American cities can and should influence the development of policies for autonomous vehicles to ensure they align with city goals. Steve also commissioned the discussion paper, “Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto,” to initiate a regional conversation on autonomous vehicles. Buckley currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation Issues in Major Cities and serves on the Board of ITS Canada. He is also a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s City & Regional Planning program.

Richard Montanez, PE, is Deputy Streets Commissioner for Transportation for the City of Philadelphia. Montanez is responsible for the maintaining, operating, and improving approximately 2,500 miles of local roads, 3,000 traffic signals, 280 bridges, over 100,000 street lights and 18,000 alley lights in the City of Philadelphia. He leads the Streets Department in a variety of efforts, such as Transportation Management, Operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vision Zero, Energy efficiency, Green Infrastructure and Smart Cities and is responsible for the development and implementation of the transportation division’s strategic plan. Montanez has overseen transportation for special events in Philadelphia, such as the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the 2017 National Football League Draft and the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl Champion Parade. Montanez has received the 2014 Client of Distinction award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania. Was named ITSPA 2015 person of the year and received 2016 ITE Transportation Systems Management & Operations Council Individual Achievement Award. Montanez is a 1993 graduate from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Professional Engineer License from the State of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Purcell, P.E, is the Municipal Traffic Engineer for the City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure. She has been with the city for the last 11 years working through many challenges in transportation engineering at the city. She is primarily responsible for traffic operations in the city including pavement markings, signage, MPT, and signals. She has been working to improve multi-modal transportation options and advance technology in the City's transportation program. Outside of the office, Purcell has two small boys and enjoys participating in dog shows and RVing.



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