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Session No. 3A

Session Title: The Past, Current and Future in Transportation

Session Description: This session incorporates past, current and future innovations in:

  • The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) related to FHWA’s Roadway and Intersection Safety Treatments and using ITS for Wrong Way Ramp Driving
  • Past and current Signal Interconnect and Pennsylvania future Signal Connectivity
  • The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s conversion to Cashless Tolling (past, present and future)

Moderator Name: Jay McGee, HNTB

Speaker Bios

Jay McGee is a professional engineer with more than 28 years of civil engineering leadership experience specializing in infrastructure solutions. His key areas of responsibility have included executive management; project development; program management; bridge design and transportation funding. McGee is currently an Associate Vice President/Sr. Project Manager for HNTB, responsible the leading PennDOT client services. He is the Deputy Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Cashless Tolling Conversion, along with other project management duties. Prior to HNTB, he worked for more than 25 years at PennDOT Engineering District 5-0 serving in various roles such as: ADE-Design, District Bridge Engineer, District Portfolio Manager, and District Planning & Programming Engineer. McGee holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown.

Don Steele manages facility design and the conversion to cashless tolling for the Turnpike. He has been employed by the Turnpike for almost 15 years. Steele started his career working for McTish, Kunkel & Associates for seven years followed by being the Traffic Engineer for the City of Allentown for five years. Steele graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He is a past-president of ASHE – East Penn as well as ASCE – Lehigh Valley. He is a registered professional engineer.

Kevin J. Rice is a transportation engineer based in Philadelphia. He has been involved with all phases of design and has led highway and civil tasks on projects for clients including PennDOT, SEPTA and Amtrak. His notable projects include the PennDOT District 6-0 HSIP Open End, PennDOT Pennsylvania P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, and the SEPTA 15% Design King of Prussia Rail Project. Rice holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and is a registered professional engineer. Rice is an active member of the American Society of Highway Engineers, Delaware Valley Section, where he serves on several committees.

Brandon Hess is a transportation engineer and designer for HNTB based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has more than five years of highway design, traffic signal design, traffic control design, and traffic modeling experience on various projects throughout Pennsylvania. Hess graduated cum laude from Penn State in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and is a member of American Society of Highway Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is currently assisting with the design of traffic signals and signal systems as part of PennDOT District 6-0 HSIP Open End.

Gunnar Rhone is an ITS and Highway designer at HNTB. He has five years of highway design and ITS experience, which includes CAV pilot planning, deployments and emerging mobility solutions across the country. His notable projects include PennSTART, PA’s Vehicle Platooning Policy, and Smart Columbus. Rhone holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and an MBA from Penn State.

Patrick Callahan is a Civil Engineer for the City of Philadelphia, working for the Streets Department. Callahan has more than seven years of experience working for the City of Philadelphia on traffic and transportation/planning related projects. Callahan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees. in civil engineering from Drexel University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Scott Zornek is a graduate of North Carolina State University. Serving as the Transportation Planning and Traffic Operations Group Director at HNTB in Orlando, he has more than 20 years of professional experience focused on traffic operations, traffic signal design, highway signing and pavement marking design, maintenance of traffic and conceptual design of intersections/interchanges. Working with Florida DOT’s traffic and TSM&O projects, such as the District 5 Integrated Corridor Management program, provides him an opportunity to deploy a variety of TSM&O solutions. He also serves as the Project Manager for the ITS General Services Contract with the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX).  CFX was honored by IBTTA in 2016 for its Wrong Way Driving Program and has continued to expand and improve on the initial efforts. Zornek has been engaged with the program since 2017 and has seen the program grow from five sites to 34, with several other locations currently under design. 

Steve Gault is the Statewide Traffic Signal Operations Engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which includes oversight of arterial traffic operations policy and implementation around the Commonwealth. He has 15 years of transportation engineering experience in the public and private sectors and has spent the past five years exploring signal operations through big data.


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Room 207

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The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

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