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Session No. 3B

Session Title: One Size Doesn't Fit All

Session Description: This session will cover different approaches to traffic management including visual awareness of traffic operations, dynamic tolling, and the use of technology in a work zone.

Moderator Name: Jason McCartney, Gannett Fleming         

PA Turnpike CAAR Application, John Parker, Senior Traffic Operations Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Session Description: Catch it Early, Act, Analyze and Review" (CAAR) is the result of a recent award-winning effort by the PA Turnpike Commission to increase the visual awareness of traffic operations. This GIS web application combines data from public, private and crowd-based sources to allow operations staff to quickly detect, view, and evaluate affected areas and identify relevant emergency service providers for any given section of monitored roadway.

Dynamic Tolling on I-77, Cristian Muñoz, Senior Project Manager, Kapsch

Session Description: Variable priced tolling has emerged as an effective method to actively manage traffic by adjusting toll rates based on real time traffic data. The North Carolina I-77 project will be presented to discuss this method of traffic management and the infrastructure required to facilitate the data collection and display.

Tuscarora Tunnel Traffic Management, Kevin Hunt, Transportation Operations Manager, Gannett Fleming

Session Description: The PA Turnpike Commission recently deployed their first automated tunnel traffic management system at the Tuscarora Tunnel. This system allows the Commission to remotely close lanes approaching the Tuscarora Tunnel from both directions to facilitate crossovers during tunnel closures. This automation facilitates safer and simpler traffic management during long term tunnel renovation.

Speaker Bios

John Parker is a Senior Traffic Operations Project Manager with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. He is responsible for IT and GIS projects, as well as operational and safety studies. He participates in joint agency meetings with the Smart Belt Coalition and I-95 Coalition. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Parker worked at PennDOT for 17 years where he was responsible for the management of the Statewide Bridge Program and IT projects for the Program Center. He oversaw developing the 12-year TIP for all federal monies for the Commonwealth. Parker currently serves as a member of the Innovation Council for the PA Turnpike.

Cristian Munoz is a Senior Project Manager with Kapsch TrafficCom. In addition to serving as Project Manager for the I-77 Express Lanes Project in Charlotte NC, Munoz is responsible for a wide variety ITS, Tolling and SCADA projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region including Bridge Control, Tunnels Traffic Management Systems as well as Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant controls. Prior to joining Kapsch, Munoz worked as a Project Manager for Electrical and Mechanical Design Build Firms as well as Siemens Building Automation managing projects that spanned across the Siemens entire smart building technology portfolio. Ahead of his move to the Charlotte area, Munoz was involved in the ITS Maryland and Virginia Chapters, and currently participates in ITS Carolinas events. Munoz is also a 10-year veteran of the US Coast Guard.

Kevin Hunt is the regional manager of the Northeast and MidAtlantic Transportation Operations Practice with Gannett Fleming. He received both his bachelor and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. He has more than 19 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of ITS and operations projects. Hunt’s projects have spanned the east coast from New Hampshire to North Carolina, the FHWA, and internationally in Qatar. Hunt is a registered professional engineer in eight states and a certified professional traffic operations engineer. 


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

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

Room 208

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