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Session No. 3E

Session Title: TSMO Operations Initiatives

Session Description: Session is focused on TSMO Operations Initiatives with a focus on Collaboration, Training, and Culture within the various organizations.

Moderator: Ryan McNary, Bureau of Maintenance and Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Speaker Bios

Joey Sagal is the Director of Maryland Department of Transportation—State Highway Administration’s Office of Transportation Mobility & Operations (OTMO) and has more than 22 years of experience in Transportation Operations. Before rejoining MDOT-SHA in 2016, Sagal served as a Traffic Incident and Event Management Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration. OTMO is home to the CHART (Coordinated Highway Action Response Team) program and is MDOT SHA’s Operations Office and real-world application of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) responsible for Maryland’s traffic incident management, ITS, Connected and Automated Vehicle Program, Statewide Traffic Operations Center, three Traffic Operations Centers, as well as a 24/7 freeway service patrol program patrolling 2.4 million miles each year. CHART handles over 141,000 events and provides a user cost savings of $1.5B annually. Sagal currently serves as a vice-chair of the AASHTO CTSO (Committee for Transportation Systems Operations) – Road Weather Management Community of Practice as well as the AASHTO CTSO National Highway Automation Task Force co-chair.

Todd Leiss is the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Coordinator in the Traffic Engineering and Operations Department for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC). Prior to becoming the PTC TIM Coordinator, he worked as an Operations Center Duty Officer for more than 15 years in the PTC Traffic Operations Center. Prior to his tenure at the PTC he worked as an emergency dispatcher at the Derry Township Police Department and at Lebanon County 911. Leiss is a former volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician and hazardous material team member. Leiss is a 2018 graduate of the I-95 Corridor Coalition Operations Academy, a 2019 graduate of the I-95 Corridor Coalition Freight Academy and was named the 2018 ITS-Pennsylvania Person of the Year and the 2019 Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman Association Past President Joseph Bukowski Responder Safety Award for Highway Safety.





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Thursday, December 12, 2019

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

Room 108

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