Past Western States Forums

The first Western States Forum was held in 2006. Each year since then, the Forum has been distinguished by informative, in-depth technical presentations given by rural ITS practitioners. Presenters have delved into how solutions were developed, focusing on applications that have been deployed in the field and are being used in live traffic situations. Success stories have been shared along with failures and problems so participants learned about what does and doesn’t work and why. The extended length of the presentations (60-120 minutes) and the informal atmosphere have allowed frank discussion of equipment functionality, vendor claims, system performance, and other key information that practitioners need to know for successful rural ITS projects.

Demonstrations are hands-on and in-depth. In 2008, the Forum was expanded to include live demonstrations of rural ITS technologies and “hands-on” question and answer periods. Participants brought actual ITS equipment and performed informal “show and tell” sessions during the breaks. In addition to a live demonstration of ITS communication technologies, short briefings on specific Rural ITS research projects and product development were also conducted on the second morning of the Forum. Some of these presentations were given by student assistants and others who will be the next generation of ITS engineers and integrators.

Due to the favorable response, demonstrations were formally solicited through the Call for Abstracts and became an integral part of the Forum agenda starting in 2009. As important elements of the last nine Forums, demonstrations by practitioners from the western states region have highlighted a variety of ITS technologies.

The WSRTTIF has emerged as an excellent means of disseminating information on Rural ITS among designers, engineers, and maintainers. Over the past twelve Forums, participants have come from ten western states (Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming), representing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and eight state DOTs, nine universities, city transportation offices, the Idaho National Laboratory and the Southwest Research Institute, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Water Resources, all twelve Caltrans districts, and several offices and divisions within Caltrans. Check out the links below to see what topics have been discussed at previous Forums.

2017 Forum, June 20th–22nd, Yreka, California

2016 Forum, June 21st–23rd, Yreka, California

2015 Forum, June 16th–18th, Yreka, California

2014 Forum, June 17th–19th, Yreka, California

2013 Forum, June 18th–20th, Yreka, California

2012 Forum, June 12th–14th, Yreka, California

2011 Forum, June 14th–16th, Yreka, California

2010 Forum, June 15th–17th, Yreka, California

2009 Forum, June 16th–18th, Mount Shasta, California

2008 Forum, June 3rd–5th, Mount Shasta, California

2007 Forum, June 20th–22nd, Mount Shasta, California

2006 Forum, June 6th–8th, Mount Shasta, California