Transportation: The group within the group
Carol S. Estes, P.E.
Technical Services Program Manager
APWA Kansas City Office
Most people know that APWA is a diverse group of individuals whose responsibilities and interests lie in a broad range of areas. Most members are responsible for activities in more than one functional area of their agency. Can you guess which area is the largest and involves the most APWA members? If you guessed transportation, you are correct. More than half have some responsibility in transportation-related areas. The Transportation Technical Committee represents this "group within the group."
The Transportation Committee is charged with the mission "to provide APWA members with resources for exchanging and developing ideas, information, skills, knowledge, and technologies for the advancement of APWA's transportation objective and to develop and advocate environmentally sound, sustainable, cost-effective, and safe systems that enhance the livability and quality of life in our communities through active public involvement." According to committee chair Rich Romer, the committee exists to help members "see the road ahead" by:
If you are interested in continuing education and training opportunities, you may have noticed a Click, Listen and Learn scheduled for June with Smart Growth as the subject matter, or you may have participated in last January's CLL on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The committee provides technical expertise and assists the Education Department in development of program materials.
Are you concerned about compliance with the MUTCD? Are you worried that you may miss compliance dates? Check out the Checklist for the New MUTCD Deadlines You Don't Want to Miss. You can find the publication, along with other great materials, in the APWA bookstore. The publication was authored by APWA Board Member Marshall Elizer and Transportation Committee member Robert DeShurley.
Speed humps, bumps, or lumps. Do you know the difference? Are you into "streetscapes and funding alternatives"? Want to know the latest on TEA-21 Reauthorization? Attend Congress 2003 and take home the latest information and training on a variety of subjects. The Transportation Committee has provided sessions on many of the "hot topics" of today. Look over the session offerings on the APWA website and plan your complete transportation session itinerary.
The current members of the Transportation Technical Committee are: