TECHNICAL COMMITTEE NEWS

Moving on down the road

Carol S. Estes, P.E.
Technical Services Program Manager
APWA Kansas City Office

Do you know which interest area within APWA includes the most members? Can you guess which area includes members with responsibilities in more than one functional area of their agency? If you guessed transportation, you are correct. More than half of all APWA members have at least some responsibility in a "transportation related" area. The Transportation Technical Committee represents this significant and important component of public works.

Transportation is an enigma—when it works well it becomes invisible, and when it doesn't it acts like a heart attack, clogging the arteries of traffic upon which we are so dependent. It must be safe, efficient and affordable. It must be environmentally sound and sustainable. In an era of increasing oil prices and declining fuel tax revenues, that's a big challenge. Looking for solutions to the challenges is a major responsibility of the Transportation Committee.

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," the committee is on the front lines of the constant battle to improve transportation. Some of the strategies the committee uses include:

  • Partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) on transportation issues and projects, including the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC)
  • Monitoring federal transportation legislation
  • Posting transportation issues and questions on the APWA website
  • Providing transportation-related educational sessions at Congress
  • Publishing transportation-related articles in the APWA Reporter
  • Creating subcommittees to provide information and guidance on current issues
  • Advancing educational opportunities for APWA members

Winter Maintenance, a longstanding subcommittee of Transportation, takes on many of the responsibilities of APWA's annual North American Snow Conference. Held in Peoria, Illinois this past April, the Snow Conference had heavy equipment on the exhibit floor for the first time on a trial basis.

If you subscribe to the Transportation infoNOW Community, you have probably noticed the "Transportation Community News." The newsletter has links to news articles that highlight many aspects of transportation. Links to the Transportation Research Board News and FHWA announcements are also being posted to the community.

Want to know more about the ins and outs of blending salt brine? Do you need help integrating context-sensitive solutions into your transportation program? Want to know the latest on livable communities and traffic calming? Attend Congress 2006 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:

  • William Reichmuth, P.E. (Chair), Executive Director, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, California
  • John Okamoto (Board Liaison), Chief Administrative Officer, Port of Seattle, Seattle, Washington
  • Coan Bueche, Vice President, Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Consultants, Metairie, Louisiana
  • Tim Haynes, Engineering Assistant IV, City of Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Andy Lemer, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Craig Olson, P.E., Capital Budget Assistant, Washington State Office of Financial Management, Olympia, Washington
  • David Zelenok, P.E. (Committee Vice Chair; Smart Growth Subcommittee Chair), Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters, Air Force Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Carol Estes, P.E. (Staff Liaison), APWA Technical Services Program Manager, Kansas City, Missouri

Carol Estes can be reached at (816) 595-5222 or cestes@apwa.net.