U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Bob Rupert (FHWA Co-Chair)
Jim Wright (AASHTO Co-Chair)
Pierre Pretorius (Report
William (Todd) Kell
Harry (Mac) Lister
Jake Almborg (ATI, Inc.
Bob Rupert, Co-Chair, is the Technical Programs Coordinator for the Operations Office of Travel Management in the headquarters of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, DC. Mr. Rupert currently manages the traveler information program and, as such, serves as the "511 Traveler Information Telephone" program manager for the FHWA. Previously, Mr. Rupert was the project manager for the TravTek operational test of in-vehicle navigation in Orlando, Florida, as well as program manager for several other intelligent transportation systems (ITS) projects dealing with traveler information. Mr. Rupert is a civil engineering graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and serves as the secretary for the Advanced Traveler Information Systems committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).
Jim Wright, Co-Chair, is currently the 511 Director for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He is on loan from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). As 511 Director, Mr. Wright directs the national 511 program in partnership with other transportation associations and organizations. Prior to 511 he managed the MnDOT's ITS program called Minnesota Guidestar. From 1991 to 2001 he planned and implemented $100 million in ITS work, including several traveler information systems. His education includes a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California Berkeley. He is a registered engineer in Minnesota. Mr. Wright is the vice chair of the ITS America Coordinating Council, the English-speaking secretary for PIARC's C16 Committee on Network Operations, chair of the ITE Traffic Management Data Dictionary standards development organization, and a member of several committees for ITS America and the ITE.
Greg Cook is the Executive Director/CEO of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (The Ride) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Ride has operated with an advanced operating system since May 1997 consisting of an AVL/GPS, mobile display terminals with realtime information between buses and dispatch and the public, video surveillance, automatic passenger counters, and internal and external digital voice annunciation. His current involvement as chair of the Advanced Public Transportation Systems Committee (a joint committee of ITS America and the American Public Transportation Association [APTA]) and work with the 511 Policy Committee peaks his interest in this scanning tour. Mr. Cook is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in urban planning. He also serves on technical committees of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and APTA.
Kelly Hutchinson is the State Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Operations Engineer for the North Carolina DOT (NCDOT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. In this position she is responsible for operations of the State's ITS program, with a focus on traveler information. As a part of this function she created and operates a traveler information website for NCDOT and is responsible for developing North Carolina's 511 system. She also coordinates the use of the State's ITS infrastructure in response to regional or statewide transportation incidents. Ms. Hutchinson was previously the State Incident Management Engineer for NCDOT and prior to that spent 8 years with the FHWA where she was involved in many aspects of highway engineering. Ms. Hutchinson is a graduate of the George Washington University and holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in two States.
Todd Kell is a Senior Policy Analyst and ITS Project Manager for the Virginia DOT (VDOT) in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Kell currently directs the three advanced traveler information system (ATIS) projects across the State, and is leading VDOT's effort to implement and deploy 511 as a statewide service. He is responsible for developing ITS-related policies, as well as fostering and managing public-private partnerships. Before joining VDOT in 1999, he served as a Senior Transportation Planner at TransCore--a transportation planning and engineering consulting firm. Mr. Kell is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a master's degree in city planning with a specialization in transportation from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves on the ITS Virginia Board of Directors and is recognized as a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Harry (Mac) Lister is an ITS Specialist for the FHWA at the Midwestern Resource Center in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Lister currently gives technical support to the FHWA field staff and local stakeholders and implementers of ITS projects. His current emphasis is in the area of the national ITS Architecture and Standards Program and traveler information systems, including implementations of 511 traveler information phone systems. Prior to joining the FHWA in 1996 he worked in the field of computer information systems for 30 years in various capacities, including for 12 years as the Information Systems Manager for a public transit agency. Mr. Lister is a graduate of Wayne State University and holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He serves on several committees for ITS America and the TRB and is a member of the Working Group for the 511 National Deployment Coordination Program led by AASHTO.
Mike Nevarez is the Transit Operations Manager for the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department and is responsible for the direction and oversight of private firms providing regional transit, known as Valley Metro. He has been instrumental in guiding the implementation of ITS projects in Valley Metro. Notable projects include Bus Card Plus, the first postpayment transit pass, the acceptance of MasterCard and Visa on buses, and the introduction of digital video recorders on buses. Mr. Nevarez was responsible for the transit element of the award-winning AZTech Model Deployment Initiative, which relies on GPS/AVL to provide advanced traveler information. He is a member of the national Advanced Public Transportation Systems Stakeholders forum created by the Federal Transit Administration, APTA and ITS America, and serves on the national 511 Deployment Working Group sponsored by AASHTO, APTA and ITS America. Mr. Nevarez holds a bachelor's degree in business and economics from Regis University. He is Vice President of the Arizona Transit Association and Treasurer for the Arizona Chapter of ITS America.
Pierre Pretorius, P.E., is an ITS Project Manager for Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers in the western regional office in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Pretorius currently serves as Chair of the ITS America ATIS Committee, vice chair for the AASHTO/FHWA 511 Traveler Information Working Group, and as a member of the ITS America Coordinating Council. He acts as Technical Advisor for ITS America and several ATIS projects in the western United States, including TravInfo in the San Francisco Bay Area, AZTech in Arizona, FAST in Nevada, and the Statewide ATIS deployment in Oregon. Previously, Mr. Pretorius was the program manager for the award-winning AZTech Model Deployment Initiative in Phoenix, Arizona. He is project manager for several other ITS projects. Mr. Pretorius is a transportation engineering graduate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a member of the ITE.
Louis Sanders is the Director of Research and Technology for the APTA representing the major public transportation operators in North America and elsewhere as well as the supporting industry worldwide. He is APTA's Coordinator for ITS activities and functions as staff advisor to the joint APTA/ITS Advanced Public Transit Systems Committee. He also serves on the ITS America Coordinating Council. Mr. Sanders's experience includes research, design/development, manufacturing, and implementation of advanced systems for ground transportation applications. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a master of science degree in management science from George Washington University. He serves as executive director of APTA's private research organization, the Transit Development Corporation, and is active in the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, ITE, and TRB. He also serves on the advisory boards of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University and the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.
Rick Schuman is the Manager of Traveler Information System for PBS&J, an international engineering firm. Mr. Schuman is based in Orlando, Florida, and currently manages consulting projects in the areas of traveler information and ITS data collection planning and implementation for clients including the U.S. Department of Transportation, ITS America, AASHTO, Florida DOT, and Arizona DOT. His current emphasis is innovative data collection, ITS business models, and 511 service definition and delivery. Before joining PBS&J in 1999, Mr. Schuman served as the Director of System Applications at ITS America. Mr. Schuman holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Boston University and a master's degree in systems engineering from George Mason University. Mr. Schuman is active on several committees of ITS America, including the ATIS Committee.
Rich Taylor is Manager, Traveler Information and Payment Systems, for ITS America in Washington, DC. Mr. Taylor manages the traveler information and electronic payment systems programs, including assisting with ITS America's role in the development of the 511 traveler information number and with traveler information-related telematics initiatives. Previously, Mr. Taylor was an ITS Designer with Wilbur Smith Associates, where he assisted in the planning, design, and implementation of numerous ITS projects. These projects included the design of the Orlando International Airport Roadway Information System as well as transit-related information signage for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority, both of which featured dynamic message signs. Mr. Taylor also served as a Research Scientist with the VDOT from 1993 to 1997 where he was involved in ITS planning activities, including an evaluation of the Federal ITS planning process. Mr. Taylor holds a bachelor's degree in city planning, a master's degree in planning, and a master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. Mr. Taylor is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers ATIS Standards Committee and the National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) DMS Working Group. He also is a member of the ITE and the American Planning Association.
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