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Western Transportation Institute project recognized with national award

November 28, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Members of a transportation technology transfer project with Montana State University's Western Transportation Institute (WTI) received an award this fall for their work with planning, coordinating, implementing and facilitating the annual Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum.

The forum is unique in that it is geared for engineering practitioners - field engineers, maintenance personnel, and technicians - working on implementing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in rural areas.

At the recent National Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems conference, the Western States Forum was recognized with a Best of Rural ITS award for Best New Innovative Product, Service or Application.

The Western States Rural Transportation Technology Implementers Forum is sponsored by WTI and the California Department of Transportation through the Western States Rural Transportation Consortium. The Consortium is a partnership between California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington departments of transportation.

Presenters at the forum go into great detail about ITS deployments. Speakers discuss success stories as well as things that didn't work so participants really get a good idea of what does and doesn't work and why.

Offering support to ITS implementers working in challenging rural environments is part of WTI's mission to pursue research that furthers the understanding of transportation issues, particularly in the rural west.

Contact: Leann Koon, (406) 994-7643 or leann.koon@coe.montana.edu