2022 CUTC
Summer Meeting

About This Meeting

Attendees experienced the wide open spaces and the big skies of Montana as they transversed the heavily traveled, curvy two-lane roads to Yellowstone National Park. The influx of people from all economic levels, traveling many miles of roads through tribal lands and rural communities, has a huge impact on regional transportation costs, mobility and safety. Many other rural areas across the country share these transportation challenges: lack of alternate routes, limited public transportation, limited communication options, wildlife on the roadway, and difficult driving conditions. CUTC Summer Meeting host SURTCOM demonstrated how UTCs are forging partnerships with public/private agencies, NGOs, and their communities to overcome fiscal and institutional obstacles, and implement creative solutions to address some of the most critical issues of our time, like expanding transportation access and reducing road fatalities.

Session 1

UTC/Tribal Partnerships – building successful collaborations with tribal colleges, governments and other agencies

Every bit of land in the United States was home to Native Americans (American Indians) and Alaska Natives. Tribes have retained sovereignty over the lands that they live on today and reserved rights in areas outside of their current land base. Many Tribes have treaties with the US and are the subjects of federal executive orders, statutes, and regulations. In addition tribes have relationships with states, counties and local governments. This session will discuss the issues faced by Native Americans and Alaska Natives and how we can work together to help solve their transportation challenges.

Presentations

Moderators & Speakers

MODERATOR
MODERATORDavid Kack
Deputy Director, Small Urban,
Rural and Tribal Center of Mobility (SURTCOM) and Executive Director, Western Transportation Institute
SPEAKER
SPEAKERMargo Hill
JD, MURP, Associate Director, Small Urban,
Rural and Tribal Center for Mobility (SURTCOM) and Associate Professor, Eastern Washington University,
Wayne State University
SPEAKER
SPEAKERRon Hall
President,
Bubar & Hall Consulting, Inc.,
Adjunct Professor, Colorado State University
SPEAKER
SPEAKERNathan Belz
PhD, Assistant Director,
Center for Safety Equity in Transportation (CSET) and Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Session 2

Rural Safety – How it’s different than Urban Safety?

As we work to improve safety in our nation’s transportation sector, we need to realize that there are differences in the challenges faced in rural and urban areas. Traveling to Big Sky, Montana will give you a firsthand glimpse of some of the rural issues, including narrow curvy roads, low shoulder, wildlife crossings, and lack of cellular service. This session will further compare the unique challenges of addressing safety in rural versus urban areas.

Presentations

Moderators & Speakers

MODERATOR
MODERATORDavid Kack
Deputy Director, Small Urban,
Rural and Tribal Center of Mobility (SURTCOM) and Executive Director, Western Transportation Institute
SPEAKER
SPEAKERHillary Isebrands
FHWA Resource Center – Safety and Design Technical Service Team, USDOT
SPEAKER
SPEAKERJaime Sullivan
Director, National Center for Rural Road Safety and Senior Research Engineer, Western Transportation Institute, MSU-Bozeman
SPEAKER
SPEAKERRob Ament
Program Manager, Western Transportation Institute, MSU-Bozeman

Session 3

Successful Course Delivery During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought in significant challenges to our lives, from the means we travel and work to the ways we communicate and learn. College teaching is not exceptional. Over the past three years, new teaching concepts, methods, and technologies have been broadly investigated to address the teaching challenges at universities. This workshop intends to bring university educators together to share success stories and brainstorm for solutions on transportation course delivery and other educational activities.

Presentations

Moderators & Speakers

MODERATOR
MODERATORDr. Yinhai Wang
Director,
Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans)
University of Washington
SPEAKER
SPEAKERLily Elefteriadou
PhD, Director, UF Transportation Institute, (UFTI), University of Florida
SPEAKER
SPEAKERAli Maher
PhD, Director, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers University
SPEAKER
SPEAKERSteve Muench
PhD, Professor, University of Washington
SPEAKER
SPEAKERLaurence Rilett
PhD, Director, Auburn University Transportation Research Institute

Session 4

What long-term impacts will we see as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic led to stay at home orders and shutdowns that greatly reduced the number of vehicles on our roadways. As people began spending more time outside, closing lanes or entire sections of streets for more outdoor activities, particularly in large urban areas, became common. This session will examine how our transportation system changed during the pandemic and which changes may be permanent, and which may simply have been a “blip on the radar”.

Presentations

Moderators & Speakers

MODERATOR
MODERATORHilary Nixon
PhD, Deputy Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University
SPEAKER
SPEAKERRongfang (Rachel) Liu
PhD, Director, Transportation Institute, North Carolina A&T State University

SPEAKER
SPEAKERCole Kopca
Assistant Director, PacTrans Region 10 UTC, University of Washington

SPEAKER
SPEAKERBahar Dadashova
PhD, Professor, University of Washington

SPEAKER
SPEAKERXiao Li
PhD, Director, Transportation Research, Mobility Analysis Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

USDOT General Session

Updates from USDOT staff regarding UTC program management, performance indicators, and other topics/issues to share between USDOT and the UTCs.