ITS America

Intelligent Transportation Systems of America
The Intelligent Transportation Systems of America (ITS America) is dedicated to advancing research and deployment of transportation technology to improve mobility, promote sustainability, and increase safety and accessibility. Over the years, Kimley-Horn has been involved though local leadership and board membership through ITS state chapters. ITS America is the annual convening of public sector, private companies, and academic and research institutions to innovate and transform transportation.

ITS America


Planning for Airport of the Future at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

December 7, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Port Authority has embarked upon a $30-billion redevelopment program to transform John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to 21st-century facilities. To make this vision a reality and provide world-class end-to-end customer service, there was a need to research the world’s prominent airports, focusing on landside operations, and develop planning/design criteria. A customer goes through a series of decision-making scenarios, starting from either origin to airport or airport to destination. We researched several airports (local and international) and concluded that there are five major metrics that need to be dealt with, which directly impact the customer experience; i.e., Information Availability, Quality of Pedestrian Experience, Seamless Connection, Organized Frontage, and Vehicle Demand Management. Using the above metrics, Port Authority incorporated the findings into its JFK and EWR frontage planning and design.

Mapping and Partnership System (MAPS) – Leveraging Partnerships with Third Party Navigation Platforms

December 9, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:00 PM EST

The Port Authority of NY & NJ expanded its Data and Technology Partnerships strategy to integrate nine mapping platforms into its TMC. This strategy builds on the ‘TMC 2.0’ posture that used Waze to communicate with drivers in real time, maintain situational awareness, and deliver the agency’s $37 billion Capital Plan. MAPS integrates 8 additional platforms, delivers new tools to manage inter-map 
discrepancies, and uses a data-as-infrastructure stance to easily integrate future partners. MAPS is a ‘onestop’ system providing powerful graphical tools to create and submit mapping changes, track changes individually across platforms, and automate and record communication between the change requester and platforms. MAPS also provides dashboards that automatically measure performance of requests at each 
PANYNJ facility, and in different mapping platforms. MAPS provides unprecedented specificity for making edits to mapping platforms, delivers KPIs and Service Level Agreements for changes, and uncovers strategic data gaps for future projects.

Findings and Reducing Delay and Emissions Thousands of Signals at a Time

December 9, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM EST

With over 1 billion stops each day at traffic signals nationwide, there is ample opportunity to identify and reduce excessive vehicle delay at signalized intersections, resulting in more efficient and safe operations with less negative impacts including energy use and pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. As travel patterns change and evolve in the (hopefully) post-COVID world, there is clear need to review and adjust signal timing to adapt to the ‘new normal.’ This session provides the latest updates on the use of probe data for signal and corridor analytics, and where the industry is going from here.

Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure Event: Advancing a Sustainable Transportation Future Abroad

December 10, 2021 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM EST

Climate-smart transportation solutions, like intelligent transportation systems, help to reduce both traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, making them an essential tool for decarbonizing the transportation sector. The U.S. private sector offers advanced ITS technologies and solutions that can help emerging markets transition to a sustainable transportation future. To accelerate the adoption of industry-driven approaches to tackle the climate crisis, President Biden launched the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure – an initiative with U.S. government and industry partners, including ITS America, to deliver clean energy and transportation solutions to emerging markets around the world. This panel brings together government and private sector representatives to share actions being taken to promote investments in climate-smart and sustainable transportation infrastructure in emerging markets globally. 


Kimley-Horn Speakers, Presenters, and Moderators

Jeffrey Elsey, P.E., CAPP, LEED AP
Managing Demand: Harnessing Competing Priorities Within University and Healthcare Parking and Transportation Operations
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Nick Mazzenga, P.E.
Managing the Corridor: A New Way to Enhance Mobility and Reduce Congestion with Parking
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Dennis Burns, CAPP and Leslie Tabor
Beyond the Hype: A Look into the Hot Trend of Mobility Hubs
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