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Washington Transportation Professionals

Peers attending a peer exchange.

Washington Transportation Professionals is a transportation forum/peer exchange and networking group. 

Members network, share information and discuss ideas about traffic and transportation-related issues at free forums/peer exchanges on both sides of the state. The forums/peer exchanges are organized and led by WSDOT's Local Programs and Active Transportation divisions, with help from local agencies. The goal is to create strong professional connections to improve communities across the state. We also have an email distribution list where members learn about training and funding opportunities and get updates on technical and policy topics related to traffic and transportation.

Members

Our members include all cities and towns, all counties, metropolitan planning organizations, Washington state agencies, Federal Highway Administration, vendors, consultants, universities, and other professionals. Roles include city engineers, traffic and transportation engineers, planners, technicians, supervisors, managers, directors, mayors, clerks, council members, professors, and related professionals.

Upcoming forums/peer exchanges

These free forums/peer exchanges will be held in person and will also be available by a free, live webinar to allow an exchange of ideas across Washington.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 from 8:30-noon in Anacortes. Tentative topics include:

  • How City of Anacortes' roads handle oversize loads.
  • Update of the Washington State Transportation Commission's Statewide Transportation Policy - 2040 and Beyond.
  • Roundabouts:
    - Their use by agencies in Washington State.
    - Sharpes Corner (SR 20 and SR 20 Spur) roundabout near Anacortes, Wash.: Its evolution from planning through construction and operations.
    - Traffic pattern changes resulting from roundabouts in the Sedro-Woolley area.
  • Context sensitive solutions: An invitation to form a peer exchange.
  • Travel time and origin/destination studies based on vehicle probe data: Comparing technologies.
  • Use of drones for traffic analysis.
  • Updates on pedestrian and bicycle policies and best practices.

Wed. May 15, 2019 from 9-noon in Spokane Valley. Tentative topics include:

  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) master plans and smart mobility plans
  • Illumination

Past forums/peer exchanges

Please contact us if you would like to receive presentations from our past meetings.

June 2018 in Union Gap

  • City of Yakima's roundabouts at River Rd. at Fruitvale Blvd. and N. 34th Ave.
  • Complete Streets Award, Urban, and Small City programs - Presented by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.
  • City of West Richland's Complete Streets policy and resulting projects.
  • City of Spokane Valley's local road safety plan.
  • City of Ellensburg's local road safety plan.
  • Yakima County's strategies to manage heavy truck traffic.
  • City of Seattle's experience with leading pedestrian intervals.
  • Using performance measures to identify and communicate the benefits our programs provide for the agencies and communities we serve.

Sept. 2017 in Olympia

  • Best practices for light emitting diode (LED) lighting in neighborhoods, crosswalks, & school zones.
  • Smart & networked/connected lighting.
  • Port of Seattle's experience with end-user lighting controls.
  • City of Tacoma's experience with controls for school beacons and blue emitting warm white 3K (kelvin) LED instead of natural white 4K.
  • Porous asphalt & pervious concrete sidewalks, paths, and roadways: Best practices & lessons learned.

Our history

Cities in Washington state started the group in the late 1970s under the name Urban Traffic Engineers Council. We changed our name in 2013 to more accurately reflect our member demographics.

Join our email list or come to a forum/peer exchange:
Contact the City Safety & Traffic Programs Manager