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NVTA’s InNoVAtion Lunch and Learns are designed to provide opportunities for pragmatic information exchange about topics supported by NVTA’s Transportation Technology Strategic Plan (TTSP) that are feasible immediately or in the near future (1-5 years).

The Lunch and Learns are fully virtual and are recorded and posted on NVTA’s YouTube page.  Each session focuses on a chosen topic with a presentation from a subject matter expert in the field, followed by moderate questions and answers from the online participants. The sessions are approximately 45 minutes.

Winter 2023 Series

Save the date for the upcoming sessions!

November 2, 2023 — 11:00 AM

Best Practices for Artificial Intelligence in Transportation

Dr. Tom Sanchez, Professor Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) at Virginia Tech

December 7, 2023 — 11:00 AM

Lessons Learned for Microtransit Deployments

Joe Stainsby, Chief Development Officer for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC)


January 4, 2024 — 11:00 AM

Insights on How to Prepare Projects to Adapt to Innovation 

Paul Szatkowski, Assistant Division Administrator, Traffic Operations Division for VDOT

Summer 2023 Series

July 20, 2023 — 11:00 AM

Best Practices for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Ryan Knight, P.E. City of Alexandria Transportation Enginnering Division Chief

During the final summer session on July 20th, Mr. Knight discussed how Transit Signal Priority (TSP) systems, such as those installed in partnership between the City of Alexandria, DASH, and WMATA (and funded in part by NVTA), can be used to improve on-time performance of transit and reduce environmental impacts of transportation. However, he noted there are challenges in creating an effective deployment the City of Alexandria is working through as part of the City’s overarching approach to its Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) vision and goals.

June 15, 2023 — 11:00 AM

Best Practices for Connectivity and Automation 

Brad Stertz, Director of Government Affairs for Audi; Co-founder and Chairman of PAVE

During the second session on June 15th, Mr. Stertz discussed opportunities to start using connective technology to improve efficiency and safety for school buses/work zones in addition to supporting the use of public transit. Additionally, he noted Virginia was one of the first two states to receive a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move forward with use of Cellular Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (C-V2X), which lays the foundation for connectivity and automation ahead of federal rulemaking.

May 18, 2023 — 11:00 AM

Effective Standardization, Collection, and Use of Bicycle and Pedestrian Data 

Dr. Ralph Buehler and Dr. Steve Hankey of Virginia Tech; Dani Moore of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Heidi Mitter of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

During the first session on May 18th, speakers discussed how methods utilized for counting vehicular traffic can be modified to count bicyclist/pedestrian traffic. Additionally, they pointed out when selecting devices it is important to consider the environment in which they will be placed, the process of seeking expert installation guidance, and highlighted the importance of considering potential data sharing needs in advance.  

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