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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.

Completed Winter 2023-2024 Sessions

February 1, 2024 — 11:00 AM

Insights on Arlington County’s Performance Parking Pilot Project

Melissa McMahon, Parking and Curbspace Manager at Arlington County

During the third winter session on February 1st, Ms. McMahon discussed how Arlington County’s Performance Parking Pilot project collects oarking occupancy data to develop a long-term pricing model for metered spaces in the area. She provided updates on two real-time parking interfaces that will notify the public where there is parking availability. Ms. McMahon also gave details on the process involved with changing parking meter rates and how this project expedites dynamic changes to those rates.

December 7, 2023 — 11:00 AM

Lessons Learned for Microtransit Deployments

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

The winter season continued on December 7th with Joe Stainsby, Chief Development Officer for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), sharing Lessons Learn in Microtransit Deployments. Mr. Stainsby presented on the launch of OmniRide’s new microtransit service “Connect” and provided valuable insights on expanding to a new service area, addressing public fears, strategies for managing expectations, and so much more.


November 2, 2023 — 11:00 AM

Best Practices for Artificial Intelligence in Transportation

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

The second season kicked off on November 2nd with a discussion featuring Dr. Tom Sanchez, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP), Virginia Tech, who shared best practices for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in transportation. Insights on how organizations can strategically integrate AI tools into their operations, learn from real-world applications, and navigate the ethical and regulatory aspects of AI adoption.



Completed 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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