Industry News

Safe, Resilient & Locally Grown: Community-Based Traffic Safety Data & Approaches During a Pandemic

Nov. 12 & 19, 2020


The Southern California Association of Governments and its Go Human campaign, alongside AAA of Southern California, are hosting a virtual safety series on improving traffic conditions while reducing COVID-19 transmission. The series will explore community-based strategies focused on innovation and resiliency. 

Take an OCSD Virtual Tour

July 16 & 21, 2020


OCSD is committed to providing a valuable educational experience that focuses on learning the importance of wastewater treatment in protecting public health and the environment. To encourage learning, OCSD is now offering LIVE virtual tours. The LIVE tour follows the wastewater treatment process at OCSD's Plant No. 1 in Fountain Valley. 

2020 WTS International
Signature Leadership Training

Applications due July 3

This year’s Leadership Program will include a track for mid-level managers and executives in transportation. The event will offer a chance for knowledge sharing, networking, and meaningful guidance on how to boost your career.

Successful Ways to Attract, Retain Women in the Transportation Industry

Jan. 6, 2020

The transportation industry has historically been, and remains, classified as non-traditional by the Bureau of Labor Statistics with women accounting for less than 25% of the transportation occupations.

FasTrak Customers, You've Got Mail

June 6, 2019

Beginning this month, The Toll Roads of Orange County are mailing 15,000 new sticker transponders per weekday to FasTrak accountholders to replace the hard-case transponders currently in use. The new transparent, bandage-size transponder is free and adheres to the inside of a windshield to collect tolls.

A Fast-Changing Mobility Landscape

Feb. 26, 2019

Eno released a report looking at the themes and trends that are on the minds of leaders in cities, states and metro areas throughout the U.S. The survey of transit officials began with an open-ended question about their primary concerns over the next three years, followed by specific questions regarding their attitudes toward the deployment of new technology, partnerships and customer service, among others.  

Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway Names Kathryn Farmer First Female CEO Of Major Railroad

Sept. 18, 2020


Berkshire Hathaway’s BNSF Railway has appointed Kathryn M. Farmer as president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2021. In taking the top job, she will become the first woman to helm a major railway operator in North America. 

Keeping Pace: The Financial Effects of a New Travel & Commuting Landscape on Toll Agencies

July 9, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the travel and commuting landscape in the United States and around the world. This special webinar will reflect on how toll agencies are adjusting to this new reality and how the municipal market is responding. 

Transportation YOU DC Summit 2020

Cancelled due to COVID-19

We are disappointed that we will not be able to hold this year's Summit, but the WTS Foundation Board of Directors, and the WTS International team are dedicated to continuing and expanding our Transportation YOU program, and Summit events. 

We look forward to this event in 2021. 

Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists & Innovators

Jan. 6, 2020

The EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellowship transitions professionals from science, technology, engineering and math industries to teaching in high-need middle and high schools. The Fellowship is a one or two-year pathway that includes training, guest teaching and earning a teaching credential in a highly-supported environment with a cohort of professional peers. Email SoCal Recruitment Coordinator Tanja Schroeder for more information

Video: The Women Working Construction Jobs on Metro Projects

June 6, 2019

The need to build infrastructure and improve what we already have begs a couple of questions: how do we get more folks to work in the transportation industry? And how do we make sure jobs go to local residents, including women? 

How Self-Driving Cars Can Help Make Cities Better

Feb. 22, 2019

Fortune reports that driverless cars can help reshape cities beyond easing traffic congestion. "These futuristic vehicles generate vast amounts of data that officials hope to use to fill potholes more quickly, replace parking lots with parks and create traffic lanes for buses and first responders." 

Debra Johnson Selected as First Woman to Lead RTD as GM/CEO

Aug. 25, 2020


The Regional Transportation District's Board of Directors tonight has selected transit industry veteran Debra Johnson as the agency’s next general manager and CEO, capping off an extensive nationwide search for RTD’s new permanent top leader and naming a woman to the role for the first time in the agency’s half-century history.  

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Appoints First Female CEO

May 14, 2020


The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors Thursday appointed the organization’s first female CEO, who takes over for former CEO Paul Jablonski, who died this weekend.

Women Running the Railroad at Metrolink

March 5, 2020

More than 40 years ago, what began as a week-long celebration of women’s history has evolved into Women’s History Month, a national month-long recognition of women and their achievements.

This Women’s History Month we want to share some of the exceptional women who keep Metrolink running.

Public Scoping Notice: South County Traffic Relief Effort

Nov. 19, 2019

Caltrans, in cooperation with the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency is initiating the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the South County Traffic Relief Effort (proposed project) in Orange County and San Diego County, California.

Beyond Speculations 2.0: Automated Vehicles & Public Policy

April 1, 2019

This report updates Eno's 2017 Beyond Speculation publication and discusses the current and future state of AVs, as well as the existing, proposed and expected implications for federal, state and local policy.

Study Explores How to Attract and Retain Women in the Transportation Industry

Feb. 14, 2019


In Mineta Transportation Institute's latest research report, MTI Research Associates Jodi Godfrey and Dr. Robert Bertini identify research needed to attract, promote and retain women in the transportation industry.

California Transportation Foundation: Transportation Outlook Moving Beyond

July 23, 2020


COVID-19 threw a giant wrench in transportation funding and delivery. We bring you the elected officials, the experts and the people making transportation decisions every day despite COVID. Join CTF for a webinar to learn what you need to keep delivering your transportation programs. 

Mobility 21 2020 Federal Transportation Update

Tuesday, May 26 ● Zoom


In these evolving times, a federal discussion on infrastructure has never been more necessary as we look to Washington, D.C. to shore our economy and support our communities. 

Join the Honorable Harley Rouda and OCTA CEO Darrell E. Johnson in a virtual discussion and Q&A.

2020 WTS International Women Business Owners Roundtable

Applications due Feb. 14

Roundtable: May 20, 2020

This select group of leading women business owners in the transportation industry will share successful experiences and best practices and learn from others about starting a running a business in today's world. 

The program will run concurrently with the 2020 WTS Annual Conference in Phoenix. 

OCTA's Measure M Next 10 Plan Bringing Balanced Transportation Improvements to O.C.

Nov. 15, 2019

The Orange County Transportation Authority board adopted the 2019 Measure M2 Next 10 Delivery Plan, reflecting a balanced transportation system that supports sustainability while making improvements to freeways, streets and transit service throughout Orange County.

How A Rideshare Service Grew Fivefold In Less Than Two Years

March 20, 2019

Forbes profiles Hoa Pyles McManus, cofounder and chief of culture at Share, a microtransit service founded in 2016 to get children and adults to employers, schools, healthcare and senior facilities.

Women Account for 15 Percent of Transportation Workforce

Feb. 12, 2019


Streetsblog SF reports on a study that looks at why women are not nearly at parity in transportation — and how to fix it.

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