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About ITS Texas

Purpose

The purpose of ITS Texas is to promote and enhance public safety and community welfare by fostering research, development, and implementation of plans and programs to reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries, improve mobility and to promote, encourage, and advance a system of safer, more economical, energy efficient and environmentally sound highway and other surface transportation through research, development, and implementation of advanced technology.

 

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Annual Meeting

ITS Texas holds a meeting annually which brings together the membership, presenters, and exhibitors for 2 days of exciting and informative sessions and presentations. The annual meeting is generally preceeded by 1 day of training and tours. Typically starting on a Wednesday and finishing at Friday lunchtime, the meeting locations are rotated around the state of Texas.

History

With the passage of ISTEA with its increased emphasis on intelligent highway vehicle systems (IVHS), it became apparent to transportation professionals in Texas that a multi-modal, multi-agency approach in cooperation with the private sector was essential for the successful implementation of the program. On November 18-19, 1992, the Texas Transportation Institute hosted a symposium of senior level private and public sector representatives to discuss the subject. During the symposium, the participants voted to explore the creation of a Texas chapter of the Intelligent Vehicle Highway Society of America (now ITS America).

On March 4, 1993, a meeting was convened in Austin to discuss the formation of IVHS Texas (now ITS Texas). From this meeting, a steering committee was selected to begin working on the formation of the chapter. Gary Trietsch was selected as the interim leader of IVHS Texas. The other committee members were Chuck Belisle, C.R. "Hap" Carr, Katie Turnbull, Cinde Weatherby, Jim Williams, and Roy Wilshire. Over the next months the steering committee worked to prepare a budget, bylaws, and affiliation agreement, and selected candidates for the election of the first (1994) board of officers and directors.

The first IVHS Texas meeting was convened in College Station, Texas on November 15, 1993. The membership present voted for officers and directors for 1994. The first board of directors were: Gary K. Trietsch, President; Roy Wilshire, Vice-President; Darryl Puckett, Secretary; Katie Turnbull, Treasurer; and Cinde Weatherby, Bill Stockton, Jim Williams, and Richard Peterson, Directors. The membership also approved the chapter affiliation agreement designating IVHS Texas as an official chapter of IVHS America, and allowed the officers to enter into agreement with IVHS America.

In late 1994 the name of IVHS America was changed to ITS America to reflect the increasing scope of intelligent transportation systems. For the same reason the name of IVHS Texas was changed to ITS Texas in 1995.

ITS Texas Leadership

Since its beginning, ITS Texas has been grown and nurtured by strong leadership. ITS Texas extends profound gratitude to these leaders, as well as the officers and directors who served with them. Below is a list of the president of ITS Texas since the inception of the organization.

2017 - Dave Carter
2016 - Jeff Kaufman
2015 - Robert Bacon
2014 - Jeff Weatherford
2013 - Andy Oberlander
2012 - Gary Jost
2011 - Stephen Novosad
2010 - Robert Brydia
2009 - Brian Burk
2008 - Natalie Bettger
2007 - Paul Luedtke
2006 - Duane Hartmann
 
2005 - Al Kosik
2004 - Kevin Balke
2003 - Mark Conway
2002 - Andy Ballardy
2001 - Terry Sams
2000 - Christopher Poe
1999 - Walter Ragsdale
1998 - Mark Olson
1997 - Tom Lambert
1996 - Jim Carvell
1995 - Roy Wilshire
1994 - Gary Trietsch

Corporate Documents

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Correspondence with ITS Texas

You may have a need to have written contact with ITS Texas. Our mailing address is:

ITS Texas
P.O. Box 2706
College Station, TX 77841

Please make any checks or money orders payable to ITS Texas.

Our Federal Tax ID number is 74-2743729.