OMS-FDOT: Central Florida Transportation Planning Group – Connected and Automated Vehicles

APA Florida Chapter, Orlando Metro Section


Thursday, February 2, 2017
noon - 2 p.m. EST

Orlando, FL, United States

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OMS-FDOT:  Central Florida Transportation Planning Group (CFTPG) – Connected and Automated Vehicles


SunTrax Overview

Paul Satchfield, Program Management Administrator, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

SunTrax is a cutting-edge facility dedicated to the research, development and testing of transportation technologies in a safe and controlled environment. This presentation will provide a technical overview of the purpose, design, and planned activities at the testing facility.


Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA) Pilot Site Briefing

Bob Frey, AICP, Planning Director, Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority

THEA is one of three pilot test sites in the country for connected vehicle technology. This presentation will provide an overview of the study site, a review of the transportation issues being addressed, a technical discussion of the technology being used, and the potential impacts to traditional infrastructure planning.


Understanding the Rulemaking Process: How Do You Regulate Automated Vehicles?

Abby Morgan, P.E., PhD, Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

The field of automated vehicles is evolving rapidly. How does the Federal government create rules? This presentation will present an overview of the Federal Rulemaking Process, describe how a rule is initiated, proposed, and finalized, and include some examples of the challenges related to regulating automated vehicles.


Several points will be focused on during the lecture:

·         Connected and automated vehicles are coming and are already here.

·         Florida is positioning itself as a national leader for connected and automated vehicle testing and implementation.

·         The advancement is being driven by technology and auto manufacturers, and transportation engineers and planners need to get involved now to influence its direction.



·         Keep informed on the fast-moving developments of connected and automated vehicles and how it will impact the planning of future transportation systems.


·         Get involved early in the discussions and rulemaking procedures to influence the direction of this important topic.

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Robert Michael Frey, MPPA, AICP

Bob Frey, AICP serves as the Planning Director for the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and is the project manager for THEA’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment. Bob has more than 25 years of experience working with local, state and toll agencies. Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Tampa, Florida, September 2012 to ... Read More

Paul Satchfield

Education University of New Hampshire (1986 – 1989) Experience Program Management Administrator - Florida's Turnpike Enterprise November 2013 – Present (3 years 4 months) Assistant Right of Way Manager - Florida's Turnpike Enterprise August 2003 – November 2013 (10 years 4 months) Read More


EDUCATION PhD Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2010 MS Civil Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007 BS Civil Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007 EXPERIENCE Ms. Morgan’s background combines transportation engineering, crash analysis, and regulatory experience. Her transportation interests include policy development, safety, freight mobility, and advanced crash ... Read More

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