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ITE/NPA to Jointly Update Key Parking Analysis Tools
The Institute of Transportation Engineers
(ITE) and the National Parking Association
(NPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on the
development of the ITE Parking Generation
Manual and the NPA Shared Parking Guide.
These tools were last updated in 2010 and
2009, respectively. ITE and NPA are developing these products in coordination to ensure
consistency and ease of use for practitioners.
By harnessing the collective experience of
both organizations, the goal is to publish
definitive parking guides that will usher in
the next generation of best parking practices.
Parking Generation Manual is expected to
follow the lead of the modernized, updated,
and expanded Trip Generation Manual, 10th
Edition. The analyses in Parking Generation will differentiate the levels of parking
demand observed at rural, general urban/
suburban, dense multi-use urban, and
center city core sites. Similar to Trip Gener-

ation, Parking Generation will be available
in hard-copy, electronic, and cloud-based
formats in order to cater to the format
that works best for users. ITE also intends
to produce a web-based app (ITEParkGen)
that enables a user to produce parking
generation data plots and statistics for the
complete database as well as filtering by
year and location.
The Shared Parking, 3rd Edition will provide
a perspective on case studies and real usage
of parking assets. NPA in concert with the
Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers are collaborating to
bring current, real-world data and examples
of shared parking uses of parking assets that
will provide insight into the future of parking
through both print and online content.
A joint call for data is expected to be issued in
early spring 2018 with a target of delivering
the two products by early 2019.

ITE Safety Resources
Toolbox Upgrade
The ITE Safety Resources Toolbox, 
the first product of the ITE Vision Zero
Task Force, has gotten an upgrade!
The Safety Resources Toolbox is a collection
of practice-ready resources intended to aid
transportation professionals in managing
their own safety planning and programming.
These resources are all digitally accessible and
are curated from various organizations in the
transportation profession in addition to ITE. 
The Toolbox now includes new subcategories and improved search functionality so
that individuals can find and access resources
more quickly. More resources have also
been added to the toolbox, now totaling
more than 700.  Such items include technical reports, data analysis tools, on-demand
webinars, and numerous other resources
focused not just on Vision Zero, but also
general safety improvement and countermeasure implementation.

FHWA Responds to ITE's Call for More Flexibility on RRFB Rescission Implementation
On December 21, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) terminated the
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
(MUTCD) Interim Approval granted in 2008
for Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
(RRFBs), a device that is proven to save lives
at pedestrian crossings on uncontrolled
approaches.
On January 9, in a letter  to Acting FHWA
Administrator Brandye Hendrickson, ITE
International President Michael P. Sanderson called on FHWA to provide flexibility to
public agencies already in the process of
deploying RRFBs, with ITE member concerns
outlined in the letter.
ITE is pleased to report that FHWA has
responded positively to ITE's letter calling for
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mentation by revising its Q&A on the topic,
adding the following language:
"FHWA believes it is in the public interest...to
complete projects that have documentation
of RRFBs with procurements issued and/or
construction plans underway prior to FHWA's
December 21, 2017 notice." In the Q&A,
FHWA also indicates a willingness for its Division Offices to work with agencies faced with
challenges in replacing RRFBs in projects in
the design process.
In a press release on the response,  Jeffrey
F. Paniati, ITE Executive Director and CEO,
states,  "ITE applauds this action by FHWA,
which addresses many of ITE's concerns
and provides additional flexibility to public
agencies already in the process of designing,
procuring, and installing RRFBs. ITE intends
to continue to work with our members,

the National Committee on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices and FHWA to develop and
promote alternatives to the RRFB."
About the RRFB Rescission:
The termination memo  explains that since
the MUTCD prohibits inclusion of patented
devices, in either the Manual, an Interim
Approval, or an approved experiment, and
since it has been discovered that aspects
of the RRFB devices covered by the 2008
Interim Approval are covered by patents,
the Interim Approval for these devices is
being rescinded. FHWA has posted an Informational Brief  of alternative treatments for
uncontrolled marked pedestrian crosswalks
that remain available for use. 
The revised FAQ is available at https://mutcd.
fhwa.dot.gov/resources/interim_approval/
ia11/faq/index.htm.


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