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Getting to Know
ITE's Mid-Colonial District
Sections
Washington, DC Section of ITE (WDCSITE)
Mid-Atlantic Section of ITE (MASITE)

U.S. States Covered
Pennsylvania
Maryland
Delaware
Washington, DC
West Virginia
Northern Virginia
Southern New Jersey

Members
Approximately 1,200 members
Student Chapters: 11
District Leadership
President - Gerard Baxter, P.E., PTOE (M)
Vice President - Nicole Kline-Elsier, P.E., PTOE (M)
Secretary/Treasurer - Jeff Bergsten, P.E. (M)
Immediate Past President - Kate Russo, P.E., PTOE (M)
MASITE Representative - Al Federico, P.E., PTOE (M)
WDCSITE Representative - Vivek Hariharan, P.E., PTOE (M)
International Director - Jeff Riegner, AICP, PTOE (F)

Did You Know?

William Penn Hotel Construction Progress Photograph Collection, 1914-1916, University of Pittsburgh.

each Section. Traditionally that representative is the immediate past-president from
the Section, though it is not a requirement.
Frequently, Section representatives will end
up running for the secretary/treasurer role,
which eventually moves up to vice president
and then president.
Starting in 2007, the Mid-Colonial District
began holding leadership meetings in January for the District and Section leadership.
"We'll have a dinner Thursday night, anybody
who can get there comes, and then Friday
morning we have a District board meeting
with both Section boards in attendance,"
Susan explains. "Then in the afternoon, each
Section has a breakout so they can have their
first board meeting of the year."
She says that these face-to-face gatherings are instrumental in helping District
members operate more cohesively. "That's
helped us feel more like a District," she says.
"We used to have a board meeting during
TRB, and one at our annual meeting, and
that was pretty much it. We didn't do a lot
in between. That leadership meeting, along
with our almost monthly conference calls,
has helped a lot."
Susan adds that this type of collaboration
is a key theme she has observed among
transportation professionals. "One of the
neat things I like in traffic engineering is that
we share our experiences so easily, even if
we're competitors in a local area." She recalls
that years ago, competing firms would share
traffic count boards with one another. Nowadays, she says they share things like Sim
Traffic coding tips and tricks. "Rather than
considering it a trade secret, we saw how
it would benefit the industry if we're not
making mistakes, if we're properly coding
unusual circumstances...and that is really
wonderful." itej

The William Penn Hotel was the site of
the founding of ITE in 1930 during a
meeting of the National Safety Council.

*	 The Mid-Colonial District has two Sections and no
Chapters because the District's geographic area is
relatively small. You can drive from east to west or north
to south of the District in just four hours.
*	 With the exception of five years in Arlington, VA, USA from 1973-1978,
ITE has been headquartered in Washington, DC, USA since 1956.

Historical Perspective
*	 The Mid-Colonial District and specifically the Mid-Atlantic Section is the
birthplace of ITE, which was formed from discussions in October 1930 at the
National Safety Council's Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, USA at the
William Penn Hotel. The historic hotel was the site of ITE's Annual Meeting and
Exhibit in 1980 as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. To celebrate the 100
year anniversary, ITE's Annual Meeting will be held in Pittsburgh in 2030.
Arthur N. Johnson
*	 Arthur N. Johnson of College Park, MD, USA was a founding member of the
Institute of Traffic Engineers. In 1936, he was named ITE's third Honorary Member.
*	 ITE's first official Annual Meeting was held in what is now the Mid-Colonial District. "The 1945 Annual
Meeting held in September in Philadelphia was the first annual meeting the Institute held by itself,"
according to ITE historical documents. "Prior to that time, it had piggybacked its efforts onto those of
the annual meetings of the National Safety Council."
*	 ITE had Sections before Districts were formed. Wasington, DC was one of the original Sections in
addition to New York and Michigan.
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