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Washington Transportation Professionals Forum (WTPF)

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The Washington Transportation Professionals Forum (WTPF) is a member owned transportation peer exchange group. Cities in Washington state started the group in the late 1970s under the name Urban Traffic Engineers Council. The group now includes all cities and towns, all counties, metropolitan planning organizations, Washington state agencies, Federal Highway Administration, vendors, consultants, universities, and other professionals.

Members network, share information, and discuss ideas about traffic and transportation-related issues at free meetings on both sides of the state. This has helped create strong professional connections, improving communities all over the state. We also have an email distribution list where members learn about training and funding opportunities and get updates on technical and policy topics related to traffic and transportation.

Our members

Our members include local agency traffic, transportation, and public works engineers, planners, technicians, supervisors, managers, directors, mayors, clerks, council members, and related professionals. Partners of local agencies such as other organizations, consultants, and vendors are also members of the group.

Learn more or join the group

To learn more about WTPF or to join for free as a member, please contact the Traffic Services Manager.

Next meeting

Our free meetings are organized and led by WSDOT's Local Programs and Active Transportation divisions, with help from local agencies. In-person meetings are held on both sides of the state and are available by live webinar to allow an exchange of ideas across Washington.

Our next meeting will be in spring 2018. The location will be determined in early 2018.

Agendas and presentations from past meetings
Please contact us to receive presentations older than the following. 

Sept. 28, 2017 in Olympia.
- Best practices for light emitting diode (LED) lighting in neighborhoods, crosswalks, & school zones
- Smart & networked/connected lighting
- Port of Seattle's experience with end-user lighting controls
- City of Tacoma's experience with controls for school beacons and blue emitting warm white 3K (kelvin) LED instead of natural white 4K
- Porous asphalt & pervious concrete sidewalks, paths, and roadways: Best practices & lessons learned

June 8, 2017 in Moses Lake
- Smart cities 101 and what jurisdictions can do to prepare for connected and autonomous vehicles.
- The process to request experimentations and interim approvals of traffic control devices not in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
- City of Bainbridge Island’s experience and lessons learned getting an experimentation from Federal Highway Administration for two-stage bicycle boxes.
- Incorporating on-road bicycle networks into resurfacing projects: process and timeline 
- Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks, an overview of the new guide published by the Federal Highway Administration

Dec. 2016 in Federal Way
Topics: Target Zero, Washington State's plan to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes; How roadway design affects speed; speed limit setting by Whatcom Co. and City of Seattle; City of Seattle's Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Analysis; and WSDOT's Crash Data Portal.

Sept. 2016 in Wenatchee
Topics: The effect of lane width and curb radii on speed, City of Spokane's repurposing of roadway right of way for multiple transportation modes, use of pedestrian hybrid beacons by City of Wenatchee, and WSDOT's Field Assessment Program.

March 2016 in Tumwater
Topics: Using traffic signals and pedestrian hybrid beacons to support walking and bicycling, pedestrian crossing techniques used by cities of Olympia and Federal Way, roundabouts, and WSDOT's Safe Routes to School and Pedestrian & Bicycle funding programs.

Sept. 2015 in Spokane
Topics: Bicycle and pedestrian volume data, WSDOT's Crash Data Portal, and WSDOT's Safe Routes to School and Pedestrian & Bicycle funding programs.

June 2015 in Tumwater
Topic: Technical and finance aspects of LED lighting and controls.