Washington Transportation Professionals

Washington Transportation Professionals is a transportation peer exchange and networking group. The group networks, shares best practices and lessons learned, and discusses ideas about traffic and transportation-related issues at free peer exchanges on both sides of the state. WSDOT's Local Programs division leads the group, with help from WSDOT's Active Transportation division, local agencies, and businesses. The goal is to develop transportation professionals and create professional connections between them to improve communities across the state. We also have an email distribution list where people can learn about training and funding opportunities and get updates on technical and policy topics related to traffic and transportation.

Group members

Our group includes all cities and towns, all counties, metropolitan planning organizations, Washington state agencies, Federal Highway Administration, vendors, consultants, universities, and other professionals. Roles include city engineers, traffic and transportation engineers, planners, technicians, supervisors, managers, directors, mayors, clerks, council members, sales people, product developers, programmers, professors, and related professionals.

Upcoming peer exchanges

These free peer exchanges will be held in person and will also be available by a free, live webinar to allow an exchange of ideas across Washington.

Thurs. May 2, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (with optional networking time from 8-8:30 a.m. and 12:15-12:45 p.m.) in Spokane Valley, Wash. Topics include:

  • Lighting:
    • Intersection-specific light emitting diode (LED) fixtures to save energy and cost
    • Smart/connected lighting
    • City of Spokane's pilot studies on connected lighting
  • WSDOT – Becoming a Better Multimodal Organization: What are WSDOT’s multimodal goals? How are they working to achieve those goals? How can local agencies support and get involved?
  • Walk, Roll, Connect – Actionable Decision Making for WSDOT Active Transportation
  • Local agency Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) strategic plans
    • Introduction to ITS planning and small/medium city ITS strategic plans (featuring cities of Spokane Valley and Kirkland)
    • City of Bellevue's Smart Mobility Plan
    • Spokane Regional ITS Architecture for regional ITS/transportation systems management (TSMO) planning
  • US 395 North Spokane Corridor Children of the Sun Trail – Placemaking – Community Engagement Process
  • Announcements

Thurs. August 29, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-Noon (with optional networking time from 8-8:30 a.m. and traffic management center tour from approx. 12-12:30 p.m.) in Vancouver, Wash. Tentative topics include:

  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure service and information in Washington state
  • Traffic signal operations
  • Local road safety plans
  • Tour of a traffic managment center

Past peer exchanges

Please contact us if you would like to receive presentations from our past peer exchanges. The two most recent include:

Sept. 2018 in Anacortes

  • How City of Anacortes' roads handle oversize loads.
  • Update of the Washington State Transportation Commission's Statewide Transportation Policy - 2040 and Beyond.
  • Roundabouts:
    - Past, present, and future use in Washington state.
    - Sharpes Corner (SR 20 and SR 20 Spur) roundabout near Anacortes, Wash.: Its evolution from planning through construction and operations.
    - Traffic pattern changes resulting from roundabouts in the Sedro-Woolley area.
  • Context sensitive solutions: An invitation to form a peer exchange.
  • Travel time and origin/destination studies based on vehicle probe data: Comparing technologies.
  • Use of drones for traffic analysis.
  • Updates on pedestrian and bicycle policies and best practices.

June 2018 in Union Gap

  • City of Yakima's roundabouts at River Rd. at Fruitvale Blvd. and N. 34th Ave.
  • Complete Streets Award, Urban, and Small City programs - Presented by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.
  • City of West Richland's Complete Streets policy and resulting projects.
  • City of Spokane Valley's local road safety plan.
  • City of Ellensburg's local road safety plan.
  • Yakima County's strategies to manage heavy truck traffic.
  • City of Seattle's experience with leading pedestrian intervals.
  • Using performance measures to identify and communicate the benefits our programs provide for the agencies and communities we serve.

Our history

Cities in Washington state started the group 40 plus years ago (late 1970s) under the name Urban Traffic Engineers Council. We changed our name in 2013 and 2018 to more accurately reflect our member demographics.

Join our email list or come to a peer exchange:
Email the City Safety & Traffic Programs Manager
or call 360-705-7380