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  1. Read before you post. Before you post a question (or an answer), check to see if anyone else has already posted the same one and already received a reply (or answer).
  2. No cat pics. Don't post irrelevant links, comments, thoughts, or photos to discussion forums that are meant for a particular purpose. 
  3. Don't yell. That means don't TYPE IN ALL CAPS. Unless, of course, you really need to EMPHASIZE a safety point or something.
  4. Easy tiger. Be careful about writing anything that sounds angry or sarcastic, even as a joke. Without hearing your tone of voice, others might not realize you're joking.
  5. Mind your manners. Always remember to say please and thank you when asking for help from the instructor, facilitator or classmates. Mom was right, manners go a long way.
  6. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respect other opinions. If you disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points being made in the opposing argument. Others are entitled to have their own perspective on an issue and that needs to be acknowledged.
  7. Just the facts, please. If you reply to a question from a classmate, make sure your answer is accurate. For example, if you're not 100% sure when a project is due, you don't want to guess. You'll end up with egg on your face.
  8. Summarize. If you ask a question and get tons of helpful responses, summarize all the answers and post the summary to benefit the entire class.
  9. Keep it brief. If you're tempted to write a missive in response to a simple question, just know that nobody is going to read it.
  10. If you don't have something nice to say... Don't be mean. Don't degrade or insult others, even in a subtle way. You may disagree with someone's ideas, but don't mock the person.
  11. Be clear. If you are referring to a prior conversation or post, quote just a few key lines from that discussion so that others won't have to go back and figure out which post you are talking about.
  12. Be forgiving. If your classmate makes a mistake, don't badger him or her for it. Just let it go -- it happens to the best of us.
  13. Check your spelling. Consider running a Spellcheck before posting anything to the discussion forums. It only takes a minute, and can make the difference between sounding smart or looking, well, silly.

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Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS)

Adverse weather is our common enemy in road maintenance, traffic, and emergency operations. Transportation agencies are well aware of the operational and logistical challenges of such weather. Many agencies are fighting this age-old battle by implementing Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS). This requires that critical personnel be well-informed of the impacts and considerations of deploying RWIS. The goal of this course is to, not only discuss RWIS initiatives and considerations, but through workshops, exercises, and self-assessments, explore individual state and local deployment challenges which will leave participants with an action plan tailored for their specific needs.

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Archived Data for Planning Operations & Safety

This course is designed to help you understand the benefits of creating an open and accessible data archive of your agency’s data.  It will also explain the challenges you might face in trying to make your agency’s data more open and available to others, and ways in which you can mitigate those challenges.  After showing you some real-world examples of how data can be leveraged for better decision making and analysis, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of building your very own archive, leveraging technologies that others have developed, or paying a consultant to help you with your archiving needs. (Available in Blended or Independent-study formats)

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Connected Vehicles 101

The connected vehicle research being sponsored by U.S. DOT is moving from research to reality. The connected vehicle concept leverages the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter and greener. Connected vehicles will ultimately enhance the mobility and quality of life of all Americans, while helping to reduce the environmental impact of surface transportation. As we move towards implementation, we are developing a better understanding of how the connected vehicle infrastructure will be deployed and operated. A number of states have gained valuable experience in what it means to deploy connected vehicle application(s) in the field through their participation in ITS test beds. (Available in Blended or Independent-study formats)

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To be effectively implemented, TSMO needs to be recognized and structured as a core function of a transportation agency – more than simply a strategy or ad hoc set of activities, but as a cohesive program that is vital to the mission. In this course, you will define why TSMO is important to your organization, describe the key elements of TSMO program planning, and identify TSMO planning activities that help to develop and sustain the TSMO mission for your agency.

 Audience includes state and local/city transportation agency personnel involved in traffic management, maintenance management, safety management and other operations functions for the transportation system.

The focus of this mini-module is on improving an integrated TSMO program through management actions. 

As congestion continues to spread and intensify, and the levels of incidents, delays, and disruptions increase, the level of service and reliability of the roadways in many areas continues to decline. We can’t build our way out of congestion, but perhaps we can find a way to “take back” some of the lost capacity and increase safety.

So, how do we address this mobility problem? The answer is TSMO, or Transportation Systems Management and Operations.