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Project 15.1
Operations Task Force – Year 8

North/West Passage has supported an Operations Task Force for seven years. The intent of the task force is to establish relationships, enhance the scope of operations-oriented projects, support further implementation of project findings, and increase interaction among the states outside of major events. This project continued to support the task force for another year (September 2020 - September 2021). Tasks include coordinating and facilitating operations-oriented, maintenance operations, and Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) related topics for discussion during task force webinars.

Month Meeting Topic
August 2021 On August 15, 2021, a technician's forum was held. Presentations included:
July 2021 The July 21, 2021 webinar included two presentations on WZDx Grants.
June 2021 The June 16, 2021 webinar focused on identifying presentation topics for the technician's forum and on winter performance measures.
May 2021 Operations Task Force members in a round robin format discussed highlights from the 2020-2021 winter and flood season and modifications based on events.
March 2021 On March 17, 2021, a webinar was conducted focused on the FCC Rule Making and Reallocating the Spectrum. An update was provided by ITS America, a summary of a resource document being developed by the CAT Coalition - Strategic Initiative Working Group related to the FCC allocation was provided, and Utah DOT presented on dealing with the transition related to their connected vehicle project.
February 2021 This purpose of the February 17, 2021 webinar was to discuss project ideas for the North/West Passage Steering Committee to consider for Work Plan 16. In addition, a summary was provided on North Dakota DOT's Autonomous Attenuator.
January 2021 On January 20, 2021, a webinar was held that highlight the Minnesota DOT's Vehicle Fiber Optic Study.
December 2020 On December 16, 2021, North/West Passage conducted a webinar that highlighted results from NCHRP 08:120 – Initiating the Systems Engineering Process for Rural CV Corridors.
November 2020 A peer exchange webinar was held on November 18, 2020 focused on broadband development and small deployment in the ROW. Each North/West Passage state answered the following questions: Have any entities located in the ROW already?, What is your states policy/approach?, and What is your state status on the broad band rule?
October 2020 Conducted a webinar on sunsetting technologies on October 21, 2020. A 2019 report (Evolving and Phasing Out Legacy ITS Devices and Systems) completed by the ENTERPRISE Pooled Fund Study was highlighted. In addition, each state in a round robin format noted ITS devices or systems that have evolved or phased out.
September 2020 The Task Force updated their membership list and planned meeting topics for the year.

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