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POLICYSMART 51: AV for Seniors, County Hospital Patients – An INTERSECT19 Special with Randy Iwasaki, CCTA

Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), is the newest GRIDSMART Hall of Fame-er and we’re very excited to have him with us on our first special INTERSECT19 edition of POLICYSMART!   Everyone knows that Bay Area traffic is heavy—it’s a popular place to live, after all. The good thing is that […]

POLICYSMART 50: Talking Curb Appeal with Jim Barbaresso, HNTB

What happens when the curb becomes too appealing? What can we do about it? The curb is loved by more than just cars and trucks nowadays. Bikes, scooters, rideshare, and even food trucks want a piece of it—and they’re willing to fight each other for it. Jim Barbaresso, HNTB’s Senior VP and National Practice Leader […]

POLICYSMART 49: A Pedestrian is Hit Every Two Hours. Wes Guckert of Traffic Group Shares Why & What To Do

Pedestrian fatalities have been rising every year for the last 10 years. Why? Do smartphones have anything to do with it? What about legalized marijuana? Maybe it’s the type of car you’re driving. In the spirit of Pedestrian Safety Month, we speak with Wes Guckert, Founder and CEO of The Traffic Group, about what is […]

POLICYSMART 48: Back to School! An Algorithm Saves Boston $5 Million on Its School Buses with Emma Coleman, Route 50

It’s back-to-school week for students across the country! Most of us would consider this bad news, but the Boston Public School District gives us something to smile and marvel about. The school district went from spending $2,000 a year per student—just on school buses—to trimming a total of $5 million. All done by an algorithm. […]

POLICYSMART 47: Is AV Hitting a Dead End in Congress? with Tanya Snyder, Politico

Autonomous vehicles have to navigate more than just the roads. They have to make their way through Congress, too. There’s been some twists and turns…and maybe a dead end on the horizon. We recently spoke with Tanya Snyder, a transportation reporter for Politico, about the ups and downs of AV policy on Capitol Hill. What […]

POLICYSMART 46: An AV Fleet for the Visually-Impaired with Sasha Lekach, Mashable Reporter

We often talk about how autonomous vehicles can move people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to commute as often. Sasha Lekach, a tech reporter for transportation at Mashable, saw it happen in real life recently at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual conference in Las Vegas.   Lyft teamed up with self-driving car pioneer […]

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Registration for INTERSECT is open, and we hope to see you all for this exciting event happening October 20-22, 2020, in Knoxville, TN. But did you know INTERSECT attendees typically receive funding from their agency or organization to attend the event? It's...

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Five years ago, we launched INTERSECT, a new way for transportation professionals to learn and grow at GRIDSMART Headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. INTERSECT’s mission is to train and educate technicians, engineers, and transportation leaders. This conference has...


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After much deliberation, and with much remorse, GRIDSMART has decided to cancel INTERSECT this year. The safety of our employees, distributors and customers is of utmost importance.