ITS honors visionaries
James Oberstar (left) and Gerald Conover (right) with ITS America President and CEO Scott Belcher
Four leaders in the transportation technology industry were inducted in to the ITS America Hall of Fame during an awards ceremony at the 22nd meeting and exposition. Former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar and Gerald Conover, who previously advocated for ITS at Ford, were on hand to receive the honours.
Both Conover and Congressman Oberstar were early advocates of ITS as the country transitioned away from the interstate era to today when transportation officials have to use technology to add capacity or reduce traffic.
“This honour is deeply touching for me, deeply satisfying,” said Congressman Oberstar. “I’ve been blessed with being able to not only see ITS technology come of age, but to see how transportation has come to completely rely on ITS on a daily basis.”
Thomas Larson, a founder of the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, and Robert MacLennan, the former Deputy Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Houston, were honoured posthumously.
ITS America also honoured several state chapters at the awards ceremony. ITS Georgia and ITS Virginia were named Outstanding State Chapters while ITS New York and ITS Arizona won the Membership Growth Awards for increasing their membership numbers.