An Intermodal ExpERIEnce: ASHE 2002
By: William G. Petit, P.E. and Shirley A. Stuttler;
Plan on spending some time along the beautiful south shores
of Lake Erie next June for the 2002 ASHE Conference. The Franklin,
Pennsylvania section of ASHE will host "An Intermodal ExpERIEnce"
in Erie, June 5 - 9, 2002.
What better place to talk about new challenges, diverse projects
and pro-active intermodal partnerships than in Erie where the
Port of Erie is alive with recreational opportunities such as
sailing, fishing, or just riding a bike - along with aggressive
investment in Erie's future. This includes the planned construction
of a new convention center and an intermodal complex, complete
with a heliport, a bus terminal, and water and land taxi service
directly on the bayfront.
In addition, the capital investment in Erie takes flight at
the Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field, currently undergoing
a renaissance to upgrade the facility, and continues through
the development of new roadway link to ultimately connect the
interstate highway system to the developing bayfront area.
Some of the conference technical highlights include:
- A tour of the $160+ million East Side Access Corridor,
currently in various stages of design and construction. There
are many intricate context-sensitive design features that
will be discussed.
- A discussion from the two project finalists competing for
a major federal investment in Maglev technology. The finalists
represent proposed initiatives in Pittsburgh, PA and Washington,
- Learn what's new at the Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge
Field where a master plan will provide insight into future
upgrades to the terminal, the tower, and a runway extension.
- An interactive preview into the locomotive manufacturing
process at the General Electric Transportation Systems Learning
Center. GE manufactures locomotives that sustain the rail
industry throughout the world.
In addition, get a firsthand look at Erie's downtown revitalization
and bayfront development; experience a beautiful Lake Erie sunset;
and visit Presque Isle State Park, the jewel of Pennsylvania's
state park system.
Recreational activities revolve around the waterfront, the
downtown theatre community and visits to nearby wineries. Several
social and recreational options planned for the conference include:
- A tour to Niagara Falls, NY, home of one of the seven natural
wonders of the world! The tour will include optional adventures
aboard the "Maid of the Mist," exploration of the
Cave of the Winds, or a visit to Casino Niagara.
- Charter fishing and boat tours on Lake Erie.
- A golf tournament at nearby Riverside Golf Course in Cambridge
- A "Toast to the Grape Coast" tour that will provide
a visit to nearby wineries, a stop at the oldest land lighthouse
on the Great Lakes, and a luncheon cruise on the bay aboard
- Shopping at a retail haven along Erie's Peach Street (remember,
there is no tax on clothing in Pennsylvania).
- Entertainment options that includes a murder-mystery dinner
theatre, a comedian who has been seen on the Tonight Show,
and a beach picnic at the Erie Maritime Museum, located directly
on the bay.
The conference provides excellent opportunities for discussion
and information exchange with industry partners including vendors,
contractors, and consultants along with federal, state and local
transportation officials. If you would like additional details,
be a conference sponsor or exhibitor, volunteer or just want
to be a part of "An Intermodal ExpERIEnce, contact us at
National Board News
National board members met for a regular board meeting on November
2, 2001, at the Avalon Hotel, in Erie, Pennsylvania. National
President Cooper Curtis presided over the meeting. The following
are highlights of the committee reports and board actions:
There was a decrease of 62 members since the June board meeting.
Secretary Conner noted a slight shift in membership makeup being
20% DOT, 59% Consultant, 11% Contractor and 11% other affiliations.
Total ASHE membership stands at 5,921, representing 34 local
President Curtis was pleased to participate in the installation
of new officers for both the Tampa Bay and NorthEast Florida
Sections in June.
ASHE was contacted to participate in a short PBS documentary
on highway safety. After discussion it was decided to focus
on the merits of "Safety Audits". President Curtis
will seek more details from the producer and in the interim
established a committee consisting of Robert Peda, Sandy Ivory
and Ron Purvis to provide a national perspective on safety.
Second Vice President Dave Jones reported that officers and
a board of directors are in place for the chartering of an Ohio
Valley Section in the Wheeling, West Virginia area some time
in the near future. Also, a core group is in place for a possible
section in Fargo, North Dakota. Jones along with Jerry Krieg
(Central Dacotah past president) spoke to the Fargo-Morehead
Engineers Club in September and they have the support of the
North Dakota DOT Director to begin a section there.
Jones reported that folders have been printed and materials
are being compiled as a promotional for the New Sections Committee
recruitment efforts. A new power-point presentation on "ASHE
and How to Start a New Section" has been developed.
Conference 2002: Director Stuttler hosted the board meeting
at the Avalon Hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania. A walk through review
of the hotel facilities was followed by reports from each of
the Conference 2002 committee chairs along with a tour of nearby
attractions that Erie has to offer. An expanded two-day program
combined with golf, spouse activities and a multitude of local
attractions will provide the setting for an excellent conference.
Conference 2003: Director Robert Hochevar reported that Region
1 would host the conference with the Cuyahoga Valley Section
being the lead section. A list of committees and their chairs
and liaisons has been developed. The conference will be held
in Fairlawn, Ohio, a suburb of Akron, at the Hilton Hotel, May
28 - 31, 2003.
Web Site Committee:
Dave Jones noted a 15% to 20% increase in traffic over the past
year. Most of the traffic is coming from Yahoo, the Conference
Web Page, ASCE, AIEA and other links. Yahoo traffic is mostly
coming from searches containing the words highway or engineer.
At a recent meeting with the webmaster, the committee decided
to pursue adding the Section's Operating Manual, Strategic Plan,
SCANNER pictures, return the list of National Officers, and
add the email list generator TOPICA. The committee received
requests to link Section Websites from Carolina Piedmont, Old
Dominion and Gold Coast.
The committee is interested in providing links to consultant
and industry web pages. Initially we will limit to 20 links
at a cost of $200 annually. Any interested companies may contact
the committee through the SCANNER Advertising Insertion Order.
In the interim, the committee will be developing some criteria
for approving such links.
Technical & SCANNER:
Director Robert Peda reported on the status of our advertisers
and the Section's responsibility to provide technical articles
for the continued success of the SCANNER. Guidelines and section
assignments were mailed on September 10, 2001 to Section Presidents
President Curtis asked the committee to include a regular article
in the SCANNER featuring each director and officer by offering
a biographical sketch and picture so that membership at large
can relate better to ASHE's National Officers.
The board directed Peda to begin preparation of a 5-year extension
to the Management Services contract with Wanner Associates,
Inc. The contract will include provisions to better manage the
membership records. However, it was noted that Section Secretaries
should be diligent in updating these records to National.
Past Presidents Charlie Flowe and Dominic Piccolomini provided
recommendations to update the Strategic Plan regarding operations
of ASHE, as follows: 1) National Conference - Requests to host
will be reviewed and awarded each year on a regional basis at
the January National Board Meeting. In the event of a tie, the
region going the longest or special considerations such as ASHE's
50th anniversary, events of significance, etc. will be considered.
2) Profit Sharing - Conference profit sharing will remain the
same with the region retaining 100% up to $10,000 and sharing
50% of the amount over $10,000 with National. 3) Section's Operating
Manual - Place the Manual on the web site and submit an annual
reminder to Section Presidents and Secretaries for operational
Additional revisions regarding Regional operations will be
discussed at the January National Board meeting.
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