APWA Participates in Executive Transportation and Public Safety Summit

On November 14-15, the Executive Leadership Group (ELG) for Traffic Incident Management (TIM), of which APWA is a member, held its third Transportation and Public Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. Representing APWA were ELG TIM members Mr. Harry Weed, APWA New York Metro Chapter member and former APWA National Board Member, and APWA Director of Government and Public Affairs Andrea Eales. APWA Executive Director Scott Grayson also participated on behalf of APWA to show executive support for the efforts of the ELG TIM.

The summit focused on expanding partnerships in TIM to continue improving coordination among national responder groups representing emergency professionals (police, fire, EMS, towing, and public works) who are responsible for responding to traffic crashes. The ELG TIM is supported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

TIM is defined by FHWA as “the planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible.” In January 2015, APWA joined the ELG for TIM and since has provided trainings for APWA members during PWX and Snow conferences.

During the summit, several members of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) leadership stopped by to show their support for TIM efforts, including U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao and FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason. U.S. Representative John Rutherford (R-FL), who served as a Sheriff prior to being elected to Congress, was the keynote speaker for the summit luncheon. During the summit, Andrea Eales moderated a discussion panel of local elected officials and policy experts titled, “Partnership Opportunities Closer to Home,” and Harry Weed spoke on behalf of APWA’s membership during a rapid-fire panel to kick off the summit.

The event closed with the signing of a proclamation recognizing National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, which this year is November 10-16.

For additional information about TIM, please click here, and for questions specific to APWA’s involvement in TIM, please contact Andrea Eales at aeales@apwa.net.