Roadway Safety Innovation

Innovation in the roadway safety industry

Outsiders of the transportation infrastructure industry may look to autonomous vehicles as an icon of innovation on the roadways, but for state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in the roadway safety and infrastructure industry, innovation is not a stationary achievement. It is much more than a mile marker and not as easily defined.

With different perspectives and priorities, industry stakeholders are finding that in addition to new technologies, innovation is heavily reliant on communication between entities. Industry leaders are working together to move forward and ATSSA is no different. The association works year-round to progress and develop creative solutions for all of its initiatives including highlighting innovative products and technologies, training, and ATSSA membership.

One innovative effort ATSSA is involved in is a joint initiative with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50). Both ATSSA and TRB sponsor and conduct an exciting design competition, the Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge, to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.

Find recent updates on the latest innovations in the resource list below and be sure to check back for updates.

Exhibit at ATSSA's Annual Traffic Expo


Do you have an innovative roadway safety product? Exhibitors can showcase their innovations in the New Products Rollout at the Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. Products released after Jan. 1 of this year qualify for entry. Twenty will be accepted for the New Product Listing and just 12 will be accepted for presentation to a panel of judges. The top three products will earn an Innovation Award that will be announced during the Convention.

Learn more
about featuring your innovative product to key industry professionals. View videos of last year's entries and award winners.


New Jersey transportation official tapped by Trump to head FMCSA
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New Jersey transportation official tapped by Trump to head FMCSA

President Trump announced plans to nominate Raymond Martinez to be the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Sept. 26.

The current chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and a member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission, Martinez manages a state agency that garnishes more than $1 billion in annual revenue and that has an operating budget of about $330 million. The motor vehicle commission also licenses nearly 6 million motorists and is charged with providing titling, registration and inspection services to more than 6 million vehicles.

Martinez was previously the commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and served as chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. He also was the deputy chief of staff and special counsel to the New York State Attorney General and has twice sat on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

Earlier on in his career, Martinez served as deputy chief of protocol at the U.S. Department of State, the deputy director of scheduling and advance for the First Lady and as a special assistant at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Martinez earned a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in New York and a B.A. from Long Island University’s C.W. Post College, where he later served on the adjunct faculty in public administration.

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