As I drove cross-country to start the second phase of my career, from being a traffic engineer in Southern California to having eight years of experience in the non-profit sector, I thought I knew a lot about traffic, ITS, and operations. After starting at ITS America, I volunteered to help organize the 2014 ITS World Congress Emergency Response Day Mock Incident Demo, and boy did I get humbled quickly, and my world expanded.
I was now in a group of 16 different response agencies performing table-top exercises, demoing new video streaming capabilities, live streaming helicopters, and ambulances to attendees, and even the governor of Michigan! My world had just expanded from worrying about speed bumps, intersections, and arterial operations, and I loved every part of it.
Just like in every TSMO plan that gets developed, the true lasting outcomes are in the relationships we develop, the initiatives we champion, and the advancements we push in the work that we do.