Wyoming Department of Transportation I-80 Connected Vehicle Project
Vince Garcia is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in civil engineering and has worked for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) in various capacities for more than 30 years. He began his career as a road designer and then transitioned to a bridge design engineer for 8 years. Between 1995 and 2003, he led WYDOT’s Information Technology program and was involved with numerous network and software development projects. Since 2003, he has managed WYDOT's Geographic Information Systems and Intelligent Transportation Systems Program where he has worked with a team to build a statewide Transportation Management Center and to deploy numerous intelligent transportation pre-trip and roadside systems.
Ali Ragan is a project manager for the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s GIS/ITS program. She joined WYDOT in 2013 and has served as project manager on number of projects including a Federal Highways Administration funded Weather Responsive Traffic Management project and serves as the outreach lead for the connected vehicle project. She has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo in mass communications and previously worked as a journalist.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is one of three agencies selected by the U.S. DOT for a connected vehicle pilot project. The primary goal of the project is to improve safety along the entire 402-mile Interstate 80 corridor by focusing on providing improved traveler information to commercial vehicle operators. It will be accomplished using vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication to support a number of applications that promote safety and mobility. The project includes five general focus areas: manage following speed and distance between vehicles, provide custom alerts and advisories, provide location-based parking information, allow first responders to be notified of crashes automatically and use data collected from vehicles’ weather sensors to improve traveler information. WYDOT will conduct the pilot in three phases as directed by the federal contract.