Aurora Program (FY20-FY24)

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(435)
Lead Organization: Iowa Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Jan 01, 2020
Solicitation Number: 1496
Partners: AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, IADOT, IL, KS, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, PADOT, UT, VA, WA, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2025
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2021
Contract End Date: Dec 31, 2021
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,600,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Khyle Clute
Khyle.Clute@iowadot.us
Phone: 515-239-1646
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Roemer Alfelor
roemer.alfelor@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-9242
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2020 $25,000.00 Matt Murphy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2021 $25,000.00 Matt Murphy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2022 $25,000.00 Matt Murphy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
California Department of Transportation 2019 $75,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Kansas Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

The Aurora program is a partnership of highway agencies which beginning in 1996 collaborate on research, development, and the deployment of road weather information systems to improve the efficiency, safety, and reliability of surface transportation. It is administered by the Iowa DOT and managed by the Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety (CWIMS) which is housed under InTrans at Iowa State University.

Aurora’s initiatives are funded by member agencies to conduct research that serves the needs of its members who meet twice per year to set the agenda for RWIS research, keep informed about progress on program initiatives, and discuss solutions for common in-the-field problems. Newly selected initiatives are led by “champion” member agencies, managed by committees of Aurora members, and funded out of the pooled fund.

Aurora works closely with the Federal Highway Administration, having been approved for federal-aid research and development funds without state match using 100 percent SP&R funding. Aurora also has a strong relationship with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP). In addition, Aurora coordinates with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the National Severe Storm Laboratory, the ITS America, Clear Roads and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Furthermore, Aurora works closely with industry as well as university based research organizations.

This forum facilitates the sharing of technological and institutional experiences gained from road weather information system (RWIS) programs conceived and initiated by each participating entity.

Objectives

The cooperative and collaborative objective of the Aurora Program is to promote an efficient use of resources rather than a series of independent initiatives. The synergistic effect of this forum is an accelerated implementation of road weather programs as well as the integration and operationalized use of weather data in transportation management, safety, and in serving progressive levels of connected and automated transportation.

Scope of Work

Aurora members seek to advance road weather information systems (RWIS) to more fully integrate weather data as part of transportation systems operations in terms of readiness and decision making for efficient highway maintenance, operations, and real-time traveler information. Project areas of interest include information dissemination technologies, decision support systems, weather modeling and analysis, equipment evaluations, standards and architecture, road condition monitoring and performance measures as well as other pertinent areas as identified by member agencies. In addition, Aurora is committed to supporting a more connected and automated future for surface transportation.

Comments

Travel:

Aurora Board members travel twice per year (spring, fall) to determine new projects for Aurora, vote on proposed projects, and to discuss project status and findings. All travel expenses for members are paid from pooled funds. The Board member or designated representative of each active member agency will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable costs for travel, including registration fees, accommodation, and sustenance, to attend approved Aurora meetings. Travel costs of attendance at Aurora meetings by others may also be reimbursable in special cases approved in advance by the Aurora Program Administrator or the Executive Board. The Program Administrator and management consultant are charged with coordinating events requiring travel as appropriate to minimize travel costs.

Minimum desired annual commitment for each state:

The Aurora program activities are supported through income from member agencies ($25,000 per year) as well as in-kind match where approved by the Aurora Executive Board. This cycle of Aurora will cover funding years FY2020 to FY2024.

New member states:

This pooled fund is always accepting new member states. Please inquire with the Lead Agency Contact noted above to join this effort.

Subjects: Highway Operations, Capacity, and Traffic Control Maintenance

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
TPF-5(435) Acceptance Letter TPF-5(435) Acceptance Letter.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarterly Report: March 2020 5(435)_2020_Q1_Hans_731.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q2_Hans_731 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q3_Hans_731 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

Aurora Program (FY20-FY24)

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(435)
Lead Organization: Iowa Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Jan 01, 2020
Solicitation Number: 1496
Partners: AK, AZDOT, CA, CO, IADOT, IL, KS, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, PADOT, UT, VA, WA, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Dec 31, 2025
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2021
Contract End Date: Dec 31, 2021
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,600,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Khyle Clute
Khyle.Clute@iowadot.us
Phone: 515-239-1646
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Roemer Alfelor
roemer.alfelor@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-9242
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2020 $25,000.00 Matt Murphy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2021 $25,000.00 Matt Murphy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2022 $25,000.00 Matt Murphy Anna Bosin (907)269-6208 anna.bosin@alaska.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
Arizona Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Kevin Duby Angela Estrada (602) 712-8316 aringorestrada@azdot.gov
California Department of Transportation 2019 $75,000.00 Steven Hancock Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Colorado Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tom Aguilar David Reeves 303-757-9518 david.reeves@state.co.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Laura Shanley Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tina Greenfield-Huitt Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Kansas Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Kansas Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Clay Adams David Behzadpour 785-291-3847 David.Behzadpour@ks.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Maine Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Colby Fortier-Brown Dale Peabody 207- 624-3305 Dale.Peabody@maine.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 James Roath Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Joe Huneke Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Tonya Lohman Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
North Dakota Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Travis Lutman Amy Beise 701-328-6921 abeise@nd.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Scott Lucas General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jason Norville Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Utah Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Jeff Williams David Stevens 801-589-8340 davidstevens@utah.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Jimmy White Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 James Morin Douglas Brodin 360-705-7972 brodind@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Michael Adams Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The Aurora program is a partnership of highway agencies which beginning in 1996 collaborate on research, development, and the deployment of road weather information systems to improve the efficiency, safety, and reliability of surface transportation. It is administered by the Iowa DOT and managed by the Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety (CWIMS) which is housed under InTrans at Iowa State University.

Aurora’s initiatives are funded by member agencies to conduct research that serves the needs of its members who meet twice per year to set the agenda for RWIS research, keep informed about progress on program initiatives, and discuss solutions for common in-the-field problems. Newly selected initiatives are led by “champion” member agencies, managed by committees of Aurora members, and funded out of the pooled fund.

Aurora works closely with the Federal Highway Administration, having been approved for federal-aid research and development funds without state match using 100 percent SP&R funding. Aurora also has a strong relationship with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP). In addition, Aurora coordinates with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the National Severe Storm Laboratory, the ITS America, Clear Roads and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Furthermore, Aurora works closely with industry as well as university based research organizations.

This forum facilitates the sharing of technological and institutional experiences gained from road weather information system (RWIS) programs conceived and initiated by each participating entity.

Objectives

The cooperative and collaborative objective of the Aurora Program is to promote an efficient use of resources rather than a series of independent initiatives. The synergistic effect of this forum is an accelerated implementation of road weather programs as well as the integration and operationalized use of weather data in transportation management, safety, and in serving progressive levels of connected and automated transportation.

Scope of Work

Aurora members seek to advance road weather information systems (RWIS) to more fully integrate weather data as part of transportation systems operations in terms of readiness and decision making for efficient highway maintenance, operations, and real-time traveler information. Project areas of interest include information dissemination technologies, decision support systems, weather modeling and analysis, equipment evaluations, standards and architecture, road condition monitoring and performance measures as well as other pertinent areas as identified by member agencies. In addition, Aurora is committed to supporting a more connected and automated future for surface transportation.

Comments

Travel:

Aurora Board members travel twice per year (spring, fall) to determine new projects for Aurora, vote on proposed projects, and to discuss project status and findings. All travel expenses for members are paid from pooled funds. The Board member or designated representative of each active member agency will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable costs for travel, including registration fees, accommodation, and sustenance, to attend approved Aurora meetings. Travel costs of attendance at Aurora meetings by others may also be reimbursable in special cases approved in advance by the Aurora Program Administrator or the Executive Board. The Program Administrator and management consultant are charged with coordinating events requiring travel as appropriate to minimize travel costs.

Minimum desired annual commitment for each state:

The Aurora program activities are supported through income from member agencies ($25,000 per year) as well as in-kind match where approved by the Aurora Executive Board. This cycle of Aurora will cover funding years FY2020 to FY2024.

New member states:

This pooled fund is always accepting new member states. Please inquire with the Lead Agency Contact noted above to join this effort.

Subjects: Highway Operations, Capacity, and Traffic Control Maintenance

Title File/Link Type Private
TPF-5(435) Acceptance Letter TPF-5(435) Acceptance Letter.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarterly Report: March 2020 5(435)_2020_Q1_Hans_731.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q2_Hans_731 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: September 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q3_Hans_731 Aurora.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: December 2020 TPF-5(435)_2020_Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: March 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: June 2021 TPF-5(435)_2021_Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public

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