GTT – a worldwide leader in emergency vehicle preemption (EVP) and transit signal priority (TSP) systems – today announced the appointment of Jim Oberstar, as Senior Strategic Advisor.
During his 36-year tenure serving Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jim championed a wide range of initiatives to improve transportation safety. His efforts culminated in his appointment as Chairman for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in 2007, a role in which he oversaw all modes of transportation including aviation, maritime, and surface transportation.
"We are honored to have Jim on our team as we strive to create a safer, more reliable traffic management infrastructure," saidDoug Roberts, CEO of GTT. "Throughout his career, Jim has been a passionate advocate for the restoration and advancement of our nation's transportation infrastructure – a focus that aligns perfectly with GTT's mission."
"I look forward to continuing my safety and transit advocacy in a new venue with Global Traffic Technologies," said Jim Oberstar. "I have observed GTT's Opticom™ traffic signal priority control system evolve into a sophisticated, real-time traffic control solution, adaptable to the requirements of emergency and transit services. In my judgment, it is proven, sound fiscal policy to equip emergency responders and transit systems with Opticom™ technology. I am eager to work with local governments and GTT to facilitate public-private partnerships that allow communities – despite the current challenging economic times – to benefit from the use of this critical technology."
Opticom™ traffic signal priority control solutions have been proven to be effective in reducing response times and improving safety for emergency personnel, as well as ensuring transit services remain on schedule while reducing costs and improving ridership. Available in Infrared and GPS versions – as well as the latest multi-mode offering that provides seamless interoperability of Infrared and GPS in one product – Opticom™ is the most flexible and widely deployed priority control solution in the industry today, with an installed base of over 60,000 intersections in 1500 municipalities around the world.
About Global Traffic Technologies (GTT)
Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, and building on a 40 year legacy of innovation, GTT delivers advanced traffic management solutions for the emergency, transit and traffic management markets.