Stephen Ratke, P.E
Friday, March 11, 2:30 pm.
Since 2004 FHWA has utilized the focused approach to safety to direct resources to those areas exhibiting the greatest safety needs. Texas is a focus state for intersection, roadway departure, and pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, including five focus cities. The session will describe the resources available through the focused approach to safety along with priority programs and countermeasures for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety promoted by FHWA.
Safety Engineer ,
Federal Highway Administration - Texas Division
As Safety Engineer for the FHWA Texas Division, Steve is responsible for the federal oversight of the ~$180 million per year Highway Safety Improvement Program and Highway – Rail Grade Crossing Program. Steve works with TxDOT, MPOs and locals around the state to implement the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan and promotes US DOT safety initiatives to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on all public roadways. His 11 years with the FHWA includes time in various offices with work in highway design, general project delivery, operations and ITS, and primarily in highway safety. Steve is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received a BSCE from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a MSCE from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Professional Engineer in Nevada.
His professional involvements include being a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, past chapter chair, Young Professionals in Transportation – Austin Chapter and member of the City of Austin Vision Zero Task Force