Xerox’s Ken Philmus receives prestigious transportation Hall of Fame Award
The Intelligent Transportation Society of New Jersey presented industry leader, Ken Philmus, with the Hall of Fame award at its 2015 ITS New Jersey Annual Meeting. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly during their career to advancing intelligent transportation systems in the state.
“The work Ken has done for several of our largest clients has improved mobility for thousands of travelers every day,” said Dave Amoriell, chief operating officer, Public Sector, Xerox. “Because of his success in implementing intelligent systems on such a wide scale, he has brought credit to our entire field.”
Ken’s career achievements include:
- Implementing TRANSMIT travel times on the George Washington Bridge to balance demand on the upper and lower levels of the bridge. Previously, drivers were provided with a “best route” arrow, but it didn’t help to balance traffic. The TRANSMIT travel times provided accurate and timely information to drivers that was easy to understand. As a result, travelers saw improved efficiency on one of the busiest vehicular crossings in the world.
- Creating a tunnel traffic control system that used video incident detection to balance traffic flows between the Lincoln and Holland tunnels in New York City.
- Developing a bus terminal management system, using E-ZPass, inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Ken used ITS to manage bus flow in and out of the terminal, including rerouting buses onto New York City streets when there was a stoppage in the Lincoln tunnel.
In his role as senior vice president of transportation solutions at Xerox, Ken focuses on tolling, user fee technology implementation, and back-office operation and administration for many of the largest toll agencies in the U.S. Prior to Xerox, Ken was the national director of toll services for AECOM Transportation and also previously held the position of director of tunnels, bridges, and terminals for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Ken has also served on the boards of many national industry associations including the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, ITS America and ITS World Conference. He has worked in the transportation industry for 44 years.
“They say if you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life – and I agree with that,” says Ken Philmus. “It has been a pleasure to work on such incredible projects during my career that have improved transportation architecture and infrastructure, and have advanced the state of mobility. I am honored to receive this award.”