Transportation for America is hosting their conference for state-level transportation officials in Atlanta this December 5th and 6th. City officials have huge impacts on transportation and battles have out in City Hall about ride-sharing and bike- or scooter-share. But, as NYC residents know, state-level officials have a huge impact on policymaking and regulations that impact streets in every neighborhood.
Our perspective in DC is a bit funky since our city officials like DDOT are de-facto state-level officials as well as municipal regulators. But, with pre-emption and other state-level actions limiting (or increasing) local flexibility, these state officials are extremely important to the future of urban mobility. Richmond and Annapolis affect DC’s commuters in addition to the county and city transportation organizations.
Atlanta is an interesting place to be for this, too. MARTA recently approved a seriously ambitious expansion plan.
Conference Summary, from T4A:
“The field of transportation has never evolved as quickly and dynamically as it is right now. Automated vehicles, ride-hailing, e-bikes, car sharing and innovations yet to come are transforming the way Americans get around.
These evolutions could radically expand access to opportunity for people of all walks of life—or they can reinforce existing systems of inequality and exclusion. Public policy will play a crucial role in deciding which way our communities go.
These questions will be the focus of Capital Ideas 2018, Transportation for America’s conference for state policymakers to discuss ways to deliver transportation systems that address people’s needs no matter how they travel and builds economically vibrant communities that can compete for talent.
The theme of this year’s conference is The States’ Role in New Mobility, and the agenda will focus on questions state transportation leaders should consider in the midst of ongoing changes in the transportation marketplace. As in years past, the event will bring together state and local elected officials, policymakers, advocates, chambers of commerce, foundations, universities, think tanks, and industry leaders from across the country under one roof.”
- Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - Thursday, December 6, 2018
- Events held at Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta, GA
- Agenda and Registration: http://t4america.org/capital-ideas/
- Conference registration is $350.00 per person and includes access to all conference sessions, receptions, networking breakfasts, lunch each day, and walking tours. T4A Members enjoy $100 off the cost of registration.
Note: A presenter notable for DC-area commuters is Nick Donohue, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia.