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Field Hearings

April 18-19, 2007 - Chicago, Illinois

James R. Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building)
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Transcript (Day 1)
Transcript (Day 2)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1:10 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Panel #1: Metropolitan Surface Transportation Solutions

  • John Webber, Assistant to the Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Cheri Heramb, Acting Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation Biography
  • Frank Kruesi, President, Chicago Transit Authority Biography
  • Maggie Walsh, President , WTS Greater Chicago Chapter, Senior Associate, CTE Testimony
  • Randall S. Blakenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Panel #2: Moving Products and Freight Across the Nation, Now and in the Future

3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Panel #3: Regional Surface Transportation Issues and the Impact on the Global Economy

  • John Clark, Chair, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority Biography and Testimony
  • Doug Whitley, President and CEO, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael McLaughlin, Transportation Director, Metropolitan Planning Council

4:30 p.m. Public Comment
(Each speaker can address the Commission for 2 minutes)

5:00 p.m. Adjourn, Media Availability (in JRTC Auditorium)

Thursday, April 19, 2007
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:40 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Panel #4: Safety Solutions for the Surface Transportation Network

  • Pete Rahn, Secretary, Missouri Department of Transportation, AASHTO Committee on Highway Traffic Safety Biography and Testimony
  • Barbara Harsha, Executive Director, Governor's Highway Safety Association
  • Mike Stout, Director, Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety Biography and Testimony
  • Glynn Birch, National President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Biography
  • Jackie Gillan, Vice President, Advocates for Highway Safety

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Panel#5: The Role of Interstate and Intercity Passenger Rail in the Surface Transportation Network

10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Panel #6: Socio-Economic Changes That Will Impact the Future of the Surface Transportation Network

  • Frank Beal, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolis 2020 Biography and Testimony
  • John Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Conrad Egan, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Leobardo Estrada, Ph.D., Member, AARP Board of Directors

11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Media Availability (JRTC Auditorium)

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Panel #7: Vision and Funding Strategies to Address the Future Needs of the Surface Transportation Network

  • Gary Ridley, Director, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Biography and Testimony
  • Tim Martin, Senior Vice President, CTE/AECOM Biography and Testimony
  • Bill Grams, Executive Director, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders
  • Tom Walker, Director of Government Affairs, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Michael Staczak, President, Hanson Material Service, First Vice Chair, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association Biography and Testimony

2:15 p.m. Public Comment

2:30 p.m. Adjourn


April 18, 2007 - Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

McNamara Alumni Center
A.I. Johnson Room
200 Oak Street, S.E.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455


Wednesday, April 18, 2007
8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

8:15 a.m. Field Hearing Convenes

  • Called to Order by Secretary Mary Peters

Panel #1: Multidisciplinary Solutions to Traffic Safety

  • Kathy Swanson, Director, Office of Traffic Safety, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Biography and Testimony
  • Sue Miller, Secretary Treasurer, National Association of County Engineers and Freeborn County Engineer Biography and Testimony
  • Max Donath, Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, University of Minnesota Biography and Testimony
  • Stan Lampe, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Biography and Testimony

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Panel #2: Role of Rural Areas and Local Governments in a New National Transportation Policy

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Panel #3: Recommendations for a New National Transportation Policy

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Panel #4: Multimodal Transportation Congestion Solutions

  • Bernie Arseneau, Director, Office of Traffic, Safety & Operations, Minnesota Department of Transportation Biography and Testimony
  • Brent Bair, Chair, ITS Caucus Public Sector Advisory Committee Biography and Testimony
  • Dave Eischens, Area Sales Manager, Networks and Enterprise Group, Motorola Inc. and Minnesota Guidestar Board Member Biography and Testimony

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Panel #5: Freight User Perspectives and Solutions

  • Larry Lair, Vice President, Traffic Safety Systems Division, 3M Biography and Testimony
  • Rick Gabrielson, Senior Manager for Import Transportation, Target Corporation Biography and Testimony
  • Tim Coats, Vice President, Supply Chain Logistics, Strategy and Grain Operations, General Mills Biography and Testimony
  • Frank Sims, Vice President of Transportation and Product Assurance, Cargill, Inc. Biography and Testimony
  • Aaron Jorgensen, Senior Director, Supply Chain Logistics Integration, Medtronic, Inc. Biography and Testimony
  • Teresa M. Adams, Ph.D., Director, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Biography and Testimony

5:00 p.m. Public Testimony (all topics and ideas)

5:30 p.m. Adjourn


March 19, 2007 -Washington D.C.

2167 Rayburn House Office Building Hearing Room
Washington, D.C. 20515


Monday, March 19, 2007
8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m.
Panel #1: State and Local Elected Officials

  • Bart Peterson, Mayor of Indianapolis, representing the National League of Cities Testimony
  • Scott Haggerty, member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, (California), representing the National Association of Counties Testimony

Panel #2: User Perspectives

  • Rolf Th. Lundberg, Jr., Senior Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Testimony
  • Robert L. Darblenet, President & CEO, the American Automobile Association Testimony
  • Greg Cohen, President & CEO, the American Highway Users Alliance Testimony

Panel #3: Transportation System Perspectives from Managers and Planners

  • John Horsley, Executive Director, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Testimony 1 Testimony 2
  • William A. Verkest, PE, President, the American Public Works Association Testimony
  • Jim McKenzie, Executive Director of Metroplan (Arkansas), representing the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Testimony 1 Testimony 2
  • Jean Godwin, Executive Vice President, the American Association of Port Authorities Testimony
  • Jacqueline Johnson, Executive Director, the National Congress of American Indians Testimony

Panel #4: Transportation Providers

  • William W. Millar, President, the American Public Transportation Association
  • Peter J. Pantuso, President & CEO, the American Bus Association Testimony
  • Bill Graves, President & CEO, the American Trucking Associations Testimony
  • Craig F. Rockey, Vice President for Policy and Economics, the Association of American Railroads Testimony 1 Testimony 2 Testimony3
  • Ross B. Capon, Executive Director, the National Association of Railroad Passengers Testimony 1 Testimony 2

Panel #5: Infrastructure Providers

  • Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, the Associated General Contractors of America Testimony
  • Charlie Potts, First Vice Chairman and CEO of Heritage Construction & Materials, representing American Road & Transportation Builders Association Testimony 1 Testimony 2
  • Guy Stephenson, Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel of Weyerhaeuser, Inc., and Mr. Fred Rickert Vice President of the National Waterways Conference Testimony 1 Testimony 2
  • Christopher A. McLean, Counsel, the Vehicle Traffic Information Coalition Testimony 1 Testimony 2
  • Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director, the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association Testimony

Panel #6: Workforce Issues

  • Mr. Michael Siano, Executive Vice President, Amalgamated Transit Union Testimony
  • James M. Brunkenhoefer, National Legislative Director, the United Transportation Union
  • Donald J. Kaniewski, Laborers' International Union of North America Testimony

Panel #7: Policy Issues

  • Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Executive Director, the Transportation Research Board Testimony 1, 2, & 3 Testimony 4
  • David L. Greene, Corporate Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Testimony
  • Anne P. Canby, President, the Surface Transportation Policy Project Testimony

4:45 p.m. Adjourn


February 23, 2007 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109


Friday, February 23, 2007
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • Jack Schenendorf, Vice-Chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission

8:05 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Oscar Goodman, Mayor of the City of Las Vegas, and Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Panel #1

  • Susan Martinovich, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation
  • The Honorable Victor Mendez, Director, Arizona Department of Transportation

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Panel #2

  • Jacob Snow, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
  • Greg Krause, Executive Director, Washoe County Regional Transportation Commission, Nevada
  • Ingrid Reisman, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Las Vegas Monorail Company

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Panel #3

  • San Bernardino Association of Governments (California)
  • Dennis Smith, Executive Director, Maricopa Association of Governments (Arizona)

11:45 p.m. Public Comment Period

12:00 p.m. Adjourn


February 21, 2007 - Atlanta, Georgia

Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Wednesday, February 21, 2007
8:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

8:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • Jack Schenendorf, Vice-Chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Panel #1: Optimize the Current System

  • Wayne Shackelford, Senior Vice President, Gresham Smith Partners; former Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation; former President of ITS America
  • Robert F. Dallas, Director, Governor's Office of Highway Safety
  • Christopher (Chris) L. Warren, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Florida Turnpike Enterprise
  • Larry E. Tibbits, Chief Operations Officer, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • David Ronald Goode, Retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norfolk Southern Corporation

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Panel #2: Expand the System

  • William Hammack, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer, C. W. Matthews Contracting Company
  • Mark Holifield, Sr., Vice President of Supply Chain, Home Depot
  • Larry L. (Butch) Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Transportation
  • Robert Morris, Director, External Affairs, Georgia Ports Authority
  • Edward B. Crowell, Director, Georgia Motor Trucking Association
  • The Honorable Harold Linnenkohl, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Panel #3: Finance

  • David Peterson, Vice President, Royal Bank of Canada Marcus D. Kluczka, Director of Project and Export Finance, Siemens
  • Rosa Clausell Rountree, Executive Director, Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority
  • Harrison B. Rue, Vice President, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Executive Director, Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Panel #4: Roles and Vision

  • Michael (Mike) D. Garrett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Power; Chairman Elect of State Chamber of Commerce; and Former Chairman of Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • The Honorable Pierce R. Homer, Secretary, Virginia Department of Transportation
  • The Honorable Samuel (Sam) S. Olens, Chairman, Atlanta Regional Commission, and Commission Chairman, Cobb County, Georgia
  • The Honorable Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta
  • Michael Robison, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lanier Parking Holdings; Chairman, Board of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

4:30 p.m. Public Comment Opportunity

5:15 p.m. Adjourn, Media Availability


February 21-22, 2007 - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90012

Transcript 1 (Day 1)
Transcript 2 (Day 2)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007
California and the National Economy
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. Opening Remarks

  • Secretary Mary. E. Peters, Chairman of the National Surface Transportatin Policy and Revenue Study Commission

1:45 p.m - 3:30 p.m.
Panel #1: Trade and Commerce

  • Barry Sedlik, Acting Secretary, California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
  • Gill Hicks, Gill V. Hicks & Associates, Chair, California Marine and Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council
  • Jerry Tidwell, Senior Vice President, Supply Operations, Safeway Corporation
  • Ray Burgett, Director International Logistics and Transportation, Pier 1 Imports
  • Tony Grasso, Executive Director, San Bernardino Associated Governments

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m
Panel #2: Mobility, Congestion and Safety

  • Eugene Skoropowski, Managing Director Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
  • Mehdi Morshed, Executive Director, California High Speed Rail Authority
  • Pete Speer, President, American Traffic Safety Services Association
  • Dr. Genevieve Guiliano, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Technology, School of Policy Planning and Development, University of Southern California and Director, Metrans Transportation Center
  • Will Kempton, Director, California Department of Transportation

5:15 p.m. Public Comment Period

5:30 p.m. Adjourn, Media Availability

Thursday, February 22, 2007
National Policy and Efficiency
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Commissioner Steve Heminger, the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission

8:35 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote Testimony and Questions for Elected Officials

  • Senator Alan Lowenthal, Chair, California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
  • Assembly member Pedro Nava, Chair, California Assembly Transportation Committee
  • Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor and Chair, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Panel #3: Partnership and Collaboration

  • Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments
  • Art Leahy, CEO, Orange County Transportation Authority
  • G. Kent Woodman, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
  • John Barna, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission

10:45 a.m - 12:15 a.m
Panel #4: Transitioning to the Next Generation Transportation System

  • Tim Waltze, President, The Griffith Company
  • Roger Snoble, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Sunne Wright-McPeak, CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund
  • Dr. Martin Wachs, Director, Transportation, Space and Technology, RAND

12:15 p.m. Public Comment

12:30 p.m Adjourn


November 15, 2006 - Memphis, Tennessee

The Peabody Hotel
149 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103


Wednesday, November 15, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • Secretary Mary E. Peters, Chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission

8:40 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Panel #1: Global Trends and Regional Framework

  • Doug Duncan, President and CEO, FedEx Freight addressing the global framework, demands for surface transportation and the U. S. challenges and requirements. Biography
  • Tim Yatsko, Senior Vice-President of Transportation Wal-Mart regarding global trends and challenges and Wal-Mart's national response as well as needs in U. S. transportation system. Biography and Testimony
  • John Moore, President and CEO Memphis Regional Chamber regarding the potential for Memphis region as an intermodal inland port to address national transportation challenges and demands of the private sector supply chain; what is required and how to achieve it. Biography
  • Pete Johnson, Federal Co-Chair for Delta Regional Authority regarding role of surface transportation in the 8-state Delta Region particularly underdeveloped and rural areas. Biography and Testimony

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel #2: Intermodal Opportunities in Global & Regional Trends

  • Robert West, Managing Director, Global Trade & Transportation at Global Insight, addressing implications of global trends on ports and intermodal transportation. Biography and Testimony
  • Roger Sklar, Director Inbound Supply Chain Operations, NIKE Inc., regarding regional opportunities and solutions for national port and surface transportation challenges. Biography
  • Steve Rand, AVP Sales and Account Development, CSX Intermodal regarding rail, highway, port, and air interconnections and challenges/solutions for financing rail infrastructure. Biography and Testimony
  • Jonathan Red, Chief Operating Officer, Sea Point LLC, international freight movements; necessity of national intermodal planning; and regional opportunities to address the national challenges. Biography and Testimony

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Panel #3: Regional Economic Development & Quality of Life

  • Matt Kisber, Tennessee Commissioner of Economic Development regarding needs, opportunities and challenges for surface transportation in economic development of Tennessee and region Biography
  • Tennessee Senator Mark Norris, Chairman of Economic Development, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. Will address Regional Imperatives: Opportunities for Intergovernmental innovation in Intermodal Logistics and Economic Development". Biography
  • Neely Mallory, President of Mallory Alexander, a prominent international freight forwarder covering intermodal aspects of international freight movements and demands upon the surface transportation system. Biography
  • John D. Carruthers (Shreveport, LA), Chairman, Mid-Continent Highway Coalition (I-69) regarding trade with Canada and Mexico, national surface transportation corridors, their importance to the national economy and alternatives for funding and financing. Biography and Testimony

3:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Panel #4: Surface Transportation Barriers/Solutions

  • Gerald Nicely, Commissioner, Tennessee DOT addressing the necessity of Integrated Planning between modes of transportation and flexible funding options to allow strategic infrastructure investments. This will include mode diversion from roads to rail and transit systems. Biography
  • Scott Bennett, Arkansas Department of Highways and Transportation covering financing surface transportation financing including reliability of funding streams, innovative financing alternatives, and lessons learned to date. Biography
  • Dave Huneryager, President & CEO of Tennessee Trucking Association regarding needs, challenges, gaps and solutions in surface transportation system. Biography
  • Jimmy Smith, Tennessee Public Transit Association regarding Commuter rail, rural transit, and related issues.

4:45 p.m. Public Comment Opportunity

5:15 p.m. Adjourn


November 15-16, 2006 - New York City, New York

Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York
2 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Transcript (Day 1)
Transcript (Day 2)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Panel #1: Setting the Stage - Transportation and the Economy

  • Gerald Shaheen, Group President, Caterpillar, and Chairman of the Board, U.S. Chamber of
  • Robert D. Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association
  • Rae Rosen, Senior Economist and Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New
  • Video [streaming media]     Presentation

Panel #2: Intercity Rail, Mass Transit and Regional Interconnectedness in 2056

  • Drew Galloway, Chief, Corridor Development and Project Planning, Planning and Analysis
    Department, Amtrak
  • David King, General Manager, Triangle Transit Authority
  • D.C. Agrawal, Assistant Executive Director, Corporate Strategy, Policy and Contracts, New
    Jersey Transit
  • James Boice, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation
  • Presentation

5:00 p.m. Public Comment Period

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday, November 16, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Panel #3: Condition and Needs of the National and Northeast Transportation System

  • Steve L. Massie, CEO, Jack Massie Constructor Inc., Senior Vice President, Associated
    General Contractors of America
  • Matthew A. Coogan, Director, New England Transportation Institute
  • Neil Pedersen, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration
  • Ken Andrews, Dow Corporation
  • Presentation

Panel #4: Meeting the Needs

  • Dr. C. Michael Walton, Chairman, American Road and Transportation Builders Association,
    and Professor at University of Texas, Austin
  • James T. Taylor II, Principal, Mercator Advisors LLC
  • Thomas J. Madison, Jr., Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation
  • Ross Pepe, President, Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley, Inc.
  • Presentation

Panel #5: Trade and Freight Gateways to the Northeast and to the Nation

  • Richard Larrabee, Director, Port Commerce Department, The Port Authority of New York
    and New Jersey
  • Sam Crane, Maher Terminals
  • William Goetz, Resident Vice President, CSX Transportation
  • Anthony Hatch, Consultant and Analyst on finance and railroads
  • Glenn Weisbrod, President, Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
  • Presentation

Panel #6: The Role of Public Institutions in Providing Transportation Infrastructure in 2056

  • Christopher P. Boylan, Deputy Executive Director/Corporate and Community Affairs
    Metropolitan Transportation Authority, State of New York
  • Victoria Cross Kelly, Director, Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals, The Port Authority of New
    York and New Jersey
  • Presentation

5:00p.m. Public Comment Period

5:40 p.m. Adjourn


October 27, 2006 - Portland, Oregon

Oregon Convention Center
777 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97232


Friday, November 16, 2006

Panel 1: Global Gateways Speakers

  • Harold Linnenkohl, Georgia DOT Commissioner and AASHTO President Testimony
  • Paula Hammond, Washington DOT Chief of Staff Presentation
  • Mary Olson, Port of Portland Commission Vice President Testimony
  • Doug Tindall, Oregon's DOT Deputy Director, Highway Testimony
  • Hal Dengerink and Henry Hewitt, Columbia River Crossing Task Force Co-Chairs Testimony

Panel 2: Intercity Passenger Rail Speakers

  • Paula Hammond, Washington DOT Chief of Staff Testimony
  • Missy Cassidy, Maryland DOT Director of Policy and Governmental Affairs Testimony

Panel 3: Performance Based Management Speakers

  • Paula Hammond, Washington DOT Chief of Staff Testimony
  • Pete Rahn, Missouri DOT Director

Panel 4: Alternative Finance Speakers

  • Matthew Garrett, Oregon DOT Director Testimony
  • Paula Hammond, Washington DOT Chief of Staff Testimony
  • Victor Mendez, Arizona DOT Director and AASHTO Vice President Testimony
  • John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director Testimony


September 20-21, 2006 - Dallas, Texas

Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel
300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75207

Transcript (Day 1)
Transcript (Day 2)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Panel #1: Overview of Needs and Long Term Financing Initiatives

  • Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
  • William W. Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association
  • Neil Schuster, President and CEO, ITS America
  • Ric Williamson, Chairman, Texas Transportation Commission

Panel #2: Growth Needs of the Surface Transportation System

  • Arlee Reno, Cambridge Systematics, Assessment of Needs of Public Transportation and Highways
  • Joseph M. Giglio, Northeastern University
  • Frank Wilson, Houston Metro
  • James McClellan, Rail Expert (Freight)

Thursday, September 21, 2006
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Panel #3: Regional Needs of the Surface Transportation System

  • Gary Thomas, President, Dallas Area Regional Transit, Transit Solutions to Regional Mobility Needs
  • Richard Ruddell, President, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Commuter Rail Solutions to Regional Mobility Needs
  • Allan Rutter, Executive Director, North Texas Tollway Authority, Building State-Local-Regional Alliances to Advance Mobility
  • Alan Clark, Director of Transportation & Air Quality Planning, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Regional Growth and Transportation Needs and the Dynamics of Air Quality Issues and challenges for the Houston Area Testimony
  • Michael Morris, North Texas Council of Governments, What Works in Regional Government

Panel #4: Preservation Needs of the Surface Transportation System

  • Mort Downey, PB Consult - Funding to Maintain Systems
  • Tim Lomax, Texas Transportation Institute, The Challenges of Congestion: the Result of Needs Suppressed
  • Art Lomenick, Managing Director, Trammel Crowe Company, Needs of Developers and the Building Community
  • John Esparza, President & CEO, Texas Motor Transportation Association, Needs of the Trucking Sector
  • Tim McGuckin, Executive Director, OmniAir Consortium, Vehicle Infrastructure Integration

Panel #5: Financing the Surface Transportation System

  • Karen Hedlund, Nossaman Gunther, Legal Structures needed for PPP's and Toll Development
  • Mike Heiligenstein, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
  • Darius Gaskins, Norbridge, Inc., Rail Economics & Finance Expert

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Public Sessions and Outreach Meetings

June 20, 2007 - Washington, D.C.

Federal Highway Administrators Conference Room
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Meeting with State and Local Government Stakeholder Organizations

  • Senator Bruce Starr, National Conference of State Legislatures Testimony
  • Representative Sherman Packard, Council of State Governments Testimony
  • Mayor R.T. Rybak, U.S. Conference of Mayors Testimony
  • Commissioner Colleen Landkamer, National Association of Counties Testimony
  • City Councilwoman Laura Padgett, National League of Cities Testimony
  • Raymond Scheppach, National Governors Association Testimony
  • Michael Edwards, International City/County Management Association Testimony


March 20-21, 2007 - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590


Tuesday, March 20, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lessons Learned

  • Gloria M. Shepherd, Federal Highway Administration Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty, "Transportation Planning and Programming: An Overview" Presentation
  • Frederick Skaer, Director of the Federal Highway Administration Office of Project Development and Environmental Review."Highway Project Development and Environmental Review" Presentation
  • Robert Skinner, Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board, "Research as a Federal Function"
  • Rich Steinmann, Special Assistant to the Federal Transit Administrator, "FTA New Starts Program" Presentation
  • Jeffrey F. Paniati, Federal Highway Administration Associate Administrator for Operations, "Operations and Technologies for the 21st Century" Presentation
  • Shelley J. Row, Federal Highway Administration Program Director for the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, "Technology and the Future of Transportation" Presentation

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Highway Trust Fund Cash Balances

  • Laura Ziff, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, U.S. Department of Transportation Presentation


January 17, 2007 - Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma City Room
U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters
400 7 TH Street, S.W.,
Washington , D.C.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007
1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks

  • Secretary Mary E. Peters, Chairman of the Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission

1:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Intercity Passenger Rail - National Policy and Strategies Needed to Maximize Public Benefits from Federal Expenditures.

  • JayEtta Hecker (Director, Physical Infrastructure Team, GAO) and Rick Jorgenson (Senior Analyst, Physical Infrastructure Team, GAO) Presentation

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
"Ask the Authors" Session - Catastrophic Hurricane Evacuation Plan Evaluation, Report to Congress


October 18, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters
400 Seventh Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Meeting Presentations

  • Don Pickrell, Volpe Center, "The Economics of Congestion Pricing -- The Background, the Basics and Latest Economic Literature" Presentation

The Real World - Lessons from the U.S. and Abroad

  • Patrick DeCorla-Souza, FHWA, Program Manager, Office of Operations Presentation
  • Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow/Director, State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Presentation
  • Naveen Lamba, IBM Global Business Service Presentation

Congestion Pricing—Policy Issues

  • Secretary Robert Flanagan, Maryland Dept of Transportation
  • Michael Replogle, Transportation Director, Environmental Defense Presentation
  • Ken Orski, Editor/ Publisher, Innovation Briefs Presentation
  • Brian Taylor, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Urban Planning Department, UCLA Presentation
  • Don Pickrell, Volpe Center Presentation

The Growing Role of the Private Sector in Transportation Infrastructure

  • Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies, Reason Foundation Presentation

Private Infrastructure Transactions

  • Dana Levenson, Chief Financial Officer, City of Chicago
  • Chuck Schalliol, State Budget Director, State of Indiana Presentation
  • Mark Florian, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Presentation
  • John Schmidt, Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw, LLP Presentation
  • Gerald Pfeffer, Vice President for Development, Kiewit Corporation Presentation


July 25-26, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590


Tuesday, July 25, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
The International Context: Surface Transportation Linking the U.S. to the Global Economy

  • Michael Gallis, Michael Gallis & Associates

10:30 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.
Panel Presentation and Discussion

  • Dr. Bruce Seely Professor, Michigan, "History as Prologue Development of the Interstate Highway System" Presentation
  • John W. Fischer Congressional Research Service; Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Library of Congress, "Modern History of the Highway System" Presentation

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m
Needs Analysis Revisited

  • Ross Crichton, FHWA, "Sensitivity to Assumptions" Presentation
  • Tony Furst, FHWA, "Highway Intermodal Connectors" Presentation
  • Richard Steinmann, FTA, "Transit Stratification" Presentation
  • Susan Binder, FHWA, "Limitations of Models To Date" Presentation

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional Needs Analyses within Charge to the Commission

  • Lance Grenzeback, Cambridge Systematics, "Highway and Rail Freight: Demand, Bottlenecks, and Needs" Presentation
  • David Ewing, Consultant, "Intercity Passenger Rail" Presentation

5:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m. General Policy Discussion

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Federal Highway Trust Fund Primer: How the Highway Trust Fund Works

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Additional Revenue Mechanisms: Taxes, Tolls, Bonds, Loans, etc.

11:45 a.m. General Policy Discussion


June 26-27, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590


Monday June 26, 2006
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Factors and Trends Influencing Current and Future Transportation Needs

  • Jack Wells, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Transportation, "Role of Transportation in the U.S. Economy" Presentation
  • Alan E. Pisarski, Transportation Policy Consultant, "Demography is Destiny: Commuter Trends" Presentation
  • Howard Hogan, Associate Director for Demographic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau, "Trends in Population Growth and Distribution"
  • Keith Hall, Chief Economist, Council of Economic Advisors, "Forecast for the U.S. Economy" Presentation
  • Praveen Dixit, Director of the Office of Competition and Economic Analysis, and Russ Adise, International Trade Analyst, Maritime Transport and Security, Office of Service Industries, Department of Commerce, "U.S. Trade: Long Term Prospects and Challenges" Presentation
  • John Conti, Director, Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting, U.S. Department of Energy, "Annual Energy Outlook 2006" Presentation

1:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m.
The State of the U.S. Freight System: Trends and Challenges 2000-2020

  • Jeffrey N. Shane, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, "The State of the U.S. Freight System: Trends and Challenges 2000-2020" Presentation

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
DOT Modal Administrations Overview - Part I

  • Joseph Boardman, Federal Railroad Administrator, "Overview of the Federal Railroad Administration" Presentation

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Closed Session

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
DOT Modal Administrations Overview - Part II

  • Rick Capka, Federal Highway Administrator, "Overview of the Federal Highway Administration and its Programs" Presentation
  • Sandra Bushue, Federal Transit Deputy Administrator, "Overview of the Federal Transit Administration and its Programs" Presentation

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. General Policy Discussion

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Highways and Transit in the U.S.: Conditions, Performance and Financing Trends

  • E. Ross Crichton, Federal Highway Administration, and Richard Steinmann and Robert Tuccillo, Federal Transit Administration

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Highway and Transit Investment Requirements Estimates

  • Susan Binder, Federal Highway Administration, and Richard Steinmann and Robert Tuccillo, Federal Transit Administration


May 24, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters
400 Seventh Street. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590


Wednesday, May 24, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission Remarks

9:10 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Open Remarks from Members of the Commission

  • Frank Busalacchi , Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation Opening Statement
  • Rick Geddes, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Cornell University Dept. of Policy Analysis and Management
  • Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Frank McArdle, General Contractors Association of New York
  • Steve Odland, Chairman and CEO, Office Depot
  • Mary Peters, National Director of Transportation Policy, HDR
  • Patrick Quinn, Chairman, American Trucking Association
  • Matt Rose, CEO, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • Jack Schenendorf , Of Counsel, Covington & Burling
  • Tom Skancke, CEO, The Skancke Company
  • Paul Weyrich, Chairman and CEO, Free Congress Foundation

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Commission Responsibilities and Overview of the Statute and Organizational Issues

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Surface Transportation Program and Finance History

  • Jack Basso, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Presentation

10:50 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Fuel Tax and Alternatives for Transportation Funding

  • Joe Morris and Steve Godwin, Transportation Research Board, Presentation

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. General Discussion

12:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. Media Availability

12:30 - 1:45
Executive Decisions on Transportation

  • Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine

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