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2017 Fall Luncheon: Designing for Autonomous Technologies

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Name: 2017 Fall Luncheon: Designing for Autonomous Technologies
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
The emergence of autonomous vehicles has been described as this generation’s “most disruptive innovation”.  Car manufacturers and ride-hauling services are preparing fleets for the future, but little has been discussed about local municipal infrastructure upgrades that will be needed to accommodate this technology. 

The Transportation Management Association of Chester County is hosting a special event this November focused on how to plan long-term for autonomous technologies featuring four speakers that bring unique knowledge sets to this hot topic.  TMACC encourages engineers, planners, lawyers, township officials and business owners to attend this event to take the next step in advancing our Region for new growth, monumental change and better mobility.   

The following is a summary of our panel of four presenters for our luncheon.

Paul Mackie, Communications Director at Mobility Lab

Paul has been Communications Director at Mobility Lab since 2012. He specializes in reporting, writing, editing, helping journalists, and speaking about how places can become vibrant through public-transportation initiatives.

For the eight years prior to joining Mobility Lab, he was Climate Change Communications Director at The Nature Conservancy and Director of Media Relations at the World Resources Institute.

Paul has been quoted on transportation issues by USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, NPR, and many others; has spoken at many conferences, including MIT’s Disrupting Mobility, Innovate Raleigh, and various state and national transportation events; and received the 2015 Excellence in Advocacy Award and 2013 Presidents Award from the Association of Commuter Transportation.

Paul is currently serving on the “Safe Routes to Healthy Foods Taskforce” of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and on a panel that provides direction and guidance for disseminating research produced by the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), a collaboration of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the Academies and its Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the Transit Development Corporation, an educational and research arm of the American Public Transit Association (APTA). He is also a member of the Surface Transportation Communicators of DC.

Roger Cohen, Policy Director at PennDOT

Roger Cohen has been PennDOT Policy Director since July, 2015. As Policy Director, Roger advises Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards on all matters affecting transportation policy within the Department and the Commonwealth.  He is directly responsible for serving as the Department's liaison with the Governor's Office and other Commonwealth agencies on policy and regulatory matters.  He serves as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Taskforce. His other principal areas of policy focus have been improving pedestrian safety and reducing the climate impacts of the transportation system.

Before joining PennDOT, Roger had a diverse career in public service, law, politics, consulting and journalism. For eight years, he was at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where he served as policy adviser to the agency's Executive Director and Board Chairman, manager of the agency-wide business planning process, and deputy director of the Port Authority's office of policy analysis and planning. He was a public affairs and issue management consultant for nine years, as well as worldwide director of communications and media relations at the global law firm White & Case, LLP.  Previously he served as the state and district director for a member of the US House of Representatives, and before that was an award winning reporter at the Bergen Record newspaper in New Jersey.  A graduate of Columbia University, Roger lives in Lancaster with his wife, Patricia O'Hara, a professor of English literature at Franklin & Marshall College.

Stephen Buckley, Vice President – Northeast Regional Manager - Planning, Environment and Traffic at WSP

Steve Buckley is the manager of the northeast U.S. planning, environment and traffic practice for WSP USA.  He has over 20 years of experience in transportation including design, operations, maintenance, policy, planning, programming and funding.

Steve previously served as general manager of transportation for the City of Toronto, where he helped lead a dialogue on how North American cities can and should influence the development of policies for autonomous vehicles to ensure they align with city goals. Steve also commissioned the discussion paper, “Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto,” to initiate a regional conversation on autonomous vehicles.

Steve earned master’s degrees in transportation and in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University. He has been an active member of the Transportation Research Board, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, ITS Canada and the Transport Association of Canada.

Jeff Riegner, Vice President at Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP

Jeff Riegner is vice president of Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP and manager of the firm’s Delaware Valley transportation practice. His passion is transforming our communities by making smart transportation choices. Jeff is a professional engineer and certified planner with 27 years of transportation and land use consulting experience, mostly for public-sector clients. He is a workshop instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition, past chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council, and member of ITE’s CV/AV Task Force. Jeff holds degrees from the University of Delaware and the University of California at Berkeley.
Event Sponsors:
Chester Valley Golf Club
430 W Swedesford Rd
Malvern, PA 19355
Date/Time Information:
November 2, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Contact Information:
Amanda Lozinak
Members: $55
Non-Members: $65
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