The Institute of Transportation Engineers will bring you conversations with thought leaders in transportation on the future of the industry on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Promoting Quality of Life Through Rural and Tribal Transit – National RTAP Program
Robin Phillips, Executive Director of the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), discusses the challenges of delivering safe and effective public transportation in rural and tribal areas, and highlights some of the challenges faced by these communities, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. National RTAP serves as a training and technical assistance resource for agencies across the United States to facilitate more efficient use of public transportation resources, and Phillips highlights how the program works to ensure a high quality of life for communities through access to jobs, healthcare, education, shopping, and other services.
Futurist Garry Golden – How COVID-19 is Shaping the Future of the Transportation Industry
Futurist Garry Golden shares how he sees the global COVID-19 pandemic shaping future outcomes for the transportation industry as a whole and for professionals. Garry was a Plenary Speaker at the 2020 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition and the session was sponsored by the ITE Consultants Council.
Self-Driving Technology and Safety with David Harkey
David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to discuss connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) and two new studies conducted by the traffic safety research organizations. The first study cites data that illustrate the growing benefits of advanced driver assistance systems; the second reveals possible limits of automated systems in reducing crashes. He also addresses criticisms of the second study, and discusses the future of safety and CAVs.
The Impact of Innovation on MaaS/MOD with Vincent Valdes
Vincent Valdes joins the ITE Talks Transportation Podcast to talk about the role of mobility as a service (MaaS) and mobility on demand (MOD) in public transit and how innovation can improve travel for users and transportation networks as a whole. The podcast was recorded while Vince was at the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. This summer, he transitioned roles to become president and CEO of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.
The Safe System Approach with Robert Wunderlich, P.E.
Robert Wunderlich, P.E., ITE Fellow and Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, discusses the Safe System approach to reducing serious injuries and fatalities on roadways. He highlights various aspects of the Safe System, including roadway design that reduces user error and lowers impact forces, and explains what transportation professionals can do to help implement a Safe System approach.
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Public Transit with Paul Skoutelas, APTA President and CEO
Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, discusses both the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public transit and how the industry is responding, as well as how funding from the CARES Act will be used to assist transit agencies throughout the recovery.