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UIndy to host regional transportation summit

Wednesday event open to interested faculty and students


Faculty and students are invited to attend Wednesday afternoon in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall as we host a regional transportation summit featuring U.S. Transportation Under Secretary Peter Rogoff and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Gathering from across the Great Lakes states, concerned citizens, elected officials, metropolitan planning directors, transportation industry partners, business owners and community leaders will discuss Beyond Traffic, a new U.S. Department of Transportation report that examines issues facing the nation’s transportation infrastructure in the coming decades. UIndy President Robert Manuel will open the event with his remarks at 1 p.m.

Beyond Traffic logoMore information on the Beyond Traffic study is available here. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to in the Mayor’s Office.

Below is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s description of the event, followed by the agenda for the day.

Indianapolis Mayor, regional officials, and U.S. Transportation Under Secretary to Hold Forum on the Future of Transportation

On Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, U.S. Transportation Under Secretary Peter Rogoff and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will host a forum on a U.S. Department of Transportation draft report, Beyond Traffic. The report examines the trends and choices facing America’s transportation infrastructure over the next three decades, including a rapidly growing population, increasing freight volume, demographic shifts in rural and urban areas, and a transportation system facing more frequent extreme weather events. The report predicts increased gridlock nationwide unless changes are made in the near-term.

This event will solicit feedback which will be used to develop the final Beyond Traffic report on key transportation trends and potential policy considerations to be published in 2016. During the forum, citizens, elected officials, Metropolitan Planning Organization directors, transportation industry partners, business owners, and community leaders will have the opportunity to bring their region-specific experience to this discussion on the challenges identified in the report and potential solutions to those challenges.

The event will include a panel focusing on the impact of Beyond Traffic trends in the Great Lakes megaregion, which includes Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.

This forum is one of 11 being held nationwide this autumn by the U.S. Department of Transportation. To learn more about Beyond Traffic or to read the full framework, click here.

AGENDA — Wednesday, October 21

1:00 PM     Welcoming Remarks
                     President Robert Manuel, University of Indianapolis

1:05 PM     Welcoming Remarks
                      Mayor Gregory Ballard, City of Indianapolis

1:10 PM    Beyond Traffic: The Future of Transportation in 2045
                     Under Secretary Peter Rogoff, U.S. Department of Transportation

1:15 PM    The Impact of Beyond Traffic Trends in this Region
                    Panel Discussion with Senior Officials from Across the Great Lakes Region 

2:00 PM    Trends Facing the Nation’s Transportation System
                      Bryna Helfer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation

2:30 PM    What Do the Beyond Traffic Trends Mean for this Mega Region?
                      Beyond Traffic Team, U.S. Department of Transportation

3:15 PM    Insights about the Beyond Traffic Final Framework
                     Facilitated Discussion with Participants

3:45 PM    Addressing the Nation: Sharing your Personal Message

4:15 PM    Next Steps and Thank You
                    U.S. Department of Transportation and City of Indianapolis

4:30 PM    ADJOURN