Co-sponsored by:
Princeton University's Policy Research Institute for the Region
NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management
Vorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School
of Planning and Public Policy

The current federal surface transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, expires in September 2009. This is a critical moment for the United States. Even as the economy weakens, its transportation infrastructure, which must bolster that economy, is failing. It is plagued by congestion, by deferred maintenance, and outdated and insufficient systems and infrastructure. At the same time, it faces new challenges related to energy security, the environment, and public health, not to mention how to pay for what is needed. All of these call for a shift in the way we approach transportation, and perhaps approach the next bill. This event will explore the status of the next bill, the potential for new sources of financing our transportation infrastructure, and the ways in which we may want to – and need to – link transportation to broader policy goals and legislation in energy, health, and the environment.


8:00 a.m. REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

8:30 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

8:45 a.m. OPENING ADDRESS: Transportation and Infrastructure Needs for the Region

Honorable Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman of the Board, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (CONFIRMED)


9:30 a.m. SURFACE TRANSPORTATION “AUTHORIZATION”

Anne P. Canby, President, Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (CONFIRMED)

Peter J. “Jack” Basso, Director of Program Finance and Management, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (CONFIRMED)

Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, and Director of Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (CONFIRMED)


11:00 a.m. FINANCING of INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

Honorable Astrid C. Glynn, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, State of New York (CONFIRMED)

Honorable Stephen Dilts, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, State of New Jersey (CONFIRMED)

Honorable Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation (CONFIRMED)

Michael Replogle, Senior Fellow for Transportation Projects, Environmental Defense Fund (CONFIRMED)


12:30 p.m. LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Honorable Mortimer L. Downey, Chairman, Pb Consult, Inc. and former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation (CONFIRMED)

1:45 p.m. CLIMATE CHANGE: INTEGRATING TRANSPORTATION, ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH


Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning & Public Administration, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University (CONFIRMED)

Robert B. Noland, Director, Voorhees Center, Rutgers University (CONFIRMED)

Ann Forsyth, Professor, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University (CONFIRMED)

3:15 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS

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