Transportation Finance and Economics: Policies for the Future

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Thursday, September 11th, 2008 9:15 AM to Friday, September 12th, 2008 4:00 PM

The Transportation Finance and Economics: Policy Options for the Future symposium was held on September 11-12, 2008, in Iowa City, IA. This symposium brought together national experts in many aspects of Transportation Policy from highways and transit to the externalities of transportation such as land use and equity. 170 people participated in interdisciplinary discussions concerning timely issues such as the upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Bill.

Thursday, September 11th, 2008
Session Details Speakers
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
  1. Peter Damiano
9:15 AM Retrospective on Dave Forkenbrock’s Career
  1. Paul Hanley
9:30 AM Session 1: Transportation Policy Development and Issues
  1. John Fuller
  2. Alan Pisarski
  3. Rob Padgette
10:45 AM Session 2: Transportation Policy Analysis: The State of the Art
  1. Arlee T. Reno
  1. Douglass Lee, Jr. (Moderator)
11:00 AM Session 6: Transportation Policy Challenges—Data and Information Needs
  1. John Fuller
  2. Alan Pisarski
  3. Patricia (Pat) Hu
12:00 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Session 3: Transportation Policy Applications: Impacts of Highways on Economic Development
  1. Marlon Boarnet
  2. Glenn Weisbrod
  3. Donald Harmatuck
  4. David Levinson
3:30 PM Session 4: Transportation Policy Applications: Transportation Finance Alternatives
  1. Brian Taylor
  2. Stuart Anderson
  3. Paul Hanley
  4. Deborah Redman
6:00 PM Reception at the Antique Car Museum of Iowa Coralville, IA
7:00 PM Reflections on Dave Forkenbrock
  1. Robert (Bob) Benke
  2. Norman Foster
  3. James Stoner
Friday, September 12th, 2008
Session Details Speakers
9:30 AM Session 5: Transportation Policy Challenges: Global Impacts
  1. Paul Hanley
  2. Leigh B. Boske
  3. Nancy Richardson
12:00 PM Lunch & Keynote Speaker: John Horsley (Director, AASHTO)
1:30 PM Roundtable: New Opportunities for Transportation Policy Through Reauthorization
  1. John Fuller
  2. John Horsley
  3. JayEtta Hecker
  4. Todd Kohr
  5. Mark Wyatt
  • Stuart Anderson

    Director, Systems Planning Office Iowa Department of Transportation

    Stuart Anderson has been with the Iowa Department of Transportation for 16 years and is currently Director of the Office of Systems Planning at the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Office of Systems Planning is responsible for long-range multimodal transportation planning and the evaluation of transportation needs and revenues. This included work that led to the establishment of the TIME-21 Fund which will provide additional state funding for public roadway infrastructure in Iowa.

  • Robert (Bob) Benke

    Community Resource Partnerships, Inc. St. Paul, Minnesota

    Bob Benke is President of Community Resource Partnership, Inc. Previously, Bob served the Minnesota DOT for 35 years. His last position was Director, Office of Research and Strategic Services and a member of the Commissioner’s Executive Team. Bob is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and holds BCE and MCE degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of NSPE & ASCE and is a Fellow in ITE. Bob’s research career includes service as Chair of the AASHTO Region III Research Advisory Committee, member of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Research and member of the TRB Conduct of Research Committee. Bob received the 1997 AASHTO President’s Award for Research and the U of Minnesota CTS’s 2003 Richard P. Braun Distinguished Service.

  • Marlon Boarnet

    Planning, Policy and Design and Economics University of California, Irvine

    Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Economics at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include transportation policy, local economic development, intrametropolitan population and employment settlement patterns, urban planning and health. Dr. Boarnet is co-author of the book, Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Relationships Among Development Patterns, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Energy Consumption. He currently serves as managing co-editor of the Journal of Regional Science, and is an editorial board member of the Papers in Regional Science, the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Literature, and the Journal of Transport and Land Use. Professor Boarnet received Ph.D, M.PA., and M.A. degrees from Princeton, and a B.A. from Rice University.

  • Leigh B. Boske

    LBJ School of Public Affairs University of Texas

    Stuart Anderson has been with the Iowa Department of Transportation for 16 years and is currently Director of the Office of Systems Planning at the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Office of Systems Planning is responsible for long-range multimodal transportation planning and the evaluation of transportation needs and revenues. This included work that led to the establishment of the TIME-21 Fund which will provide additional state funding for public roadway infrastructure in Iowa.

  • Peter Damiano

    Director, Public Policy Center Preventive and Community Dentistry University of Iowa

    Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation sources. He is a former staff intern in the US Senate, a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholar and HRSA Primary Care Policy Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (DDS) and UCLA School of Public Health (MPH).

  • Norman Foster

  • John Fuller

    Department of Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Dr. Fuller has served as a Professor at the University of Iowa in the Urban and Regional Planning Program and in other departments since 1979, teaching courses in transport policy, economics and planning. Prior to that he served on the National Transportation Policy Study Commission and with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He has been active with various professional organizations including the Transportation Research Board, where he has chaired committees, task forces, and research panels.

  • John Fuller

    Department of Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Dr. Fuller has served as a Professor at the University of Iowa in the Urban and Regional Planning Program and in other departments since 1979, teaching courses in transport policy, economics and planning. Prior to that he served on the National Transportation Policy Study Commission and with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He has been active with various professional organizations including the Transportation Research Board, where he has chaired committees, task forces, and research panels.

  • John Fuller

    Department of Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Dr. Fuller has served as a Professor at the University of Iowa in the Urban and Regional Planning Program and in other departments since 1979, teaching courses in transport policy, economics and planning. Prior to that he served on the National Transportation Policy Study Commission and with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He has been active with various professional organizations including the Transportation Research Board, where he has chaired committees, task forces, and research panels.

  • Paul Hanley

    Director, Transportation Research Program, PPC Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Paul Hanley is an associate professor holding joint appointments in the Public Policy Center, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. Paul is the Director of the Transportation Policy Research Group at the Public Policy Center, Director of the University of Iowa’s Transportation Graduate Studies Program, and Associate Director of the Mid-American Transportation Center. He has more than sixteen years of experience working with federal, state, regional and local transportation and planning agencies. For eight years, he was a transportation planner for a regional Metropolitan Planning Organization in East-central Illinois prior to joining the faculty. His expertise is in the study of the relationships between transportation investments, land use change, and transportation demand.

  • Paul Hanley

    Director, Transportation Research Program, PPC Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Paul Hanley is an associate professor holding joint appointments in the Public Policy Center, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. Paul is the Director of the Transportation Policy Research Group at the Public Policy Center, Director of the University of Iowa’s Transportation Graduate Studies Program, and Associate Director of the Mid-American Transportation Center. He has more than sixteen years of experience working with federal, state, regional and local transportation and planning agencies. For eight years, he was a transportation planner for a regional Metropolitan Planning Organization in East-central Illinois prior to joining the faculty. His expertise is in the study of the relationships between transportation investments, land use change, and transportation demand.

  • Paul Hanley

    Director, Transportation Research Program, PPC Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Paul Hanley is an associate professor holding joint appointments in the Public Policy Center, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. Paul is the Director of the Transportation Policy Research Group at the Public Policy Center, Director of the University of Iowa’s Transportation Graduate Studies Program, and Associate Director of the Mid-American Transportation Center. He has more than sixteen years of experience working with federal, state, regional and local transportation and planning agencies. For eight years, he was a transportation planner for a regional Metropolitan Planning Organization in East-central Illinois prior to joining the faculty. His expertise is in the study of the relationships between transportation investments, land use change, and transportation demand.

  • Donald Harmatuck

    Professor, School of Business University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Donald J. Harmatuck is a professor in the School of Business of the University of Wisconsin-Madison specializing in transportation economics. He received his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Engineering Sciences from Drexel University and his MBA and Ph.D. degrees in Transportation and Public Utilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research areas include cost and demand analysis, demand forecasting and public policy. He has taught the economics of transportation, urban transport economics, managerial economics, business logistics/supply chain analysis, logistics strategies, carrier management, transportation and economic development, and intermediate statistics courses.

  • JayEtta Hecker

    Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues Government Accountability Office (GAO)

    After 40 years of federal public service in the legislative and executive branches, Ms. Hecker is now working independently on national transportation policy reforms. She is currently working with both the Bipartisan Policy Council’s Transportation Project and RAND Corporation’s Science and Transporation practice. With 25 years at GAO, she served for the last 8 years as a Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at GAO, responsible for directing GAO work on widely diverse surface, aviation, and maritime transportation programs, and telecommunications issues. She is a recipient of GAO’s Distinguished Service Award for excellence in leading GAO’s transportation work, including significant reviews on the challenges and need for restructuring the federal approach to surface transportation policy, the future role of intercity passenger rail, and the condition and performance of the airline industry. She has directed the work on hundreds of GAO reports and has served as GAO's lead witness before dozens of Congressional committees and subcommittees.

  • John Horsley

    Executive Director American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    John Horsley is Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). From 1993 to 1999 he served at the U.S. Department of Transportation. As Associate Deputy Secretary, he was an advocate for intermodal policies, quality of life initiatives, and liaison to State and Local Governments, U.S. Congress, and transportation constituencies. A native of the Northwest, Horsley was elected to five terms as County Commissioner in Kitsap County, a community just west of Seattle. He is a graduate of Harvard, an Army veteran, a former Peace Corps volunteer and Congressional aide, and did graduate study at Georgetown. He is Past President of the National Association of Counties, and was founding Chairman of the Rebuild America Coalition.

  • Patricia (Pat) Hu

    Director, Center for Transportation Analysis Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    Patricia (Pat) Hu is the Center Director for the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For the past two decades, Ms. Hu has done extensive research, and has led many projects in the area of transportation statistics and analysis for the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, and the Transportation Security Administration. Ms. Hu’s expertise in transportation is demonstrated by her appointments to numerous prestigious posts such as: Chair of TRB Committee on National Transportation Data Requirements and Programs; Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) II Reliability Technical Coordinating Committee; National Academy’s Committee on Planning for Catastrophe: A Blueprint for Improving Geospatial Data, Tools, and Infrastructure; and NCHRP Project Panel on Commuting in America LII. Ms. Hu has also been the recipient of numerous awards including the 1984 Pyke Johnson Award from TRB for the outstanding paper in the field of transportation planning and administration.

  • Todd Kohr

    Policy Analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy United States Department of Transportation (US DOT)

    Todd Kohr is a policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). In this capacity, he advises the Assistant Secretary on trends in innovative Federal and State-level transportation operations and finance. Over the past year Kohr has managed the development of the Administration’s comprehensive surface transportation reform proposal, “Refocus, Reform, Renew: A New Transportation Approach for America,” which provides a framework for fundamentally transforming U.S. Federal surface transportation policy. Prior to this, he coordinated the implementation of USDOT’s National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on America’s Transportation Network and Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) Program. Kohr received his undergraduate degree in public policy and economics from Duke University and a Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • David Levinson

    Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering University of Minnesota

    Dr. David Levinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems (NEXUS) research group. In academic year 2006-2007 he was a visiting academic at Imperial College in London. He currently holds the Richard P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation. In January 2005 he was awarded the CUTC/ARTBA New Faculty Award. He earned a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at U.C. Berkeley in 1998, and has conducted research into travel behavior. From 1989 to 1994, he worked as a transportation planner, developing integrated transportation and land-use models for Montgomery County, Maryland. He then applied those models for multimodal network planning and growth management. Levinson has authored or edited several books including Financing Transportation Networks, The Transportation Experience, and Planning for Place and Plexus. He is the editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use.

  • Rob Padgette

    Rob Padgette, Director of Policy Development and Research American Public Transportation Association

    Rob Padgette has nearly 15 years of experience in transportation planning and policy. He began his transportation career with the Chicago Area Transportation Study (the Chicago region’s MPO) with a position on the long-range planning staff; followed by the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority, the financing and oversight agency for the Chicago region’s three transit agencies. Mr. Padgette spent the next eight years in transportation consulting, supporting primarily state and local transportation agencies with an emphasis on multi-modal transportation planning and policy. His clients have included the City of Chicago, the Maryland DOT, the District of Columbia DOT, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and the Nebraska Department of Roads. In 2007, he joined the American Public Transportation Association as the Director of Policy Development and Research. Mr. Padgette holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Alan Pisarski

    Consultant Falls Church, VA

    Alan Pisarski is a writer, analyst, and consultant in the fields of transportation research, policy and investment. At the national level he has testified in both Houses of the United States Congress regarding economic and demographic factors that define travel demand, infrastructure investment requirements and public policy. At the state level he has advised state Gubernatorial and Legislative Commissions regarding their economic, social, demographic and infrastructure circumstances. Internationally he has served the US AID, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Union, and the World Tourism Organization. He recently completed the third in the Commuting in America series. His work in transportation has been reviewed, discussed and quoted in all of the major national news media, appearing often on national radio and television network programs. In 2007 he received the Carey Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service and Leadership in Transportation Research from the National Academies TRB.

  • Alan Pisarski

    Consultant Falls Church, VA

    Alan Pisarski is a writer, analyst, and consultant in the fields of transportation research, policy and investment. At the national level he has testified in both Houses of the United States Congress regarding economic and demographic factors that define travel demand, infrastructure investment requirements and public policy. At the state level he has advised state Gubernatorial and Legislative Commissions regarding their economic, social, demographic and infrastructure circumstances. Internationally he has served the US AID, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Union, and the World Tourism Organization. He recently completed the third in the Commuting in America series. His work in transportation has been reviewed, discussed and quoted in all of the major national news media, appearing often on national radio and television network programs. In 2007 he received the Carey Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service and Leadership in Transportation Research from the National Academies TRB.

  • Deborah Redman

    Senior Planner, HDR Engineering, Inc. Portland, OR

    Deborah Redman, HDR Engineering, has served as Senior Planner/Project Manager for public and private clients, and has headed up difficult and controversial projects for most of her professional life. As manager and sole agency staff to a 75-member regional task force with complex, multi-agency political agenda, Deborah led the first SCAG investigation of pricing options in a highly charged political atmosphere, achieving a 10-point consensus among elected officials, senior agency staff (SCAQMD, Caltrans, FHWA, CARB) as well as environmental, business and community leaders. Subsequently, she managed HOT Lane studies on SR-14 and SR-91 extension into Riverside, and later, as proprietor of her own firm, she worked to build consensus on SANDAG’s I-15 extension and I-5 managed lanes. Most recently she has helped Oregon DOT on its VMT Pilot Program and Road User Fee Task Force, and assisted Utah DOT in an unusual pricing feasibility analysis on a rural highway (US 6).

  • Arlee T. Reno

    Senior Vice President Cambridge Systematics

    Arlee Reno is a Senior Vice President of Cambridge Systematics with 40 years of experience in transportation economic analysis, finance, operations, and planning. He has prepared estimates of national investment needs for highways and public transportation. He managed comprehensive evaluations of transit investments for New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. He assisted NCHRP, FHWA, and many states with major studies of revenue alternatives. He has managed or assisted statewide multimodal plans in Oregon, Texas, Nebraska, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and New Jersey. He is author of the Characteristics of Urban Transportation Systems (CUTS), and of Personal Mobility in the United States, a chapter in TRB’s Special Report 220, A Look Ahead: Year 2020. Mr. Reno received both a Master’s degree in City Planning and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, he served as Director of the Transportation Program at The Urban Institute.

  • Nancy Richardson

    Director Iowa Department of Transportation

    Nancy Richardson has served as the Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation since October 2005. She has been with the Iowa Department of Transportation since 1982, including four years as the Administration Division Director. Prior to her appointment as agency Director, Richardson served 12 years as the agency’s Operations and Finance Division Director. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Richardson is a member of several boards and commissions including the Technology Governance Board, the Interstate Cooperation Commission and the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials.

  • James Stoner

    Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Iowa

    Dr. Stoner received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1966. He attended Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and served in various ships in the Pacific Fleet from 1966-1970. He received his Masters from the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning in 1972 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Civil Engineering in 1977. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He served as a researcher in the Public Policy Center and associate director of the Center for Computer Aided Design. He directed the development of the Iowa Driving Simulator and co-authored the proposal for the National Advanced Driving Simulator Project. He has had the good fortune to work on numerous international research projects and collaborate with many interesting and fun-loving researchers, including David Forkenbrock.

  • Brian Taylor

    Professor and Director, Institute of Transportation Studies UCLA

    Professor Taylor’s work explores how society pays for transportation systems and how these systems in turn serve the needs of people who—because of low income, disability, location, or age—have low levels of mobility. A principal focus of his research is the politics of transportation finance, including the history of freeway planning and finance, emerging trends in highway finance, the linking of subsidies to public transit performance, and measuring equity in public transit finance. His research also examines travel demographics, including patterns of public transit use by the central city poor and the constrained travel patterns of working women. He has studied the relationships between transportation systems and urban form, including the effects of suburbanization on employment access and the evolving commuting patterns of minority and low-income workers. Dr Taylor received a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, a M.C.P and MS from UC Berkeley.

  • Glenn Weisbrod

    President, Transportation, Energy & Economic Development Economic Development Research Group Cambridge, MA

    Glen Weisbrod is the President of Economic Development Research Group. His 30 years of professional experience has focused specifically on assessment of economic development impacts of transportation. He served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation and Economic Development, and was also formerly on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Urban Economic Development. Mr. Weisbrod has conducted lectures and workshops on economic impact assessment for transportation agencies and audiences around the US, as well as in Canada, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, France and Italy. He was coauthor with David Forkenbrock of the Guidebook for Estimating the Social and Economic Effects of Transportation Projects. He is currently leading the effort to assemble a national database on highways and their economic impacts, with assistance from the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. He holds degrees in Urban Planning and Civil Engineering from MIT, and Economics from Brandeis University.

  • Mark Wyatt

    Executive Director Iowa Bicycle Coalition

    Mark Wyatt has worked as the Executive Director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition since 2006 and was a founding member of the organization. He has recently been working in Seattle with a number of advocacy groups including the Thunderhead Alliance for Bicycles and Walking (for which he is a board member), America Bikes, T 4 America and Complete Streets Coalition, regarding the Transportation Reauthorization Bill. He has a 5-mile commute by bicycle. In addition, Mr. Wyatt is a Category 5 racer and has completed Iowa’s nationally renowned RAGBRAI ride 7 times. He is a certified cycling safety instructor, a safe routes to school national course instructor and a paramedic in Iowa City. Mr. Wyatt attended Kirkwood Community College and the University of Iowa and currently resides in North Liberty.

 

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