Program

"Reflecting On Our Legacy, Ready For The Future"


Monday, February 6, 2017

Time Event
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome Session and Breakfast

“The State of Texas Transportation”
Presenter: The Honorable Tryon D. Lewis, Chair, Texas Transportation Commission

“Legislative Perspective: Texas Senate”
Presenter: The Honorable Robert Nichols, Senator, Texas Senate

"State Demographer Perspective"
Presenter: Dr. Lloyd Potter, Ph.D., State Demographer, Texas

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Revolutionary Technology Poster
General Session A

“Revolutionary Technology: Handling Tomorrows Mega Transportation Trends Means Re-Thinking Today’s Infrastructure”

Presenter: Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist, DaVinci Institute

Panelists:
Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist, DaVinci Institute
Josh Raycroft, Business Intelligence Manager, Hyperloop One
Dr. Stephen Roop, Ph.D., Assistant Agency Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Moderator: Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation, TxDOT
Description The panel will explore emerging mega transportation trends and how those trends will impact future transportation infrastructure needs and development.
Goals A. Learn about transportation mega-trends impacting transportation in the near future.
B. How will the existing infrastructure need to change to adapt to accommodate new technologies?
C. How can states and local governments work with private entities to prepare for mega transportation trends?
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Break-Out Sessions and Workshops A

Workshop 1: “Transportation Solutions Challenge”
  Workshop 2 and 3: “From Maps to Apps: Transforming Mobility Challenge”

  Break-Out Session A: “Texas Clear Lanes Update”

Presenter: J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Commissioner, TxDOT
Description The Texas Clear Lanes program provides a strategic focus for addressing the worst traffic “chokepoints” in Texas’ five largest metropolitan areas Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. In follow-up to directive from Governor Abbott, and through open communication and consensus-building, Commissioner Bugg has led TxDOT’s effort to work with local officials in these areas to determine how best to address congestion. This session will provide an update on this vitally important program.
  Break-Out Session B and E: “What Does It Take To Deliver The Texas Transportation System?”

Panelists:
Brian Barth, P.E., Ft. Worth District Engineer, TxDOT
Ashby Johnson, Executive Director, CAMPO
Laura Ryan, Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission
Al Alonzi, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

Moderator: Victor Vandergriff, Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission
Description Plan, Do, Check. With the overwhelming passage of Prop 1 and 7, TxDOT has been given a clear mandate by voters to improve the state’s transportation system. Now that TxDOT is the beneficiary of $70 billion in new funding, delivering on that money is a task that we must take very seriously along with our partners. We must work together to transform our system into a more efficient and effective organization.

That’s where the work Commissioners Ryan and Vandergriff have been undertaking put a bit more rigor around processes and practices in working with entities like MPO’s and the Feds to collaborate with DE’s to prioritize and execute on that responsibility.
  Break-Out Session C: “Ports, Planes, Trains, and Trucks: Moving Freight in Texas”



Panelists:
Jeff Mosley
Paul Cristina, P.E., Director, Public Private Partnerships, BNSF Railway
Roger Guenther, Executive Director, Port Houston

Moderator: Jeff Austin, III, Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission
Description The purpose of this session is to examine the future movement of freight across the state of Texas. Panelists will discuss the role that each mode of transportation plays in successfully moving freight in and out of Texas. In addition, the panelists will discuss the financial benefit that freight brings to the State. The panelists will also discuss the changes needed to the Texas Freight Plan as part of new federal legislation.

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Imagineering a Legacy Poster
Lunch and Keynote Panel

“Imagineering a Legacy: How Disney’s Designs Influence Todays Transportation”

Panelists:
Marty Sklar, Former Creative Director of Imagineering, The Walt Disney Company
Bob Gurr, P.E., Former Imagineer, The Walt Disney Company

Moderator: Marc Williams, P.E., Deputy Executive Director, TxDOT
Description Over fifty years ago, Imagineer’s began work on Walt Disney’s vision of a world class theme park. The Imagineers had to think outside the box to overcome many issues, including developing new and innovative transportation systems. From rides to monorails they developed a 21st Century transportation system well ahead of its time. Today’s keynote will look at how these Imagineers did it, and how their great sense for innovation can be applied to the transportation problems of today.
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break-Out Sessions and Workshops B

Workshop 1 Continued: “Transportation Solutions Challenge”

Workshop 3: “From Maps to Apps: Transforming Mobility Challenge”

Break-Out Session D: “International Trade: Steering Texas Toward Prosperity”

Panelists:
The Honorable Glenn Hegar, State Comptroller, Texas
The Honorable Rolando Pablos, Secretary of State, Texas
Gerry Schwebel, Executive Vice President, IBC Bank

Moderator: Jeff Austin, III, Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission
Description The purpose of this session is to discuss the role that Texas’ Transportation system plays in relation to international trade. Texas is home to the largest inland port of entry, as well as multiple other land ports across our expansive border. Trade with Mexico continues to increase and Texas’ infrastructure system plays a critical role in moving goods from the border out to the rest of the country. This can pose big challenges, as well as yield significant financial benefit to the State. This panel will look at what challenges need to be addressed and will discuss the financial impact that international trade has on Texas.
  Break-Out Session E: “What Does It Take To Deliver The Texas Transportation System?”

Panelists:
Brian Barth, P.E., Ft. Worth District Engineer, TxDOT
Ashby Johnson, Executive Director, CAMPO
Laura Ryan, Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission
Al Alonzi, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

Moderator: Victor Vandergriff, Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission
  Break-Out Session F: “Imagineering a Legacy: Continuing the Conversation”

Panelists:
Marty Sklar, Former Director of Imagineering, The Walt Disney Company
Bob Gurr, P.E., Former Imagineer, The Walt Disney Company

Moderator: Marc Williams, P.E., Deputy Executive Director, TxDOT
Description Over fifty years ago, Imagineer’s began work on Walt Disney’s vision of a world class theme park. The Imagineers had to think outside the box to overcome many issues, including developing new and innovative transportation systems. From rides to monorails they developed a 21st Century transportation system well ahead of its time. Today’s keynote will look at how these Imagineers did it, and how their great sense for innovation can be applied to the transportation problems of today.

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Game of Drones Poster
General Session B

“Game of Drones: How UAS’s Aid Safety In Transportation”

Presenter: Jerry Hendrix, Executive Director, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation

Panelists:
Alvin Brunner, III, Aviation Safety Inspector, UAS, Federal Aviation Administration
Todd Graetz, Director, Technology Services and Unmanned Aerial Systems, BNSF Rail
Jerry Hendrix, Executive Director, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation
Mark Marek, P.E., Director of Engineering & Safety Operations, TxDOT TBA

Moderator: Keith Graf, Director of Texas Military Preparedness Commission, Office of the Governor
Description

Today, drones also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) provide transportation agencies many valuable applications including emergency response, structure inspection, safety and traffic monitoring, and delivery and logistics. This panel will discuss these as well as explore research and the potential use of this technology to advance and improve transportation and driver safety.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Time Event

8:00 AM – 11: AM

Executive Director Roundtable Poster
Breakfast and General Session C

Location: Grand Ballroom 5 - 8, 4th Floor

“Legislative Perspective: Texas House of Representatives”

Presenter: The Honorable Joe Pickett, State Representative, Texas House of Representatives

“Executive Director Roundtable: Managing Today's Demands, Preparing for Tomorrows Challenges”

Panelist:
Marc Williams, Deputy Executive Director, TxDOT
Carlos Braceras P.E., Executive Director, Utah DOT
Kirk Steudle P.E., Executive Director, Michigan DOT
Moderator: Bob Kaufman, Director of Communications, TxDOT
Description

State transportation agencies face an ever growing list of challenges from limited funding, deteriorating infrastructure, and ever-changing technology; to increasing public demand for a safer, faster, and more efficient transportation system. Today you will hear from department of transportation executive directors regarding the challenges their agencies are facing today; and how they are preparing for the challenges of the future.

Protecting Driver's Data Poster “Protecting Drivers and Their Data: To Regulate or Not to Regulate? That is the Question”

Presenter: Dr. Todd Humphreys, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin

Panelists:
Shant Boyajian, Attorney at Law, Nossaman LLC.
Ginger Goodin, P.E., Director, Transportation Policy Research Center, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Rob Spillar, Director of Transportation, City of Austin

Moderator: Dr. Todd Humphreys, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin
Description

Autonomous vehicles, bluetooth, performance metrics, vehicle miles travelled – what do these somewhat new – and often used phrases have in common? They all involve the collection and analysis of data from drivers. Technology is rapidly changing how we as individuals travel from place to place, and how we get our daily goods. To ensure the efficient and effective movement of people and goods, we rely more and more on data. Today’s panel will look at what data we collect, and how; as well as what the future holds for big data and transportation. They will also discuss what private and governmental entities do with this data; and what responsibilities exist, or should exist, to protect this ever growing wealth of information.