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Infrastructure Technology Institute

The Inaugural William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy, October 13, 2007

U.S. Representative James Oberstar speaks at the ITI sponsored William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy in 2007

Former Representative Bill Lipinski opened the forum named in his honor. The first panel of experts delineated the important accessibility and mobility issues affecting the vitality and prosperity of the Chicago region and the nation. A second panel of speakers offered feasible approaches to financing and managing transportation systems and illustrated successful systems through examples from around the world. U.S. Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) gave an inspirational keynote address, calling for action from all levels of government to attend to our deteriorating transportation infrastructure. In the afternoon, a third panel of speakers discussed cutting-edge policy and technical tools to improve the performance of regional transportation systems. The final panel of local speakers commented on recent challenges to pass legislation for a robust and dependable transport network and entertained a dynamic question-and-answer session with forum attendees.


Speaker Presentations


Dimensions of the Problem (Panel 1):

Robert Puentes: Going Nowhere: The Dimensions of the
Transportation Problem in the U.S.
Tim Lomax: Congestion Problems in Chicago
Dan Murray: Freight Transportation In The Chicago Region: Issues


Panel Two: Best Practices

David Horner
Public-Private Partnerships in Transit
James Whitty
The Oregon Road User Fee Concept and Pilot Program
Gunnar Söderholm
The Stockholm Trial: Congestion Charging and Improved
Public Transport


Panel 3: Innovations & Solutions

Todd Litman
Win-Win Transportation Solutions
Hani Mahmassani
Intelligent Transportation Solutions for Sustainable City Logistics:
Issues and Prospects