William O. Lipinski Symposium On Transportation Policy 2007

Moving the Region in a New Direction

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

Panel 1: Dimensions Of The Problem

Robert Puentes: Going Nowhere: The Dimensions of the Transportation Problem in the U.S.
Tim LomaxCongestion Problems in Chicago
Dan MurrayFreight Transportation In The Chicago Region: Issues

Panel 2: 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