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In case you missed it: Inaugural William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy is online

The Inaugural William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy: Moving the Region in a New Direction, was a day-long working conference to explore new ways to plan, manage and finance transportation investments for the 21st Century. The symposium acted as a forum to connect decision-makers with transportation experts from around the state and world, and build consensus on policies for state and federal action in 2007, 2009 and beyond.


Former Representative Bill Lipinski opened the forum 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 speakers’ panel 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 Lomax – Congestion Problems in Chicago

Dan Murray - Freight 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

Audio Coverage

Welcome: Bill Lipinski – click here

Panel 1: Dimensions of the Problem – click here

Panel 2: Best Practices – click here

Keynote: U.S. Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) – click here

Panel 3: Innovations & Solutions – click here

Panel 4: Making It Work in Chicagoland – click here

Full video coverage will be available soon.

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