Nevada Drives Transportation Policy into the Future

Friday, Dec. 15

Nevada Drives Transportation Policy into the Future

Presented by CSG Transportation & Infrastructure Public Policy Committee

Nevada is home to the Tesla Gigafactory, where lithium-ion batteries for electric cars are being manufactured. The state is a test bed for Hyperloop One technology, for unmanned aerial systems and for connected and automated vehicles. Nevada was the first to pass autonomous vehicle legislation in 2011. With Project NEON, Nevada has undertaken the largest public works project in its history, which will widen the busiest stretch of highway in Las Vegas. The director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, Rudy Malfabon, will discuss how these and other initiatives are driving his state forward. Plus, the committee will engage in interactive policy discussions on the takeaways from this summer’s CSG Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy in Detroit and a busy year for state transportation funding efforts around the country. 


Speaker Biographies

Rudy Malfabon

Nevada Department of Transportation, Director

Malfabon has worked for the Nevada Department of Transportation for more than 25 years. As director, he is responsible for the daily operations of the department, which has an annual operating budget of over $800 million and close to 1,750 employees. Malfabon began his career at NDOT in 1984 as an inspector on the Flamingo Road interchange at Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. Nearly half of Malfabon’s NDOT career was spent in Carson City, where he held the titles of assistant and chief construction engineer. In 1998, he accepted the position of state construction engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Malfabon was then recruited by Jacobs Engineering in Las Vegas in 2000, where he worked for three years as manager of Jacobs’ construction management services in Nevada. After being away from NDOT for nearly five years, Malfabon returned on July 7, 2003, when he was appointed to the position of deputy director for Southern Nevada. Malfabon chairs the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials' Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety. This year he also serves as vice chair of The Council of State Governments’ Transportation and Infrastructure Public Policy Committee. Malfabon is a graduate civil engineer from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a registered professional engineer in Nevada and Washington.