Transportation Policy Academy 2014 – Washington, DC – Meeting Archive

Nine state legislators from around the country, many of them transportation committee chairs, attended the invitation-only CSG Transportation Policy Academy September 15-17, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The event included a tour of transportation projects in Northern Virginia and a panel focused on how states like Virginia and Maryland have made use of public-private partnerships in transportation. Attendees took part in a roundtable with transportation stakeholders, experts and advocates including speakers from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Trucking Associations, the Heritage Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the Bipartisan Policy Center and Transportation for America. Lawmakers also had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation. They visited the Washington office of the American Society of Civil Engineers and heard talks by former D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning, who now directs the Office of Economic Resilience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Joshua Schank, President & CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a Washington-based think tank. Topics included the condition of the nation’s infrastructure, the federal role in transportation and state transportation funding initiatives. This page includes links to additional pages highlighting various portions of the policy academy and including extended remarks from speakers and participants, additional resources and links for further reading.

Pictured from L to R on September 16 at the American Society of Civil Engineers Washington Office: Sen. Curtis King (R-WA), Rep. Patricia Higgins (D-NH), Rep. Jay Roberts (R-GA), Sen. Mike Vehle (R-SD), Rep. Diane Lanpher (D-VT), Rep. Ryan Yamane (D-HI), Sen. Ernie Harris (R-KY), Sen. Jim Smith (NP-NE) and Rep. Bill Brawley (R-NC).

CSG Transportation Policy Academy

Washington, DC

September 15-17, 2014

Meeting Summary: "Transportation Policy Academy Highlights Federal Uncertainty, State Innovation"

Agenda

Monday, September 15

Part 1: Tour of Virginia Megaprojects

Officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation, Fluor-Lane and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority narrated a bus tour of transportation projects in Northern Virginia including the 495 Express Lanes, soon-to-open I-95 Express Lanes, the Springfield Interchange where three interstates come together and the recently opened Silver Line Metro, which is changing development patterns in the Tysons Corner area and which will eventually connect D.C. to Dulles Airport via Metro.

Part 2: Opening Keynote Address by Harriet Tregoning, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Participants heard remarks from Tregoning, who directs the Office of Economic Resilience at HUD and who recently concluded a long stint as Director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning, where she worked to rewrite the city’s zoning code and to help bring the nation’s largest bike-share program to the nation’s capital.

Tuesday, September 16

Part 3: Transportation Policy Roundtable

Academy attendees took part in a morning long discussion with transportation stakeholders, experts and advocates from organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Trucking Associations, the Heritage Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the Bipartisan Policy Center and Transportation for America. Topics included the condition of the nation’s infrastructure, state transportation funding initiatives and the future of the federal role in transportation.

Part 4: Keynote Address by Joshua Schank, Eno Center for Transportation

Schank spoke about why Congress has been unable to come up with a long-term plan for the federal transportation program and outlined some alternative ideas for funding the program.

Wednesday, September 17

Part 5: Briefing on Public-Private Partnerships: The Maryland & Virginia Experiences, the Evolution of P3s Nationwide and Best Practices for States

Attendees heard from Thomas Halloran of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Innovative Finance Office about the state’s exploration of a P3 to build the Purple Line light rail project in the D.C. suburbs. Douglas Koelemay, the Director of the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships, spoke about his state’s extensive experience with P3s on projects like the Capital Beltway Express Lanes and how the P3 program may change going forward. And Jonathan Gifford from the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy at George Mason University discussed trends in the evolution of P3s around the country and emerging best practices in P3s for states.

Part 6: Listening Session at U.S. Department of Transportation

Carlos Monje Jr., Counselor to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and other DOT officials led a discussion that focused on such issues as efforts to get a longer federal surface transportation authorization bill in place, the success of the TIGER competitive grant program, the future of public-private partnerships and state transportation funding efforts.

CSG thanks the American Society of Civil Engineers and Nissan for their support of this policy academy.

Thanks also to the Virginia Department of Transportation for program assistance.