Transportation Policy Academy 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Meeting Archive

Eight state legislators from around the country, many of them transportation committee chairs or vice chairs in their respective states, attended the 5th Annual CSG Transportation Leaders Policy Academy May 11-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The academy, which took place during Infrastructure Week, included a tour of transportation projects in Northern Virginia, a keynote address by Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn, a luncheon at the D.C. office of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a standing-room-only briefing for Capitol Hill staffers on the importance of continuing federal transportation investment to state and local officials, a conversation with officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation, a dinner with representatives of two of the largest transportation-related membership associations—the American Road & Transportation Builders Association and the American Public Transportation Association and a briefing on the status of state exploration of mileage-based user fees. Attendees also took part in a transportation policy roundtable with representatives of ASCE, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Transportation for America, the Eno Center for Transportation, the American Trucking Associations and UPS. Finally, the legislators were able to take part in Infrastructure Week activities including Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. This page includes photos from the three-day academy, the complete agenda for the event and links to web pages where you can read extended excerpts of remarks from many of the speakers.

Pictured from L to R on May 12 at the American Society of Civil Engineers Washington Office: Sen. Bert Brackett (R-ID), Del. Danny Hamrick (R-WV), Rep. Mathew Pitsch (R-AR), Sen. Willie Simmons (D-MS), Rep. Andrew McLean (D-ME), Rep. Caddy McKeown (D-OR), Sen. Mike Vehle (R-SD) and Rep. Josh Byrnes (R-IA). 

5th Annual CSG Transportation Leaders Policy Academy

Washington, D.C.

May 11-13, 2015

Monday May 11

1:30-4:30pm  – Transportation Tour of Northern Virginia megaprojects and facilities hosted by Virginia Department of Transportation

Tour highlighted the I-95 and I-495 Express Lane projects, Virginia’s approach to public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development in the Tysons Corner area as part of the Silver Line Metrorail extension.

Tour guides: Mike Salmon, Virginia Megaprojects Public Outreach; Christian Deschauer, Transurban Government Relations Director; Rich Prezioso, Transurban Road Operations Manager for 495/95 Express Lanes, Whitney Winn, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

6:30-8:30pm – Opening Dinner & Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker: Pete Rahn, Maryland Secretary of Transportation

Tuesday May 12

8:00-11:45am Transportation Policy Roundtable

              Topic: State of U.S. Infrastructure & Cost to Repair

  Topic: Status of Federal & State Transportation Funding

              Topic: Transportation Investment & the Economy

             Topic: Future of the Federal-State-Local Partnership on Transportation

12:00-1:30pm – Luncheon at the American Society of Civil Engineers

Speaker: Aaron Castelo, ASCE Director of State & Local Government Relations

Topic: ASCE’s forthcoming IMAX movie “Dream Big” (2017)

2-3pm – Big 7 Transportation Briefing, Rayburn House Office Building

The Big 7 are the seven national organizations including CSG that represent state and local officials.

Speakers: Sen. Mike Vehle (R-SD), CSG Transportation Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

Council Member Riki Hokama, Maui County, Hawaii, National Association of Counties President

Council Member Michael Wojcik, Rochester, Minnesota, representing the National League of Cities

U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia)

Moderator: David Adkins, Executive Director, The Council of State Governments

4pm – Listening Session at U.S. Department of Transportation

Speakers: Dana Gresham, Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs, USDOT

Carlos Monje, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, USDOT

6:30-8:30pm – Infrastructure Dinner

Keynote Speakers: Rob Healy, American Public Transportation Association

Pete Ruane, American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Wednesday May 13

7:30-8:30am Breakfast Briefing

Speaker: Barbara Rohde, Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance

Topic: Update on Mileage-Based User Fees

9:00-10:00am Infrastructure Week Advocacy Day Kick-Off and Press Event on Capitol Hill


CSG thanks the American Society of Civil Engineers, Nissan and UPS for their support of the 

5th Annual CSG Transportation Leaders Policy Academy.