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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

2014 WTS Policy Symposium - Agenda for Moving Forward

All Day Event

Join WTS for the 2014 Policy Symposium on 10/1/14 at 8:00am - 7:00pm Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 (202) 737-1234


What are the critical transportation topics being discussed at the highest levels in the public and private sectors? To find out, join WTS International on October 1, 2014, for the 2014 Agenda for Moving Forward, a dynamic policy symposium to explore transportation issues in an ever-changing transportation world. Examining major trends, leading industry experts will present their latest thoughts and findings on the future of transportation at this pivotal moment in time. Join us in Washington, DC, for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the future of transportation, and stay for the  post-event cocktail reception, an attendees-only event that will bring together VIPs from both the public and private sectors for an evening of high-level networking, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails.

2014 WTS Policy Symposium Planning Committee
Mort Downey, Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Norma Krayem, Principal, Squire Patton Boggs
Mary Peters, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Symposium Sessions:*

  • National Freight Advisory Committee Outcomes: Most observers agree that the next round of surface legislation will break new ground in supporting goods-movement investment as a key to national economic growth. Indicators include the recent unanimous panel report from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the inclusion of a freight program in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee title in reauthorization, and the strong support for freight projects in the several rounds of TIGER grants. USDOT’s National Freight Advisory Committee has completed a set of recommendations to the Secretary for the Department’s forthcoming National Freight Strategic Plan. This session will be a panel discussion among a diverse group of participants in the NFAC effort, describing its key recommendations and what the implications are for their various industries.
  • ITS, Technology, and Connected Vehicles: Twenty years ago, the term “intelligent transportation systems” was an interesting but obscure topic. Today, the use of technology in our transportation systems is becoming a part of everyday life, making our infrastructure more efficient, safer, and “smarter.” The advent of autonomous vehicles is on our doorstep and we will explore what needs to be done to bring about everyday acceptance of the use of these vehicles as well as how the “Internet of Things” may revolutionize the transportation sector. Together, we will explore the issues and challenges of the growth in this sector including the potential for new regulations and the protections that are needed in the areas of privacy and security.
  • Lunch and Keynote Address
  • Aviation, NextGen, ATC: Aviation hs achieved amazing advancements from the Wright brothers first successful manned flight at Kitty Hawk, NC in December 1903. Just over 100 years later technology has advanced to enable the next generation of air traffic control by satellite systems instead of location specific ground-based radar. These improvements will allow safer and more efficient use of our airspace, and are supported by Congress, the FAA, aviation industry and air traffic controllers. But while there is broad agreement on what we need to accomplish, there is less agreement on how or who should advance these next generation systems and how to pay for it. A panel consisting of representatives from FAA, NATCA, Airlines for America, and the Association of Airport Executives will discuss these important issues.
  • Defining the Federal Role in Transportation, Post-Interstate-Era: With the U.S. Department of Transportation soon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its enabling legislation, and with the prospect that the 114th Congress will be considering highway, transit, railroad and aviation authorization in the next few years, it’s timely to think about the federal role in transportation—what’s worked well over the past 50 years, what could be improved, and what are the issues looking forward. Who better to consider this than the Secretaries of Transportation who have led the Department and seen the issues close up. This session will be an interactive conversation among five former Secretaries, including James H. Burnley, IV (served 1987 - 1989), Andrew Card (served 1992-1993), Rodney Slater (served 1997 - 2001), Norman Mineta (served 2001 - 20006), and Mary Peters (served 2006 - 2009), with long-serving Deputy Secretary Mort Downey as moderator.
  • Cocktail Reception
Regular Registration
Member        $250
Non-member  $350
Public Sector Registration
Member        $200
Non-member  $300


*Professional education credits will be available.

Program Contact
Margaret Mullins
202.955.5085 m

Cancellation Policy: Refunds less $50 administrative processing fee will be given for all cancellations prior to September 23.

Regular registration starts on Jul 14, 2014 and ends on Sep 08, 2014.
Late registration starts on Sep 09, 2014.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).

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