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COVID Effects on Transportation


This webinar was developed by the ITE Traffic Engineering Council.

Webinar Description:
The COVID-19 virus has had a profound effect on all modes of transportation around the world. Transportation professionals have been gathering data on the short-term effects, but what about the long-term? Will the travel pattern changes experienced on roads, at airports, on public transportation and with freight transport remain permanent and if so, to what extent? Will planning have to change in the future to account for these effects? What are the long-term financial implications?

This webinar will present hard data from around the USA and Canada to quantify the effects on COVID-19 on various modes. We will have perspectives from both the public and private sectors, as well as from Big Data. We will also present theories and opinions regarding transportation recovery and what changes may remain for years to come. Finally, each panelist will discuss some of the short- and long-term financial implications to each mode and aspect of transportation.

Participants will learn the facts and implications to the profession and their daily work. The webinar will help prepare them for changing their way of thinking about transportation and travel patterns, to better prepare systems for the future. It will also discuss how revenues might be affected so that service adjustments and project implementation changes can be made.

Each will speak on a different aspect of COVID effects on transportation:

  1. Short-Term Effects on All Modes - volumes, travel patterns, crashes, ridership, mode shifts, changes to shipping, and other aspects will be included.
  2. What Does Big Data Show? - what are some of the similarities and differences between countries, states, metro areas and rural areas in terms of volumes, travel patterns and trip frequency.
  3. Long-Term Effects on All Modes - present research and opinions on any changes that might remain and to what extent. Changes in travel patterns and volumes, mode shifts, decreased ridership, peak-period flattening, effects on shipping and freight, and lower available revenues will all be explored.
  4. The webinar will conclude with a roundtable discussion by all three participants regarding the long-term financial and other implications to the transportation system, our profession, and to ITE.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this webinar will be able to:
  • Describe what the short-term effects are of the COVID-19 virus on all modes of transportation.
  • Discern the commonalities and differences between states and countries.
  • Understand the potential long-term impacts on transportation, especially planning, operations and financial, and how it will impact their daily jobs.


  • Chuck Huffine, PE, PTOE, Senior Traffic Engineer | Manatee County, Florida

    Chuck brings the perspective of having working in both the private and public sectors.
    Chuck Huffine is currently a Senior Traffic Engineer with Manatee County, Florida. He has over 35 years of experience in many areas of traffic and safety engineering, plus transportation planning. Chuck is a Fellow with ITE and is Vice-Chair of the Traffic Engineering Council. Chuck earned his bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineer from Cornell University and his MBA from the University of Rochester.

  • Ryan Vanderputten, PE, Director, Transportation Planning | City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Ryan is currently providing monthly updates to The City’s Transportation and Transit Committee on the mobility and service impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
    Ryan Vanderputten, P.Eng. is the Director of Transportation Planning and currently oversees the development of plans and recommended actions to best serve the city’s transportation needs. Ryan completed his Master’s in Transportation Engineering from the University of Calgary and has a Master’s certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. As a licensed Professional Engineer and a Fellow with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), he is committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient transportation options to the public.

  • Anthony Castellone, PE, PTOE, Senior TSMO Engineer | Pennoni

    Anthony is a leading advocate of Smart Communities for ITE, developing "best practices" for public and private sectors.
    Anthony J. Castellone, PE, PTOE in a Senior TSMO Engineer. Anthony possesses 8 years of previous Florida DOT experience among his 36 years in the field. A Past President of ASHE-Pittsburgh, Anthony is currently serving as Secretary for the Institute of Transportation Engineer’s TSMO Executive Council. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and his MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

  • Ted Trepanier, PE, Senior Director - Public Sector Services | INRIX

    Recent applications of his focus included the Traffic Volume Trends Dashboard which was quickly developed and deployed to measure Big Data traffic changes associated with the COVID impact.
    Ted Trepanier is Sr. Director for Public Sector Services at INRIX. He joined INRIX in May 2010 after 26 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation where he serviced as Director of Traffic Operations. He is focused on deploying INRIX mobility information services to measure and manage system operations while also enhancing safety. Ted earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington State University and master’s in civil engineering from the University of Washington.

February 10, 2021
Wed 3:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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