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COVID-19 Transportation Impacts and Innovations - Part 1

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all aspects of transportation around the world. This session will cover the short-term effects, as well as the long-term effects of pandemic on people, roads, and communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities that communities face when responding to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Describe the effects of the COVID-19 on all modes of transportation
  • Hear about the lessons learned from the Columbus deployment of self-driving shuttle to move goods to people during the pandemic

Moderator:
Rosana Correa, P.E., PTOE, FITE, Jacobs

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • “Accounting for the Future of Working From Home in Post-COVID Traffic Forecasts”, Jeff Smithline, P.E., PTOE, Senior Vice President & National Director, Traffic Engineering, Sam Schwartz Consulting, New York, New York
  • “COVID-19 Impacts on Local Transportation Agency Operations: A National Review with Illustrative Examples from Louisiana Agencies”, Christopher Melson, Program Manager, Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Passengers to Pantry: How a Pandemic Changed the Mission for Smart Columbus”, Jeffrey Kupko, P.E., PTOE, Assistant Program Manager, Michael Baker International, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
  • Resilient Streets: A Near-Term Pandemic Travel Solution + Long-Term Walk/Bike Network”, Breanna Mobley, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer, Sam Schwartz Consulting, Los Angeles, California and Debs Schrimmer, Senior Manager, Future of Cities, Lyft, San Francisco, California
  • Al-Fresco America: The Future of Placemaking?”, James Huang, Allison Fischer, and Christine Stavish, University of Southern California ITE Chapter, Los Angeles, California

Contributors

  • Moderator: Rosana Correa, P.E., PTOE, FITE, Jacobs

  • Jeffrey Kupko, P.E., PTOE, Assistant Program Manager, Michael Baker International, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

    Jeff Kupko is a Senior Associate with Michael Baker International with 16 years of experience. He is an Assistant Program Manager in Michael Baker's emerging technology practice and leads the smart communities initiatives. He served as embedded staff in the Smart Columbus Program Management Office as a City project manager and was responsible for leading the AV shuttle and Smart Mobility Hubs projects. He led the deployment of the first two self-driving shuttles in Ohio. His career has encompassed ITS, tolling, TSMO, and large event planning. He has a bachelors and masters of civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, is a licensed PE in four states, and a licensed PTOE.

  • James Huang, University of Southern California ITE Chapter, Los Angeles, California

    James Huang is a sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is interested in sustainable transportation and urban planning, and has interned with electric vehicle policy nonprofits such as CALSTART and done research in the bikeshare and active transportation field.

  • Allison Fischer, University of Southern California ITE Chapter, Los Angeles, California

    Allison Fischer is a progressive degree student at the University of Southern California, pursuing her bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering and her master’s in transportation engineering. An aspiring transportation planner, she has interned with the Michigan Department of Transportation and for Mott MacDonald’s Downtown Los Angeles office.

  • Christine Stavish, University of Southern California ITE Chapter, Los Angeles, California

    Christine Stavish will be entering her final year at USC in the fall where she is pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering. She became interested in Transportation Engineering last fall when she had the opportunity to take a course in the subject and has enjoyed exploring the field through her participation in ITE events, student design teams, and research ever since.

  • Christopher Melson, Program Manager, Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Mr. Christopher Melson is the Program Manager of the Louisiana LTAP – which provides training and technical assistance to local public works and transportation agencies across Louisiana. Previously, Mr. Melson managed Tran-SET, a transportation research center involving 11 academic institutions across 5 states (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX). He also worked for the Federal Highway Administration at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, where developed and managed their traffic analysis, modeling, and simulation research program. Mr. Melson received his Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming.

  • Jeff Smithline, P.E., PTOE, Senior Vice President & National Director, Traffic Engineering, Sam Schwartz Consulting, New York, New York

    Jeff Smithline, PE, PTOE, is National Director of Traffic Engineering and a Senior Vice President at Sam Schwartz, with 24 years of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning studies. He manages projects ranging from neighborhood transportation plans to large-scale traffic impact studies to highway, interstate, and toll facility design projects. He specializes in traffic simulation and analysis, environmental impact studies, corridor studies, and pedestrian and bicycle safety. Jeff holds a BS in Civil Engineering and M Eng in Engineering Management, both from Cornell University, and is a registered PE in 7 states.

  • Breanna Mobley, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer, Sam Schwartz Consulting, Los Angeles, California

    Breanna Mobley is a senior transportation engineer at Sam Schwartz Engineering with over six years of experience in multi-modal transportation design and planning, complete street and mobility hub design, and airport landside traffic management. She has developed a skillset that includes mobility-focused transportation planning with a focus on active transportation and data-driven traffic management strategies. She has worked with city and state agencies to navigate complex street design and competing public interests to find a design “sweet-spot” that is feasible, safe, and community-centered. Breanna has worked on transformative projects such as LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment, LAX-it Pick-up Drop-off Facility, Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame Streetscape, and Culver City Tactical Mobility Lane Pilot.

July 22, 2021
Thu 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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