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COVID-19 Transportation Impacts and Innovations - Part 2

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In this panel session, you will hear about impacts of COVID -19 on different levels of government agencies including state, county, city, and neighborhood. The panelists will discuss mobility recovery, transport of goods, change in travel patterns, safety, and community building.

Learning Objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of successful open streets implementations and access to businesses and attractions
  • Understand the placemaking methods to expand physical distancing space to alleviate public health concerns of overcrowding and support other emerging needs, such as curb changes and temporary streets closures, as part of the COVID-19 recovery
  • Learn about the traffic count and analysis methodologies during disruptive events
Moderator: Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE, ENV SP, Managing Director – Virginia Beach, VHB

Presentations Titles & Speakers:
  • “The Impacts of COVID-19 in the Transportation System of Puerto Rico in the Middle of Recovery of Hurricanes and Earthquakes Natural Disasters”, Benjamin Colucci-Rios, Ph.D, P.E., PTOE, FITE, F.ASCE, Director, Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Public Transit and COVID-19: Global Research and Best Practices”, Daniel Schack, AICP, Senior Associate, Sam Schwartz Consulting, New York, New York
  • “From COVID-19 Emergency Streets to Quick Builds: San Francisco's Tenderloin Program”, Kimberly Leung, P.E., T.E., Transportation Engineer – Livable Streets Team Leader, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, California
  • “Roadway Operating Conditions in the Time of COVID: Emptier, not Safer”, Terence Zhao, Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers, Oakland, California and Becca Sial, AICP, Solution Engineer, Streetlight Data, Richmond, VA
  • “Traffic Counts in times of COVID: A Tale of Two Cities”, Kristie Gladhill, P.E., Project Delivery QA/QC Program Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland, Oregon and Katie Brown, Transportation Analyst/Modeler, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon

Contributors

  • Moderator: Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE, ENV SP, Managing Director – Virginia Beach, VHB

  • Benjamin Colucci-Rios, Ph.D, P.E., PTOE, FITE, F.ASCE, Director, Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

    Dr. Benjamín Colucci-Ríos is a Transportation Engineering Professor of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and former Acting Dean of Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Puerto Rico and Indiana, a Fellow of ITE, Professional Traffic Operation Engineer, Fellow of ASCE, Exalted to the Pan-American Academy of Engineering, Abertis Chair, Director of the Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center, NICR and SaferSIM Researcher of University Transportation Centers. Dr. Colucci-Ríos has been a professor and practitioner in transportation and professional development in national and international projects of interdisciplinary nature for over 4 decades.

  • Kimberly Leung, P.E., T.E., Transportation Engineer – Livable Streets Team Leader, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, California

    Kimberly Leung is the Acting Pedestrian Program Manager at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she leads a team of engineers and planners in transforming San Francisco streets to be safe and inviting for people who bike and walk. She is a California-licensed Professional Engineer and Traffic Engineer with ten years of experience. As the Tenderloin Program Manager, Kimberly oversees the development and implementation of COVID-19 response and quick-build street safety improvements in the Tenderloin neighborhood. She previously served as the Slow Streets Program Manager, where she led the program from inception to delivery of its first two phases of streets. Kimberly earned her MS in Transportation Engineering and her BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. Kimberly is the ITE Western District Secretary-Treasurer and has served as UC Berkeley’s Cal ITE Student Chapter President, SF Bay ITE President, the 2019 ITE Western District Annual Meeting LAC Co-Chair, and the Western District’s Student Funding and Initiatives Committee Chair. She continues to serve as the Professional Liaison to the Cal ITE student chapter.

  • Terence Zhao, Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers, Oakland, California

    Terence Zhao is a transportation planner in Fehr & Peers’ Walnut Creek office. He focuses his work on the intersection of urban informatics, geospatial analytics, and visual storytelling, and applying transportation planning and spatial analysis to help facilitate the creation of safe, accessible, and sustainable communities. Terence holds an M.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University.

  • Becca Sial, AICP, Solution Engineer, Streetlight Data, Richmond, VA

    Rebecca Sial, AICP is a Solution Engineer with StreetLight Data, helping transportation professionals leverage the power of big data analytics to better understand changing travel behaviors and inform transportation planning decisions. Prior to joining StreetLight, Rebecca worked for eight years as a Planner in the Richmond area, focusing on GIS applications for planning projects and data analysis. Rebecca holds an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BS in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Kristie Gladhill, P.E., Project Delivery QA/QC Program Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland, Oregon

    Kristie Gladhill, P.E. was a Sr. Transportation Analyst in ODOT’s Transportation Planning and Analysis Unit from 2018 – 2021, where she worked on multi-modal transportation analysis projects across the state of Oregon, reviewed Transportation System plans for Region 2 in the northwest corner of the state, helped maintain the ODOT Analysis Procedures Manual, and helped develop the Oregon Transportation Safety Data Explorer (OTSDE) tool for GIS visualization of multi-modal and crash data alongside system wide safety screen and network data. Kristie is currently the Project Delivery QA/QC Program Manager in the Statewide Project Delivery Branch of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Kristie has a Master’s in Transportation Engineering from Portland State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Oregon. She is Treasurer and on the Board of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Portland Chapter.

  • Katie Brown, Transportation Analyst/Modeler, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon

    Katie Brown, EIT, began her life in the Transportation World in 2015 as a Transportation Data Analyst with ODOT’s Transportation Systems Monitoring Unit where she compiled and analyzed data for a federally mandated annual submittal. After about a year, she migrated to her current position as a Transportation Analyst/Modeler with the Planning and Analysis Unit (TPAU) at ODOT. Over the past four years in this position she has (among other tasks) performed analyses to support decision making for corridor plans, transportation system plans, and other projects. She also has been the co-author of the monthly Statewide COVID-19 Traffic Impact Monitoring Report since the beginning of the pandemic (originally produced weekly). Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecological Engineering from Oregon State University and currently holds an Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.

  • Daniel Schack, AICP, Senior Associate, Sam Schwartz Consulting, New York, New York

    Daniel Schack, AICP is a Senior Associate and Director of Sam Schwartz’s New York Transportation Planning Department. He has over fifteen years’ experience managing transportation studies for the private and public sectors, including traffic impact studies and monitoring programs, TDM plans, streetscape design, pedestrian studies, and operational evaluations. Mr. Schack is proficient in leveraging Big Data to identify and track critical transportation metrics, working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams of planners, engineers, and data scientists, and balancing both qualitative and quantitative analyses to develop creative and practical solutions to transportation problems. He has a Master of City Planning with a concentration in transportation from the University of Pennsylvania.

July 22, 2021
Thu 4:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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