On April 4th, 2017, we hosted a half-day event to provide transportation professionals, policy makers and business leaders an opportunity to hear from leading experts on innovative transportation solutions being used throughout the country to meet the challenges that face 21st century transportation systems.



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2050 Summit Speakers & PRESENTATIONS

Anthony M. Townsend

Senior Research Scientist at New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation and fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute

Dr. Anthony Townsend is a Senior Research Scientist at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management where he is investigating the impacts of mobile information services and communications on travel behavior and long-term shifts in mobility demands in megacities, and the impacts of both trends on transportation planning and policy analysis.

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Anthony’s return to NYU resumes his earlier collaboration with the Taub Urban Research Center, where from 2000-2005 he directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation on urban technology and the Department of Homeland Security on crisis communications.

Anthony is also a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute, an newly-launched think-do tank located in New York City. His research focuses on the emerging field of urban informatics and its impact on local government and citizen engagement.

From 2005 to 2014, Anthony was Research Director at the Institute for the Future, an independent research organization located in Silicon Valley. There, he led the development of strategic forecasts on smart cities and the Internet of Things, big data and inclusive urban development, a national innovation strategy framework for a major emerging economy, cloud computing and the restructuring of a major state court administrative agency, and the evolving role of science and technology parks in economic development.

Anthony is actively involved in policymaking and economic development organizations around the world. In 2004 he was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the Seoul Development Institute in South Korea, studying the social impacts of broadband on the Seoul metropolitan region. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement that promotes the use of public-access Wi-Fi in the development of local communities. He testified at a United States Senate hearing on “Research Parks and Job Creation” on December 9, 2009, and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Science Parks (www.iasp.ws). He has served on mayoral municipal broadband advisory boards in both New York City and San Francisco, and advises technology and economic development agencies in several global cities. He was recently named one of Planetizen’s Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology and Top 100 Thinkers tracking the Internet of things by Postscapes.

His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013.

Anthony holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s in urban planning from New York University, and a B.A. in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University.

Richard Perrin - View 2050 Summit Presentation "Long Range Transportation Planning in a Time of Uncertainty"

Director of Planning, East Region; T.Y. Lin International (TYLI)

Richard Perrin manages TYLI’s large-scale planning and transportation projects across the company, and assists clients’ critical transportation infrastructure needs by identifying funding and implementing outcome-based management.

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A seasoned professional, Mr. Perrin served as Genesee Transportation Council’s executive director for 12 years. He successfully led all activities related to federally-funded transportation policy, planning, and investment in New York’s nine-county Rochester/Genesee-Finger Lakes Region, which has a population of 1.25 million. Perrin is credited as the lead developer of the highly-regarded performance-based, data-driven capital programming process for prioritizing investment in the region. Mr. Perrin has nationally-recognized experience in successfully creating and implementing inventive solutions to meet the economic, land use, and environmental needs of diverse stakeholders through transportation projects and programs. He has a proven ability to develop, assess, and continuously improve an organizational operating model and related policy, planning, and investment decision-making activities to ensure limited resources are used cost-effectively and result in efficient product delivery.

Samuel Tuck III - View 2050 Summit Presentation "CREATE Overview"

Bureau Chief of the CREATE Program & Freight Rail in the Division of Public Intermodal Transportation at Illinois Department of Transportation

Samuel Tuck III is an accomplished engineer who brings a wealth of experience to the Illinois Department of Transportation:

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In Illinois District 4, Peoria, IL Mr. Tuck was the resident engineer who oversaw Phase III construction projects; In Illinois District 1, Joliet, IL Movable Bridge Office he was the Technical Manager and supervised 31 employees (28 bridge tenders and 3 mechanics) for the 24 hour operation of 6 movable bridges; In Illinois District 1, Elk Grove, IL he served as Team Leader Bridge Inspector. And in Illinois District 1, Schaumburg, IL Mr. Tuck worked in the Office of Quality Compliance & Review and handled the review and approval of Phase III OVERVIEW Reports and perform audits from consultants of various construction projects in District 1, 2, and 3.

Currently, Mr. Tuck is the Bureau Chief of the CREATE Program & Freight Rail in the Division of Public Intermodal Transportation at IDOT.

The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency program is a 70-project; $4.4 billion plan to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of freight, commuter, and intercity passenger rail and to reduce highway delay in the Chicago region. This innovative public-private partnership involves the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the freight, passenger, and commuter railroads serving the Chicago region

As the CREATE Program bureau chief representing IDOT, Mr. Tuck is responsible for collaborative management of the 70 project plan. In addition to his Bureau Chief responsibilities, Mr. Tuck is the project manager for IDOT’s Rail Freight Program (RFP). The RFP provides capital assistance to communities, railroads and shippers; preserves and improves rail freight service in Illinois; and facilitates investments in rail service by serving as a link between interested parties and channeling government funds to projects that achieve statewide economic development resulting in reducing traffic delays; shorter commute times; better air quality; and increased public safety. For workers and businesses, it means more jobs and economic opportunity.

Suan Binder - View 2050 Summit Presentation " Innovative Approaches to Project Delivery & Finance"

Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Susan Binder has a long and distinguished transportation career, with broad experience in transportation policy, funding reform, and process improvements.

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Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, she served two tours on Capitol Hill as a member of the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and as staff of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee, serving as a LEGIS Fellow during the development of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). This legislative experience, combined with a detail to the Office of Management and Budget, have given Ms. Binder critical insights into surface transportation funding and regulation, intergovernmental relations, and modal issues. As Executive Director of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, Ms. Binder successfully led the staff efforts in support of this 12-member, Congressionally mandated Commission, chaired by the Secretary of Transportation. There she was responsible for policy analysis, logistics, and external communications. The Commission culminated with its Report to Congress in January 2008, containing extensive analyses to address the current and future demands on the conventional funding framework for surface transportation and the continued feasibility of the Federal funding mechanisms. The Commission’s substantive recommendations have helped to shape the ongoing debate on future national legislation and the roles of Federal, State, and local entities in jointly funding and operating the nation’s transportation system.

Bart Roberts - View 2050 Summit Presentation "Moving Forward 2050 - A Vision for Transportation in Buffalo Niagara"

Associate Director of Research and Faculty Engagement, UB Regional Institute

Bart Roberts is an urban planner, researcher, and data analyst experienced in developing data driven solutions for community organizations, local governments, and regional initiatives.

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As a Research Assistant Professor at the UB Regional Institute, he specializes in bringing together research and practice to advance community development and regional affairs related to sustainability, governance, economic development, and land use policy.

Bart currently works on a variety of projects aimed at building sustainable communities and neighborhoods across Buffalo Niagara. In 2011, Bart led the effort to secure a $2 million grant from the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities to launch One Region Forward, a regional planning effort to build tools and strategies for advancing sustainable development across Erie and Niagara counties. He continues to serve as One Region Forward’s project manager, overseeing its planning, research, public engagement, community learning, and stakeholder engagement. Other work supporting regional sustainability include providing technical and planning support to the WNY Regional Economic Development Council‘s smart growth efforts, and managing the indicator development for the 2011 Cleaner, Greener Communities Regional Sustainability Plan for Western New York. Additionally, Bart directs UBRI’s research support for Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, producing a 2011 Needs Assessment study that helped the initiative secure a $5 million grant from the US Department of Education, and providing ongoing data-driven support to Buffalo Promise Neighborhood’s community-based safety initiative funded by the US Department of Justice Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program.

Prior to joining UBRI in 2009, Bart served as the lead analyst for the management accountability program CitiStat Buffalo, where he oversaw the development and analysis of performance metrics for services delivered by the City of Buffalo. This experience afforded him a deep understanding on the management and budgetary issues facing local governance entities. Additional work experience that has informed his knowledge base includes serving as part of a grant writing consultant group retained by school boards, municipalities and nonprofit agencies in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Bart holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Vassar College, and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo, where he received the Dean’s Certificate and Best Professional Project Award from the department. A born and bred Buffalonian, Bart lives in the Elmwood Village with his wife Kristin and son Brady. When not tackling home improvement projects or chasing Brady around the house, Bart enjoys playing soccer and ice hockey, tailgating at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and relaxing on the beaches of Southern Ontario.