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Inaugural Northern Virginia Transportation Roundtable


The Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITS Virginia) presents a
Northern Virginia Transportation Roundtable
April 6, 2016
8:00 am – noon

This event is a roundtable discussion organized by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITS Virginia), the pre-eminent Virginia organization for information exchange regarding the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to support transportation system operations.  The theme of the roundtable is Planning for Tomorrow’s Transportation Today, with a strong emphasis on potential applications in the Northern Virginia (NoVA) region.  The roundtable, which will be both informative and interactive, comprises two plenary sessions.


7:30 am Registration, networking, continental breakfast (included with registration)

8:00 am Welcome Monica Backmon, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

8:15 am Disruptive Technologies for Tomorrow: Disruptive technologies drastically change traditional approaches to our way of life, e.g. autonomous vehicles and ‘mobility on demand’ services. This session will explore how disruptive transportation technologies may affect mobility and accessibility of travelers in NoVA during the next decade or so, identify technical and institutional barriers to deployment, and highlight the possible roles for state, regional, and local governments in the use of such technologies.  This session will be moderated by a local transportation media personality, and will include perspectives from innovators, policymakers, and thought leaders from both the private and public sectors.

  • Moderated by: Max Smith, WTOP
    • Consultant perspective [Dick Mudge, Compass Technologies]
    • Automotive Industry perspective [Nicole Barranco, Director, State Government Relations, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc]
    • Academic perspective [Zac Doerzaph, Director, Center for Advanced Automotive Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute]
    • Transportation Network Company perspective [Annaliese Rosenthal, General Manager, Uber DC]
    • Regional perspective [Rick Canizales, Division Chief, Transportation Planning and Programming, Prince William County]

10:00 am Break

10:15 am  Impact of Today’s Technologies: Today’s technologies will continue to support transportation operations, and will help bridge the gap until disruptive technologies are sufficiently mature for widespread deployment and use by travelers.  This session will cover how today’s technologies are helping to reduce traffic congestion in NoVA, such as local ITS deployments, impact of the Express Lanes, and integrated corridor management strategies.  This session will include a panel discussion with NoVA practitioners and planners.

11:45 am Closing remarks