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3rd Annual Northern Virginia Transportation Roundtable


The Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITS Virginia) Presents the

3rd Annual Northern Virginia Transportation Roundtable

Wednesday March 14, 2018, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


This roundtable is 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 Self-Driving Vehicles: Utopia or Dystopia? The roundtable, which will be both informative and interactive, comprises two plenary sessions.



7:30 a.m. – Registration & Networking

Continental breakfast sponsored by John Marshall Bank

8:00 a.m. – Welcome

Monica Backmon, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; and Blanche (Bee) Buergler, President-Elect, Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia

8:15 a.m. – Plenary Session 1: New Mobility Revolution

Disruptive technologies are already here, and beginning to change the way we travel. This session will feature a panel discussion with experts at the leading edge of the new mobility revolution.

  • Moderated by: Max Smith [WTOP]
  • Technology Update [Michelle Chaka, Program Director, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute]
  • Market Perspective [John O’Donnell, President and CEO, Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association]
  • Curb Wars [Nick Zabriskie, Public Policy Manager, Uber Technologies, Inc.]
  • Elected Official’s Perspective [Honorable John Foust, Supervisor, Dranesville District, Fairfax County]

9:45 a.m. – Break

10:00 a.m. – Presentation: Planning for Disruption

Overview of findings from NVTA’s analysis of alternative futures related to self-driving vehicles and the new mobility revolution. Presented by Dalia Leven, AECOM.

10:15 a.m. – Plenary Session 2: Planning for Disruption

The new mobility revolution presents opportunities for travelers and challenges for policy makers. This session will explore potential multimodal strategies for Northern Virginia to ensure the region’s transportation needs are served and concerns are addressed.

  • Moderated by: Max Smith [WTOP]
  • Regulating Self-Driving Vehicles [Will Godfrey, Chief, Trends Analysis Division, NHTSA]
  • MPO Perspective:
    • [Rachel Roper, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
    • Eileen Singleton, Baltimore Metropolitan Council]
  • Economic/Revenue Impacts of Self-Driving Vehicles [Michael Zezas, Chief US Public Policy & Municipal Strategist, Morgan Stanley]

11:45 a.m. – Audience Interaction

Roundtable participants will discuss how the region can achieve Utopia and avoid Dystopia. Moderated by: Max Smith