Greater Austin Regional Virtual Luncheon on Regional Mobility


2020-10-01T12:00:00 - 2020-10-01T13:00:00

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    This panel discussion will be delivered virtually via webinar.
    Mobility is always a question in a fast-growing region.  ULI Austin is bringing together several transportation experts to discuss the importance of regional planning and the effects that mobility has on a growing community and the built environment.  This panel will discuss the influence of new technology, considerations for first and last mile, and the impact on community’s affordability and access.  
    • Ginger Goodin, Senior Research Engineer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Austin, TX
    • Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, San Francisco, CA
    • Gary Thomas, President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dallas, TX
    MODERATOR: Nikelle Meade, Partner, Husch Blackwell and Vice Chair, CTRMA, Austin, TX

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    Gary Thomas

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit

    Gary C. Thomas is president/executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). He is responsible for a 13-city transit system covering 700-square mile service area with bus, light rail, commuter rail, and paratransit services. Under his leadership DART has doubled its light rail system - twice - to become the nation's longest at 93 miles. The agency has been recognized for innovation in developing a progressive clean fuels program for its bus fleet, advancing new models for local bus and paratransit service and customer-facing communication technology and service. DART is also a recognized leader in the global advancement of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) movement with its use of targeted demand-response transit service matched with new customer tools for fare payment and trip planning. Thomas administers the goals and policies of the DART Board of Directors and directs the agency's top managers and approximately 3,700 employees, emphasizing a strong customer focus. He works closely with service area city governments and the public in developing short- and long-term transportation and mobility goals. Thomas joined DART in November 1998. He was a consulting engineer for 19 years prior to that. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University. He serves on the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review for the TRB. He is a past chair of the American Public Transportation Association, RailVolution and the South West Transit Association.

    Randell Iwasaki

    Executive Director, Contra Costa County Development Agency

    Randell "Randy" Iwasaki is the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA). Iwasaki was appointed by the CCTA Board on April 16, 2010. In his role as Executive Director, he administers the one-half percent sales tax program. The Authority is also the Congestion Management Agency, so he makes recommendations on how state and federal transportation funds will be used in Contra Costa. He created GoMentum Station the largest secure autonomous/connected vehicle proving grounds in the US. He continues to work with Silicon Valley companies to provide innovative solutions to congestion relief. He is the 2019 recipient of the WTS International Ray LaHood award. Iwasaki earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, where he currently serves on the School of Engineering's Industrial Advisory Board. In 2017, he received the Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership Award as one of the honored alumni from Cal Poly. He also earned a Master's of Science Degree in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

    Nikelle Meade

    Husch Blackwell

    Nikelle represents clients in all aspects of local government and real estate with an emphasis in land use and real estate development, public-private partnerships, procurement, and governmental affairs. Her work includes zoning, permitting, land use planning, development application processing and representation before local city councils, business development, relationship management, economic development, zoning boards of adjustment, planning commissions, local governing bodies and state and local agencies. In short, she helps clients navigate real estate development projects through governmental approvals. She also has vast experience in commercial transactions including purchases and sales, leases, public financing and general contracts. Before joining Husch Blackwell, Nikelle was a partner at Brown McCarroll.

    Ginger Goodin

    Program Manager/Senior Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute

    Ginger Goodin is Director of the Transportation Policy Research Center at TTI, an initiative supported by the Texas State Legislature to provide data-driven transportation policy research for state and local policy makers. Technology is one of the six major research areas of the Center, covering topics that include the policy implications of automated vehicles, mobility impacts of connected automation, new approaches to transportation system management and data sharing, and leveraging vehicle telematics for road pricing. As Center Director, Ginger provides strategic guidance for the Center’s automated vehicle policy research. She has been invited as a speaker and thought leader on the topic of state and local policy implications of automated vehicles, covering issues ranging from the multiplicity of policy roles to infrastructure investment opportunities for connected automation. Ginger has nearly 30 years of experience in transportation planning and operations as both a practitioner and a researcher. Since 2000, she has led diverse research for TTI on the forefront of emerging topics such as congestion pricing, managed lanes, and mileage-based user fees. She served as chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Managed Lanes Committee (AHB35) from 2007 to 2013, and has supported research and development of managed lanes in Texas, Washington State, Virginia, Nevada, and California. In addition to her research, Ginger has provided technical support toward the application of innovative strategies with Central Texas transportation agencies since 1996. She is currently a member of TRB’s Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30) and served on the Planning Committee for the European-U.S. Transportation Research Symposium on Road and Vehicle Connectivity and Automation (A0099A) held in April 2015. In June 2014, Ginger was appointed by Secretary Anthony Foxx to US DOT’s ITS Program Advisory Committee.