Announcing our Virtual Community of Practice

In normal times SSTI holds in-person Community of Practice meetings for DOT CEOs. But this year’s online format allows us to open most of our conversations to DOT staff as well. Session 2, our roundtable, remains invitation-only for CEOs or C-suite designates. DOT staff and staff from other transportation agencies are invited to participate in the other sessions, and CEOs are urged to share this program with interested parties.

Session 1: Transportation and Land Use after COVID

Date: Tuesday, October 13
1 – 3 p.m. ET

The accelerated rise in working from home and shopping by mail will disrupt old patterns. As we have begun to see, peak hour, hub-and-spoke commuting may give way to more home-based trips spread throughout the day, affecting both driving and transit use. At the same time, a drop brick-and-mortar shopping could place different stresses on transportation networks and send some traditional commercial centers into decline. We will begin with presentations from:

• Jair Lynch, President and CEO, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners
• Laura Schewel, Founder and CEO, StreetLight Data

Register for Session 1

Session 2: CEO Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 4 – 6 p.m. ET

This is our annual semi-structured discussion group for CEOs of state DOTs. As in recent years, it will be facilitated by Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America.

The meeting is by invitation only. DOT CEOs who are interested in attending but have not received an invitation should contact Eric Sundquist.

Session 3: How DOTs can advance antiracism and equity

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 2 – 4 p.m. ET

Last year’s community of practice meeting focused on law enforcement – specifically how facility design and automated enforcement could reduce bias in transportation-related policing. Events of this year have only served to underscore how critically antiracist policy is needed. This session will explore ways DOTs can go beyond conventional practice to advance equity in the communities they serve and within their own organizations. We will begin with presentations from:

• Keith Benjamin, Director, Charleston (S.C.) Department of Traffic and Transportation
• Earl Key, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, WSDOT

Register for Session 3

Session 4: DOTs’ role in reining in VMT

Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Environmental, economic and social demands are increasingly pressuring transportation agencies to reduce the number and length of automobile trips. There is no single accepted playbook for reducing VMT, but research and advances in policy are providing ways forward. Of special note are the recent rulemaking in California that sets a method for addressing induced VMT from highway capacity projects, as well as provisions around accessibility and induced VMT in HR 2, the House-passed transportation bill. We will begin with presentations from:

• Don Andres, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director, office of Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García
• Ellen Greenberg, Deputy Director for Sustainability, Caltrans

Register for Session 4