On January 13, Center Director Jonathan Gifford participated in a panel entitled “National U.S. Department of Transportation Act at Age 50: Consequences and Lessons” at the TRB 95th Annual Meeting. The panel included Rolf Schmitt, Deputy Associate Administrator and Deputy Director at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and was moderated by Alan Pisarski.
School and Center leaders welcomed 80 guests to the Center’s 2016 TRB reception the evening of January 12. Overlooking the soaring lobby of D.C.’s Walter Washington Convention Center, attendees took a break from the conference action to network and compare notes on P3 projects and event highlights, while Mason alumni took advantage of a rare chance to catch up and reconnect.
Center staff engaged numerous TRB 2016 attendees with January 11 poster sessions spotlighting renegotiation and funding/financing trends.
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Center Director Jonathan Gifford participated as a speaker on the evaluation of P3s at the ARTBA “Town Gown” Roundtable held on January 9. The event was organized by AIAI.
Gifford’s remarks addressed the following questions:
A number of P3s in the US have now been delivered and are now in operation. How and who can benchmark the project delivery results? How can we define best practices when much of the project data is within the private realm? What is the private sector’s responsibility in shaping public opinion about a specific project? The private sector, in the case of I-95/I-495 Express and LBJ Express, is investing to understand their customers. Specifically they are polling the public about their performance in the O&M phase? What are their findings? Could this approach be used during the development phase of the project to enhance public acceptance?
…for an “unconference” to share ideas and passion for transportation solutions. The event is supported by the P3 Policy Center, Mobility Lab, AASHTO and many others, and is being replicated in locations nationwide.
Professor Gifford welcomed attendees to the January 9 Transportation Camp DC 2016, hosted at Mason’s Arlington campus. Fifty-eight sessions covered a wide array of topics, including a P3 discussion led by Gifford. Attendees also enjoyed a break from the packed agenda to celebrate fellow innovators at the 2016 Hays “Outside the Box” awards event and reception.