NADO Member Speaks at U.S. House of Representatives Roundtable on Freight Policy

Posted on: July 19th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On July 17, Amy Kessler, Chair of RPO America and Planning and Community Development Director for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, participated in a special roundtable policy discussion, “Effectively Coordinating Freight Planning Activities” in Washington, D.C. The roundtable was convened by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation. This special panel of Members of Congress, chaired by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), is dedicated to analyzing the current state of freight transportation and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the U.S. economy.

The panel focused on how freight planning stakeholders can effectively coordinate efforts to ensure the timely and well-planned delivery of freight transportation facilities, whether additional ways for these entities to cooperate on the planning of large freight projects can be identified, and identifying challenges that may impede the effective coordination of the planning for large freight projects.

The roundtable participants were:

·         The Honorable Polly Trottenberg, Under Secretary for Policy, United States Department of Transportation

·         Richard Biter, Assistant Secretary for Intermodal Systems Development, Florida Department of Transportation

·         Don Kopec, Deputy Executive Director for Programming and Operations, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

·         Amy Kessler, Director of Community Development and Regional Planning, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission

·         Andrew Lynn, Director of Planning and Regional Development, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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