Next Stop: A National Summit on the Future of Transportation

May 18, 2010

Video of Administrator Rogoff's remarks at Next Stop: A National Summit on the Future of Transitat the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on May 18, 2010.

Call to Order:

Greg Torres, President, MassINC
Paul Regan, Executive Director, MBTA Advisory Board

Welcome:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, City of Boston

Keynote Remarks:

U.S. Congressman John W. Olver
U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary for Policy Roy W. Kienitz
U.S. Federal Transit Administrator Peter M. Rogoff

Panel 1: National Transit Issues and Challenges

Overview: Discussion with the General Managers of some of the nation’s largest transit systems.
Moderator: Daniel A. Grabauskas, MassINC Senior Fellow & former MBTA General Manager
Richard A. Davey, General Manager, MBTA
Dr. Beverly A. Scott, General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Richard L. RodriquezPresident, Chicago Transit Authority
John B. Catoe, Jr. Former General Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Joseph M. Casey,General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Panel 2: Economic Importance of Transit

Overview: Discussion among business leaders on the private sectors’ role in forging solutions to transit systems sustainability.
Moderator: Paul La Camera, General Manager, WBUR Radio
Larry Cancro, Senior Vice President, Fenway Affairs, Boston Red Sox
Thomas P. Glynn, Chief Operating Officer, Partners Health Care and Former General Manager, MBTA
Robert Gittens, Vice President of Public Affairs, Northeastern University
John Rosenthal, President of Meredith Management, Co. and developer of Fenway Center

Panel 3: Transit Engagement

Overview: The importance of creating a “call to action” to connect key stakeholders to the critical issues facing transit systems and service
Moderator: David Luberoff, Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston
Monica Tibbits, Executive Director, 128 Business Council and Former Executive Director, TransitWorks
William Henderson, Chair, Permanent Citizens Advisory Council to the NY MTA
Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and Director, Brookings Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative
Stephen J. Silveira, Vice President, ML Strategies and Former Chairman, Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission
Douglas I. Foy, Co-Founder of strategic energy consulting firm Serrafix, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Commonwealth Development, and Former President, Conservation Law Foundation
America’s network of transit systems is one of our most effective economic engines as well as a key player in the effort to reduce emissions that cause greenhouse gases. Yet many of these systems, particularly those in our largest cities, are financially and physically distressed. Solutions to the financing and management of metropolitan transit issues are too often caught in the crossfire of local control and parochial politics, leaving little consideration for the innovative, broadly applied solutions that could enhance and sustain these resources throughout the country.
The National Transit Summit brings together practitioners and policymakers, environmentalists and industry leaders to exchange ideas and forge a practical agenda for improving our transit systems and financing their sustainability to meet society’s needs now and for the future.
Hosted and sponsored by The MBTA Advisory Board, MassINC, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the 128 Business Council.