University Transportation Center Spotlight Webinar
Thursday May 14th 11:00am ET
The University Transportation Centers (UTCs) are where innovation begins. UTCs are training the transportation workforce for the 21st century, developing ways to improve the design, construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure, and improving the safety of the transportation system.
We will hear from several universities about how they are monitoring the impacts of COVID-19, working with health care and policymakers to address COVID-19’s effects, and helping public transportation agencies to address the challenges of the pandemic now and in the future.
We will also hear from the RETRC coalition regarding a recent survey conducted to assess how COVID-19 was impacting UTCs.
Opening Remarks – Melissa S Tooley, PhD, PE, Texas A&M Transportation Institute – RETRC Chair
- Asha Weinstein Agrawal, PhD, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University
COVID-19 – Impact on Transportation Revenue
COVID-19 is impacting a variety of transportation revenue sources. This presentation dives into the impact of different scenarios for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic on state-generated transportation revenues.
- Lei Zhang, PhD, Director, Maryland Transportation Institute, University of Maryland
COVID-19 Impact Analysis Platform – A tool for policymakers and health care officials
His presentation will discuss the platform the Maryland Transportation Institute has developed to measure how social distancing and stay-at-home orders are affecting travel behavior and spread of the coronavirus for all states and counties. The platform is updated with new data and metrics daily.
- Joe Zietsman, PhD, PE, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
COVID-19 and the Future of Transportation
Dr. Zietsman will present the work that TTI is doing to identify research needs relating to transportation and the pandemic, and will review some of the research TTI is conducting to address them.
- Lisa Staes, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida
Emergency Management Tips and Practices for Bus Transit Systems
COVID-19 is changing the way public transportation agencies operate. The Center for Urban Transportation Research has developed a manual and best practices for transit agencies to address emergency operations.
- Stan Caldwell, Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21, Carnegie Mellon University
The presentation will discuss a project with the 412 Food Rescue and Allies for Children to deliver school lunches to children because of COVID-19.