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NUTC AVR - Cities 1 - “The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities"

When: Thursday, July 9, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: No registration required / open to the public.

Contact: Bret Johnson  

Group: Northwestern University Transportation Center

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


NUTC Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable | Reopening Our Cities 1

“The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities”  


Cities are resilient. They adjust and adapt, but remain the center of economic, social and cultural activity.  The virtual cloud is no substitute.  As life resumes cautiously in most parts of the country, individual mobility levels are returning to pre-COVID levels. How can public transportation deliver its essential role in urban mobility while addressing health concerns? 

Please join NUTC on Thursday, July 9th at 3pm CDT for the first in a Reopening Our Cities series of Asynchronous Virtual Roundtables (AVR), “The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities."

This AVR moderated by NUTC’s director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, will feature Dorval Carter, President of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), and Peter Cafiero, Managing Director of Intermodal Planning at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).  

NUTC’s new Reopening Our Cities AVRs feature transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies. On July 9th, join us for the first by clicking the Zoom link below to watch interviews and ask your questions live. 


“The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities”

NUTC AVR Cities 1: Thursday, July 9 @ 3pm CDT

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Featured Speakers:

Peter Cafiero is Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Managing Director of Intermodal Planning, where he leads an increasingly integrated group of service planners, data analysts, schedulers and bus stop maintenance staff for Metrorail and Metrobus in the National Capital Region. Prior to joining WMATA in 2019, Peter was for many years Chief of Operations Planning at MTA NYC Transit, where he headed planning for the Second Av Subway and NY’s first BRT routes, led international transit benchmarking groups and worked to improve service by using data to support real-time operating decisions and address capacity challenges. Peter has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (in transportation) from Northwestern University.

Dorval Carter is President of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the nation’s second-largest transit agency, providing approximately 1.5 million rides on an average weekday and serving the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs. Appointed as CTA President in 2015, Mr. Carter has led the way for unprecedented investment in CTA, overseeing more than $8B of projects completed, begun or announced. Carter has spent more than 30 years in transportation and transit, including positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration.  A graduate of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr. Carter also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Ford is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development; and known for industry-leading insights and thought leadership on international transportation issues from trade and study missions around the world. 

Hani S. Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling, urban transportation, and logistics systems


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