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NUTC AVR - Cities 2 - “The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities - Part 2"


When: Thursday, July 16, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Online
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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 2

“The Vital Role of Public Transportation in Reopening Our Cities - Part 2”  


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 16th 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 Kevin Desmond - CEO of TransLink, Jerome Pourbaix - Director of Regional Offices & Services at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), and Julian Ware - Head of Corporate Finance at Transport for London.

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 16th, 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 - Part 2”

NUTC AVR Cities 2: Thursday, July 16th @ 3pm CDT

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Featured Speakers:

Kevin Desmond is the Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority that provides 1.4 million trips every day.  He oversees planning, financing, and management of a region-wide multimodal transit network that includes bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, HandyDART and West Coast Express, with nearly 7,800 employees. Prior to joining TransLink, Kevin was General Manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle metropolitan region; Vice-President of Operations and Development at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Washington; and was Chief of Operations Planning for New York City Transit.  Kevin has a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University.

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

Jerome Pourbaix is Senior Director for Global Growth at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), coordinating its network of 15 regional offices worldwide. Previously he led UITP’s international advocacy activities, focusing notably on the economic case for public transport and the future role of public transport in cities. He championed the inclusion of mobility in the new urban agenda adopted at the Habitat III conference. Jerome has also supervised UITP’s strategic projects and urban transport data collection activities. Before UITP he worked at the European Commission and the international city network Polis. He studied Sociology in Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Julian Ware is Head of Corporate Finance at Transport for London.  Since he joined in 2007 he has worked on the Crossrail 1 project (£15 billion) seeing new funding streams through close to implementation.  He also helped put together the funding for the Northern Line to Battersea Power Station (£1 billion) and the rail extension at Barking (£200 million).  He has worked on the £30 billion Crossrail 2 and land value capture issues, as well as on two roads PPP projects.  He is currently active on the reviews of future of TfL funding and finance following the Covid emergency. He is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MBA from the Open University.  


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