Making the Case for Rail in the Region

American Public Transportation Association


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT

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Make the case for investing in and prioritizing new rail corridors

Operating in a regional planning context, public transportation agencies must demonstrate the value of rail against other transportation mode and initiatives. Hear from practitioners on how they make the case for high-capacity public transportation investments in their regions, including initiatives that link projects to regional planning goals, evaluate and improve transit's beneficial impacts during the planning process through travel demand models, manage engagement and outreach with the public, and realize effective project management and delivery.


Kimberly Slaughter

Kimberly Slaughter is a Vice President and the Central Region Transit Director for HDR, Inc. She leads the transit program for 16 states in the central US and is located in HDR’s downtown Chicago office. Her areas of expertise include system plan development, transit operations planning & analysis, travel forecasting, public engagement and strategic partnering, federal funding, project development, NEPA, and interagency coordination. Ms. Slaughter has over 29 years of transportation planning experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining HDR in 2013, she was the Senior Vice President of Service Design & Development for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (Houston METRO). Ms. Slaughter played an important role as a METRO representative in the community and managed approximately one-third of the agency’s operations, including system planning and development; public engagement ... Read More

Alan T. Lehto

Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Director of Planning & Policy, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR Read More

Steven Kolarz

Project Manager, RK&K, Baltimore, MD

Christine Hoeffner, AICP


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