APA North Carolina Chapter


Friday, April 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EDT

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"This session will open with remarks from Secretary Trogdon on his vision related to transportation planning in NC, and specifically the benefits of regional long range transportation planning.  The study of a regional (multi-county) CTP under development will be presented as a NC case study (Northwest Piedmont RPO).  The roles and responsibilities, elements to be considered, technical approach, and anticipated products will be discussed for this innovative study.  Finally,  a presentation will be made on ‘Regional Planning Options’ which will address the current state of discussions related to regional planning in NC, and explore possible technical analysis methods and benefits of various components.

These presentations, and the open discussion, will provide a forum to explore the elements that may be addressed during regional long range transportation planning studies, and will highlight benefits, challenges, options and possible best practices."

"The N.C. Department of Transportation is conducting an update to its long-rangetransportation plan to help guide North Carolina’s future transportation investments. Called the N.C. Moves 2050 Plan, the document will provide a 30-year transportation blueprint that meets the needs of a dynamic state, characterized by differing regional priorities, while maintaining a focus on broader, statewide benefits. NCDOT is undergoing a comprehensive two-year study that includes identifying statewide transportation systems’ resources and needs. The study team will work with local governments to identify local transportation needs to ensure that North Carolina’s transportation systems keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently to support communities and enhance the state’s economy."

"This presentation will include a high level look at Aviation in North Carolina. Main topics we propose to cover include he state of aviation, the divison, STI funding, communication with stakeholders and planning, growing and sustaining aviation through system planning. 

In compliance with federal PRIIA and FAST Act requirements, Dewberry is working with NCDOT to update the North Carolina State Rail Plan that was last issued in 2015. This plan is a comprehensive effort to determine the state’s passenger and freight rail needs over the next 25 years, and to identify projects that efficiently move people and goods while enhancing the state’s economy. The goals of the plan are to 1) set policy for freight and passenger rail transportation, 2) establish strategies to enhance rail service in the public interest, and 3) prioritize state and federal investments in a statewide rail system. Development of the State Rail Plan will utilize input from the railroads, industry, agriculture, government, and the public. This presentation will provide an overview of this effort, discuss the data collection and findings to date, and encourage attendee participation in the development of the updated plan.  


James Trogdon III

"James H. Trogdon III was appointed secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation in January 2017. A registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in transportation, Trogdon began his career with the Department in 1985 as a highway engineer. In 2000, he was named NCDOT's ... Read More

John (Andy) Bailey

John A. (Andy) Bailey is a graduate of Appalachian State University with Bachelor Degrees in Geography and Community & Regional Planning, with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems and has worked at the North Carolina Department of Transportation since 2001. Prior to his current role, Andy developed long range comprehensive transportation ... Read More

Brian Wert, PE

Brian Wert has over 17 years of experience in the field of traffic engineering and Transportation Planning. He is currently a Deputy Director of the Transportation Planning Division at NCDOT. In his current role he oversees the teams that coordinate with MPOs and RPOs and who develop Comprehensive Transportation Plans ... Read More

Kerry Morrow

Kerry Morrow is an NCSU graduate with over ten years of experience in long-range transportation planning at NCDOT. In 2014, she began her current role as the Statewide Plan Engineer, where she focuses on system-wide planning initiatives. In this role, she led development of the Strategic Transportation Corridors (STC), and ... Read More

Leta Huntsinger

Leta is a results oriented leader who sees the details without losing sight of the big picture. She is a compassionate visionary who enjoys coming up with unique and interesting methods to approach and solve problems in a way that engages and informs others. She is a Principal at WSP ... Read More

Genevieve Rubrecht

Genevieve Rubrecht is a Senior Communications & Public Involvement Coordinator at WSP. She has created and implemented public engagement programs of all sizes for a variety of project phases using traditional and innovative outreach techniques. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from George Mason University. Read More

David Jackson

"David is Senior Associate with Cambridge Systematics, with 18 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning and programming at the state, regional, and local level. His work with CS is diverse - with State DOTs on project prioritization and long-range planning, with MPO long-range planning particularly related to strategies for mitigating ... Read More

Bobby Walston, PE

"Bobby Walston leads North Carolina’s aviation authority, which promotes the economic well-being and mobility of North Carolinians through air transportation. He and the Division’s 35-member staff works closely with the state’s 72 publicly owned airports, as well as government, industry and economic development partners, to promote aviation ... Read More

Jon Arnold, PE

"Jon Arnold directs a 10-member staff that manages airport infrastructure development planning and programs for North Carolina’s 72 publicly owned airports. The Division at any given time manages more than 250 state and federal grant projects that enable airports to develop and maintain their infrastructure. Arnold brings more than ... Read More

Daniel Findley, PE

Daniel Findley holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina. Dr. Findley has a broad range of transportation experiences and skills. He has played a major role in numerous projects relating to economic analysis, including a ... Read More

Stephanie Sudano, PE

"Stephanie Sudano provides strategic support of process and system improvements for North Carolina’s statewide airport grants, and development and administration of professional development programs for managers and staff of the state’s 72 publicly owned airports. Those process improvements support airport infrastructure development planning, programs and administration of more ... Read More

Eddie McFalls, PE

Mr. McFalls’ 26 years of transportation planning experience crosses multiple modes and types of clients. Mr. McFalls’ experience includes the preparation of feasibility studies, all levels of NEPA documentation and associated technical studies (such as noise and air, capacity analyses, community impact assessments, and indirect and cumulative effects assessments), agency ... Read More

Rachel Vandenberg

Ms. Vandenberg has extensive experience providing strategic planning, engineering, and project management for transportation projects across multiple modes. Her professional background includes the management of technical and financial studies, environmental studies, design, and construction supervision of rail, freight, highway, and public transportation projects. She has managed relationships with a diverse ... Read More

Beth Smyre

Ms. Smyre joined Dewberry in 2014 after 14 years at NCDOT, serving as project manager for major highway projects in the NEPA/NCEPA planning process, overseeing project studies and environmental document preparation. She currently leads the Planning and Environmental Group in Dewberry’s Raleigh office, responsible for NEPA and long-range ... Read More

Contact Info

Neil Burke, nburke@ci.charlotte.nc.us