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Transportation Summit

Friday, April 11, 2014
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Pinnacle
1772 Indian Wood Circle
Maumee, Ohio

The Role of Transportation in Regional Revitalization

Follow up information will be posted soon.

For questions or inquiries email or call Jodi Rayburg, 419.241.9155, ext. 120

Click here to see the complete agenda including all speakers and session times.

Hotel accommodations for Thursday, April 10 are available at Country Inn & Suites, 541 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee, Ohio.
Conference registrants must call the hotel directly at 419.893.8576 by April 4. Government rate of $83 is available with proper identification.

Panel 1: How Transportation Assets Can Create Global Reach and Attract Talent
How does the transportation network (everything from freight facilities to bikeways) shape the image of a region? Hear how the Toledo Region branding initiative is positioning northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan as an industrial powerhouse that offers great quality of life. Learn about the new Chessie Circle Trail project and its potential to revitalize the urban core while improving regional connections. Gain insights into how transportation can differentiate our region from others.

Panel 2: Transit in the Region: Blueprints for Mobility
Numerous agencies and organizations provide transit in the region that serve specific populations and address a variety of different transit needs. How do they collaborate to gain efficiencies and get people where they need to go? Hear the results of an exploration of transit needs and learn how public and private sector stakeholders are joining together to forge solutions for those who need transit the most.

Panel 3: Where Do We Want to Go? Your Voice in How to Move Forward
This completely interactive session features your responses to some challenging questions about the future and the next long range transportation. Audience responses will be anonymously collected through clickers, and tabulated results will be displayed in real time. Participate in the discussion, provide your input, see what others are saying, and be a part of shaping the region’s future.

Networking Lunch
Keynote Presentation by Richard J. Simonetta, Senior Manager, The Burns Group


Regions across the United States are working to find more ways to rebuild, to solve local issues, collaborate, and create regional solutions that attract and retain people and businesses. What will it really take for regional success in the future? Learn how transportation strategies can drive revitalization in aging urban settings and support regional transformation.

Richard (Rick) Simonetta is the Rail & Transit Business Development Lead for the Burns Group, a diverse engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Simonetta is a transit industry veteran with 43 years of experience, 28 as the CEO of five transit systems, including MARTA in Atlanta, the seventh largest transit system in the U.S. While at MARTA he successfully led the organization in the planning and execution of transit services for the 1996 Summer Olympics, when MARTA transported 25 million passengers in 17 days. 

Prior to joining The Burns Group, he was the Vice President and National Director, High Speed Rail for the URS Corporation.  Before joining URS, Rick was the CEO of Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix where he lead the effort to complete a 20-mile, $1.4B light rail line on-time and under budget.  He was also CEO of transit systems in Columbus, Ohio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He is a former Chairman of the American Public Transportation Association, Vice President, North America on the Executive Board of UITP, a global transport association, and President of State Transit Associations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. 

He is the recipient of several prestigious APTA awards, including Transit Manager of the Year in 1997, Best Overall Transit System, and two-time winner of the Best Hiring and Promotion of Minorities and Women.  In 2013, Rick was inducted into the prestigious APTA Hall of Fame.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Regional Planning from Penn State University.  Mr. Simonetta is an Army Corps of Engineers veteran and served as a Commissioned Officer from 1966 to 1969.

2014 Partners________________________________________

Presenting Partners


Exhibiting Partners
All Aboard Ohio
American Society of Highway Engineers - Northwest Ohio Section
CT Consultants, Inc.

HDR Inc.
Live Well Greater Toledo
Ohio Bicycle Federation
Ohio Concrete Association
Path Master Inc.
Safe Routes to School

We Are Traffic!

Key Goals of the Transportation Summit

  • To learn about current transportation issues affecting the region.
  • To encourage collaboration and strengthen the ability of
    transportation stakeholders to plan, build, and maintain a strong multimodal transportation network.
  • To elect representatives to the Transportation Improvement Program Committee.

The Transportation Summit provides a forum for discussing the transportation of both people and goods in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The Summit is of value to elected officials, planners, engineers, service providers, K-16 education professionals, and those representing business and industry.

For more information, contact Christine Connell 419.241.9155 ext. 119.

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