Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Policy makers and transportation experts from around the country came together for the 16th Annual Transportation and Infrastructure Summit hosted by City of Irving Aug. 6-9. Discussions included every form of transportation from safety integrating pedestrian, bicycle traffic with commuter traffic to creating new high speed rail corridors to the need for dredging and maintaining critical waterways.
“Every year there are new subjects to be covered,” said Maura Gast, executive director of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is clear that the issues affecting all of the modes of transportation continue to need discussion and policy….
“This summit doesn’t have to be huge. Do we have to have 1,000 people here? No. What we need is the right 500. And if the right 500 grows to 1,000, that is great. But as long as you have the right 500 people here, things can get moved forward; or the right 100, whatever the number is as long as you have the people you need here to move a conversation forward or to move a policy initiative forward.”
The quality of the conversation, choice of words and the affectivities of communicating the needs and realities of the nation’s transportation and infrastructure to the public was a topic of discussion.