By Allison Klein, vice president of member services, ARTBA
The 2016 Dr. J. Don Brock “TransOvation™ Workshop,” opening next week at Astec Industries in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will explore the intersection of new technology, infrastructure and public policy as it relates to improving the efficiency of freight movement on U.S. roadways.
The Dec. 7-9 event brings some of the brightest minds in transportation design, construction and management together with major business leaders for interactive learning that fosters innovative thinking.
This year’s theme is “How We Can Move Freight More Productively to Give America the Competitive Edge.” Astec President Malcolm Swanson will address strategies for enabling innovations on U.S. road, and UPS Senior Vice President of Transportation Policy Tom Jensen will give his perspectives on emerging trends, challenges and opportunities for moving goods.
TransOvation™ also will explore the latest plans for using hyperloop technology—high speed movement of goods and passengers inside partially evacuated tubes—to improve freight transportation. Hyperloop One, the Los Angeles-based firm developing the technology, describes the system as “broadband for transportation.” Bruce Upbin, the company’s vice president of strategic communications, and Andrew Bui, project manager at AECOM Ventures, will discuss the technology in more detail.
In addition, ARTBA Executive Vice President Bill Toohey will lead a discussion on “The National Freight Highway Network” and outline the report of a recent ARTBA task force that has developed specific recommendations for long-term, sustainable transportation funding.