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October 18
Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture Series
Peter Norton
Technology historian and assistant professor at the University of Virginia, Peter Norton, will present this fall's Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press, 2008), which contends that the motor age came to the city only after a tumultuous struggle involving pedestrians, parents, auto clubs, street railways, and other groups with conflicting perceptions about what streets are for.
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Missed the event? Click here for the video.



February 8
Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture Series
Joseph H. Boardman
President and Chief Executive Officer of AMTRAK, Joseph H. Boardman presented on the topic “Building on Success: Strategies for Managing and Improving the Northeast Corridor” as part of the Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture series. Click here to learn more.



October 22
NJ Complete Streets
Summit Officials representing 27 municipalities and 14 counties attended the first NJ Complete Streets Summit, a full-day educational event designed to communicate the benefits of adopting a more holistic approach to road design and to encourage NJ localities to adopt their own policies. Click here to learn more.



November 12
The Obama Administration and the Future for U.S. Transportation Policy
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Under Secretary for Policy, Roy Kienitz, discussed the Obama Administration's priorities for transportation policy as part of the Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture series. Sworn in as Under Secretary in May 2009, Mr. Kienitz assists Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in formulating national policies affecting surface transportation and aviation. The Obama administration has identified safety, livability, sustainability, and economic recovery as its primary transportation objectives. Click here to learn more.


March 26
Conquering Gotham: Then and Now
Jill Jonnes
Author Jill Jonnes delivered a presentation on her book, Conquering Gotham, which documented the Pennsylvania Railroad's construction of Penn Station New York and connecting rail tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers at the start of the 20th century. Following her presentation, Art Silber, chief of NJ TRANSIT's ARC project, dicussed the imminent construction of a new pair of rail tunnels under the Hudson River and new station adjacent to Penn Station New York. Click here to learn more.



Common Ground Leadership Seminars
VTC and the New Jersey Department of Transportation on October 29 hosted two half-day local leadership seminars on creating great places to walk and bike. Michael Ronkin, of Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, was the keynote speaker for both sessions, one on Walkability, and the other on Bicycling. Click here to learn more.


Transit Oriented Development: 21st Century Concepts in Transit-Based Community Building
VTC, the National Transit Institute and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) presented a full-day workshop on July 16 for transportation professionals, planners, developers, consultants and public agency staff on the fundamentals of transit oriented development. The course was held at NJTPA headquarters in Newark and included field work at the Harrison PATH station.


Alternative Fuels and Transportation Infrastructure Initiative Forum
VTC and the Bloustein School's Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy co-sponsored this June 4 forum which was hosted by the Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation. The event was part of a university-wide initiative to address a critical interface between alternative fuels, vehicles of the future, and transportation infrastructure that will be required to support a diverse fleet of on- and off-road vehicles. To learn more, click here.


NJ Energy Master Plan, Transportation Stakeholders Workshop
On behalf of the NJ Department of Transportation, VTC on February 20 convened a half-day workshop to solicit public comment on strategies for reducing petroleum consumption by 20 percent over the next 15 years.
Click here for the opening presentation.
Click here for strategy matrix.

Turnpike for Sale? Privatization and the Public Interest
On January 31, Northeastern University Professor and author Joseph Giglio presented his views on privatizing public assets. Afterwords, VTC Senior Fellow Martin E. Robins moderated a panel that included:
State Treasurer Bradley Abelow
Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri
Senator Raymond Lesniak, Chairman, Senate Economic Growth Committee
Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Chairman, Assembly Transportation Committee
Click here to view the podcast.

Amtrak Chairman David M. Laney
On December 5, Amtrak Chairman David M. Laney delivered a presentation on Amtrak and U.S. Intercity Passenger Rail: Prospecting for a Future. Click here to view the podcast.

Senior Safe Mobility Implementation Consortium
On July 11, the Senior Safe Mobility Implementation Consortium met at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
For a copy of the consortium's December 14, 2005 meeting report, click here

Progress and Future, 2nd Transit Village Symposium
On June 9, over 150 participants took part in a half-day event at the Edward J. Bloustein School regarding New Jersey's Transit Village program that was sponsored by VTC, the NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Speakers included Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri, NJ TRANSIT Board Member and Belmar Mayor Kenneth Pringle, and Bill Dressell, executive director of the League of Municipalities.
Click here to view the podcast of the event.

SAFETEA-LU: Is It Good for New Jersey?
VTC hosted a half-day conference on October 12 featuring prominent federal and state transportation experts who assessed the impact of the new federal transportation bill on New Jersey.
Congressman William J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-8th Dist.) was the keynote speaker.
Panelists included:
Jack Lettiere, NJ transportation commissioner and immediate past president, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Arthur Guzzetti, director of policy and advocacy, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Mort Downey, former US Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Emil Frankel, former US Assistant Secretary of Transportation
Anne Canby, president, Surface Transportation Policy Project

Terrorism 2005-06:Is New Jersey Safe?
VTC and the Center for Urban Policy Research on September 27 co-hosted Admiral James M. Loy, the former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who addressed key security preparedness issues facing New Jersey.

Transforming Transportation
Anne Canby, President of the Washington-based Surface Transportation Policy Project,
spoke March 29, 2005, at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy as part of the Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Speaker Series. Ms. Canby addressed the need for balance in transportation planning between highways and other modes, as well as the criticality of incorporating transportation needs in land use planning.


Safe Mobility at Any Age
Resource Page

Land Use and Transportation
December 6, 2004 Program, Courier News article

Improving the Health of New Jersey's Communities Through University Partnerships
December 3, 2004 Agenda

The Intriguing History and Outcome of the Penn's Neck Area DEIS
November 10, 2004

Intelligent Transportation Systems
May 5, 2004 Program.

ARRIVE-21: The Case for Public Investment in Rail Infrastructure
U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
April 5, 2004 Program.

Common Ground:
February 6, 2004 Conference Report | Ian Lockwood: Transportation Prescription for Healthy Cities | Conference Photos

Second Annual New Jersey Transportation Conference:
February 9, 2004 Martin Robins Remarks

Evaluation of the New Jersey Transit Village Initiative:
October 10, 2003 Website

New Jersey Transit Villages: A Winning Strategy for Smart Growth
September 23, 2003 Martin Robins Presentation

Emerging European-Style Planning in the United States: Transit-Oriented Development
July 9, 2003 Presentation by Jan Wells, John Renne

Bi-State Interdependence Symposium: The Economy and Transportation
May 6, 2003 Summary Proceedings

Moving Transportation in the Right Direction
April 2, 2003 Martin Robins Remarks

Federal Transportation Policy, Bicycling and Public Health
Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-MN)
March 24, 2003 Program

The Implications of “Back to Basics”
NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington
November 14, 2002 Program

Making National Transportation Policy: The Next Surface Transportation Act
Assistant U. S. Secretary of Transportation Emil Frankel
September 12, 2002 Program

Reconnecting America: A Vision for Transportation in the Post-9/11 Era
Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood and Technology
February 13, 2002 Program

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