Cross State Corridors Panel

Monday 10-11am

The movement of freight across the nation’s highways is becoming an ever increasing challenge. This is also giving Sate DOT’s an opportunity to develop creative solutions with neighboring states along critical corridors to address these challenges.

  • Truck Parking

  • Port of Entry Permits

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

  • Weight Limits

Moderated by: Brent Cain - TSMO Director, Arizona Department of Transportation

Panelists include:

  • Ronald Pate - Director, Rail, Freight, and Ports Division, Washington State DOT

  • Sherry Pifer - Branch Manager, Freight and International Trade Section, Texas DOT

  • Rob Wight - Operations Director, Utah DOT

Emergency Response Panel

Monday 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Emergency responses to fire and floods have been an increasing challenge to State DOTs. Since these events are unplanned, there is generally no or insufficient budget programmed to deal with the event or the subsequent recovery from the event.

This panel will discuss impacts, recovery, and best practices from a Federal Land Manager and State DOT perspective.


Moderated by: Mike Tooley, Director Montana Department of Transportation

Panelists include:

  • Danny R. Montoya - Director of Engineering, USDA Forest Service (New Mexico)

  • Jolie Pollet - Division Chief, Fire Planning & Fuels Management, BLM

  • Chris Newman - Federal Aid Programs Team Leader, FHWA

  • Dave Bierschbach - Region Administrator, Washington State DOT

  • Rick Torgerson - Region Director, Utah DOT


Why We Should All Care About Supporting Women in Transportation

Wednesday 1-2pm

Transportation is personal for all of us. Since the completion of the interstate highway system, the movement of goods and people have experienced significant changes. Now with a larger focus on transit, rideshare and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, the future will hold many new challenges.

This panel is intended to engage discussion with men and women about the value of an inclusive workplace where skills and talents of men, women and minorities are used to position the transportation industry and transportation organizations for success in the future.

Moderated by: Shelley Row

Panelists include:

  • Mary Peters - Principal, Mary Peters Consulting Group; Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Former Director, Arizona Department of Transportation

  • Cheryl Walker - Director, Office of Safety Programs, FHWA

  • Jennifer Toth - Director, Maricopa County Department of Transportation

  • Britton Hammit , Ph.D, E.I. - Civil Analyst, Kimley-Horn