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Session No. 6D

Session Title:  Next Gen Mobility for All: Peds, Trucks, and Automobiles!

Session Description: Multimodal planning, design, and financing will be explored in this session, reminiscent of the 1980s hit movie title “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”, in this case, “Peds, Trucks, and Automobiles." The construction of the Liberty Bell Trail, SEPTA transit station, and parking garage transformed the Lansdale train station into a true multimodal facility. The Borough Manager and project engineer will discuss the planning, engineering, and financial challenges to make this project a reality. The session will also delve into current issues and future changes in the long haul related to the trucking industry. This will include an overview of current market condition and issues in the trucking industry with particular emphasis on structural changes in the local goods delivery market, as well as the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on the trucking industry. Finally, the session will offer a peek into high-end driver training facilities, which are designed to mimic hazardous road conditions and train drivers to maneuver safely through the sometimes dangerous and unpredictable road conditions.

Moderator Name: Kristen Kostick, PE — Pennoni

Automobiles: Preparing for the Road AheadSandija Bayot, GB Consult, and Angelo Fatiga, Division Manager, Pennoni

Trucking Industry, Jonathan R. Peters, Ph.D., Professor of Finance and Data Analytics, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Peds: Accommodating into the Future, John Ernst, AIA, Manager, Lansdale Borough, and Mark Bickerton, PE, Project Engineer, Pennoni

Speaker Bios

Sandija Bayot is the USA Representative for GB Consult USA. GB Consult is an Austrian-based engineering firm specializing in transportation safety. In her role she is spearheading the promotion and development of new safety driving standards with the US Department of Transportation and commercial entities nationwide. 

She is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of the visits of economic delegations from India, Russia, Latvia, and other countries, to foster and facilitate international trade exchanges.

Bayot is also the Director of Development at the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, Texas, where she manages corporate partnerships and outreach and oversees the Council's global education programs. She has led multiple Council delegations overseas to Cuba, India, Iceland, Norway, Belarus, Russia, New Zealand, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Australia. She strives to promote a better understanding of the world as to help enable and engage the Greater Houston community.

Before joining the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, Bayot served as Director of Communications for Houston's Consular Corps and worked three years with the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC., as the Assistant Economic Representative and Cultural Liaison. She recently completed the FBI’s and DEA's Citizens’ Academies programs. Bayot is fluent in Latvian and Russian.  

She attended Trinity College and the University of Houston. She is very involved in her local community and is an enthusiastic traveler. Bayot is married, has two sons, and lives in the Woodlands, Texas.

Angelo Fatiga, Senior Business Development Associate, leads Pennoni’s efforts in developing work in the Industrial Sector. Fatiga has nearly 25 years of project management, construction management, engineering and environmental consulting experience throughout the tristate area, and beyond. He has managed all aspects of environmental projects including assessment and investigation, remedial work plans, site monitoring, system design and construction, system operation and maintenance, project reporting and regulatory negotiations. These projects included underground storage tank installations, removals and modifications, soil and ground water remediation systems, municipal solid waste landfill cell construction and capping. A graduate of Widener University and a member of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Brownfield Committee, Fatiga has been employed for more than 10 years with Pennoni.

Jonathan R. Peters is a professor of finance in the Business Department at The College of Staten Island of The City University of New York and a Research Fellow at The University Transportation Research Center at The City College of New York. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York.  He has previously published in The Journal of Applied Finance, Transportation Quarterly and most recently in Public Works Management & Policy. He currently conducts research in the areas of regional planning, road and mass transit financing, corporate and public sector performance metrics, capital costs and performance management.

John J. Ernst, AIA is the Borough Manager of Lansdale Borough. Ernst has been at the Borough since 2010 after transitioning from the public sector and has been instrumental in development projects such as the SEPTA Parking Garage, Madison Parking Lot, the Borough Municipal Complex as well as the Montgomery County project expanding the Liberty Bell Trail. He also serves the Borough as the representative on the Lansdale Borough Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Code Committee and Economic Development Committee. Prior to joining Lansdale, Ernst earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Temple University and worked as an architect with several regional firms primarily designing educational and religious facilities. He currently holds a license to practice in Pennsylvania and as a current member of the American Institute of Architects, he uses his skills working closely with a range of organizations and professionals. Ernst is honored to represent Lansdale Borough as a member of the Board for the Montgomery County Planning Commission as well as the PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County.  

Mark Bickerton currently serves as a Project Engineer in the Transportation Division in our Warrington, Pennsylvania office and has 14 years of experience. His expertise includes plans for construction and reconstruction of highway design, roadway realignment, roadway widening, intersection improvements, traffic signal design, signing and pavement marking, right-of-way, and utility plans. He also has experience with pedestrian and bicycle trail design, particularly with locally sponsored delivery through PennDOT’s ECMS system. He is familiar with PennDOT, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and New Jersey Department of Transportation design and construction regulations as well as AASHTO Trail Design criteria.                    


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room 207

  • Full Presentation Slides (PDF)

Automobiles: Preparing for the Road Ahead

Trucking Industry

Peds: Accommodating into the Future




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