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Session No. 6D

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

Session Description: The provision of high-quality public transportation service can offer many benefits to society. Because transit vehicles can serve more people than private automobiles while using less roadway space, high transit usage can help mitigate congestion by both using available space more efficiently and removing cars from our roadways. High transit usage can also reduce total vehicle miles traveled and other negative externalities, such as fuel consumption and harmful vehicle emissions. However, transit vehicles operating in mixed environments are often negatively impacted by congestion due to private automobiles. This congestion can degrade overall performance of public transportation systems, which keeps people from using public transit service. This session focuses on innovative research and successful implementation of strategies designed to prioritize transit vehicle movements in mixed environments. As will be shown, a variety of strategies exist that can help provide more reliable transit service while minimizing negative impacts to other vehicles.

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

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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Wednesday, December 6, 2018

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room 207

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Since 1995, the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) has been attracting professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It continues to be an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

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