Capital Convergence 2017

Capital Convergence 2017

Implementing Transportation Technology in the Washington Region and Beyond

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When: Thursday – January 26, 2017
Where: Room 202AB, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Transportation is at a historical turning point. Thanks to dramatic technology advancements, the traveling public has a plethora of new options, the industry is full of new players, and traditional institutions are being forced to rethink their roles. As policymakers and public agencies grapple with these changes, places around the country are designing partnerships, regulations and investments to continue to facilitate the convergence of transportation and technology.  


The Eno Center for Transportation is at the forefront of this national dialogue of developing appropriate public policy responses to these changes, and highlighting best practices both domestically and abroad. Building off Eno’s 2016 Convergence, Capital Convergence 2017 will focus on specific examples from metropolitan Washington and across the country. After all, Washington was one of the first places in the country to authorize ride-hailing apps, clear the way legally for autonomous vehicles, permit car-sharing services, deploy dynamic tolling and pricing projects, and launch a high-tech bike-share system.

Event highlights will include transportation technology demonstrations, an exciting keynote address, and a networking reception.

The conference, which is a part of Eno’s larger Digital Cities research and policy platform, brings together decision makers, government leaders, industry experts, academics, implementers, and visionaries to share their experiences with the convergence of transportation technology and public policy at the local, state and federal levels.

Registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome. See below for pricing details.


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James Burnley, Former Secretary of Transportation, Board Chair of Eno Center for Transportation

Robert Puentes, President & CEO, Eno Center for Transportation

9:15AM – 10:30AM
(SESSION 1 & 2)
(SESSION 1) Technology and Freight Delivery Showcase
Technology continues to improve the shipment of goods. The largest area of improvement has been the direct-to-consumer model. This session will feature live demonstrations of new technologies that are attempting to transform freight. Following the demonstration, this panel will explore the policy implications of these services, and what can be done to continue to encourage their effective and responsible deployment.

Moderator: Geoffrey Milsom, Director, Transportation Solutions, Envista

Steve Boyd, Founder and Vice-President, External Affairs, Peloton
David Catania, Starship Technologies
Chase Murray, Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo

(SESSION 2) Autonomous Vehicles: What We Have Learned from Pilot Programs and Recent NHTSA Guidelines
As autonomous vehicles now share public roads with cars, we are beyond speculation. This session will focus on the implications of the recent federal AV guidelines and how cities and states can enact smart policies and regulations that can be employed today for an unknown future.

Moderator: David Strickland, Venable LLP, Counsel and Spokesperson for the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets

Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation
Nathaniel Beuse, Associate Administrator, Vehicle Safety Research, U.S. Department of Transportation
David Somo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Marketing, ON Semiconductor

11:00AM – 12:15PM
(SESSION 3 & 4)
(SESSION 3) Innovative Partnerships: Enhancing Service While Addressing Procurement Obstacles
This panel will explore how agencies across the country have partnered with private-sector transportation network companies (TNC’s) to provide enhanced last-mile connections, paratransit services, and other services. This discussion will focus on a variety of innovative partnerships, while exploring the legal and regulatory barriers around procurement and potential reform. It will also highlight the policy implications that these relationships have on transportation equity.

Moderator: Adie Tomer, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Christiaan Blake, Director, Office of ADA Policy and Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Jameson Auten, Chief, Regional Service Delivery and Innovation Division, ‎Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Paige Tsai, Transportation Policy and Research, Uber

(SESSION 4) The New Built Environment: Adapting Our Infrastructure in the Age of Innovation
The importance of infrastructure as a national issue has gained notoriety in recent years. Some of the most innovative projects in transportation are happening in the Washington DC region. This panel will examine the Maryland I-270 innovative congestion management project, the Virginia 495 and 95 dynamic pricing express lanes, the demand parking pilot pioneered by the District of Columbia, and other regional engagements as key examples of how technology can improve environmental effects while enhancing operations and efficiencies with the delivery of transportation services. 

Moderator: Martin Di Caro, Transportation Reporter, WAMU 88.5

Jennifer Aument, Group General Manager North America, Transurban
Souyma Dey, Research Manager, District of Columbia Depart of  Transportation
Emeka Moneme, Deputy Executive Director, Federal City Council
Gregory Slater, Deputy Administrator, Planning, Engineering, Real Estate, and Environment, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation


Introduction by: Mary Peters, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Speakers: Allie Kelly, Executive Director, and Harriet Anderson Langford, President, The Ray

1:45PM – 3:00PM
(SESSION 6 & 7)
(SESSION 6) The Aftermath: How US DOT’s Smart Cities Challenge Applicants Are Implementing their Plans
USDOT’s $40 million Smart Cities Challenge was awarded to Columbus, Ohio. But despite not winning, other cities are moving forward with the innovative ideas in their proposals. This session will feature regions that participated in the competition, with a specific focus on the lessons learned from this process and how they are incorporating the broader goals of improved equity and environmental improvement.

Moderator: Russell Brooks, Director, Smart Cities, T4America

Eric Shaw, Director, District of Columbia Office of Planning
Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Kansas City, MO
Boris Karsch, Vice President, Strategy, Cubic Transportation
Adrian Pearmine, National Director, Smart Cities & Connected Vehicles, DKS Associates

(SESSION 7) Car Talk: Connected Vehicle Policy and Deployment Across the Country.
The convergence of connected and automated vehicles promises enhanced safety, environmental, and operational benefits to consumers. This session will explore the relationship of autonomous and connected vehicles, the results of recent pilot studies conducted by USDOT on vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I). Importantly, the panel will discuss how to standardize and pay for the deployment of the technology.

ModeratorMatthew Hardy, Program Director for Planning and Performance Management, American Association of State and Highway Officials

Brian Pickerall, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Egan Smith, Managing Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation

3:30PM – 4:45PM (SESSION 8) Taking it to the Streets: Creating the Strategies to bring an AV Shuttle to the Region
This session will challenge conference participants to brainstorm strategies needed to bring an automated vehicle shuttle to the region now. Using interactive graphics, participants will bring their collective expertise, experience and entrepreneurial spirit together to sketch policy, planning, communications, funding, finance and engagement strategies for prototyping shuttles and fleets on private and public roads. The session will propose an implementation concept and will delve into the practical regulatory, institutional, and technical challenges of autonomous vehicle deployment in metropolitan Washington.

Session Leaders:

  • Kelley Coyner, Center for Regional Analysis, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University & MobilityE3
  • Lisa Nisenson, Alta Planning and Design and Greater Places

Robert Puentes, Eno Center for Transportation



$155 – Public Sector/Non-Profit

$225 – Private Sector 

$275 – Walk ins

Members of Eno receive a 20% discount price for one registration. If you are interested in membership with Eno, contact Patrice Davenport at Students receive a 50% discounted price for one registration. If you qualify for student pricing, contact Eno Public Affairs at with proof of enrollment for your discount code.

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This event is generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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