Local DOTs hold court
Putting heads together: Terry Bellamy, Director of DDOT, Beverley Swain-Staley, Secretary Maryland DOT and Sean Connaughton, Virginia DOT Secretary of Transportation who partcipated at the transportation leaders breakfast.
The heads of the Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia departments of transportation met with a group of technology and transportation professionals at the ITS America annual meeting in National Harbor to discuss local challenges and up-coming projects in the area.
Citing a need to coordinate their state’s transportation priorities to meet the needs of D.C. motorists, the officials called on the industry to continue the integration push and create solutions that will help them manage traffic across state borders.
“We need to be ready for the next century, and we cannot build our way out. We have to look at technology to pave the way,” said Director of the District Department of Transportation Terry Bellamy.
Sean Connaughton, the Secretary of the Virginia Department of Transportation, went on to say that the industry is good at collecting traffic data and disseminating that information to drivers, but more work needs to be done to turn traffic information into suggested courses of action.
The discussion was moderated by Mort Downey, a senior advisor with Parsons Brinckerhoff, and sponsored by Kapsch.