January 25, 2010 outreach meeting on surface transportation reauthorization

From Jeffrey Miller, Alliance for Biking & Walking

January 12, 2010

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) invites you to a Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Meeting with Secretary Ray LaHood and Congressman Jim Oberstar. The meeting will be held on Monday, January 25, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus, 301 19th Ave South, in Minneapolis. This event is hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Center for Transportation Studies.

The event is part of a series of meetings across the country that will bring together Federal, state and local officials, as well as transportation providers, users, and other stakeholders, to discuss the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization. USDOT would be pleased if you would join us to present your views on priorities for the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization.

Secretary LaHood and Congressman Oberstar will lead a town hall-style meeting to solicit the views of key stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of surface transportation programs. USDOT is particularly interested in ideas that will improve the effectiveness of transportation programs with respect to safety, livability, economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability and the state of good repair of transportation infrastructure. Panel discussions following the town hall meeting will explore several of these key issues in greater detail.

We hope that you can join us. As USDOT begins the process of reauthorization, your feedback will help us to shape the future of transportation policy in ways that will positively impact the residents of Minneapolis, the State of Minnesota, and the rest of the United States. A preliminary draft agenda is attached for your reference.

Please confirm your attendance with an email RSVP including your name and organization to ReauthRSVP@dot.gov by 5 PM on Wednesday, January 20. Seating is limited and offered at a firstcome, first-served basis. While we encourage you to bring interested staff members to the meeting, we can only initially ensure attendance for one representative per organization. You should include in your RSVP a list of staff members who are interested in attending. We will confirm whether they will be seated in Cowles Auditorium at a later date, pending availability. If not, they are welcome to join us in an overflow room with a live-video feed of the town hall that will be available to general public attendees.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Mr. Jim March, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, at 202-366-4005 or via email at Jim.March@dot.gov. We look forward to meeting you in Minneapolis.

Office of the Secretary of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Transportation Washington, DC 20590

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Tour
Monday, January 25, 2010
Humphrey H. Institute of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN

(Draft as of 1/12/10)

9:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee
10:00 Introductory Remarks
10:30 Town Hall Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities in Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood and Congressman Jim Oberstar
11:30 Plenary Session – Issues for Reauthorization
1:00 p.m. Break/Attendees Get Box Lunches
1:15 Working Lunch and Breakout Panels/Discussions
 Safety, Livability and Sustainability
 Economic Development and State of Good Repair
 Rural and Tribal Transportation Issues
2:45 Summary of Breakout Discussions
3:15 Close

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