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Keynote at March 27 Research Expo: 'Transportation at a Crossroads'

Michael P. Lewis, director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), will deliver the keynote address, "Transportation at a Crossroads -- MAP-21 and Beyond," at the upcoming Transportation Research Expo on Wednesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. in Billings.

Lewis, a UVM alumnus, will focus on the future of planning and maintaining transportation systems given the new norms of limited funding and climate change. He will also speak to new directions in transportation towards multimodalism, livability, resiliency and sustainability.   As president of AASHTO, Lewis has a broad view of the national transportation picture, but also brings a very grounded perspective through his experience leading a small state transportation department in Rhode Island. Brian Searles, Vermont Secretary of Transportation and UVM alumnus, will introduce the lecture.

The Transportation Research Center Sustainable Expo includes a full day of programs and activities highlighting the diversity and depth of UVM research and programs to support sustainable transportation as well as work by partners from throughout the state. The agenda includes a seminar by Professor Bob Manning, author of Walking Distance; a seminar describing the Environment. Community. Opportunity. Sustainability program by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission; and a seminar discussing the recent disasters of Sandy and Irene with NYC Deputy Commissioner Leon Heyward, also a UVM alumnus, and Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary at VTrans. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. a wide range of posters will be displayed highlighting research and program work in the transportation field by UVM faculty, students, and other transportation professionals.

For more details on the expo, visit the Transportation Research Center event site.