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DOT Research @ TRB Annual Meeting

DOT's research and innovation initiatives will take center stage at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12-16. Find DOT highlights here!

DOT Policy Sessions: Monday, Jan. 13

10:15 am – 12:00 pm:

Combating Human Trafficking in The Transportation Sector: Everyone Has a Role

This panel on human trafficking will be comprised of DOT leadership and members of the DOT Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking (ACHT), who represent transportation stakeholders across the industry. January is annually proclaimed to be National Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness month and 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the landmark legislation on human trafficking.  Leaders across the transportation industry will underscore the importance of all transportation stakeholders having active and actionable roles in combating human trafficking.

Moderator: Joel Szabat, Acting Under Secretary for Policy

  • Ambassador Catherine Todd Bailey, Chair, Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking (ACHT);
  • Nicole “Nikki” Clifton, Vice President, UPS Global Public Affairs, UPS; Member, ACHT
  • Kendis Paris, Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking; Member, ACHT
  • Keith Slotter, Vice President of Security, JetBlue Airways Corporation

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Laying a Foundation for Advanced Transportation Technology

The USDOT is working on several fronts to thoughtfully manage the deployment of automation technology in the transportation space. This session will introduce attendees to USDOT senior officials who are leading the DOT’s automation technology initiatives. Attendees will hear about the USDOT’s views on how it is managing advances in transportation technologies and what to expect next.

Moderator: Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary OST-P

  • Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology
  • Jay Merkle, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office
  • Jonathan Morrison, Chief Counsel, NHTSA

3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Infrastructure Policy in 2020 and Beyond

This session will be a roundtable discussion with senior officials about the USDOT Secretary’s priorities for 2020 and beyond. Focus will include DOT’s Rural Initiative; work on Opportunity Zones; permitting reform; and railroad grade crossing safety. This session will also allow attendees to hear the Administration’s perspective on surface transportation reauthorization.

Moderator: Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor to the Secretary

  • Dan DeBono, Chief Infrastructure Funding Officer
  • Ron Batory, FRA Administrator
  • Nicole Nason, FHWA Administrator
  • K. Jane Williams, Acting FTA Administrator