Transportation Summit 2018


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Broward Center for the Performing Arts | Huizenga Pavilion
201 SW 5th Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL


The 7th Annual City of Fort Lauderdale's Transportation Summit was a great success and offered participants a chance to listen to industry experts, colleagues, neighbors, and students dedicated to creating safe, livable, connected, sustainable streets for people of all ages and abilities. Transportation influencers from multiple disciplines hosted important discussions on a variety of issues. 

The Summit enabled participants to collaborate with elected officials, regional experts, and industry leaders to exchange best practices, share innovative ideas, and achieve our common vision of TRANSforming Fort Lauderdale into the city you never want to leave. 

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Summit Agenda and Presentations
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Summit Agenda and Presentations

This year's Transportation Summit brought a number of experts from throughout the U.S. The Summit presentations focused on the use of technology and their impact on transportation planning. Click on the links below to access this year's presentations:

8:30 a.m.  9 a.m.    Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  9:15 a.m.

   Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.  9:45 a.m.

Keynote #1: Exploring the History of Fort Lauderdale and How We Have Grown

The City of Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911, just two years before the moving assembly line system enabled mass production of the Ford Model T – an innovation that profoundly impacted the shape of cities and rituals of city life.  As we now face a new age of innovation, it is important to consider how the City has developed over time to better understand the factors and decisions that have contributed to its existing conditions. This will also help identify the elements and institutions that are likely to change in the wake of innovation, and those that are likely to persist.  This opening session will provide a historical perspective of how South Florida’s early populations started the initial development patterns that have shaped Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding communities.

SPEAKER: Patricia Zeiler. Executive Director, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society


9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote #2: Growing Smarter to Create a More Resilient Transportation Future

The challenges of building vibrant, walkable, and equitable communities are complex and made even more difficult when we use similar terms to describe different strategies for meeting those challenges.  A community cannot be resilient without a shared vision that is based on mutual understandings of the issues and policies that shape the outcomes of tomorrow.  This session will discuss the principles of smart growth and the strategies for incorporating smart growth policies into future development and redevelopment decisions, and the roles of the various players in the decision-making processes.

SPEAKER: Richard Grosso. Professor of Law, Shepard Broward College of Law, Nova Southeastern University  - Smart Growth to Meet Climate Change Challenges


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote #3: The Future of Smart Cities

As technological advances continue to accelerate, new and diverse mobility options are finding their way into everyday life and the patterns of how cities function. Because of these continual changes, it is imperative that cities take steps to manage and understand how new technologies can be used to support and benefit the cities of tomorrow. This session will present ideas and strategies to support cities with managing existing assets more effectively and leveraging emerging technologies to solve transportation challenges and become more efficient, safe, and equitable places for people to live.

SPEAKER: Russ Brooks. Director of Smart Cities for Transportation for America


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Smart City - Columbus, OH

Smart Columbus has a vision that starts with the reinvention of mobility. This in turn will lead to a future beyond what anyone has yet imagined. As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in funding, from public and private sources , and the designation as America’s Smart City. By embracing the goal of reinventing transportation to accelerate human progress, the City is also taking on the job of “becoming smart”, and with it, the responsibility to become a model for other cities around the world. Learn more about the Smart Columbus initiative and how we can use its example to continue to TRANSform the City of Fort Lauderdale into a Smart City of tomorrow.

SPEAKER: Brandi Braun. Deputy Innovation Officer, Smart Columbus, City of Columbus, Ohio


11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Transportation Awards

PRESENTER: Christopher Lagerbloom. Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Reducing Single Occupancy Vehicle Driving in a Growing City

Seattle is among the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., adding more than 60,000 employees since 2010.  For all the benefits that have come with this growth, it has also created a variety of difficulties for locals, including traffic congestion. To mitigate the effects of the rapid growth, a number of initiatives are being implemented. Commute Seattle, a partnership between the Downtown Transportation Alliance and the City of Seattle, has helped produce a dramatic decline in the share of single occupancy vehicles to 25 percent - the lowest share of single occupancy drivers since 2010. Learn what strategies are working to improve transit and carpooling to reduce the stress of traffic congestion on Seattle’s streets.  


  • Jonathan Hopkins. Executive Director, Commute Seattle
  • Ann Sutphin. Strategic Advisor, Transit and Mobility Division, Seattle Department of Transportation


2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Future is Autonomous



2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Showcase of Local Innovative Projects  

Be inspired by the use of technology to prioritize non-motorized users. Learn about local successes in creating transformative spaces that allow improved safety and mobility for people of all ages and abilities. Multiple projects will be highlighted including Broward County’s Bicycle only signals, Miami-Dade’s Transit Only Lane, and the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Six-month Safety Improvements Demonstration Project along Las Olas Boulevard. By pushing current standards, these projects have allowed local planners and engineers to test pilot initiatives that can help shape the future of our streets. 

  • Protected Bike Lanes on E. Las Olas Boulevard
  • Bike Signals in Broward County
  • Miami Transit-Only Lane
  • N.E. 13th Street and Old Dixie Highway Complete Streets Projects
  • Special Event Timing


  • Allison Glunt. Arterial Operations Manager. Florida Department of Transportation.
  • Catherine Prince. LEED AP. Mobility Project Manager. Transportation and Mobility Department. City of Fort Lauderdale.
  • Christine Fanchi. P.E., PTP. Transportation Engineering Design Manager
  • Julián Guevara. Municipal Manager. Miami-Dade Department of Public Works.
  • Scott Brunner, P.E. Director Broward County Public Works Department.


3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Depart To Reception
4:00 p.m.  6:00 p.m.    Networking Reception and Bike Raffle


Sponsors and Partners

The City of Fort Lauderdale gratefully acknowledges all Transportation Summit sponsor and partners.


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Local Innovation In Design - Quick Reports 

This exciting session will showcase projects that have been implemented or will be implemented to TRANSform local communities. Showcased projects include a broad range of topics from flexible design to modern traffic signalization. 

Local Innovation In Design - Quick Reports 

This exciting session will showcase projects that have been implemented or will be implemented to TRANSform local communities. Showcased projects include a broad range of topics from flexible design to modern traffic signalization. 

Transportation Summit 2018

Updated on June 01, 2018 1:44 PM

Fort Lauderdale has a vision of being a city with safe, livable, connected, and sustainable streets for people of all ages and abilities. The 7th Annual Transportation Summit, held on May 16, 2016, was geared toward helping the City advance this vision through important discussions on Vision Zero, public advocacy, land use, street design and activation, current projects, and more.