Changing Lanes
A Transportation Conference on
Technology, Trends, and Change

Changing Lanes: A Transportation Conference on Technology, Trends, and Change

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Changing Lanes is a conference designed for transportation and planning professionals and organized jointly by DVRPC and WTS Philadelphia.

Agenda At-A-Glance

  • 9:00  Welcome

    With Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, DVRPC Executive Director Barry Seymour, and WTS Philadelphia Chapter President Patti Gibson

  • 9:15  Opening Panel Discussion

    Moderators: Orla Pease, Urban Engineers, and Laurie Matkowski, DVRPC (conference co-chairs)


    • Denise Berger, AIA, Assistant Chief Engineer, Operations Division, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
    • Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron, Chief Executive Officer, City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation
    • Jennifer Cohan, Secretary of Transportation, Delaware Department of Transportation
    • Rina Cutler, Senior Director Major Stations, Planning and Development, Amtrak
    • Dana Hecht, Director, Division of Project Management, New Jersey Department of Transportation
    • Mary Peters, Former United States Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Secretary Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    • Renee Sigel, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
  • 10:45  Concurrent Sessions

    Session topics include: Transportation Technologies; Civic Engagement Technology; Economic Gateways; Reconnecting Neighborhoods

  • 12:15  Lunch & Keynote

    David Ory, Sidewalk Labs. Sidewalk Labs is an Alphabet company that asks what if you built a city from the internet up?

  • 2:00  Concurrent Sessions

    Session topics include: Taking Steps Towards Safer, Healthier More Walkable Suburbs; Storytelling; From “No Way to “Yes, If” - The Transportation Projects that Could Shape our Future; Falling Apart - Aging Infrastructure

  • 3:30  Concurrent Sessions

    Session topics include: Arrive Alive - Safety as a Priority in Transportation; Boomers to X, Y, and Z - Closing the Generational Gap; Mind the (Funding) Gap; Design/Build - Engineering/Construction Case Studies

  • 4:30  WTS Scholarship Reception

    Tickets to attend Reception Only are also available. Contact Patti Gibson.

  • Continuing education credits for planners, architects, and engineers are pending.

Sponsorships Available

Become a sponsor [0.1 MB pdf]

Contact Patti Gibson, President of WTS Philadelphia, at All proceeds will benefit the chapter's annual scholarship program, and are eligible as a tax deduction.

Dress code is business attire. Jacket is required for men. For more details, visit