DENVER – States face numerous transportation challenges, given the ‘D+’ the nation’s transportation infrastructure received in the latest ASCE Infrastructure report card, declining fuel tax revenues and record spikes in traffic fatalities. However, new opportunities also exist, particularly with the quickly approaching autonomous vehicle revolution and innovations to increase transportation funds and reduce traffic crashes. Recently Representative Kevin Corlew spent two days at the State Transportation Leaders Symposium: Current Challenges and the Future of Autonomy, collaborating with fellow legislators from around the country to discuss emerging transportation policy trends.
The inaugural symposium was put on by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on Oct. 25-27, 2017, in Denver, CO.
As a transportation leader in Missouri, Representative Corlew heard from a diverse selection of experts from the transportation industry, government, advocacy organizations and academia.
The symposium focused on:
- Innovations to reduce impaired driving;
- Best practices to fund, finance and plan an efficient state transportation system;
- The approaching autonomous vehicles revolution.
Topics covered included: Ignition Interlock Laws and Programs, Drugged Driving, Lessons Learned from Recent Transportation Funding Initiatives, Long-Term Policy Options for Sustainable Transportation Funding, an Overview of Autonomous Vehicles Technology and Terminology and Best Practices for State Autonomous Vehicles Infrastructure Planning.
Attendees also toured Denver’s Union Station, a 100-year old timeless historic landmark and now a multi-modal hub for the entire Denver region.
“In Missouri, we are engaged in finding solutions to the problems of deteriorating transportation infrastructure, decreasing transportation reliability, and roadways that are becoming more dangerous,” Corlew, R-Kansas City, said. “The NCSL symposium provided insightful information on how other states are tackling similar challenges.”
NCSL convened this meeting for legislators at no cost to the state as part of its services to the nation’s state legislatures. Twenty-nine other legislators also attended the Symposium in Denver.