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Keynote Address

Reflecting on our past and present to reimagine our state of the practice...

Our Communities are Ever Changing

Changing more rapidly with a growing population, changing mobility & land use patterns and the impact to transportation infrastructure, evolving demographics experiencing inequitable outcomes, and a changing climate. Such increased pressure and awareness of community demands can and is challenging our state of the transportation practice.

This keynote address will serve as an opportunity to reflect on past practice and how that has led to present day demands and challenges as well as foreboding future threats to our community's vibrancy without intervention to our practice. It is also an opportunity to stimulate awareness about our diverse stakeholders that we serve and how to empower them to access community prosperity. Lastly, this keynote serves as a call for action to revise the status quo and recommit to a practice focused on people versus dedicated to the car.


Benito Perez

Policy Director//Transportation for America

Mr. Pérez previously served in various roles at the District Department of Transportation since 2012, which included Curbside Management & Operations Planning Manager, Curbside Management Planner, and Transportation Policy Specialist. During his DDOT tenure, he worked on and managed a team involved with creating, accessing, analyzing, visualizing, disseminating, and working with stakeholders to leverage data for policy development, resource allocation, and operations management of the District’s curbside and its intersection with the greater transportation network. Prior to DDOT, he was a Transportation Engineer with the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, working on long range transportation planning and its intersection with active transportation and land use. Additionally, he previously worked with the Maryland State Highway Administration, working on equity and inclusion issues in transportation. Mr. Pérez earned his Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 2009.

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