U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
David Cole (AASHTO Cochair)
Commissioner, Maine Department of Transportation
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Telephone: (207) 624-3003
Fax: (207) 624-3001
Tony Furst (FHWA Cochair)
Director, Office of Freight Management
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590
Telephone: (202) 366-2201
Fax: (202) 366-3225
Deputy Secretary for Performance Improvement
Governor's Budget Office
7th Floor Verizon Tower
303 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3441
Telephone: (717) 787-2033
Fax: (717) 787-0827
Senior Vice President–Industry Affairs
American Trucking Associations
950 North Glebe Road, Suite 210
Arlington, VA 22203-4181
Telephone: (703) 838-7956
Fax: (703) 838-1781
Dr. Michael D. Meyer (Report Facilitator)
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
790 Atlantic Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30332
Telephone: (404) 385-2246
Fax: (404) 894-2278
Chief, Office of Goods Movement
California Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Planning, MS 32
PO Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Telephone: (916) 653-0426
Fax: (916) 653-1447
Freight Mobility, Safety, and Security Program
I-95 Corridor Coalition
3206 Tower Oaks Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Telephone: (518) 436-2817
Fax: (518) 692-8640
Intermodal & Industry Activities
444 North Capitol St. NW, Suite 249
Washington, DC 2001
Telephone: (202) 624-5813
Fax: (202) 624-5806
FHWA Illinois Division
3250 Executive Park Dr.
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: (217) 492-4730
Fax: (217) 492-4230 or 4621
Dr. Tianjia Tang
Office of Freight Management, Room 6320
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590
Telephone: (202) 366-2236
Fax: (202) 366-3225
David Cole (AASHTO cochair) is the commissioner for the Maine Department of Transportation. He is responsible for planning, building, and maintaining Maine's transportation system, including highways, bridges, mass transit, railroads, ferries, ports, airports, and bicycle and pedestrian trails. Before his appointment as commissioner, Cole served as president and chief executive officer of the Eastern Maine Development Corp., focusing on entrepreneurial development and advocacy at the local, State, and national levels, including reverse foreign investments. Cole also became a member of the Maine Port Authority in 1997. Cole serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is vice chair of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Intermodal Transportation and Economic Development. Cole graduated from the University of Maine and with a master's degree in public administration.
Tony Furst (FHWA cochair) is a senior executive with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, DC. Furst is director of the Office of Freight Management and Operations, which develops freight policy for FHWA, provides data analysis and decision-support tools for transportation professionals evaluating freight projects, develops and promulgates professional capacity-building programs and training for freight professionals, provides truck size and weight program guidance and interpretation, and evaluates and promotes freight technology development for national and international deployment. Before joining FHWA, Furst held a range of positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation, including program coordinator with the Maritime Administration, regional coordinator for intermodal projects in the Northeastern States and California in the Secretary of Transportation's Office of Intermodalism, and branch chief of the Maritime Infrastructure Security Branch in the Maritime and Land Security Directorate of the Transportation Security Administration. Furst is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer. He has a bachelor's degree in marine biology from Florida State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Sharon Daboin was the deputy secretary for aviation, rail freight, ports, and waterways for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) when this scan took place. She oversaw the administration of financial assistance grants and technical assistance to more than 135 public-use aviation facilities and 67 regional and shortline railroad operators. Daboin was PennDOT's lead on intermodalism, participating in multimodal, multistate transportation studies and initiatives. Daboin represented PennDOT on the Aviation and Rail Freight Advisory Committees, cochaired the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commissions' Goods Movement Task Force and the Pennsylvania Air Service Committee, and was a member of the AASHTO Standing Committees on Aviation and Rail Transportation (cochairing the task force for State programs), the I-95 Corridor Coalition, and the South Central Pennsylvania Regional Goods Movement Steering Committee. Before joining PennDOT, Daboin held several positions in the Federal Aviation Administration, including manager of the Harrisburg Airports District Office. Daboin served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and has a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Pennsylvania's Eastern University.
Warren E. Hoemann is a senior vice president with the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Hoemann oversees ATA councils and conferences and is the ATA liaison with key affiliate organizations. Before joining ATA in 2006, Hoemann was deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Before his Federal government service began in 2003, Hoemann had a long career in the trucking industry. He was vice president of the California Trucking Association and vice president of government relations for Yellow Corporation (now YRC Worldwide), where he handled the company's political and legislative affairs in the 50 States and U.S. Congress. From 1978 to 1986, Hoemann was the general counsel for the Western Highway Institute, a nonprofit trucking industry research organization. He started his career as a private attorney in Denver, CO, representing motor carriers. Hoemann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. He has studied international law at Cambridge University in England and has spoken at universities on trucking issues.
Dr. Michael D. Meyer (report facilitator) is a professor of civil engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also director of the Georgia Transportation Institute. Meyer has conducted research on transportation investment planning and program development, systems engineering, and intermodal transportation. Before joining Georgia Tech, he was director of transportation planning and development for Massachusetts, and before that he was a professor of civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Meyer has published more than 180 articles on topics related to transportation decisionmaking and has served on numerous national transportation committees. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a master's degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from MIT. He is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia and served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board in 2006.
Richard Nordahl is chief of the Office of Goods Movement at the California Department of Transportation. His office, part of the Division of Transportation Planning, is responsible for statewide goods movement planning, including the analysis of goods movement by truck and rail and movement through California's airports, seaports, and border crossings. His responsibilities include developing major portions of the Goods Movement Action Plan of the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency. His foreign experience includes participation in the U.S.-China Modern Logistics Conference in Beijing in May 2004 and an October 2006 briefing of China Ministry of Communication officials. Other major assignments include serving as the department's acting chief of planning in San Diego, staff to Gov. Gray Davis' Commission on Building for the 21st Century, and project manager and assistant project manager for the 1993 California Transportation Plan. Nordahl holds a degree in environmental studies from California State University and a certificate in rail transportation from the University of California's Institute for Transportation Studies.
Marygrace M. Parker serves as program coordinator for freight mobility, safety, and security for the I-95 Corridor Coalition, an alliance of transportation and related agencies in the 16 States from Maine to Florida. Parker provides program oversight and coordination for the coalition's Intermodal Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations program committees. She oversees a number of coalition studies, including assessment of rail operational bottlenecks in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast I-95 Corridor regions and the potential for short sea shipping along the I-95 Corridor/Eastern Seaboard. Before joining the coalition staff, she served as director of the Office of Traffic Management for the New York State Thruway Authority, where she oversaw the various bureaus responsible for traffic operations, communications, emergency management, and intelligent transportation systems. Parker is a former New York State Police officer. She holds a bachelors' degree in criminal science from Russell Sage College. She has served on several technical committees for the Transportation Research Board and National Cooperative Highway Research Program panels.
R. Leo Penne is program director for intermodal and industry activities with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He is responsible for issues involving freight transportation by all modes—rail, truck, aviation, ports, and waterways—and for liaison with industries with significant interests in freight movement. He shares responsibility for developing and communicating the case for the economic benefits of transportation and for demonstrating the linkage between transportation and economic development. Penne has initiated and carried out programs for advocacy, policy development, and research in areas such as transportation, economic development, urban development, environmental protection, public finance, training, and tourism and has written and edited books, reports, and articles on these subjects. He has held positions dealing with issues of strategy and policy analysis for the State of Nevada, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National League of Cities. He holds degrees in political science from Seattle University and the University of Washington and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland.
Norman R. Stoner is the administrator for the FHWA Illinois Division. He leads the Illinois Division's professional staff in partnership with State and local highway agencies to deliver an effective Federal-aid highway program in Illinois. Stoner has been active in the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE), an effort to relieve rail freight and highway congestion in the Chicago freight hub. Since joining FHWA in 1969, Stoner has served in a variety of positions and in other FHWA offices, including the Michigan Division, where he was involved in projects addressing growing freight demands at the border crossing with Canada. Stoner received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ohio University and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio.
Dr. Tianjia Tang is a transportation specialist for FHWA in Washington, DC. He is responsible for the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) and the Freight Modeling Improvement Program (FMIP). The FAF provides strategic analysis of commodity movements in the United States related to transportation infrastructure and investment needs. It supports policymaking and legislation development and enactment. The FMIP is developing a new generation of freight forecasting and modeling tools for State and local government agencies to use in transportation planning, programming, and project development processes. Before joining FHWA's headquarters staff in 2004, Tang served as highway engineer and environmental specialist in FHWA's Resource Center in Atlanta, GA, and Baltimore, MD. Before his Federal tenure, he served in a wide range of positions, including project engineer, project manager, and megaproject development and design manager with a State DOT and private consulting firms. Tang is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Arkansas and a registered professional engineer in Georgia. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves on several freight-related technical committees of the Transportation Research Board.
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