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The Road Out of Poverty: A Transportation & Economic Mobility Symposium

March 15, 2018
1-5 p.m. at the Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Over the past several years, transportation has emerged as one of the most crucial factors for escaping poverty. This Poverty Solutions engagement series symposium will examine transportation access and equity from a variety of angles, and connect communities, faculty, and students to explore ideas, strategies and potential solutions.

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will deliver the keynote address, followed by interactive panels led by faculty and community experts will address topics including:

  • License to Drive: How Legal Structures Impact Mobility
    JJ Prescott, U-M Law School
    Phil Telfeyan, Equal Justice Under Law
    Chad Livengood, Crain’s Detroit Business
  • Getting to Work & School: Barriers to Meeting Basic Mobility Needs
    Joe Grengs, U-M Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning
    Kristin Blagg, Urban Institute
    Ryan Buck, Washtenaw Area Transportation Study
    Teresa Gillotti, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development
  • The Future of Transportation: Engineering Systems to Enhance Equity
    Tierra Bills, U-M Engineering
    Pascal Van Hentenryck, U-M Engineering
    Geoffrey Thün, U-M Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Transportation Security: Measurement Tools to Understand Needs
    Alex Murphy, U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts
    Shirley Stancato, New Detroit
    Rachel Tronstein, Gardner-White Furniture/New Detroit
  • Accessibility Across County Lines: Regional Approaches to Transportation Barriers
    Bill Kennis, Benzie County Transportation Authority
    Representative from the Regional Transit Authority of SouthEast Michigan
    Ed Benning, Flint Mass Transportation Authority
  • Transportation Advocacy Lightning Panel
    Joel Batterman, Motor City Freedom Riders
    Megan Owens, Transportation Riders United

This event is free and open to the public. A networking and reception will follow the event.

Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory, Poverty Solutions and the Detroit School Series.