Welcome to the 2021 Region 10 Transportation Conference. We are super excited for a diverse group of excellent speakers for the 8th annual conference. We are proud to become the premier forum for transportation research in the Pacific Northwest. Each year the conference is hosted in our region to hear from leaders in transportation, showcase innovation in technology and research, provide a means for collaboration, and advance the transportation workforce. Our theme this year is Envision Post-pandemic Transportation Safety and Mobility.
As the Chair of the Planning Committee, I am truly disappointed we are not able to meet as planned in the center of beautiful Willamette Valley: Corvallis, Oregon where Oregon State University is located. The good news is we have a wonderful virtual agenda planned, that we hope will provide a special opportunity for greater reach within and outside our region. Registration for the webinars and access to additional videos will be free this year, so we ask you to pass along the conference website to your colleagues, community leaders, and the general public.
The conference will begin with an opening session on Friday October 15, 2021. We will hear from our keynote speaker, Rep. Peter DeFazio and ODOT Assistant Director Nikotris Perkins. This will be followed by a panel of transportation leaders discussing equitable transportation and how social equity is implemented within state DOTs and transportation industry, in particular under the impacts of COVID-19. The conference will continue with daily webinars Monday, October 18, to Thursday, October 21. We scheduled the sessions to accommodate an interesting and entertaining lunch break. Join us online from wherever you are and stay connected for questions and conversation after each session. We also invite you to explore the “Virtual Poster Session” on the conference website to watch short videos about current research funded by PacTrans and CSET. The website will also provide links to the recorded sessions as the conference proceeds.
We look forward to your participation and welcome to visit Corvallis in the future.
-Haizhong Wang, Chair of the Conference Planning Committee