Dr. Jonathan Hall is an applied microeconomist who focuses on urban transportation. His recent work has focused on how to design road tolls so they help all road users and measuring the effect of Uber on public transportation. His dissertation was honored with the Best Dissertation Award by the Transportation and Public Utilities Group and the Best Paper Award at the Kumho-Nectar Conference on Transportation Economics. Professor Hall received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Bradford Miller is the chief executive officer at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, a position he has held since 2013. The Transit Authority has instituted an innovative pilot program with Uber and United Taxi and the successfully negotiated with the Service Employees International Union representing about 500 PSTA employees. Before joining PSTA, Miller worked five years as general manager of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority in Iowa and six years at the Charlotte Area Transit System in North Carolina.
Deb A. Niemeier
For two decades, Dr. Niemeier, Professor in the Dept. of Civil and Engineering and Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis, has focused on integrating models for estimating mobile source emissions with transportation modeling. Her primary research interest has been on developing highly accurate, accessible processes and emissions modeling and travel behavior models that can be used in the public sector, including the identification and modeling of environmental health disparities and improved understanding of formal and informal governance processes in urban planning. She is interested in emergent properties or characteristics that give rise to inequitable outcomes, particularly those associated with climate change. This combination of basic and translational research has resulted in new ways to identify the spatial properties of mobile source emissions, new methods for developing vehicle emissions inventories, and improved regulatory guidance, including better identification of vulnerable populations. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “distinguished contributions to energy and environmental science study and policy development.” In 2015, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow for foundational work on pro bono service in engineering. In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She received her B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Texas, and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Corinne Ralph is the Chief of Transit Programs at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). She has over 25 years of experience dedicated to the management and oversight of privately contracted transit bus operations that include both fixed route, paratransit and charter bus services. With a fleet of over 360 vehicles, it is the second largest transit provider in LA County and is among the top 60 transit fleets in the US and Canada. The Department has recently committed to having a zero-emission transit bus fleet by 2030.
Bruce Schaller, Principal of Schaller Consulting, is a nationally recognized expert in transportation policy and operations with specialized expertise in taxicab and vehicle-for-hire operations and regulation. He has worked throughout North America on projects to improve urban transportation services and enhance the efficiency and sustainability of transportation operations. He served as the New York City Department of Transportation's first Deputy Commissioner for Traffic and Planning (2012-14) and the first Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability (2007-11), providing senior executive leadership for development and implementation of DOT’s innovative, world-class programs for the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods on the City's streets. From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Schaller consulted for public, private and non-profit groups on transportation policy and operational issues. Clients included local governments and transit and airport authorities in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Austin, New Orleans, Laredo, Rochester (NY) and Ottawa, Canada and in the Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC areas. Non-profit and private sector clients include the Regional Plan Association, the Design Trust for Public Space, transit advocacy groups, international unions and major banks. He has also worked for MTA New York City Transit, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission and several other New York City agencies. A 30-year resident of Brooklyn, Mr. Schaller has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
Kirk T. Steudle
Mr. Kirk Steudle is the Senior Vice President of Econolite. In this role, Mr. Steudle will lead the company’s Transportation Systems Group, as well as its subsidiary CAVita. Kirk Steudle comes to Econolite following decades with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Mr. Kirk T. Steudle, served at the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, where he oversaw MDOT’s over four billion dollar budget, and was responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees. He was also responsible in overseeing the administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects. Mr. Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-2015 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB. As well as a member of numerous NCHRP panels and committees on asset and performance management. Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering, serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board.