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Moving Forward to the “New Normal”: Navigating Transportation in a COVID-19 World—Key Issues and Strategies

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Examine how the economy gets moving again with transportation experts—thought leaders in public transit, private innovation, and transportation management—as they share strategies to revise our train, subway, bus, airplane, ferry, and ride-share services. Learn about international experiences from the leading edge of the “new normal”. The panelists will share real-time safety and efficiency solutions and explain how the commuting and traveling experience will progress moving forward.

Transportation is a critical driver of our ability to move the economy and our lives forward. With the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions in Boston, the United States and around the world, all eyes are on how mass and alternative transit systems can operate effectively while ensuring our collective health and safety.

Senior executives with hands-on experience regarding mass and alternative transit crisis strategies regionally, throughout the U.S., and internationally will share their insights on:

  • Reengineering transportation systems in a COVID-19 era
  • Managing safety, capacity, spacing and sanitation
  • Implementing best practices in government and private sector guidance
  • Communicating with passengers: education and enforcement
  • Addressing liability issues: drivers, employees, and passengers
  • Innovating travel: opportunities to grow alternative, sustainable transportation

Join us for this special discussion on how new transportation models will change commuting and travel while moving forward to open our economy.

Event details:
Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Paul Ayoub
Executive Committee and Co-Chair, COVID-19 Task Force, Nutter
Board Chair, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Maya Ben Dror, Ph.D.
Urban Mobility Lead, Future Mobile Platform,
World Economic Forum
Curator, Global New Mobility Coalition
Katie Lapp
Executive Vice President, Harvard University
Former Executive Director and CEO, NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Co-Chair, Transportation & Infrastructure Leadership Council, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Ying Loong Lee
Managing Director, Security Business, Certis Security Australia
Oversees security for key transportation hubs in Australia, including several airports and the urban-suburban Sydney Trains system; 
Formerly oversaw security for Singapore’s mass transit system
James O’Leary
President, Alternate Concepts Inc. (ACI)
Operator of railroad and bus services throughout the United States and Puerto Rico;
Former General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Sathish Rajendren
COO, Facilities & Asset Services, Knight Frank India and Board of Director for CoreNet Global, USA
Oversees management of Central Railway Station, Bangalore, India; management experience with airports, railways and public, private and corporate transportation systems internationally
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