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The 2009 David R. Goode National Transportation Policy Conference


The Miller Center of Public Affairs held the inaugural David R. Goode National Transportation Policy Conference entitled "Beyond Stimulus: Toward a New Transportation Agenda for America" from September 9-11, 2009.

This policy conference of recognized experts, co-chaired by former Secretaries of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and Samuel K. Skinner, was convened in order to facilitate, at a critical time, original and necessary thinking about the financing, governance, and management of America’s transportation infrastructure.

Three years ago, Americans celebrated the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Interstate Highway System - one of the proudest achievements of Twentieth Century America. Our pride was tempered, however, by conspicuous evidence of our transportation system’s steady deterioration, and its diminishing capacity to support America’s economic growth. Before the onset of the recession, bottlenecks in all transport modes had begun to compromise both the quality of people’s lives and America’s global competitiveness. Today, the transportation system’s deficiencies will almost certainly impede the pace of economic recovery.

What’s needed is nothing less than a fundamental overhaul of America’s transportation policies and programs.

While these conclusions have been the subject of a broad consensus among transportation policy thinkers for some time, and despite the growing prominence of transport infrastructure as a central element in the stimulus effort, Congress has been unwilling to treat transportation program reform as a front-burner issue.

The conference report, titled "Well Within Reach: America's New Transportation Agenda," provides a credible agenda to guide the legislative process and offers lasting value to the discussion of the future of our transportation systems. A second conference will take place in the fall of 2011.

For more information, please contact:

Heather Mullins Crislip
Staff Director

Jeffrey Shane
Visiting Fellow and Conference Director
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Juliana Bush
Policy and Planning Coordinator

Media Contact:
Kristy Schantz


Norman Y. Mineta

Norman Y. Mineta

Conference Co-Chair Norman Y. Mineta served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush from 2001-06. In that role, he guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, an agency with more than 65,000 employees and the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. He was appointed Secretary of Commerce under President William J. Clinton, and prior to that, he was vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State. Secretary Mineta was a member of Congress representing San Jose, California, from 1975 to 1995 and a former Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation. Presently, he is the Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton, where he provides counsel and strategic advice to clients on a wide range of business and political issues, including transportation and national security.


Samuel K. Skinner

Samuel K. Skinner

Conference Co-Chair Samuel K. Skinner served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-91. As Secretary, Mr. Skinner was credited with numerous successes, including the development of the President's National Transportation Policy and the development and passage of landmark aviation and surface transportation legislation. He also was the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of USF Corporation, a former President of Commonwealth Edison Company and its holding company Unicom Corporation, and former Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of northeastern Illinois. Secretary Skinner also served as President George H.W. Bush's Chief of Staff. Presently, he is Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he consults with clients in areas that include state and federal regulatory matters, governmental matters, transportation issues, and corporate governance.