Transportation Summit 2018


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Broward Center for the Performing Arts | Huizenga Pavilion
201 SW 5th Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL


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The City of Fort Lauderdale's Transportation Summit is a premier event offering you a chance to join industry experts, colleagues, neighbors, and students dedicated to creating safe, livable, connected, sustainable streets for people of all ages and abilities. Transportation influencers from multiple disciplines will host important discussions on a variety of issues. 

Participating in the Summit will enable you to collaborate with elected officials, regional experts, and industry leaders to exchange best practices, share innovative ideas, and achieve our common vision of TRANSforming Fort Lauderdale into the city you never want to leave. 

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To register for the Summit, please click here.

  • Government - $50, $125 after May 2
  • Private Sector - $75, $125 after May 2

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Are you a neighbor? Would you like to attend this summit at no charge? Neighbor scholarships are available! Please email for more information.

Summit Agenda

8:30 a.m.  9 a.m.    Registration/Continental Breakfast
9 a.m.  9:15 a.m.

   Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.  9:45 a.m.

Keynote #1: Exploring the History of Fort Lauderdale and How We Have Grown

The City of Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911, just two years before the moving assembly line system enabled mass production of the Ford Model T – an innovation that profoundly impacted the shape of cities and rituals of city life.  As we now face a new age of innovation, it is important to consider how the City has developed over time to better understand the factors and decisions that have contributed to its existing conditions. This will also help identify the elements and institutions that are likely to change in the wake of innovation, and those that are likely to persist.  This opening session will provide a historical perspective of how South Florida’s early populations started the initial development patterns that have shaped Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding communities.

SPEAKER: Patricia Zeiler. Executive Director, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote #2: Growing Smarter to Create a More Resilient Transportation Future

SPEAKER: Richard Grosso. Professor of Law, Shepard Broward College of Law, Nova Southeastern University  - Smart Growth to Meet Climate Change Challenges

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Keynote #3: The Future of Smart Cities

As technological advances continue to accelerate, new and diverse mobility options are finding their way into everyday life and the patterns of how cities function. Because of these continual changes, it is imperative that cities take steps to manage and understand how new technologies can be used to support and benefit the cities of tomorrow. This session will present ideas and strategies to support cities with managing existing assets more effectively and leveraging emerging technologies to solve transportation challenges and become more efficient, safe, and equitable places for people to live.

SPEAKER: Russ Brooks. Director of Smart Cities for Transportation for America

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Smart City - Columbus, OH

Smart Columbus has a vision that starts with the reinvention of mobility. This in turn will lead to a future beyond what anyone has yet imagined. As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $50 million in funding, from public and private sources , and the designation as America’s Smart City. By embracing the goal of reinventing transportation to accelerate human progress, the City is also taking on the job of “becoming smart”, and with it, the responsibility to become a model for other cities around the world. Learn more about the Smart Columbus initiative and how we can use its example to continue to TRANSform the City of Fort Lauderdale into a Smart City of tomorrow.

SPEAKER: Brandi Braun, Deputy Innovation Officer, Smart Columbus, City of Columbus, Ohio

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Transportation Awards

PRESENTER: Christopher Lagerbloom. Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Reducing Single Occupancy Vehicle Driving in a Growing City

Seattle is among the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., adding more than 60,000 employees since 2010.  For all the benefits that have come with this growth, it has also created a variety of difficulties for locals, including traffic congestion. To mitigate the effects of the rapid growth, a number of initiatives are being implemented. Commute Seattle, a partnership between the Downtown Transportation Alliance and the City of Seattle, has helped produce a dramatic decline in the share of single occupancy vehicles to 25 percent - the lowest share of single occupancy drivers since 2010.   Learn what strategies are working to improve transit and carpooling to reduce the stress of traffic congestion on Seattle’s streets.  


  • Jonathan Hopkins, Executive Director, Commute Seattle
  • Ann Sutphin, Strategic Advisor, Transit and Mobility Division, Seattle Department of Transportation
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Future is Autonomous


  • Sissinnio Concas, Ph.D. Program Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida - Autonomous-Connected Mobility Evaluation
  • Florida Senator Jeff Brandes (invited)
  • Jerome Unterreiner. Vice President, Senior Urban Designer, HOK
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Showcase of Local Innovative Projects

  • Protected Bike Lanes on E. Las Olas Boulevard
  • Bike Signals in Broward County
  • Miami Transit-Only Lane
  • N.E. 13th Street and Old Dixie Highway Complete Streets Projects
  • Special Event Timing
3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.    Depart To Reception
4 p.m.  6 p.m.    Networking Reception and Bike Raffle

Transportation Options

Leave your car at home or the office and either walk, bike, carpool, or take advantage of one of the many modes of transportation below that will get you to the Summit. By doing so you'll save gas and energy, reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and avoid the hassle of sitting in traffic. 

Broward B-Cycle
Broward County Transit
Riverwalk Water Trolley
Sun Trolley

Sponsorship Opportunities

The City of Fort Lauderdale gratefully acknowledges all Transportation Summit sponsors.There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorships for the Transportation Summit offer increased educational and networking opportunities while elevating the visibility of an organization's brand.

There are still plenty of sponsorship opportunities available. If you'd like to be a Summit sponsor, please complete the Sponsorship Opportunity Form pdf. For more information, please call (954) 828-4750 or email  Craig Pinder.

Sponsors and Partners 

Sponsors and Partners coming soon! 

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If you need wheelchair assistance or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please call 954-828-4746.


Local Innovation In Design - Quick Reports 

This exciting session will showcase projects that have been implemented or will be implemented to TRANSform local communities. Showcased projects include a broad range of topics from flexible design to modern traffic signalization. 

Local Innovation In Design - Quick Reports 

This exciting session will showcase projects that have been implemented or will be implemented to TRANSform local communities. Showcased projects include a broad range of topics from flexible design to modern traffic signalization. 

Transportation Summit 2016

Updated on March 28, 2017 6:32 PM

Fort Lauderdale has a vision of being a city with safe, livable, connected, and sustainable streets for people of all ages and abilities. The 5th Annual Transportation Summit, held on May 18, 2016, was geared toward helping the City advance this vision through important discussions on Vision Zero, public advocacy, land use, street design and activation, current projects, and more.

Join us on May 16th to learn how we can
TRANSform Fort Lauderdale together!