On July 16th, Mr. Plumeau delivered a plenary session on "Planning for Freight in the Face of Disruption & Uncertainty: Drawing Conclusions Instead of Blanks."
MPOs & partner agencies face a growing need to account for risk & resiliency considerations precipitated by external factors outside of their control –including shifts in industry technologies, global trade, regulation, & climate. These factors are introducing transformational change in freight travel demand, as well as potential disruptive changes in the operational effectiveness of freight movement facilities and networks. Transportation investments need to consider these uncertainty factors, since failure to do so can result in stranded investments (where facilities & capacity are in the wrong place), as well as system failures (where there is insuficient capacity or undue dependence on individual infrastructure elements). Both can have adverse consequences for economic development & vitality. Plumeau's presentation illustrates how alternative economic futures can shift future regional economic development & trade, as well as relative demand for various airports, seaports & highway corridors, with a New York State focus.
EDR Group was a proud sponsor of the conference.