Rhode Island Transportation Innovation Partnership

Opportunity: Request for information (RFI 7553496)

Respond to RIDOT's Request for Information on Next-Generation Transportation Systems, Including Autonomous Vehicles (RFI 7553496): In June 2017, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation issued an open request for information to solicit ideas, with the goal of creating a forum for the exchange of ideas to accelerate the implementation of new technologies. The RFI announces Rhode Island's interest in testing, deploying, and evaluating Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology, on-demand ride sharing services, high speed transporter technology, and other innovative transport system technologies. It specifically seeks information about:

  • Opportunities for partnership;
  • Impact on the state's capital planning and execution process;
  • Regional safety programs (including law enforcement and security);
  • Environmental conditions and climate impacts with changing technology;
  • State laws and regulation;
  • Workforce and professional training needs within the state

Industry, public sector entities, educational institutions, and others are encouraged to submit ideas, and may draw from a series of suggested sites and topic areas described within the RFI, or present another concept. A formal Request for Proposals may follow based on input.

Rhode Island Transportation Innovation Partnership Expo

September 14, 2017


8:00 - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Steve Kitchin, VP Corporate Education and Training, NEIT
Peter Alviti Jr., PE, Director, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)


8:15 - 9:30 AM


Opportunities for Partnerships & Solutions in the Ocean State
Panelists will share plans, and ideas on how to effectively partner with private sector and/or other public entities to test, evaluate, and integrate innovative transport systems such as connected and autonomous vehicles into a sustainable and fiscally sound transportation system in Rhode Island. Discussion on opportunities and thoughts on what needs to be in place to support and spur innovation in the deployment of transport system technology in RI.
Moderator: Peter Alviti Jr., PE, Director, RIDOT
Mark Huang, Director of Economic Development, City of Providence
Peter Friedrichs, Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Central Falls
Steven J. King, PE, Managing Director, Quonset Development Corporation
Amy Pettine, Director of Planning, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)
Christopher McMahan, AIA, Director of Campus Planning & Design University of Rhode Island

9:30 - 10:40 AM


Integrating Infrastructure Planning with Accelerated Technology
What comes first, the car or the road? This panel will explore the questions that arise in merging space and the cars, and in integrating infrastructure planning and accompanying government processes with innovations in vehicle technology. Discussion on how public and private investments might or should be made now to provide full lifecycle value to all parties.
Moderator: Shoshana M. Lew, Chief Operating Officer, RIDOT
Paul Brubaker, CEO and President, Alliance for Transportation Innovation
Stephen Buckley, PE., WSP (ex-PB)
Matthew H. Hardy, Program Director for Planning and Policy, AASHTO
Martin Milkovits, Cambridge Systematics

10:40 - 10:50 AM

Meeting Logistics
Shoshana M. Lew, Chief Operating Officer, RIDOT

10:50 - 11:10 AM

Break & Expo


11:10 AM - 12:20 PM
Breakout Session 1


Mobility as a Service “MaaS” and On-Demand Ride Sharing
Mobility as a Service and On Demand Ride Sharing could be significant disruptors in the transit and transport industry. Panelists will share insight on the planning, testing, and implementation of such services in Rhode Island, with a discussion on ideas/plans for serving travelers in areas that are not currently served by existing public transit services.
Moderator: Josh Brumberger, Chief Commercial Officer, Utilidata
Corey Ershow, Transportation Policy Manager, LYFT
Alexander Keros, Manager/Senior Project Engineer, General Motors
Amy Pettine, Executive Director of Planning, RIPTA
Carol Schweiger, President, Schweiger Consulting LLC
Gwo-Wei Torng, Director, Mobility Innovation, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI) at Federal Transit Administration

11:10 AM - 12:20 PM
Breakout Session 2


Learning from other states and global partners
Sharing of best practices from around the United States and the world that might be relevant to Rhode Island. This panel will also provide an opportunity to discuss global experiences and lessons learned from abroad.
Moderator: Edward Steinfeld, Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Fred Bergstresser, Government Account Manager, Royal Truck & Equipment Inc.
Maynard J. Factor, Director of Business Development, Micro Systems Inc. (Kratos Defense)
Kris Carter, Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Roger J. Cohen, Policy Director, Pennsylvania DOT
Elizabeth (Eli) Machek, Community Planner, Technology Innovation and Policy Division of the USDOT (Volpe Center)

12:20 - 12:50 PM


12:50 - 1:15 PM

Lunchtime Presentation by General Motors
Alexander Keros, Manager/Senior Project Engineer, General Motors

1:15 - 1:30 PM

Morning Wrap-up and Afternoon Logistics
Kevin Parker, Director of Government Innovation, Rhode Island Office of Innovation

1:30 - 2:40 PM


Workforce Opportunities & Challenges
Experts and local leaders will share insight on the anticipated impact of CAV and other innovative technologies on the existing workforce (e.g., bus drivers, taxi drivers, truck drivers, mechanics, technicians and others), what new jobs and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) are expected to be needed/created to support CAV, and how Rhode Island can/should best prepare to train its workforce to be competitive with the integration of CAV.
Moderator: Henry Young, Provost, NEIT
Peter Alviti Jr., PE, Director, RIDOT
Joseph Kane, Senior Research Analyst and Associate Fellow, Brookings Institute
Matthew Taibi, Principal Officer, Teamsters - Local 251
Paul Harrington (RIPTA)
Sarah Blusiewicz, Assistant Director for Workforce Development, DLT

2:40 - 3:00 PM

Break & Expo


3:00 - 4:10 PM
Breakout Session 3


Safety, Liabilities, Risk Assessment, and Insurance
Public sector and industry experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing assessing liability and measuring the cost of risk as technology changes rapidly. The discussion will consider implications for the public sector (e.g. safety enforcement), for manufacturers, and for the automotive insurance industry as CAV and other innovative transport technologies emerge.
Moderator: Macky McCleary, Administrator, RI DPUC
Gabrielle Abbate, Chief State Highway Safety Programs, RIDOT
Ray Eng, Vice President, Insurance Sales AAA
Peter Haas, Associate Director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative, Brown University
Cate Paolino, Director of State Affairs for the Northeast Region, NAMIC

3:00 - 4:10 PM
Breakout Session 4


Changing Technology and the Environment
CAVs, increased market penetration of EVs, and other emerging transport technologies and services such as MaaS and on demand ride-sharing carry environmental consequences in areas ranging from emissions to land use. This discussion will explore the interaction between some of these factors within the state context. For example, how would an increased number of EVs impact energy consumption? How could on demand ride-sharing and other changes in use patterns affect idling, total vehicle miles traveled and other factors? Are there ways to measure those impacts in a defined geography like Rhode Island that could be helpful in better understanding these impacts more broadly?
Moderator: Deborah Gordon, Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs
Albert A. Dahlberg, Assistant Vice President, Government & Community Relations, Brown University
Carol Grant, Commissioner, RIOER
Max Greene, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
Shoshana M. Lew, Chief Operating Officer, RIDOT
Frank B Stevenson, P.E. Supervising Air Quality Specialist, RIDEM

4:10 - 4:30 PM

Afternoon Wrap-Up
Pamela Cotter, Policy Director RIDOT

4:30 - 4:45 PM

Closing Remarks
Peter Alviti Jr., PE, Director, RIDOT

5:00 PM

Open Expo


Download a printable Expo Agenda here

TRIP EXPO - September 14-15

Rhode Island welcomes potential partners to learn about opportunities within the state, showcase their ideas, and connect with prospective collaborators.

Rhode Island is a small, densely populated state, with a unique and multimodal network of transportation assets. It hosts a range of opportunities to test innovative technologies - be it along the City of Providence's Smart Transportation Corridors; connecting a new train station in Pawtucket to other transit; testing business and manufacturing applications at the Quonset Business Park; connecting a university campus; or utilizing a shoulder along an interstate corridor to test autonomous transit vehicles.

RIDOT also invites local institutions to join as event hosts to help ensure that the expo is a place where participants can engage with a representative cross-section of local innovation.

September 14-15, 2017.