Transportation Secretary Slater Announces Federal Management Workshop To Fight Gridlock in Nation’s Capital
Topics: Rodney E. Slater
U.S. Department of Transportation
April 20, 1999
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 20, 1999
Contacts: DOT, Bill Adams, 202-366-5580
NCPC, Bill Dowd, 202-482-7240
Continuing efforts to combat traffic congestion and make communities more livable, U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will join the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) in hosting a transportation management workshop in Washington, D.C., for federal agencies on April 29, 1999.
"Traffic congestion is costly to the community in many ways, especially in terms of time lost, lost productivity, fuel costs and harm to air quality and the environment," Secretary Slater said. "President Clinton has set a comprehensive agenda to strengthen the federal government’s role as a partner with state and local efforts to build livable communities for the 21st century, and this workshop supports that agenda."
The federal government is the largest employer in the National Capital Region, and the workshop reflects efforts by the federal government to help solve traffic congestion problems in the region, Secretary Slater said. The Washington, D.C., area suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the country.
Speakers in addition to Secretary Slater at the 9:30 a.m. opening session will include NCPC Chairman Harvey Gantt; GSA Administrator David J. Barram; John Sepulveda, deputy director, Office of Personnel Management; Michael Rogers, executive director, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; and Richard A. White, general manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Sessions during the all-day workshop will include presentations on successful federal agency transportation management plans and sessions on partnership and a transportation management handbook produced by the GSA.
During lunch, the participants will hear a Virginia Department of Transportation presentation about the impact of major construction projects in northern Virginia. Smaller groups of participants in the afternoon will consider incentives such as transit benefits, ridesharing and the guaranteed ride home program.
The workshop will be held at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 N. Capitol St., N.E. To register for the workshop, interested federal agencies should contact Bill Dowd, NCPC, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., telephone 202-482-7240 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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