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Texas freight 2055 roundtable.
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    Participants were welcomed to the Roundtable discussion and to the Dallas/Fort Worth region by

    Mr. Michael Morris (Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments

    (NCTCOG)). Mr. Morris began his remarks by noting the importance of a partnership between

    the public and private sectors in addressing freight needs. He provided a number of statistics that

    illustrate the importance of freight to the region and the state. Mr. Morris concluded by

    highlighting provisions in MAP-21 and the proposed DRIVE act.

    Ms. Caroline Mays (Manager, TxDOT Freight Transportation Planning Branch) provided the

    TxDOT freight perspective. She highlighted key components of the Texas Freight Mobility Plan,

    which will be submitted for approval to the Texas Transportation Commission in the fall. Ms.

    Mays also thanked all the participants in advance for their participation in the Roundtable

    Discussion and stated that the large number of participants is a testimony of the progress that

    have been made in bringing both the private and public sector to the table in addressing freight

    needs and planning for future freight movements.

    Ms. Jolanda Prozzi (Research Supervisor for TxDOT Research Project 0-6089) reviewed the

    study objectives and the Roundtable Discussion objectives. She reviewed the structure of the

    Roundtable and encouraged everyone to participate and share their insight. The information

    shared will be used by the study team to develop a framework for TxDOT to inform proactive

    freight planning for the state.

    Ms. Prozzi’s remarks were followed by six presentations. The first four presentations discussed

    major trends that could potentially impact Texas’ business in the future. The last two

    presentations discussed the perspectives of businesses as shared with the study team during the

    conducted interviews.

    • Jeff Warner (TTI) presented data on Texas’ imports and exports and provided an

    overview of global trade trends.

    • Dr. Michael Cline (Rice University) presented the socio-demographic trends over the

    next forty years.

    • Megan Kenney (TTI) presented national and global environmental trends, including

    the impacts of extreme weather events and anticipated government, industry, and

    consumer responses.

    • Dr. Rajat Rajbhandari (TTI) reviewed current technologies that shippers and freight

    carriers use (e.g., RFID and GPS), services accessible to consumers that are reshaping

    demand for goods and services (e.g., e-commerce), and emerging technologies that

    have the potential to transform the supply chain (e.g., 3D printing, automated

    vehicles, and truck platoons).


    • Arturo Bujanda and Juan Villa (TTI) presented on the perspectives of major

    industries in Mexico.

    • Dr. C. Michael Walton (CTR) presented on trends and their potential impact on major

    companies in the United States.

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