Connect with VHB at the WTS Conference

Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Inclusive of more than 5,000 members—both women and men—WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. VHB has been a proud and passionate supporter of WTS since our formation nearly 40 years ago, and we have continued that commitment through chapter sponsorships and involvement on various committees. 

This year’s three-day conference in New York will host more than 600 corporate and government transportation leaders. VHB’s transportation thought leaders will be participating in panel discussions, sharing ideas around the latest challenges and developments related to transportation systems today, as well as helping to innovate and plan for the future.

VHB’s Director of Sustainability, Kari Hewitt, ENV SP will moderate Funding Sustainability and Resiliency, a panel that will focus on funding models for sustainable transportation systems. Panelists will explore and discuss ways to optimize investments through the integration of risk, asset, and performance management. Using regional models, the panel will examine various funding and delivery methods, including tax-and grant programs, toll and fee-generation and private sector investments.

Kari has extensive experience supporting local governments, airports, and state agencies with sustainability planning and reporting services, climate action and strategic energy planning, resiliency planning, and stakeholder engagement. As Director of Sustainability, she drives VHB's sustainability initiatives, and oversees a team of environmental and sustainability planners that provide comprehensive sustainability planning and technical planning services.

Steve McElligott​, PE, VHB’s Transportation Market Leader, will moderate the panel discussion on Transportation Visions for the Future. This panel will focus on planning, sustainability, and resiliency of future transportation systems and explore methods utilized to transform suburban places into transit-friendly communities that better serve pedestrians and bicyclists. Panelists will present tools to help minimize risks and show industry leaders how to plan using forward-thinking strategies, including scenario planning to develop sustainable transportation systems. Panelists will present BaltimoreLink, a large-scale short-term planning transit service project in Baltimore, as well as explore the opportunities and challenges of a data-driven planning approach. This session will enable industry leaders from all backgrounds to recognize and overcome challenges and better plan for future transportation systems.

A well-recognized and respected leader in the industry, Steve has dedicated his 25-year career to providing management, oversight, and strategic guidance on critical transportation programs across the country. From the South Station Expansion Project in Boston to the Caltrain Modernization Project in San Francisco, Steve continues to build a successful track record of assisting clients with their most complex mobility issues.

Environmental Planner, Lauren Ballou, ENV SP, will moderate Weather and Climate Change Influence on Transportation. Panelists will discuss how to plan for and better protect assets and systems for extreme weather events. Using the Port Columbus Airport upgrade, a recipient of the Environmental Achievement Award for resilient design features and PennDOT’s resiliency improvement plan of the state’s transportation system, the presentation will address the use of extensive stakeholder outreach to assess vulnerabilities and risks, assessing historic and future climate impacts, and developing strategies to improve resiliency in transportation and better protect systems from more frequent and severe impacts.

Lauren is a member of Boston’s WTS Chapter and a leader in VHB’s Environmental Planning and Sustainability Practice. She leads both Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental studies for transportation clients. Lauren played a key role in the development of Massport’s Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) for Boston-Logan International Airport and is now the project manager for Massport’s on-call sustainability planning services. She is also the project manager for the annual Logan Airport Environmental Data Reports and Environmental Status and Planning Reports. Her recent and ongoing work includes the ACRP 02-64 project, Guidance for Usage of Permeable Pavement at Airports, and the Washington Union Station Expansion Project EIS.

As WTS-GNY Director-at-Large, Lisa DiTaranti​, PE, VHB’s Northeast Director of Transit and Rail,
works alongside industry leaders to help women find opportunities and recognition in the transportation industry. Lisa will moderate Small State, Big Challenges: Connecting Connecticut with Improved Transit, which will discuss how multi-entity collaboration is a key component to delivering a better transit system which provides for intermodal connectivity, livability and growth. Using the recent Statewide Bus Study prepared for CTDOT as an example, the presentation will enable professionals from all backgrounds to understand the challenges related to gaining support across a diversity of stakeholders to improve transportation and the methods that are being employed to overcome those challenges.

Lisa has extensive experience in the management and technical preparation of transit and rail projects throughout the New York metro area, including the PATH Extension to the Northeast Corridor Rail Link Station for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, MTA Willets Point Station Design Coordination, New York City Transit’s North Shore Alternatives Analysis, and the Design of NJ TRANSIT’s Princeton Station and Princeton Branch. Her work includes the preparation of NEPA-compliant environmental documentation, planning analyses, bus and BRT route development, rail operations analysis and simulation, station access planning and design, project evaluation and prioritization, and concept through final design efforts. 

Poster Presentations

Technology to Keep Traffic Moving (Data Mining of Performance Measures): Uzo Mangar, ENV SP, Senior Transportation Consultant

Partnering with agencies that include NYSDOT and PANYNJ, VHB developed and implemented performance measure monitoring applications for incidents, crashes, speeds, delays, congestion, and travel times. Using a business intelligence program that works with a variety of platforms, users can analyze data trends through custom dashboards, charts and tables that allows for automatic report creation and notification with minimal customization, saving time and money. 

Uzo is dedicated to improving operations and maintenance of transportation systems in New York and New Jersey. Contact to learn how technology is working to keep traffic moving.

​Permeable Pavement Applications at Airports: Lauren Ballou, ENV SP, STP, Environmental Planner

As part of the Airport Cooperative Research Program, VHB is preparing a guidance document for airport practitioners that will highlight types of permeable pavements, their applications, and advantages and 
disadvantages. Permeable pavements have numerous benefits that relate to sustainable and resilient transportation systems,
in​cluding flood mitigation and increased groundwater recharge. This poster highlights permeable pavement benefits related to resilience and identifies appropriate airport applications. Contact to learn how permeable pavement can benefit your airport.

True to our core values and beliefs, VHB maintains active leadership roles and supports local WTS chapters including Atlanta, Boston, Connecticut, Greater New York, Maine, North Carolina Triangle Region and Rhode Island. VHB looks forward to connecting with you. For more information about the conference click here.​





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