A Century of Progress: The Port Authority’s first 100 years

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Join the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as we celebrate the Port Authority’s first 100 years and commemorate the agency’s transformational impact on the growth of the region and look forward to the Authority’s next 100 years of delivering world-class 21st century infrastructure. As part of the celebration, the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center will host two symposia.  The first event will be held on June 16, 2021.  The second event will be convened in the Fall.

A Century of Progress: The Port Authority’s first 100 years

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Centennial Symposium Series

June 16, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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The program will feature keynote talks by Dr. James Hughes, University Professor and former Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers and Rosemary Scanlon, former Chief Economist for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  The key note talks will celebrate the Authority’s history and accomplishments over the last century and highlight the macro-trends and micro-influences that shaped the New York metropolitan region and the Authority’s work over that period.

In addition, a panel of speakers will showcase and discuss three recent Port Authority projects – Access the Region’s Core and the Gateway Tunnel; the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the Oculus Transportation Hub; and the raising of the Bayonne Bridge. Each project exemplifies the important role the Authority plays in the region by thinking big, solving complex problems, and stewarding the region’s economy.  Tom Wright, President and CEO of the Regional Plan Association will provide closing remarks.

Symposium Program (subject to change)

1:00-1:05 p.m. Welcome and orientation
Jon Carnegie, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University
1:05-1:15 p.m. Opening remarks

Kevin J. O’Toole, Chairman, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (via video)

Rick Cotton, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

1:15-2:15 p.m. Session #1:  A Century of Change and Progress

Macro-trends and micro-influences
Dr. James Hughes, University Professor, Rutgers University

Port Authority history and accomplishments in context
Rosemary Scanlon, Former Chief Economist, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Question & Answers
Moderated by Jon Carnegie, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University

2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:45 p.m.

 

Session #2:  The past 25 years: Stewarding the region’s economy. Thinking big.  Solving problems.  

Session Opening Remarks and Moderator
Anne Strauss-Wieder, Director, Freight Planning, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

The Gateway Program
Martin Robins, Director Emeritus, Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University

Rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the Oculus Transportation Hub
Lynne Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor Emerita of Real Estate, Columbia Business School

Raising of the Bayonne Bridge
John Nardi, President, New York Shipping Association

3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Looking toward the future
Tom Wright, President and CEO, Regional Plan Association