The 2013 workshop brought together the following professionals in the field of road user fees to share information and advance the discussion of usage-based fees.
Richard “Trey” Baker
Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)
In his role in TTI’s Mobility Management program in Austin, Texas, Trey Baker has more than seven years’ experience researching mileage-based user fees, vehicle miles traveled fees, and other usage-based revenue generating mechanisms. He is currently conducting USDOT-sponsored research evaluating road user fee assessment and collection technologies. Mr. Baker has developed innovative road user fee implementation strategies for both the State of Texas and the Federal Highway Administration. These projects required bridging complex technology issues with public policy research to develop operational concepts that can be deployed in the near term at the local, state and national levels. Trey has played key roles in every Mileage-Based User Fee Symposium.
James J. Eden
Vice President and National Director of Tolling, AECOM
JJ Eden has 40 years of experience in tolling and currently serves as Vice President / National Director of Tolling for AECOM. JJ is also President, CEO and founding member of The Alliance for Toll Interoperability. JJ was formally the COO for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority where he developed the business rules, operating procedures and all electronic tolling (AET) systems for the state’s first modern toll roads . As Assistant Chief Engineer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, JJ managed all facilities design, construction and maintenance, including design of the toll collection system and ITS. JJ co-authored the industry’s first Management Online Maintenance System (MOMS) and was a founding member of the Interagency Group or E-ZPass. As Director of Electronic Toll Collection for Lockheed Martin / ACS, JJ oversaw the development of advanced operations, lane and violation processing systems.
Global Transportation Executive, Cisco Systems, Inc.
As Global Transportation Executive for Cisco’s Internet of Things Group, Barry Einsig is responsible for two vertical markets: Transportation and Public Safety Solutions. With broad experience in transportation, public safety and security, Barry has been in the industry for more than 12 years. He has served in a variety of roles providing wireless communications networks, video, security and life safety systems for transportation and public safety systems. Some of the many authorities Barry has worked with include the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, MTA Maryland, SEPTA, AMTRAK, DART, Pennsylvania Turnpike, Pennsylvania DOT, and DFW.
Senior Research Engineer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)
For 15 years, Ms. Goodin has led research in road pricing, particularly in the area of HOT lanes and express toll lanes. Since 2007 she has conducted leading research on mileage-based fees at both the state and federal levels. She received both her Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Ms. Goodin is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
Christopher J. Hill
Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Christopher Hill, Ph.D., PMP is a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC, where he leads the firm’s Highways and ITS business. He has 28 years of experience in the field of ITS supporting federal, state, and local transportation agencies. He provided technical program management support to the Minnesota DOT during their development and demonstration of an MBUF system. He is currently working with USDOT and AASHTO on a number of connected vehicle projects.
President, Kairos Solutions
Dave Huber is a seasoned insurance telematics expert. He has led all aspects of the development, pilot, launch and rollout of a number of usage-based insurance (UBI) products for U.S. insurers. Since 2007 Mr. Huber has been President of Kairos Solutions, the insurance telematics strategy consulting firm. Kairos Solutions helps auto insurers and telematics service providers collaboratively bring cost-effective, innovative solutions to the US and EU marketplaces. Kairos Solutions delivers thought leadership in the form of experienced, hands-on consulting for strategy and business model development, product and process design, project management, implementation and UBI rollouts.
Business Development Manager, Sanef Group
Chris has been working on ITS initiatives for more than 10 years. He is currently responsible for business development and presales activities for Sanef. Chris has worked on a wide range of ITS projects throughout the world, particularly on the development of open road tolling, national road pricing and congestion charging schemes. He has experience in the implementation and operations of national road user-charging projects across Europe. Chris Has a special interest in vehicle telematics, e-ticketing and mobile payment solutions.
Chief of Strategic and Performance Management Division, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT)
Mr. Kahn is responsible for the department’s strategic policy programs including strategic performance management, value analyses and engineering, benefit cost programs for optimal allocation of funds, financial models and financial planning, legislative affairs, highway and bridge preservation, cost allocation and equity, fuel tax revenue and expenditure, helping with business intelligence, congestion management, and transportation financing and funding. Mr. Khan’s diverse experience of 15 years includes appointment as District Engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, and positions with a County Transportation Commission, Regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and the private sector. He holds a Masters in Civil Engineering and Business Administration.
Information Systems Program Coordinator, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
For 14 of his 15 years with ODOT, Chuck Larsen has led the ITS software development for all of ODOT’s ITS systems, including www.tripcheck.com, ODOT’s award-winning traveler information portal. During that time Mr. Larsen has also served as ODOT’s lead technical systems architect for the state’s Road Usage Charge Program (RUC), including both its pilot effort and the current implementation efforts.
Senior Vice President of Global Business Development, EROAD
Mr. Michie is the founder of EROAD, a New Zealand technology company that developed and operates the world’s first network-wide GPS/cellular-based road charging platform. He is responsible for global business development, communications, and regulatory affairs. An economist with extensive experience in infrastructure and government, Brian is a regular speaker at international ITS industry events.
Lee W. Munnich, Jr.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Lee Munnich has been a senior fellow and director of the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs since 1991. Munnich leads the Humphrey School’s research, education and outreach activities on congestion pricing and transportation finance. His work in Minnesota and at the national level have had a significant impact on policy leaders’ understanding and public perceptions of congestion pricing and has led directly to Minnesota’s first high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane project – I-394 MnPASS – in Minneapolis and western suburbs. Munnich has recently led efforts at the Humphrey School to study mileage-based user fees, including a current policy study for the Minnesota DOT, and he is co-founder of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA), which promotes outreach and education on the topic. Munnich had over 23 years of experience with state and local government before joining the Humphrey School, including service as deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development and as an elected member of the Minneapolis City Council.
Principal Technologist – ITS, CH2M HILL
Louis Neudorff, P.E. has more than 30 years as a transportation systems and engineering consultant, specializing in ITS, as well as regional, corridor, and freeway systems management and operations, sustainable transportation, and mileage-based user fees and congestion pricing. Most recently he has been serving as the Project Manager for the Oregon Road Usage Charging (RUC) project, overseeing all aspects of that project, including the recently completed — and very successful — pilot system that involved nearly 100 vehicles in Oregon (including members of the state legislature and state transportation commission), Washington, and Nevada.
Managing Partner and President, D’Artagnan Consulting, LLC
John A.A. “Jack” Opiola has been a pioneer and global thought leader for road user charging including cashless multi-lane free flow (MLFF) tolling, all electronic tolling (AET), congestion charging, and vehicle miles traveled taxes to replace existing fuel excise taxes with a fair, equitable, reliable and sustainable solution. Since 1997, Jack has worked and advanced global thinking about ITS, computerized parking control and traveler demand management integrated with electronic road pricing/congestion charging work in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Europe and the UK.
Senior Vice President, Xerox
Ken Philmus has over 42 years of extensive, direct public toll road and facility management and consulting expertise in operations, maintenance, ITS, security, and electronic and cash revenue collection. At Xerox, Ken provides transportation thought leadership and facilitates transportation revenue solutions with a primary focus on electronic tolling and user fees. Prior to Xerox, Ken was Director of Tunnels, Bridges, and Bus Terminals for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he managed operations, maintenance, security, toll collection, administration, and capital rehabilitation of the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and several other highway facilities. Mr. Philmus also serves on numerous national and international transportation boards and was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award from IBTTA.
Transportation Operations Manager, Battelle
Mr. Pierce is the manager of Battelle’s Transportation Operations Business Line and has more than 22 years of experience conducting studies that examine policy and technology options and assess their impact on the transportation system. Mr. Pierce has been involved with in-vehicle technology dating back to the 1990’s when he was part of the Battelle team that developed the first GPS data logger for in-vehicle use. Since then he has led a number of projects related to connected vehicle research and mileage-based user fees for the USDOT, Minnesota DOT, and other agencies.
Executive Director, Mileage Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA)
Barbara Rohde is Executive Director and co-founder of MBUFA, responsible for bringing together the diverse voices supporting road user charges for the U.S. and some international partners as well. She has worked in transportation policy for over 25 years in areas as diverse as air traffic control training centers to congestion pricing pilot projects. Ms. Rohde began working on mileage-based projects several years ago with the State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota. She is also a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota with both the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Center for Transportation Studies. Ms. Rohde previously served as chief of staff to a member of the U.S. Congress and as director of the Washington, DC office for a Minnesota governor.
Electrical & Control System Research Lab, General Motors
Dr. Salinger has a diverse background in electronics, computer architecture, and systems engineering. His current assignment at General Motors R&D’s Electrical & Control System Research Lab is as the Innovation Program Manager for Comprehensive Safety and Adaptive Vehicles. In this role he leads development of systems that sense the environment around a vehicle and use the information to provide features that improve driving safety and convenience. He has contributed to the development of radar, lidar, and vision sensors, signal processing, control systems, and human factors for applications such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, and automated driving.
Ray A. Starr
Assistant State Traffic Engineer for ITS, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)
Mr. Starr leads MnDOT’s ITS development unit and the Traffic Electrical Systems unit, which provides leadership and technical support for traffic signals and roadway lighting. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.