CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. Delivers Keynote Lecture at Transportation Research Board’s 2021 Annual Meeting

January 26, 2021

Post-lecture panel featuring former USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, TRB officials

Last evening, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. delivered the keynote lecture at the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) virtual 2021 Annual Meeting. As the recipient of the TRB’s 2021 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship, President Carter presented his lecture, titled, “Our Work is Never Done: Examining Equity Impacts in Public Transportation.”

“I was honored to receive this incredible award, which is made even more special because it affords me the opportunity to speak to a topic that is very important to me as a transportation professional, lifelong Chicagoan and an African-American,” said President Carter. “Like the rest of the country, our industry is experiencing am extraordinary time in American history that has put equity at the epicenter of many of the conversations that transportation professionals are having. I am excited to share my thoughts on how issues of inequity have impacted transportation’s past and how we must work to confront and resolve those issues, today and in the future.”

Each year, TRB’s Deen Lectureship is awarded to an individual for their career contributions and achievements in areas covered by TRB’s Technical Activities Division. In recognition of President Carter’s distinguished career, TRB is acknowledging President Carter’s “leadership in the transit industry and legal community, and for spearheading significant advances to public transportation.” His address is the highlight of the 3,000 presentations that will be given during 350 transportation-related sessions at the annual meeting.

President Carter’s lecture was immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring President Carter; Anthony Foxx, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary and current Chief Policy Officer & Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of Lyft, Anthony Foxx; Hyun-A Park, TRB Technical Activities Chair and President of Spy Pond Partners, LLC; and TRB Executive Director Neil J. Pedersen.

The lecture, “Our Work is Never Done: Examining Equity Impacts in Public Transportation,” and post-lecture panel discussion can be viewed at the following: https://youtu.be/IBMgn5Ivm3c.


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