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2021 APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Blaine Leonard

Transportation Technology Engineer
UDOT

Blaine Leonard is the Transportation Technology Engineer at the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City. In this role, he leads the planning and deployment of connected and automated vehicles and related traffic management technologies. His team is on the forefront of operational, connected vehicle deployments. He is co-chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technology Subcommittee, the co-chair of the Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition Strategic Initiatives Working Group. Prior to joining UDOT in 2001, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering business. Mr. Leonard served as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2010. He has received the AASHTO Alfred E Johnson Achievement Award, the ASCE William Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, the SAE Lloyd Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, has been named the Utah Engineer of the Year. He is a licensed engineer in six western states and is the Chair of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board. He holds Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah, and was named a Distinguished Alumni by the Department in 2010.

Session Information:

Dr. Strangeportation or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Prepare for the Future
September 10, 2021 2:35 pm

Transportation is changing, and so should our planning. Our the last year, Utah's Unified Transportation Plan partners have been studying the external forces (for instance, telecommuting, autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, micromobility, and high-tech transit) that may significantly change our regional transportation systems and travel behavior. How will our travel change? What does this mean for our future plans and anticipated projects? What forward-thinking policies can communities and transportation agencies implement to better prepare for the future?

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