Cities across the country are seeing record-high pedestrian fatalities, making the U.S. one of the most dangerous countries for pedestrians and cyclists in the world. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets for All initiative, $5 billion in grants will be available for governments to plan and implement infrastructure improvements that will help prevent these tragedies and help localities reach their vision zero goals.
Public policy leaders, state and local government agencies, transportation planners, consulting firms, private companies, Reconnecting Communities Pilot applicants, and community advocates.
David works at the intersection of urban informatics, 3D visualization, geospatial analytics, and visual storytelling. He brings years of experience and passion to applying scientific computing, spatial analysis, and scenario-focused storytelling toward the development of effective transportation planning solutions aimed at improving communities. David joined Alta in 2020, after working for six years at Fehr & Peers advancing their analytics practice. He has experience working on multimodal transportation plans, bicycle master plans, systemic safety studies, python tool & web applications, advanced data visualizations, parking studies, direct ridership models, and station area plans. His current areas of focus are enabling data-informed scenario planning, identifying how to align community goals to metrics to track progress towards them, incorporating civic data science into projects with web-delivery and computer vision derived datasets, and generating accessibility metrics that can identify the possible benefits of projects and who they go to.
Carlos Cruz-Casas, P.E. is the Chief Innovation Officer of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. His primary focus is to introduce mobility innovation and plan for a fully integrated transportation system. His career includes both public and private sector experience ranging from conceptual design to implementation of pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and traffic projects. As a professional engineer dedicated to the development of Livable Transportation, Carlos seeks to achieve the right balance between capacity and livability. Carlos received his Master’s degree in urban transportation planning from University of Florida’s College of Engineering, and his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.
Caroline Trueman is a Transportation Specialist with the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Safety. She is responsible for the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program. She serves as a nationally recognized leader in providing technical, programmatic policy guidance to FHWA field offices, state and local agencies, and other internal and external customers to implement safety programs. Prior to joining the Office of Safety, Caroline served as Project Delivery Team Supervisor for FHWA’s Delaware Division Office where she was responsible for oversight of Delaware’s $200 Million Federal aid program. She began her career at FHWA in 2008 as a Safety Engineer with New Jersey Division. Caroline has 25 years of state, federal and private sector engineering experience. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Widener University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Samantha Roxas is Director of State and Local Public Policy at Replica. Prior to joining the company, she led public affairs teams for REEF Technology and WeWork, where she accelerated growth through innovative partnerships with governments and communities. Before her time in the private sector, Samantha spent over a decade in the public realm; spearheading public policy, communications, and political strategies for elected officials at all levels of government.