Virginia’s experiment with HOT Lanes
Speakers: Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth and Brent McKenzie, Transurban
Wednesday October 10, 7:00-9:00 (NOTE rescheduled date)
377 Maple Avenue, West Vienna, VA 22180
HOT lanes are a hot topic in Northern Virginia. Since 2012, five High Occupancy Toll projects have been implemented or approved in the 95 and 66 corridors, with four of these being operated through public-private partnerships.
Allowing solo drivers to pay to use freer-flowing lanes, HOT lanes have passionate defenders — and equally hot detractors. What have we learned so far from Northern Virginia’s experiences with HOT lanes? Are they an effective solution to our region’s transportation problems?
Join us on March 21 for a discussion of Virginia’s experiences with HOT lanes and public-private transportation partnerships. We’ll be joined by speakers Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Brent McKenzie, Government Relations and Community Affairs Manager at Transurban, a leading developer of toll road networks and operator of several Virginia HOT lane projects.
Dinner Cost: Members – $39 Non-Members – $49
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About the speakers
Stewart Schwartz is the Executive Director and a founder of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which he built into the leading smart growth organization in the Washington, D.C. region, addressing the interconnected issues of land use, transportation, urban design, housing, and the environment. The Coalition has been recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best small charities in the Washington, D.C. region. In 2017 it received the Regional Partnership Award from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
A retired Navy Captain with 24 years of active and reserve service, Mr. Schwartz earned a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is a 2012 graduate of the UVA Sorensen Institute’s Political Leadership Program. The Washington Business Journal recognized him as a Business Person of the Year in 2002 and selected him three times in recent years to their Power 100.
Brent McKenzie is the Government Relations and Community Outreach manager for Transurban USA, the operator of the I-95 and I-495 Express Lanes and the under construction I-395 Express Lanes that are scheduled to begin operation in 2019. Globally, Transurban is a leader in the public-private partnership model of working with governments on infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining Transurban, Brent served as Chief of Staff to Virginia State Senator Dave Marsden. As Chief of Staff, Brent worked on transportation, education, and criminal justice issues. He has an extensive background in public policy and constituent services.
Brent is a former elected member of the Virginia Beach School Board. He earned his B.S. in Political Science from Old Dominion University and is a 2012 graduate of the University of Virginia Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership program. In 2017, he was recognized by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as a 40 under 40 honoree.