Texas Innovation Alliance Illustrates Grit in Sixth Annual Texas Mobility Summit
Transportation leaders converge virtually to discuss the policies, technologies, and funding strategies that will drive the future of Texas transportation
TEXAS (Oct. 27, 2021)–2021 is a testament to resilience. Faced with the challenges of a winter storm, an ongoing pandemic, and supply chain disruptions, Texas transportation leaders have responded with a “Yes, AND” mentality. Not only did transportation workers carry on their typical responsibilities of traffic operations and roadway maintenance, they became part of the frontline response – distributing water during shortages, assisting people seeking vaccine sites, and going the extra mile to meet the surge in goods demand.
The Texas Innovation Alliance, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and metropolitan regions across the state, are convening virtually on October 27-29, 2021, for the sixth annual Texas Mobility Summit.
“This past year, the Texas transportation system has been put to the test. With continued cooperation between state and local agencies, research organizations, and the private sector, Texas is leading the charge in mobility innovation,” said Darran Anderson, Director of Strategy and Innovation for TxDOT. “When faced with new obstacles, Texas never stopped innovating. We are continuously adapting.”
The Summit comes at a critical time. On the brink of a new Federal infrastructure package, the Summit provides a crucial forum for transportation leaders to discuss the state of mobility and how recent events are reshaping the transportation system. Leaders will discuss the recent 87th legislative session, major shifts in the workforce, and the latest technological developments in issues that range from electrification to cybersecurity. At the heart of these conversations, the Alliance focuses on grit.
“Grit is the passion and perseverance to meet your long-term goals in spite of obstacles,” said Commissioner Laura Ryan. That is something that TxDOT does day-in and day-out. All 12,000 employees—the women and men on the front lines, Districts and Divisions—who work really hard to support that. Grit really is a north star. As a leader, you have to know and be authentic in order to respond to the emergencies and unexpected challenges, distractions, and opposition that are going to come up. Grit is what enables TxDOT to execute and lead Texas forward.”
Texas also welcomes other states and cities from across the country to continue a national dialogue of mobility innovation. Peers from Ohio State Highway Patrol, Utah Department of Transportation, and cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago are just a few who are crucial to exchanging lessons learned and identifying best practices. Furthermore, the Shared Use Mobility Center will lead a networking reception highlighting the role that transportation equity plays both within an organization as well as its role in areas such as safety, childcare, and access to opportunity.
Other notable speakers include Maurice Henderson from the U.S. Department of Transportation; U.S. Representative Beth Van Dyne; Commissioner Laura Ryan of the Texas Transportation Commission; Executive Director Marc Williams of TxDOT; Chairman of the House Transportation Committee Terry Canales; Texas Representatives Giovanni Capriglione and Celia Israel; and Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class.
Approaching 2022, the Alliance will continue to make strides in expanding last-mile delivery, integrating automation with on-demand transit, and tackling digital connectivity. As the transportation and mobility landscape continues to evolve, Texas looks forward to approaching it with grit and resilience.
For more information on the Texas Mobility Summit and a full schedule of events, visit the 2021 Texas Mobility Summit website.