New Visions in Transportation
  Accelerating Emerging Technologies & Innovative Designs
  Presented by the Advanced Transit Association and the National Society of Professional Engineers

October 18-20, 2000
Aspen, Colorado


The purpose of New Visions in Transportation is to advance innovative solutions that address critical, unmet transportation needs. The need for new transportation systems that are convenient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective is greater than ever before. Traditional forms of transportation, both public and private, no longer adequately serve the needs of our fastest growing communities and aging population.

More and more people live and work in medium to low density neighborhoods on the outskirts of larger job/market centers yet our primary public transit systems are designed to serve higher density communities. As a result people must rely on cars and trucks for most of their transport needs. However, as numbers increase, causing more congestion and air pollution, the effectiveness and attractiveness of these conventional modes diminishes.

New alternative systems are being designed and developed. Throughout two days of presentations, New Visions in Transportation clarifies and addresses the critical factors necessary to drive the implementation of these new systems: commercial viability, political support and financial backing.

Specifically, participants will focus on ways to overcome the barriers to innovation and implementation that many system designers and planners face. This encompasses discussions on the transportation market, financing strategies, public policy, integration and connectivity of different transportation modes and the applicability/viability of new designs and concepts.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in accelerating the implementation of new transportation concepts.
  • Engineers, manufacturers and architects with a focus in advanced transportation.
  • Transportation planners and consultants.
  • Energy efficiency and environmental advocates.
  • University professors, research fellows and students.

Why Attend?

  • New Visions in Transportation will clarify and address the issues that surround the implementation of advanced transportation systems.
  • Participants will get updated on advanced transportation systems and concepts, financing mechanisms, public policy, and expectations of the transportation market.
  • Alternative fueled vehicles will be on display for attendees to experience firsthand.
  • Attendees will hear presentations on personal/group/dualmode rapid transit, high speed monorail, linear motor and electro-magnetic material handling and hybrid/electric/fuel cell vehicles.
  • Participants will acquire new tools and information that facilitate the design process, transportation planning and system implementation.
  • Engineers can earn Professional Development Hours (PDH).
  • A roundtable discussion will provide participants an opportunity to apply systems to the marketplace.
  • Work and relax in Aspen, a town characterized by its vision and action.

Confirmed Speakers to Date

J. Edward Anderson B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E., Ph.D.; President and CEO, Taxi 2000 Corporation.

Richard Arthur President, CyberTran New York, LLC.

Robert E. Barton B.A.; CEO, Catalyst Financial Group, Inc.

Tracy M. Clark B.S., S.M., Sc.D.; Co-founder and Director of Engineering, MagneMotion, Inc.

Michael J. Gage M.B.A.; President and CEO, WestStart-CALSTART.

James R. Guadagno Ph.D.; Cimarron Technology, InTranSys.

Thomas H. Hopkins CPEng, M.B.A.; Former Chief Operating Officer, Transport Ventures, LLC.

Kirston Henderson M.S. Ph, President, MegaRail Transportation Systems, Inc.

Palle R. Jensen M.S.E.E.; Inventor, RUF International, Denmark.

Amory B. Lovins M.A.; Co-author of Natural Capitalism; co-founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute; inventor of Hypercarsm; Chairman, Hypercar, Inc.

Martin Lowson FREng, Advanced Transport Systems Ltd., Bristol, England

Doug Malewicki President & Chief Scientist, SkyTran Corporation

John McCarty Senior landscape architect for Otak/Rock Creek Studio.

Francis D. Reynolds B.S.M.E., PE; Inventor of HiLoMag; The Boeing Company, retired.

Rob Stevens President of TH!NK Mobility, LLC, Ford Motor Company.

Tom Turrentine Ph.D.; Research Anthropologist for UC Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies.

Ralph Trapani B.S.A.E.; Program Engineer, Colorado Department of Transportation/Region 3.

Lee O. Waddleton Regional Administrator, Federal Transit Administration; representing Nuria I. Fernandez, Acting Administrator, FTA.

John W. Wilson B.A.; President and CEO, Southern Coalition for Advanced Transportation.

Conference Venue - St. Regis Aspen

The St. Regis is a world class hotel nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain in the heart of town. Rooms are very comfortable, the service is topnotch and its facilities are designed to fulfill the needs of the most discriminating of travelers. This site was chosen because it provides an extremely well-suited work environment and banquet facility, is located within short walking distance of everything that Aspen has to offer including a valley-wide public transit system and because it provided the conference with exceptional room rates for the purposes of this event. The hotel provides all the luxury resort amenities such as hot tubs and gym, gift shops, and cozy nooks for coffee or tea as well as the very popular overstuffed leather chairs and couches in the fireplace lounge. The conference rate is $125 per night. Participants are encouraged to bring a spouse or friend at no additional room charge.

About Aspen

Aspen is a small town with big ideas. It has a colorful history, intellectually stimulating and forward thinking institutions and unsurpassed recreational opportunities. Formerly the sacred summer hunting ground of the Ute Indians, Aspen has experienced two economic boom periods.

The first began in 1879 when silver prospectors discovered one of the richest silver lodes in the world; the second, in the post World War II era when Austrian ski racer Freidl Pfeifer and industry mogul Walter Paepcke combined forces to make Aspen a world class ski resort and cultural Mecca. These industries have shaped the unique character and culture of the modern Aspen.

Visitors from all over the world enjoy Aspen's reeling beauty, casual elegance and boundless outdoor activities including alpine hiking, biking, white water rafting, gold medal fly fishing and horseback riding.

Contact Information

Kathy Mueller and Bill Flanigan, New Visions in Transportation, c/o Markusson Design, P.O. Box 491, Carbondale, CO 81623 ph: 970.963.6824 fax: 970.704.9577 e-mail: flanigan@sopris.net