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State DOT Panel Explores How to Turn Data into Decisions

January 20, 2023

Three current and two former state transportation agency executives shared their thoughts on how to use data and information gleaned from a number of sources to make more effective decisions during a roundtable discussion at the 2023 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.

Neil Pedersen, TRB’s former executive director, moderated the panel, which included Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation; Tracy Larkin Thomason, recently named director of the Nevada Department of Transportation; Marc Williams, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation; Julie Lorenz, former secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (who recently joined consulting firm 1898 & Co. as principle consultant); and Yassmin Gramian, at the time the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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