The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is excited to announce that Veronica Vanterpool, Deputy Administrator at the Federal Transit Administration, will give the Keynote Address at the 2023 Vision Zero PHL Conference catered luncheon. Leslie Richards, CEO and General Manager at SEPTA, has been invited to offer introductory remarks.
Veronica Vanterpool was appointed Deputy Administrator in May 2022 after serving as Senior Advisor since August 2021. She works directly with the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration and as a member of the FTA team to advance the policy objectives and goals of the Biden-Harris Administration.
Vanterpool came to FTA from Delaware Transit Corporation, where she served as the agency’s first Chief Innovation Officer. During her time at the agency, she launched the state’s first on-demand microtransit service in a rural community and oversaw the autonomous shuttle demonstration program. Her previous roles include being the Deputy Director of the national Vision Zero Network, executive director of the New York City based Tri-State Transportation Campaign and board member of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The 2023 Vision Zero PHL Conference returns to an in-person format on Friday, March 31st, at Temple University’s Student Center South. This year’s focus, “Creating an Equitable Future with Zero Traffic Fatalities”, seeks to address the disparities seen across racial and socio-economic lines by highlighting funding opportunities, neighborhood-based strategies, multimodal transit impact, and successful case studies from around the Philadelphia region and beyond.
Several opportunities will be provided for attendees to connect and learn more about Vision Zero-related studies in planning, design, and community development from selected participants in the first ever Vision Zero PHL postering competition.
Attendees are encouraged to stay for the 2023 Better Mobility Mayoral Forum that will start at 4:00pm, presented by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and AARP Pennsylvania. All Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates are invited to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Daniel Pearson, Inquirer Editorial Writer, that will give the mayoral candidates a chance to express their vision for making Philadelphia a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable city. The candidates will be asked a set of questions guided by a mobility platform sent to them in advance.
The Mayoral Forum is free and open to the public, though reservation is required. Register here.