For the past five years, transportation planning professionals, representatives from government agencies, and consultants have gathered in south Texas for an annual conference to discuss how to move people and products from Canada, to Mexico.
The 5th Annual Border-to-Border Transportation Conference meets in McAllen, Texas on November 18-20 with a single goal: For transportation experts to share their ideas and discuss the future. At that meeting, Steven Duong, TAPS Public Transit’s planning coordinator will present his thoughts on how agencies can meet the challenges of building urban and rural transit systems.
Duong is part of the Department of Grants and Planning at TAPS where director Corey Young directs an aggressive expansion plan for his agency. In the past 24 months, the Sherman, Texas based operation has grown from serving 7 —mostly rural— North Texas counties, to 17 counties including Collin County in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
“Of course, I am very proud to have Steven represent us at this important conference,” said Young, “to share what he has learned during our current growth spurt, and to interact with other professionals who have already been down this path.”
Duong came to TAPS Public Transit with experience as an urban planner at North Central Texas Council of Governments, as a planner for the City of McKinney, and as an urban designer for the City of Arlington. He also holds a Masters in Urban Planning and a Bachelors in both Urban Planning and Urban Architecture.
“My presentation focuses on the challenges of implementing a transit system in a city that lacks institutional knowledge of public transportation,” said Duong. “I hope to provide some strategies that can help other agencies and local governments bridge the gap in public transportation infrastructure that will connect the region.”