Understanding Public and Private Perspectives on Urban Infrastructure

Ten years ago, did you think that the biggest disruptions to transportation infrastructure would come from a search engine, an iPhone app, and an online bookstore? The actual technologies being set loose in our communities are not half as difficult to understand as the number of directions they are coming from. How is a city supposed to plan, program, and deliver 20-year capital programs when technology is changing almost every day? How can we develop meaningful partnerships with billion dollar companies that we didn’t know about last week? Are there ways to encourage 21st Century solutions when we are working with 20th Century funding streams?

In this session of the Transportation Education Series, we will look at how the public sector and private sector approach urban infrastructure from a deployment and procurement standpoint, with the intent of understanding how their constituencies and cost models drive their decisions as to when and where to partner with one another. The main objective of this session is not to discuss any specific technology on the street, but discuss a framework by which cities can better adapt their policies to embrace and manage innovations in transportation.

7:30AM to 8:00AM – Check-in and Breakfast
8:00AM to 9:30AM – Presentation

Participants will earn a total of 1.5 professional development hours (PDH) for attending this workshop.

The event will be held at the Kittelson office, located at 851 SW 6th Ave, Ste 600, Portland, OR.

There is no cost to attend, but seats will be limited. Please RSVP if you plan on attending. For any questions, contact Norma Jensen at njensen@kittelson.com or (503) 535-7451.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Gibran Hadj-Chikh, Senior Principal Planner
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

This session will be led by Gibran Hadj-Chikh, Senior Principal Planner with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Gibran has over 22 years’ experience in the integration of new technologies into legacy transportation networks, having managed corridor studies, regional long-range plans, and operational analyses of transit systems in North America, Dubai, and Qatar. Gibran has also served with P3 teams on major transit projects across the United States, providing him with a unique perspective on how new systems are programmed, funded, and delivered in complex urban environments. Most recently, he served as Director of Innovative Transport for a $3B construction and engineering firm, developing strategies for introducing emerging technologies into conventional urban transportation systems.