As the population continues to grow, the rise of megaregions places new demands on infrastructure, food supplies, and public services, requiring innovative solutions. The transportation of a growing number of people and goods in and between dense megaregions stands out as a particularly complex issue with local implications. The proposed Missouri Hyperloop route is just one of a number of solutions that deserve attention to help us understand the realities of megaregions and what this will mean for the greater Kansas City area.
This program will explore the challenges and opportunities of megaregions and the future of transportation. Audience members are encouraged to bring their questions for what promises to be a fascinating conversation.
5:45-6:30 p.m. - Registration and networking reception
6:30-8 p.m. - Program
About the Panelists
Ron Achelpohl, director of the Mid-America Regional Council's Transportation and Environment Department, oversees the transportation planning, land use, environmental planning, resource allocation processes, as well as initiatives to better manage and operate the region’s transportation system, enhance the area’s role as a trade center, and strengthen public transit. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas. Ron joined MARC in 1998.
Drew Thompson is a director of Black & Veatch's Data Center/Mission Critical Facility Solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience in client management, facility design, project management and real estate portfolio management. Responsibilities include both client relationship management and project management for national and global companies needing to upgrade, enhance or build new data centers and mission critical facilities. Some of Drew’s recent projects include: MO Hyperloop feasibility study, facility modifications to allow transit providers to plan their conversions to fully electric buses, the facility strategy and requirements for an electric vehicle fleet client, a study of infrastructure requirements for future transportation with electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and design reviews for indoor agriculture clients to evolve from concept to commercialization.
Bradley W. Lane (moderator) is an associate professor and the undergraduate program director in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. His primary research area is in sustainable transportation, where he looks at the adoption of new technologies in transportation and their potential effects on sustainability. He has done extensive work in the past on public transportation and alternative-fuel vehicles. He is currently the vice chair of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. Prior to coming to KU in 2013, he was an assistant professor in the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2010-13. He holds an M.A. and a PhD in Geography from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from Rice University.
Registration and Parking
Registration for this event is $15 (General Admission), $10 (IRC Members), and free for students. Free parking will be available in the lot off of 125th Street. Click here for a campus map.
Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to the event and people who register but do not attend will be billed.