LōTrans™ 2014, the Local Transportation Management & Safety Virtual Conference, now in its third year, is managed by the Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).  It was organized with the leadership, counsel and support of the association’s Transportation Officials Division (TOD), which includes city, county, state and federal officials from across the nation.

Founded in 1902 by a Michigan public official, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the Executive Branch, federal agencies, news media and general public.  On behalf of its more than 6,000 public and private sector members, the association advocates strong investment in transportation infrastructure programs at all levels of government to meet the needs of the traveling public and business community. It also provides educational programs and services for its members.

For more than 30 years, ARTBA’s TOD held a “Local Transportation Issues Conference.”  It gathered together more than 500 county and municipal transportation leaders from across the U.S. for several days of educational programs and professional networking.  Ever tighter budget and travel restrictions, however, brought a close to this popular event in the mid-1990’s.

LōTrans™ 2014 is the 21st century revitalization of that conference.  It utilizes digital technologies to bring a first-class, interactive education experience to hundreds of city and county government officials who annually manage $50 billion in transportation infrastructure capital investments, maintenance, engineering and traffic services, and snow removal.

Officials from more than 75 city and county transportation departments, along with representatives from 30 state DOTs, have participated in previous LōTrans™ events.

I was dazzled by my first experience with this virtual conference.  It was educational, informative, time saving, cost saving and a delight.

This type of access to information is a must in an era of budget cuts, travel restraint and efficient use of time and taxpayer money.