The 2017 Business of Transportation panel discussion at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport on February 3 drew hundreds of Central Florida business leaders to learn first-hand about the newest regional transportation projects and initiatives.
Cindy Barth, editor of the Orlando Business Journal, moderated the panel discussion, which involved executives from the Canaveral Port Authority, Central Florida Expressway Authority, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, I-4 Ultimate Construction Project, Lynx, Orlando Sanford International Airport, SunRail and planning and engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.
All the participating transportation agencies have major initiatives under way, from highway, bridge and terminal building to geographic expansions of mass transit services.
In discussing how to ensure that Central Florida thrives in the future, the panel emphasized the importance of working together to create ease of connectivity and efficiency.
They also discussed the excitement and challenges of technological advancements in transportation, covering security, safety, customer service improvements, the development of new mobile applications and the hot issue of self-driving cars.
“We’re also going to be faced with the issue of autonomous water vessels,” commented Port CEO John Murray. “It’s happening now.”