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Speaker Series: The Future of Arizona Transit
April 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Maricopa County remains the fastest growing county in the nation, but is it sustainable? Join key transportation planning officials, Audra Thomas and Mark Melnychenko, on Zoom to discuss Arizona's historic investments and the planning efforts currently underway to identify future roadway and public transit investments. There will also be a Q&A session.
About the Speakers:
Audra Koester Thomas | Maricopa Association of Governments, Transportation Planning Program Manager
A proud graduate of Texas A&M University, Audra joined Maricopa Association of Governments in 2015 to facilitate long-range transportation planning efforts for the nation's second largest metropolitan planning organization. Previously, Audra’s work included dozens of iconic land use, transportation and economic development efforts across Arizona and the Southwest. Audra’s current focus is leading the development of MAG’s next regional transportation plan and the extension of the county’s dedicated sales tax to fund multimodal transportation investments.
Mark Melnychenko | City of Scottsdale, Transportation Director
Mark brings more than 24 years of municipal transportation experience. He oversees transportation planning, transit, and traffic engineering, along with streets which includes paving, maintenance, signals and streetlights and the Traffic Management Center. As a 33-year resident of Scottsdale and a former Scottsdale Transportation Commissioner and Chair, Mark also brings an in-depth knowledge of and love for the city.
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