The Traffic Advisory speaker series, sponsored by the Barr Foundation and organized by the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Foundation for Architecture, brought together leaders from across North America and Europe to talk to us about the role that 21st century transportation can and should play in adapting to a new period of transformative change. The series finished during the summer of 2014 and, as the series progressed, clear messages emerged: we need to plan now and with great ambition; 21st century transportation can help us address significant social, economic, and environmental challenges; and in an era of steadily diminishing public resources, we must do more than talk about the significant economic payback associated with strategic transit investments; we must find innovative ways to actually pay for them.
The Traffic Advisory speaker series was originally part of Overhaul: The 2013-2014 Transportation Series, an expansive series of design exhibitions, lectures, and other programs offering the region’s most comprehensive look at urban-transportation visioning, with Traffic Advisory, a speaker series focused on opportunities and challenges for Greater Boston; and Rights of Way: Mobility and the City, a design exhibition focusing on the past, present, and future of transportation. Traffic Advisory speakers include regional, national, and international transportation policy makers and visionaries. The series is organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for Architecture, Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.