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Transportation Leaders from Around the Country to Hold Virtual Press Briefing on Eve of Memorial Day Holiday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 14, 2020

CONTACT: Bill Cramer, Communications Director – 202.210.2962 mobile


MEDIA ADVISORY: State of U.S. Transportation During COVID-19 Pandemic 


Approaching What Is Historically One of the Busiest Travel Days of the Year,
State and National Leaders Provide An Update on COVID-19’s
Impact on U.S. Surface Transportation Systems


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Memorial Day, the official start of summer, is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year. But because of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many vital and iconic American transportation facilities are suffering severe traffic and revenue declines of 50% to 90%.  
On the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association will host a virtual press briefing on the “State of U.S. Transportation During COVID-19 Pandemic” featuring local, state and national transportation leaders.
The briefing will take place on Thursday, May 21st at 12noon (ET) and will focus on current traffic numbers, what the loss of revenue means for the country’s transportation infrastructure and systems, and new policies and procedures to keep the traveling public safe as the country begins reopening in phases.  

 WHAT:    State of U.S. Transportation During COVID-19 Pandemic Virtual Press Briefing 
WHEN:    Thursday, May 21st, 12noon (ET) – 1pm (ET) 

 WHO:      Moderator:
Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, Washington, DC 

Samuel Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Transportation Corridor Agencies, Orange County - Irvine, CA;

Mark Compton, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Middletown, PA;

Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Commissioner, State of New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, NJ;

Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road and Tollway Authority, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, Atlanta, GA; and
Tim Stewart, Executive Director, E-470 Public Highway Authority, Aurora, CO.


WHERE:  Zoom Session – Media must register in advance. To register, please contact Bill Cramer, Communications Director, IBTTA, at or 202-210-2962.





The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve tolling. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in 25 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st Century. For more information, please visit