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Seventh annual Texas Transportation Forum kicks - off with record attendance

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SAN ANTONIO — Roughly 1,300 policymakers, business, financeand transportation professionals gathered in the Alamo City this week todiscuss ways to meet Texas’ transportation challenges at the 7th Annual TexasTransportation Forum.

 Hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), TexasGood Roads Transportation Association, AssociatedGeneral Contractors of Texas, and TexasTransportation Institute, the Forum kicked off Thursday morning withremarks from TxDOT’s Executive Director Phil Wilson, urging the record-breakingnumber of attendees to remain open to new ideas throughout the event.

 “That’s what this Forum is about – talking about ourchallenges and possible ways to meet them,” Wilson said. “This is a greatopportunity to network with others who want to advance transportation in thisgreat state.  There’s a lot on tap forthe Forum, so be prepared to learn, to ask questions, to be a part of thesolution. Texas is counting on you.”

 Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, an advocate fornational infrastructure investment policy, makes his second consecutiveappearance at the Forum and will deliver the keynote address at the generalsession breakfast on Friday, February 17. U.S. Senator John Cornyn is scheduledto give the closing keynote address at Friday’s luncheon.

 The state’s increasing population drives a strong demand fora robust and well-integrated Texas transportation system. The TexasTransportation Forum gives interested individuals opportunities to share theirexperiences, ideas, demands and challenges.

 “It’s easy to get people excited about transportation challenges,but it’s much less common to see record attendance at an event dedicated totransportation solutions,” Wilson added. “The growth of the 2012 TransportationForum shows just how serious Texas communities are about taking action to advancemobility in our state.”

 Forum sessions are filled with experts that will share anddiscuss information on transportation research, rail, truck, and waterwaytransportation, construction, business development, emergency management,authorization of a new federal surface transportation program, and more.

 For more information, visit www.texastransportationforum.com or stay up-to-date on the latest Forum discussions and information byusing Twitter hashtag #TxTransForum. Also, be sure to check out the TxDOTFacebook page for updated event photos and messages at www.facebook.com/txdot.

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