The Future of Transportation: Disruption. Innovation. How will Des Moines adapt?

Transportation is rife with change, disruption and innovative technologies - Uber, self-driving vehicles, and drones, to name a few. Greater Des Moines is looking at a 56 percent gain in residents by 2050. That leads to a series of questions about how our world-class metro will adapt and position itself for smart growth, embrace disruptions, capitalize on new innovations, ensure the region continues to attract top notch employers and a diverse workforce, and of course, maintains our much-beloved short commute times.

Our panel will answer questions such as:

  • How will self-driving cars and autonomous uber-like services affect the city?
  • How should the region prepare for new and disruptive technologies?
  • Will I-235 and other roads have the capacity to handle our projected population growth?
  • What should be done to promote walking and biking as alternative forms of getting to work?
  • What does the long-term future look like for mass transit in the region?
  • How will Iowa position itself using big data to get workers to work and ship goods effectively?


Paul Trombino

Iowa Department of Transportation

Elizabeth Presutti


Larry James

Governance Chair
Urban Land Institute Iowa

Todd Ashby

Executive director
Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Kerty Levy


Board member
Des Moines Airport Authority Board

Chris Conetzkey - Editor | Business Record
Perry Beeman - Senior Staff Writer | Business Record