April 2021 Luncheon – Jackie Nirenberg and David Couch: Orange and Blue Light Rail Lines Project Updates

Join us on April 21, 2021 at noon to hear Jackie Nirenberg and David Couch discuss the latest updates on Capital Metro’s Orange and Blue Light Rail Lines. Jackie Nirenberg is the Director of Community Engagement and Involvement for Austin Transit Partnership and David Couch is the Program Officer of Project Connect.

Project Connect is Austin’s plan for a complete regional system of reliable and frequent transit. It includes the Blue Line Corridor that would run from North Austin through downtown to the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. It would also include the Orange Line Corridor that would run from North Austin to South Austin from TechRidge to Slaughter Lane.

Join the virtual meeting online through Teams using the following link:


If you have issues accessing the meeting, please contact Lauren Taylor at Lauren.Taylor@wsp.com.

March 2021 Luncheon – Randy Clarke: Moving Forward with Project Connect

Join us on March 18, 2021 at noon to hear from Randy Clarke, President and CEO of Capital Metro, on the next steps for Project Connect. Randy Clarke joined Capital Metro in 2018 after previously working for the American Public Transportation Association and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He earned his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern Maine and enjoys traveling and competitive running when not leading Capital Metro.

Project Connect is Austin’s comprehensive transit plan that includes a new rail system, a downtown transit tunnel, expanded bus system, and a transfer to an all electric fleet. In November 2020, Austin residents approved funding for the $7.1 billion plan.

Please join us using Microsoft Teams at the link found here. If you have any issues accessing the meeting, please contact Lauren Taylor at Lauren.Taylor@wsp.com.

[POSTPONED] February 2021 Luncheon – Michael D. Bryant: A Review of TxDOT’s Civil Rights Division

Michael D. Bryant

Join us on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at noon to hear from Michael D. Bryant, Civil Rights Director – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). TxDOT’s Civil Rights Division promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility within TxDOT’s internal operations and external programs. Michael will discuss the programs and work of the Civil Rights Division, including its largest programs related to Title IV, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, and Americans with Disability Act.
In addition to serving as the Division’s Director, Michael serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Civil Rights for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Prior to joining TxDOT in the General Counsel Division, Michael worked at the Office of Governor Rick Perry, serving as counsel to the Trusteed Programs within the office, including the Economic Development & Tourism Division, the Texas Music Office, and the Texas Film Commission.
Michael is an alumnus of Morehouse College and The University of Texas School Of Law.
Please join us on Microsoft TEAMS using the link found here. If you have any issues accessing the meeting, please contact Lauren Taylor at Lauren.Taylor@wsp.com.

December 2020 Luncheon – The DBE Experience with Kahlil Allen

Our December luncheon will be held on December 2, 2020, starting at noon, and will feature Kahlil Allen, President, CEO, and co-founder, of ADS System Safety Consulting, LLC.

Kahlil M. Allen co-founded ADS System Safety Consulting in 2011 with a focus on providing risk-based safety and mission assurance services to the Transportation, Aerospace, and Defense industries.

Mr. Allen will be discussing his experience starting a DBE business from scratch and his experience navigating the consulting landscape as a small business owner.

Join the meeting at this link. If you have any issues, please reach out to Lauren.Taylor@wsp.com

October 2020 Luncheon

John Gasparine of WSP USA, Inc. presented on the HVAC revolution sparked by the pandemic, where design is now being optimized for indoor comfort, energy efficiency, and to reduce the risk of negative health outcomes with infectious diseases like COVID-19. Participants learned why there is no “bolt-on silver bullet” for transportation agencies’ HVAC systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how WSP is applying HVAC design concepts from the from the NIH Vaccine Research Laboratory to transportation vehicles and facilities to make them Future Ready.