May/June 2014
In this issue...
President's Column
May Program: Future of Local Airports
WTS International Annual Conference Review
June Program: Secrets of the Green Line
Joint Scholarship Fundraiser a Success
Members on the Move

New Members   

WTS Minnesota welcomes the following new members:


Ashley Hudson

Bolton & Menk, Inc.


Save the Date for the
WTS MN July Program: Leaders' Panel on Transportation Funding 
  Be sure to save a spot on your calendar for the next WTS MN event. On Tuesday, July 22 WTS MN will be joined by local leaders to discuss transportation funding. Look for more details to come soon!
  Check out our 2014 programs schedule here.


Job Postings  
WTS Minnesota posts job and internship opportunities on our website. Visit our Employment Opportunities page to view all current postings.  
Help us spread the word about available positions by sending new posting information to Bre Grand.



Corporate Partners   


Thank you to our 2014 corporate partners:



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Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.


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HR Green




 HDR, Inc.


URS Corp.







Bolton & Menk, Inc.


SRF Consulting


SEH, Inc.


Parsons Brinckerhoff


WSB & Associates, Inc.


J&L Steel & Electrical Services


Professional Engineering Services, Ltd.


See your name here, and support the advancement of women in transportation! For more information about becoming a corporate partner, visit our website.  

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2014 WTS Minnesota
Board of Directors

Molly Stewart

Vice President
HunWen Westman

Chelsey Armstrong

Morgan Abbott
Past President
  Scholarships & Recognitions Director
 Sara Pflaum

 Programs Co-Director
 Rose Ryan
Programs Co-Director

 Membership Director
Kathleen Mayell

 Marketing Director
 Bre Grand

 Transportation YOU Director


 Membership Director
2013 WTS Minnesota
Advisory Board

Donna Allan
WTS Past President
Laura Amundson
Parsons Brinckerhoff 
Kristin Asher
City of Richfield
Gina Baas
Center for Transportation Studies

Debra Brisk
Hennepin County

Biz Colburn
WTS Past President

Sandy Cullen
University of Minnesota

Margaret Donahoe
Minnesota Transportation Alliance

Mary Gute


Judy Hollander

Hennepin County

Ann Johnson

University of Minnesota
  Wanda Kirkpatrick
Metropolitan Council


Connie Kozlak
Metropolitan Council

Jessica Laabs

Kimley-Horn & Associates

Stephanie Malinoff

Center for Transportation Studies

Scott McBride
Laurie McGinnis
Center for Transportation Studies

Dan Meyers


Amber Nord
Isthmus Engineering

Lisa Raduenz

Past President

Dawn Spanhake

Center for Transportation Studies

Amy Vennewitz

Metropolitan Council

Charleen Zimmer

Zan Associates

President's Column

Hello All!


Summer in Minnesota is well underway and our chapter has been busy lining up a fantastic program schedule for the second half of 2014. A complete 2014 events calendar can be found on our chapter website and I encourage all of you to check it out.


This spring was very busy for WTS Minnesota. Our chapter hosted an educational tour of the MSP Airport in May and jointly hosted a well-attended scholarship fundraising event with NCITE and ITS MN in June. June 14 marked an exciting day in Minnesota's transportation history as the Metro Green Line finally opened! For those whose celebration plans were rained out, the chapter hosted a tour along the line six days later revealing the Secrets of the Green Line.


During all of this, I had the privilege of attending the WTS Annual Conference in Portland in May. Thanks to corporate partner and employer support, WTS Minnesota was able to send a large delegation to the conference. WTS members Katie Roth, Kristin Thompson, and Kelly Agosto also attended; see Kristin's conference recap article below. The conference offered a wealth of learning on a broad range of topics. My trip highlights were the technical tours I attended, my favorite being the three-hour bicycle tour of the city which highlighted all the pedestrian and bicycle facilities Portland has to offer.


Lastly, the chapter board will be undertaking a financial planning exercise in the coming months to make sure our spending is aligned with our strategic plan. As always, the board welcomes input and participation from our members - feel free to contact any board member listed on the left sidebar.


I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming programs!


Best wishes,


Molly Stewart

President, WTS Minnesota




May Program: Future of our Local Airports


On Friday, May 16, several WTS Minnesota members and friends gathered at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) offices for lunch and a discussion about the future of our local airports. Jeff Hamiel, MAC Executive Director and new WTS Honorary Member, began the discussion with a few opening remarks and introduced Bridget Rief, MAC Director of Airport Development. Bridget presented updates and insights on the current regional airport system to the group and shared current MAC development projects and future goals, such a business partnership opportunities, new airport vendor additions and parking and hotel accommodation options.


Following the presentation, MAC led a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport and gave the group a look at the daily operations and coordination efforts that are a part of running an international hub (photos from the tour are below; more are available on the WTS MN website). 

 WTS International Annual Conference Review

Contributed by conference attendee Kristin Thompson


Though I am a WTS Minnesota veteran, this year was my first time attending WTS International's Annual Conference. I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with my colleagues from different disciplines, modes, and regions! My thanks to WTS Minnesota for making funding available to help public-sector members attend.


The technical tours associated with the conference were particularly valuable. I had visited Portland several times in the past, but the tours let me get to know the city in totally new ways. My visit started off on a high note with a tour of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, which culminated with a stop at Tilikum Crossing, a new bridge across the Willamette River that will be used by transit (including LRT, streetcar, and bus), bikes, and pedestrians only. The Tri-Met project team rolled out the red carpet for us by permitting access to the bridge construction site and providing fascinating insider commentary throughout the tour.


The annual awards banquet was another personal highlight. It was inspiring to see the accomplishments of our colleagues recognized, and uplifting to hear from up-and-coming colleagues-the scholarship recipients themselves.


Even outside the official auspices of the conference, our Portland colleagues proved to be great hosts. Katie Roth and I were able to meet with some counterparts at Tri-Met for an extended conversation about our work. The Young Professionals in Transportation happy hour on the final night of the conference left me with many new contacts, including a Portland-based planner working on Minneapolis' own Nicollet Mall renovation!


June Program: Secrets of the Green Line


On Friday, June 20, WTS members and friends traveled along the newly-opened Green Line for a tour led by Christina Morrison of Metro Transit. While a planner with the City of St. Paul, Christina worked with Metro Transit, residents, and business owners throughout the planning and construction of the line.


The group met at the Victoria Street Station, one of the three infill stations that were added to the line to better serve residents in the eastern half of the LRT corridor. The next stop was the Westgate Station, where Christina shared information about residential development and streetscaping along the corridor. The next stop was the Raymond Avenue Station. Christina shared her experiences with the challenges and opportunities of siting this light rail station in a historic district and pointed out the unique streetscaping and station design features at Raymond Avenue. After stops at Fairview and Hamline Avenues, the group returned to the Victoria Street Station for a happy hour at Ngon Bistro. Thanks to Christina for sharing the secrets of the Green Line with WTS!



Successful Scholarship Fundraiser hosted by WTS MN, NCITE and ITS MN
Thank you to the many members and friends who joined WTS MN, NCITE and ITS MN for a joint scholarship fundraiser on Wednesday, June 4 at Summit Brewing in St. Paul. The night was a great success in building scholarship programs with close to $2,000 raised, as well as a fun evening of socializing and networking with colleagues and friends (and a brewery tour to top it off!). 
View more photos of the event (like those below) on the WTS MN website.




Chelsey Armstrong
 recently accepted a position at Kimley-Horn & Associates. Congratulations, Chelsey!





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