Seminars at Steamboat looks at self-driving cars

Robert Puentes
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Seminars at Steamboat season of nonpartisan policy discussions continues with a talk about autonomous cars, featuring Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonprofit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership.

His talk, “The Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles,” starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30 in the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets are distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.

Puentes has worked extensively on a variety of transportation issues, including infrastructure funding and finance and city and urban planning. He is a regular contributor in newspapers and other media and has testified before Congressional committees.

Prior to joining Eno, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where he directed the program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow with Brookings.

Puentes serves on a variety of boards including the Shared-Use Mobility Center, UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies and Young Professionals in Transportation. Recent appointments include the federal advisory committee on transportation equity, New York State’s 2100 Infrastructure Commission, the advisory council of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Transportation Reinvention Commission, the District of Columbia’s Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee and the Falls Church, Virginia, Planning Commission, where he lives with his wife and three sons.

Founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring experts on a wide range of public policy topics to the Steamboat community, Seminars at Steamboat presents nonpartisan policy talks for free to the community. Run by an all-volunteer board, the speaker series is supported by individual contributions.

Each talk lasts about 50 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information about Seminars at Steamboat, archives of past talks and the 2018 schedule, visit

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