Transportation Tech: The BNP Transportation & Logistics Industry Leaders Forum

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May 9, 2024

People and products use the same transportation system to reach their destinations, and everyone is in a hurry. The emerging use of predictive technology and artificial intelligence in both public transportation planning and private sector logistics can help forecast problems and make travel safer. What does that mean for Buffalo Niagara?

Western New York is an international gateway with a population of 9 million people in the greater metropolitan bi-national region. We host high volume international bridge crossings, a developed rail network, an extensive interstate highway system, marine ports and two airports. Even with prime location, population and significant infrastructure, major challenges continue to mount. More roadway reconstruction and repair investment is constantly needed and traffic congestion continues to pose complex problems.  For Buffalo Niagara, tech + location could be a winning solution.

The BNP’s Transportation & Logistics Industry Leaders Forum (ILF) convened on May 2nd to discuss how coordinated transportation system tech impacts the binational economy and the international supply chain. We were joined by Ron Rienas, CEO of the Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, for an update on the commercial Pre-Arrival Readiness Evaluation (PARE) project at the Peace Bridge and how it will expedite truck crossings into the United States and reduce border congestion.

A panel of tech experts then led a conversation on how today’s tech can create a more efficient approach to all modes of vehicular transportation:

Michael Finn, Executive Director, GBNRTC
Athena Hutchins, Executive Director, NITTEC
Patrick Lang, Associate Manager, Logistics, Tesla


The BNP is proud to welcome in Bank of America as the Title Sponsor for the 2024 ILF. Mike Nowicki, Bank of America’s Senior Vice President and Business Banking Market Executive kicked off the May 2nd ILF with a welcome.

Learn more about the Industry Leaders Forum  here.

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