On this edition of “Disaster Relief for America”, hosts Tim Karney and Tom Moran interview Marygrace Parker of the I-95 Corridor Coalition.
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Marygrace Parker serves as Program Coordinator providing support to the I-95 Corridor Coalition, a consortium of the Department of Transportation and related agencies – including enforcement, bridge/toll/port operating agencies and metropolitan planning organizations across the 16 state region of Maine to Florida and Vermont. Mrs. Parker supports the Operations, Intermodal Freight & Passenger Movement and Travel Information Committees, assisting Coalition members in identifying and addressing the issues that face transportation today by fostering communication and coordination of agency activities related to: coordination of multi-state highway operations including multi-level/multi-disciplinary incident management training and significant event planning and response; advancing seamless commercial vehicle operations across borders/thru freight corridors through facilitating improvement and coordination of state’s commercial vehicle travel information, truck parking, and interoperability for screening for safety and security and related programs; and advancing the development of data analytics and collaborative decision tools to be utilized by agencies to enhance information coordination in planning, response and oversight of major events. Mrs. Parker has been involved with the Coalition since the organization’s inception in the early 90s, first as a representative to the Coalition from one of the founding agencies and then as Coalition staff, where she has led program committees and managed projects for the I-95 Corridor Coalition and/or working collaboratively with other organizations on initiatives that were at the forefront, regionally and nationally, of what are now standard operating practices in Transportation Incident Management such as multi-jurisdictional coordinated Incident Management planning and response, development of guidelines and protocols for standardized application of ITS tools such as Dynamic Message Signs and 511 systems and identifying and sharing best practices for such initiatives as Quick Clearance and “Move It” programs.
Prior to her assignment with the Coalition, Mrs. Parker served as Director of the Office of Traffic Management for the New York State Thruway Authority with oversight of Bureaus responsible for system wide Traffic Operations and Traffic Safety programs; the Authority’s Traffic Management Center and ITS deployment, and agency lead for coordination of the Authority’s response plans with other New York agencies during major events and disasters and the agency’s Commercial Vehicle Safety, Special Hauling and Tandem Trailer Programs. In the early 90’s, Mrs. Parker was a member of the Authority’s senior management team that oversaw planning, development and implementation of the Thruway’s E-ZPass system, the first electronic toll collection system deployed in the United States. In addition to her experience in the Transportation field, Mrs. Parker previously served in the New York State Police, including as a Sergeant-Station Commander where she supervised all operations of a field patrol station.
Mrs. Parker has served on numerous committee related to Operations/Incident Management, Freight Mobility, Commercial Vehicle Operations and other areas for organizations such as Transportation Research Board, National Highway Cooperative Research Program, AASHTO Standing Committees and ITS America. Marygrace also serves as the Coalition’s staff liaison to the All Hazards Consortium.