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PWC hosts transport forum.

Airlines will lose $5 billion this year, yet they will soon start saving $10 billion through vastly improved technology, according to William Fife, corporate vp of DMJM Harris, summing up the state of the transportation industry where crises seem to beget opportunities.

Fife, the moderator of an ongoing series of programs on aviation and transportation presented by Professional Women in Construction (PWC), was one of the decision makers who explored the status of "Planes, Trains and Autos" at the latest PWC breakfast forum held on April 5 at The Mechanics Institute in New York City.

Fife explained that while soaring fuel costs stretch some airlines and cripple others, such projected advances as the elimination of paper tickets by 2007 should recoup much of the losses.

Susan Baer, the first woman general manager of Newark Liberty International and Teterboro Airports, discussed changes at Newark.

Cruz Russell, deputy chief of strategic planning for the Port Authority of NY & NJ, outlined the Authority's aggressive $5 billion a year capital program

And Joel Ettinger, the newly appointed executive director of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) noted that the recently issued draft Regional Transportation Plan outlines $160 billion in transportation needs through 2030.

Event sponsors were: Arup, DMJM Harris, Silvester + Tafuro, Inc.; and MSD Visuals.

PWC will host its annual Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue. Call 212.486.7745 or contact for reservations.
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Title Annotation:ASSOCIATIONS: EVENTS, AWARDS; Professional Women in Construction
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 27, 2005
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