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Forward Motion, April 2016

2016 Mobility 21 Summit Registration Now Open!

Early bird registration is now open for the Mobility 21 Summit — California’s largest one-day transportation conference and expo on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. “Empowering California,” the theme of this year’s Summit, promises to bring together more than 1,000 transportation stakeholders, industry leaders and elected officials to share ideas on easing congestion, creating jobs and improving quality of life.

Registration includes access to top industry decision-makers and elected leaders, three general sessions, a choice of eight breakout sessions and a dynamic expo hall with more than 100 exhibitors. General registration also includes a breakfast buffet, hot lunch, complimentary Metrolink roundtrip service or self-parking and a twilight ticket to Disneyland redeemable after 4 p.m.

Reduced hotel rates and additional Disneyland tickets are available for purchase.

Are you still thinking about sponsoring the Summit? It’s not too late! Help support Southern California’s transportation future while getting the best access, visibility and value for your marketing dollar. Click here to view the sponsorship packages or contact Kristin Slocum to sign up today.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Dr. Allison Yoh
Director of Transportation Planning, Port of Long Beach

Dr. Allison Yoh is Director of the Transportation Planning Division in the Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau at the Port of Long Beach. She began her Port career in June 2013 as a transportation policy specialist, was promoted to manager in February 2015, and named division director in March 2016, reporting to Bureau Managing Director Rick Cameron.

As director, she leads the review and analysis of transportation-related policies; conducts regulatory and legislative analysis; provides expertise in developing regional, state and national transportation policy; oversees Port transportation planning studies; assists with managing Port-related traffic in support of Supply Chain Optimization efforts; seeks and administers grants and other funding, and represents the Port on transportation-related matters before various audiences at public meetings, including local, regional and statewide stakeholder groups.

Prior to joining the Port, Dr. Yoh was associate director for the Institute of Transportation Studies, and for the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she co-directed the two research centers focusing on transportation policy.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Yoh was an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica and served as a mayoral appointee to the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). She has also served as an advisory member for the Los Angeles County Measure R Oversight Committee and on the Mayor’s Transportation Task Force on Congestion for the City of Los Angeles.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts degrees in Urban Planning, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Yoh has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, authored professional reports and delivered presentations on subjects including the effects of wait time on public transit travelers, the adoption of smart technologies for transit fare policy innovations, and green planning for bicycles at the Port.  She is a member of the Ports and Channels Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science.

Long Beach Councilwoman and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal presented Dr. Yoh with a Steward of the 2nd District award in 2015.

Frequently called on by the news media for her expert opinion, her quotes have been included in the Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, LA Weekly, CityBeat and others. Her televised interviews include appearances on Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) World News, The Today Show on NBC, NBC Nightly News and other local television media.


At TEDx Sacramento, Lauren Isaac shared her perspective on autonomous vehicles, and how the government should prepare for changes to transportation infrastructure. ©PHOTO COURTESY OF TEDX SACRAMENTO

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

In the Driver’s Seat: Lauren Isaac Leads the Way on How to Create the Road Map for Autonomous Vehicles

Lauren Isaac, manager of sustainable transportation at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and the firm’s William Barclay Parsons Fellow for 2015, was invited to speak at the TEDx conference in Sacramento this March to share her expertise on autonomous vehicles. For the past year she has devoted her attention to extensive research on this rapidly emerging technology and its potential impact on transportation. The culmination of her research is a new 45-page guide, published by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and titled Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies. This guide is currently used to aid state, regional and local government officials in developing responses to the infrastructure and policy changes that the advent of driverless vehicles will require.

Driverless

“This guide is part of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s ongoing effort to advise state and local governments on emerging transportation technologies, including connected and partially automated vehicles, as well as fully driverless vehicles” said Isaac. “Driverless vehicles are coming, with or without government involvement, and there is no question that they will have a significant impact on society, potentially changing how we approach all aspects of life,” Isaac told the audience. “Used improperly, this technology could lead to significant congestion, urban sprawl and job loss,” she said. “As a society, we need to do our part to ensure the technology is leveraged, but not abused. On the other hand”, she continued, “there’s no question that safety and mobility for the elderly and disabled populations will be improved. Government at all levels has the opportunity to proactively establish goals and policies that can continue to support the driverless vehicle revolution while keeping the traveling public safe and mobile. If successful, the U.S. experience could be a model for other countries.” Isaac anticipates that autonomous vehicles will become publicly available sometime between 2018-2020.

Isaac said the federal government defines a driverless car as one in which the driver provides a destination or navigation input, but does not control the vehicle at any time during the trip. “This means the driver can, literally, be sleeping,” Isaac said. “Or working. Or working out. Or playing Candy Crush! The options are endless!”


Work under way in Little Tokyo on Los Angeles’ Regional Connector Project.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
Skanska

Since 1919, Skanska has worked to keep Southern California moving, building the projects that matter to people and businesses. We share Mobilty21’s goals to bring together all regional stakeholders to plan and build the transportation solutions that will allow our communities to thrive for generations.

We’re already seeing how these collaborations are creating new possibilities. Design-build transit projects, such as the recently-completed Expo Line Phase 2 extension, are bringing predictable commute times between communities for the first time in years. Potential public-private partnerships could bring new possibilities from our airports to our freeways. From the Inland Empire to Orange County’s beaches to downtown LA, new transportation construction projects should mean fewer backups and more opportunities.

Those opportunities extend to local small businesses throughout Southern California. On all of its projects, Skanska leads outreach and training programs that not only help small firms work on Skanska projects, but also position themselves to win work throughout the region.

It’s all part of Skanska’s commitment to building safely, ethically and collaboratively with our customers and their stakeholders. We’re proud to support Mobility21 and its vision for Southern California communities.


Lucy Dunn Reappointed to California
Transportation Commission

Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council and Mobility 21 Chair, was reappointed this month by Governor Jerry Brown to another four-year term on the California Transportation Commission (CTC). She was first appointed in 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and appointed by Governor Brown in 2012 for a second term. Last year, Dunn served as the commission’s chair, promoting both system reforms and revenue enhancements to meet the state’s burgeoning transportation needs. “I am honored to serve another term on the commission and thank Governor Brown for a his commitment to fixing California’s roads to keep California’s residents, businesses and economy moving,” Dunn said. Click here to read more.


Ventura County One Step Closer to Seeking Voter Approval for Transportation Ballot Measure

Last week, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) voted 14–0 to approve the VCTC transportation investment plan. This motion authorizes VCTC to proceed to the cities of Ventura County and the Board 2of Supervisors in seeking their approval of the plan in order to place it on the November 2016 ballot. The proposed half-cent sales tax for transportation in the county would generate $70 million a year and $2.1 billion over the next 30 years. For the average Ventura County resident, that breaks down to $1 per week. Click here to read the recent news coverage from the Ventura County Star and click here to view more information about VCTC’s plan.


Metro’s Popular Dodger Stadium Express Service Returns for Another Season

Metro is again providing Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Dodger Stadium for the 2016 baseball season. The service is provided under a grant approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). In addition, Metro will offer Dodger Stadium Express service to the ballpark from Harbor Gateway Transit Center, which serves the South Bay area with buses traveling in Metro ExpressLanes along the I-110 Harbor Freeway.

Funding for the service between Union Station and Dodger Stadium is made in support of clean fuel transit service. The MSRC awards funding within the South Coast Air Basin from a portion of the vehicle registration fee set aside for mobile source projects that result in emission reductions. Funding for the Harbor Gateway Transit Center service is being provided by Metro’s ExpressLanes Net Toll Reinvestment Grant Program.

Last year the popular Dodger Stadium Express bus service transported more than 245,000 fans. During the 2014 season the service transported more than 216,000 fans.

Funding under the MSRC and ExpressLanes grants is being used to offset the cost of fares on the Dodger Stadium Express for passengers possessing a Dodger ticket. Service from Union Station will be provided starting 90 minutes prior to the start of the games and ending 45 minutes after the close of the games. Service from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center is provided starting two hours prior to the start of the games and ending 45 minutes after the close.

The Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station this year begins at Union Station, picking up Dodger fans every 10 minutes in front of Union Station near the taxi zone adjacent to Alameda Street. It continues to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Avenue. Passengers are let off and picked up at one of two stops, either behind center field or at the top deck.

From Harbor Gateway Transit Center, baseball fans can board buses located at Bay 9, with buses running every 20 minutes. Fans are being dropped off behind right field at Dodger Stadium. Service back to Harbor Gateway Transit Center picks up patrons at the same stop after the game.

Dodger Stadium Express service includes a dedicated bus lane on Sunset Boulevard, where traffic congestion is frequently heaviest. Thanks in part to funding from the MSRC grant, Metro is partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) for traffic mitigation support that helps expedite trips to and from the games.

Metro is deploying state-of-the-art 40-foot, clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. Dodger game day tickets are being honored as fare payment to ride the bus service. Those without a game day ticket pay regular one-way fares of $1.75 from Union Station and $2.50 from Harbor Gateway Transit Center.

The Dodger Stadium Express bus service is provided by Transdev Transportation, Southland Transit and MV Transportation, under contract to Metro.

Patrons are encouraged to use the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station to connect them with the Dodger Stadium Express. Metro operates the Metro Gold Line from East Los Angeles to Azusa, the Metro Red/Purple subway lines from Wilshire/Western and North Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles and the Metro Green Line between Norwalk and El Segundo, which intersects with the Metro Blue Line operating between Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles. In addition, the Expo Line from Culver City, with segment two of the line opening May 20, will offer service between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles. The Harbor Gateway Transit Center is served by several Metro bus lines, the Metro Silver Line and Torrance Transit.

For specific route and schedule information visit www.metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876).


Rental Cars on The Toll Roads

Paying tolls while driving a rental car on The Toll Roads just got easier. The Toll Roads of Orange County has partnered with most major rental car companies to offer rental car drivers three convenient ways to pay tolls. Tolls can be charged directly through rental car agreements; paid online at the new TheTollRoads.com; or by adding the rental vehicle’s license plate number to an existing FasTrak® or ExpressAccount®. These new rental car toll payment options eliminate the chance of a rental car driver receiving a Notice of Toll Evasion after they return the rental vehicle.


SCAG Regional Conference & General Assembly:
Featured Innovator Power Hour Speakers

SCAG’s Regional Conference & General Assembly annually convenes Southern California’s civic and business leaders to address issues that impact the region and introduce fresh new ideas to address current and future challenges. SCAG is excited to bring to the conference scheduled for May 5-6, 2016 at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, thought leaders at the regional and national level who embody the theme, “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.” Click here to register now!

The Innovator Power Hour, introduced to the conference for the first time last year, is a showcase and presentation of new practices by the conference’s partners. SCAG is proud to feature this year as a speaker Gregory Rodriguez, attorney at Best Best & Krieger, who will explore how local municipalities need to prepare for automated vehicles, key themes for the future of transportation projects, and how innovation in transportation can complement existing networks for improved efficiency and wellness. Dustin Reilich of Renovate America will also explain how local municipalities from across the state are implementing the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program, which can lower the affordability barrier for homeowners looking to adopt energy-efficient, low-emission solutions.

The 2016 Regional Conference and General Assembly will also feature keynote addresses from several guest speakers. The conference will open on Thursday with remarks from Dan Walters, prolific political journalist and mainstay at The Sacramento Bee. SCAG’s Sustainability Awards Luncheon will feature a keynote from Dr. Paul Bunje, Principal and Senior Scientist at the XPRIZE Foundation and global thought leader on bringing innovation to solve environmental challenges. On Friday, the conference will feature a morning keynote from Steve Swatt, veteran political analyst and author of the award-winning book Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California.

For more details on the program, you can view a PDF of the full conference agenda.


Transportation Events in the Community

May 2-5
Advanced Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo
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Tuesday, May 3
LA Chamber: 90th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
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Wednesday, May 4
WTS-SD: Innovations and Advances in Active Transportation
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May 5-6
SCAG: Regional Conference & General Assembly
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Wednesday, May 11
WTS-OC and WTS-SD: Luncheon Featuring Orange and San Diego Counties’ Measure Programs
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Thursday, May 12
CMAA: State College Grade Separation Job Walk
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Friday, May 13
WTS-LA: Members Only Event – Supervisor Sheila Kuehl for a
VIP Tour of EXPO Phase II
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Tuesday, May 17
OCBC: Chairman’s Leadership Breakfast with Dr. Mildred Garcia
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Tuesday, May 17
COMTO: Luncheon Featuring LA Metro’s Therese McMillan
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Thursday, May 19
CMAA So Cal: Alternative Project Delivery Systems
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Friday, May 20
ACEC Riverside-San Bernardino: Golf Tournament
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May 23-25
OCBC: DC Advocacy Trip
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Tuesday, May 24
CTA: Spring Legislative Conference
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Wednesday, May 25
CTF: 27th Annual Transportation Awards
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Thursday, May 26
WTS-IE: Annual Spring Gala
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Thursday, May 26
WTS-LA: Lunch with LAWA
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Thursday, June 16
SANBAG: General Assembly
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Thursday, June 23
FuturePorts: Strong Ports=Strong California Conference
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Thursday, June 23
ACEC-OC: Annual Awards Banquet
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Wednesday, June 29
CMAA: Breakfast Featuring Los Angeles Streetcar
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Thursday, July 28
California Construction Expo 2016
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Friday, Sept. 16
ACEC-OC: 2016 Scholarship Golf Tournament
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Sept. 19-21
ITS California: Annual Conference and Expo
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Thursday, Aug. 18
CMAA: LA Metro Capital Program Update
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Tuesday, Oct. 4
AAa/e: Annual Awards Banquet
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Friday, Oct. 21
2016 Mobility 21 Summit, Disneyland Hotel
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Dec. 4-6
Self-Help Counties Coalition: Focus on the Future, Hollywood
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