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Forward Motion, August 2014

Countdown to the Mobility 21 Summit

Mobility 21 is excited to bring together more than 1,000 transportation leaders and elected officials for the 13th annual Southern California Transportation Summit one week from today on Friday, Sept. 5 at the Disneyland Hotel. Registration, the breakfast buffet and the expo open at 8 a.m. and our opening general session will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m.

Getting There

Parking
Complimentary self-parking at the Disneyland Hotel is available to all Summit attendees.

Transit
Metrolink and Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) are offering complimentary roundtrip service to the Summit. Simply use your Summit registration ticket (either electronic or printed) as your Metrolink and ART fare. Click here for the shuttle schedule from the Anaheim Metrolink Station to the Disneyland Hotel on Friday, Sept. 5.

Plan Your Day

  • Check out our mobile app from your smart phone
  • Click here to watch a video to learn how to use the app
  • Choose the breakout sessions you want to attend
  • Plan your networking time by checking out the Summit sponsors
  • View the conference agenda

Twilight Disneyland Tickets
Full conference registration includes a twilight ticket to Disneyland redeemable after 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. Please note that Student/Military Personnel and Exhibitor-Only registration ticket types do not include a twilight Disneyland ticket; however, they may be purchased at a reduced rate by Sept. 3 online.


The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and project partners are making improvements to the 91 from Corona to Riverside. Construction began in early 2014 and new lanes are expected to open in 2017.

Full Construction is Under Way
On 91 Project in Corona

State Route 91 ranks among the nation’s worst commutes. The 91 Project, led by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), is under way in Corona to add regular lanes, tolled express lanes, auxiliary lanes and direct express lane connectors between the 91 and Interstate 15. Improvements to interchanges, ramps and surface streets also will be made along this corridor.

Full construction of the 91 Project began in July, with new lanes anticipated to open in 2017. Once completed, the 91 Project will provide drivers a choice between regular lanes and express lanes, reduce emergency response time, improve air quality, boost local circulation, provide better access to public transit and trails and enhance the overall quality of life for Southern California residents and commuters.

Activity during the first half of 2014 focused on safety measures and work outside of the heavily traveled lanes, such as tree clearing, property demolition, utility relocation, railroad realignment and soil sampling. Crews now are focusing on shoulder widening, bridge reconstruction and ramp realignment. On the 15, crews will begin widening within the median from the 91/15 interchange to Ontario Avenue.

Improvements to the 15/91 Interchange are a major component of the 91 Project. To prepare for this work, crews built temporary connector ramps from northbound and southbound I-15 to westbound 91. In early August, traffic was switched to the temporary ramps to allow crews to build the new, permanent ramps. Click here to view the latest 91 Seconds on the 91 video, featuring current construction activities, and be sure to register to receive Construction Alerts at sr91project.info or through the project helpline, 877-770-9191.

Check out the latest project newsletter for more information about upcoming construction activities, including construction planned near the Santa Ana River Trail, an anticipated construction schedule, sustainable practices implemented as part of the project, and how Metrolink is a great alternative to driving the 91, especially during construction.

The safety of construction crews, motorists and pedestrians is RCTC’s top priority for the 91 Project. Now that construction activity is more visible, motorists are reminded to:

  • Slow down and watch for workers and equipment
  • Allow extra time to get to work, school or appointments
  • Tell friends or customers about construction activity
  • Be extra careful when driving at night and in rainy weather
  • Avoid mobile phone use or other distractions when driving through the area
  • Watch for lane and ramp closures, use alternate routes and follow detours
  • Obey the “Move Over” Law, which requires drivers to move to lanes away from construction work, when safe to do so

For more information, please visit sr91project.info or call the helpline at 877-770-9191. Social media users can follow the project on Twitter, @sr91project and like the project on Facebook/sr91project.


Mid-City Exposition LRT Design-Build – Los Angeles, California

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
Parsons

Parsons is proud to sponsor the 2014 Mobility 21 Summit. With corporate offices in Southern California, Parsons recognizes the significance of this event and enthusiastically supports its theme of embracing our transportation future.

Celebrating 70 years of growth in the transportation engineering and construction industry, Parsons provides transportation services on projects of all sizes and complexities. The firm represents the transportation industry’s best practices, overcoming technical challenges, minimizing project risks, and delivering jobs on schedule and within budget to benefit both Parsons’ customers and the communities served by its projects. With nearly 15,000 employees located worldwide, Parsons specializes in end-to-end design-build transportation engineering, including multidisciplinary planning, maintenance, improvements, and all phases of construction and implementation.

Parsons is known for contributing to the success of projects around the world, including many of California’s most high-profile efforts, such as the Mid-City Exposition LRT Design-Build, in Los Angeles; California High-Speed Rail, Contract CP1, from Madera to Fresno; the Metro Goldline Foothill Extension, from Pasadena to Azusa; the SR 91 Corridor Improvement Project, in Riverside; and the BART Oakland International Airport Connector. Whether relieving highway congestion or ushering in a new era of high-speed rail travel, Parsons’ name is synonymous with California transportation initiatives.


John Chun Named New Port of Long
Beach Director of Engineering Design

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed John Y. Chun, P.E., as the new Director of Engineering Design, heading up roads, utilities and other infrastructure projects for the Port of Long Beach.

Chun, who started with the Port in 1996 as a civil engineering assistant, has served as a Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer since 2008, and has been involved in a number of Port projects including the Middle Harbor Redevelopment, Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Stormwater Master Plan, Pavement Management System, Traffic Sign Inventory Program and more.

The Engineering Design Division is critical to the development and maintenance of Port channels, roads, wharfs, utilities and other facilities. The division produces technical reports, studies, plans and specifications for Port construction projects. As the division director, Chun is responsible for managing multiple in-house design projects and consulting contracts. Engineering Design has a staff of 45 professional and technical individuals reporting to him. Chun succeeds Neil D. Morrison, P.E., who was recently promoted to Assistant Managing Director, Engineering Design and Maintenance.

Chun earned his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his master’s in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 140 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting thousands of Southern California jobs.


Ventura County Transportation
Commission Marks 25th Anniversary

Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) celebrated its 25th anniversary as an agency and 20 years operating the VISTA bus service on July 1, 2014. VCTC has grown and changed quite a bit from its 1989 starting point. In 25 years, the agency has developed and increased its coverage well beyond bus services and countywide planning. VCTC is proud to have pioneered studies, organizations and projects over the years that have been recognized by the press and earned awards, and the agency is looking forward to a bright future.


LA Metro Southern California Regional Interconnector Project

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
HDR

For more than 95 years, we’ve opened doors and added value to local communities and inspired change across the country. Although we’re known for delivering architecture and engineering services, we provide much more than that. We partner with our clients to push the boundaries of what’s possible, and ensure success by responding to their needs and building strong relationships along the way.

Our 8,500 employees in 200 locations around the world work carefully to guide you through the known and the unfamiliar, and use their broad expertise to make sure every project goes as planned. This is evidenced in the success we’ve seen in Southern California this year.

We were awarded the design-bid-build project for the Southern California Regional Interconnector Project (SCRIP), which will allow the Los Angeles Union Station to increase track capacity and provide scheduling flexibility. Other rail/transit projects we’re working on include the Coachella Valley Rail Corridor Service Development Plan, the LA Metro Van Nuys North Platform Project and On-Call Professional Engineering Design Services for Metrolink.

As the No. 7 transportation firm in Engineering News-Record’s Top 50, our expertise spans across the industry. We’re also working on Tiger Grant Preparation for multiple owners, including LA Metro and the Port of San Diego. We’re providing assistance as a sub-consultant for On-Call Transportation Planning for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and we’re supporting the Preparation of Plans, Specifications and Estimates for the Interstate 5 Improvement Project from Alicia Parkway to El Toro Road.

These successes – along with many others across the country – are proof that we use our innovative spirit and deep technical expertise and experiences to put our clients’ most inventive plans in action.


Click here to view the Emmy-winning Metro Motion show featuring Union Station.

LA Union Station 75th Anniversary
TV Show Wins Emmy

Last month, Metro won an Emmy award in the public programming category for news for it’s Metro Motion Union Station 75th Anniversary TV show, which aired prior to the May 3 Union Station anniversary celebration.

Metro Motion Union Station is the story of the last of the great rail stations: its history, its important role as a transit hub anchoring today’s expanding transit network and its future as the center of mobility for our region.

Since opening festivities in 1939 that attracted half a million spectators to downtown Los Angeles, beautiful Union Station has played many roles throughout its 75 years, including one as Hollywood’s rail station. It has appeared in hundreds of films, TV shows and commercials. Currently it serves 70,000 daily commuters who link through Union Station via Metro rail and bus, Metrolink, Amtrak and municipal carriers.

Metro Motion is co-produced with Santa Monica City TV and runs quarterly on 80 cable stations throughout Los Angeles County and on metro.net.


Mid-City / Exposition Light Rail Phase I: Leighton was a part of the consultant planning team and continued to work directly for the Authority throughout construction.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
Leighton

Leighton Consulting, Inc. (Leighton) is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Mobility 21 Summit. We recognize that the Southern California region covers a wide variety of communities and transportation modes. The need for a unified voice for the entire region’s transportation priorities was tremendous when Mobility 21 took on this task in 2002. We are honored to work closely with the elected officials, transportation providers, other businesses and local municipalities to develop solutions to the transportation issues facing Southern California.

Leighton Principal, Dina Rochford, commented, “Our partnership with Mobility 21 is an integral part of our business plan. I believe that Mobility 21 has and will continue to make the lives of commuters better.”

Leighton provides geotechnical, environmental, materials testing and inspection services for transportation and infrastructure projects. Founded in 1961, Leighton is a California corporation headquartered in Irvine, with a staff of over 150, located in eight offices across Southern California. Leighton has three Caltrans-approved ASTM and AASHTO certified laboratories, including one of the southland’s largest, located at the Irvine headquarters. Leighton’s transportation project experience ranges from grade separations and the widening of highway interchanges, bridges, and overcrossing structures to new construction and improvements of roads and alignments. Over the past 25 years, Leighton has teamed-up with regional transportation agencies such as OCTA, RCTC, ACE, UPRR, LACMTA, Caltrans, Metrolink, NCTD, BNSF, SANDAG, and SANBAG.

Leighton is currently providing professional services for the West County Connector Project—Orange County’s largest transportation improvement effort in the past decade. When finished, the project will strengthen the infrastructure of Orange County by linking the carpool lanes of the I-405, I-605 and SR-22, creating a seamless HOV connection. Leighton partners with city, county, state and federal agencies on projects that improve safety and efficiency to make Southern California stronger.

Transportation Events in the Community

Wednesday, Sept. 3
WTS-LA: From the Boardroom: Insights from LAWA, Metro, POLB and High-Speed Rail
More info | Register

Friday, Sept. 5
Mobility 21 Summit: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
Agenda

Sept. 7-8
ARTBA: National Convention, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Thursday, Sept. 11
APWA: Golf Tournament
More info | Register

Thursday, Sept. 18
WTS-SD: Annual Awards & Scholarships Gala
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Friday, Sept. 26
ACEC-OC: Scholarship Golf Tournament
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Wednesday, Oct. 1
WTS International: Policy Symposium
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Monday, Oct. 20
California Transportation Foundation: Golf Tournament
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Thursday, Oct. 23
OCTA: Business Expo
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Thursday, Oct. 23
Beacon Economics: 2014 Riverside/San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference
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Nov. 2-5
CalCIMA: 2014 Annual Education Conference
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Nov. 12-14
California Transit Association: Annual Fall Conference & Expo
More info | Register

Thursday, Nov. 13
WTS-LA: 28th Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner

Nov. 16-18
Self-Help Counties Coalition: Focus on the Future Conference,
Santa Clara, Calif.
More info | Register

Thursday, Dec. 4
WTS-OC: 26th Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner

Thursday, Jan. 22
WTS-IE: 10th Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner

Jan. 29-31
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
More info | Register

May 4-7
ACT Expo 2015
More info

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