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Forward Motion, February 2017

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2017 Mobility 21 Summit

Sponsorships for the 16th annual Southern California Transportation Summit open to the general public tomorrow, March 1! Join us for California’s largest one-day transportation event on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

2017 Summit sponsors will experience:

  • Access to public and private sector transportation decision-makers
  • Visibility at California’s largest one-day transportation Summit and Expo
  • Pre-event publicity to thousands of transportation sector professionals
  • Networking with business partners, clients, elected leaders and speakers
  • Value for your investment with highly competitive sponsorship rates

Click here to view the sponsorship packages. E-mail Kristin Slocum for more details or call 949.288.6884.


Register and Sponsor Mobility 21’s 3rd Annual Sacramento Legislative Reception

Join the Mobility 21 Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members in honoring California’s transportation leaders at a reception in Sacramento.

Monday, April 3
5-7 p.m.

The Citizen Hotel
926 J Street, Sacramento

Sponsor the Event

  • $1,000: Includes complimentary attendance for three and logo on promotional materials and signage at the event
  • $500 (small businesses and nonprofits only): Includes complimentary attendance for one and logo on promotional materials and signage at the event

Contact Kristin Slocum to sponsor the event.

Registration

  • $65 Private Sector
  • $35 Public Sector/Nonprofit
  • Elected Officials and Elected Staff complimentary

Register now!

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Mobility 21 to Co-host Reception Honoring
California Transportation Commission in LA

Please join the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Mobility 21 on Wednesday, March 15 for a reception honoring the California Transportation Commission (CTC).

Wednesday, March 15
5-7 p.m.

Los Angeles Union Station
Ticketing Concourse

Sponsor the Event

  • $500: Includes logo on event marketing
  • $250 (small businesses and nonprofits only): Includes logo on event marketing

Contact Kristin Slocum to sponsor the event.

Registration
Registration free, space is limited.
Register now!

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Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Kerry Cartwright
Director of Goods Movement, Port of Los Angeles

Kerry Cartwright is the Director of Goods Movement at the Port of Los Angeles. Prior to being hired in this position in 2007, he was the Director of Transportation Planning at the Port of Long Beach for over 10 years. His duties and responsibilities include: the planning and conceptual design of landside access improvements, regional transportation planning, funding and transportation policy. He has over 30 years of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning, and is a registered Traffic Engineer in the State of California and a registered Professional Engineer in Canada.

He serves on numerous regional, statewide and federal transportation/goods movement technical and policy committees. He currently is a member of the State of California’s Freight Advisory Committee and is on the board of directors for the Coalition of America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC). He also serves on the Institute of Transportation Engineers Goods Movement Council and freight policy committees for both the American Association of Port Authorities and California Association of Port Authorities.

He is a past recipient of the Southern California Association of Governments’ Regional Champion Award. He is also an instructor for the Global Logistics Specialist® program at California State University, Long Beach. Kerry obtained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada. He has also obtained Global Logistics Specialist® certification at California State University, Long Beach. He is former Harbor and Planning Comisioner for the City of Redondo Beach.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Gary Gallegos
Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments

Gary Gallegos is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). He is a nationally recognized expert in transportation, land use, regional public policy making and bi-national planning and diplomacy.

SANDAG is the leading research, planning and transportation agency for the San Diego region. The agency builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region’s quality of life. Agency policymakers are elected officials from each of the area’s 18 cities and the county.

Gary leads a staff of about 350 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination and public safety.

Gary’s recent accomplishments at SANDAG include overseeing the completion of the Interstate 15 Express Lanes, a $1.3 billion expressway within a freeway, and spearheading the acquisition of the State Route 125 toll road, commonly known as the South Bay Expressway, for $341.5 million.

In January of 2003 Gary ushered SANDAG into a new, expanded role. State Senate Bill 1703 consolidated the responsibilities of SANDAG with many of the functions of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board and the North County Transit Development Board, allowing SANDAG to assume regional transit planning, funding allocation, project development and eventually construction.

In 2004, Gary led the charge to extend TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation; 67 percent of county voters approved the extension. Administered by SANDAG, the original 20-year TransNet program generated $3.3 billion to fund highway, transit and local road projects. The 40-year TransNet extension will raise another $14 billion for similar improvements. Gary also led the effort to create the TransNet Early Action Program, which focuses on jump-starting construction of the top priority transportation projects and programs identified in the Regional Transportation Plan.

Most recently, Gary has worked with partner agencies toward securing the federal and state approvals necessary to create a third international border crossing in San Diego County – Otay Mesa East – and a short connecting highway. SANDAG will administer a toll that will generate funds to pay for the facility.

In addition, Gary is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG.

Prior to joining SANDAG in 2001, Gary held the position of District Director for Caltrans District 11, covering San Diego and Imperial Counties. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a registered civil engineer.


Officials get ready to “breakthrough” a foam block wall to officially open a new pedestrian passageway to the public.

Metro, The Bloc Open New Pedestrian
Passageway at 7th Street / Metro Center Station

Earlier this month, Metro Directors John Fasana and Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker joined Hollywood celebrity and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., L.A. City Council Member Jose Huizar and executives and partners of the Ratkovich Company to officially open a jointly funded new pedestrian passageway at the busy 7th Street / Metro Center Station. The passageway connects the station’s mezzanine with The Bloc (formerly Macy’s Plaza) on the southern side of 7th Street in the Financial District. The portal opening represents the first time Metro has created a public-private partnership to directly connect a station with a private building, and is a precursor to additional opportunities for similar connections elsewhere on the Metro system. The 25-foot-long passageway is anticipated to better meet growing rider demand and improve pedestrian safety.


State Grant to Fund 10 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses  

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is set to receive more than $13 million to add 10 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses to its fleet, another step in the ongoing effort to expand and improve an eco-friendly transportation system.

OCTA, in partnership with the Center for Transportation and the Environment, will receive the majority of the grant funds from the California Air Resources Board for the purchase of the buses, a fueling station and maintenance facility modifications. The Center for Transportation and the Environment will also provide project management and oversight for OCTA.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District will fund an additional $1 million toward the buses, with OCTA providing an approximately $10 million match. Each bus costs approximately $1.2 million.

“I’m proud to say that OCTA continues to proactively make a positive impact on the environment,” said OCTA Chairman Michael Hennessey. “We’re excited to further our efforts to provide cleaner transportation options for all Orange County residents and visitors.”

Hydrogen fuel cell electric buses are powered by oxygen and hydrogen, which are combined to produce electricity, heat and water. The buses use fuel cells to convert chemical energy stored by hydrogen fuel into electricity. As the zero-emission fuel cell electric buses operate, they will emit only water, creating cleaner air and a healthier environment.

OCTA currently has one hydrogen fuel cell bus, which began service last year. That bus is part of a two-year demonstration project funded by the Federal Transit Administration under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program and is fueled at the University of California, Irvine.

In addition to the zero-emission bus, OCTA operates nearly 530 buses, all of which run on clean-burning natural gas. OCTA also strives to make Orange County greener by purchasing and preserving open spaces throughout the county through its freeway environmental mitigation program and providing funding to cities for projects that help protect water quality from transportation-generated pollution.

The 10 new buses are scheduled to begin service by the end of 2018 and will be fueled at a new hydrogen station in Santa Ana. Buses are planned to service disadvantaged communities, including on routes 29, 47, 53, 55 and 64.

This project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. The program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

For more information about OCTA’s hydrogen fuel cell buses, visit octa.net/clearpath.


Innovative CM/GC Delivery Method Used on
Upcoming Barton Road Interchange

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) approved a new Construction Agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the I-215 Barton Road Interchange Project. This project proposes to improve traffic operations and reduce traffic congestion on Barton Road and ramp intersections. The project’s improvements include replacement of Barton Road overcrossing, reconstruction and widening of Barton Road, realignment of the existing entrance and exit ramps, and traffic signal modifications.

One of the exciting aspects of this project is that it is part of a pilot program in which legislation allows Caltrans to hire a contractor during the design phase and to include the contractor’s representatives as part of the project team during the design and right of way phases. This delivery method is known as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) delivery method and must be led by Caltrans. Having the contractor on board during the project development permits input on the construction staging, materials, the work areas, and risk assessment and management.


SCAG Partners on Autonomous Vehicle
Demonstration and Roundtable

On Monday, Feb. 6, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) partnered with some of the region’s foremost mobility innovators to host the Los Angeles leg of the Autonomous Vehicle Road Trip, which included self-driving vehicle test rides, a technology showcase and an interactive workshop to show participants how they could bring autonomous vehicle pilot projects into their cities. SCAG was proud to collaborate with the Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21), Transdev, EasyMile, Splunk, HDR and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator on this showcase for cutting-edge autonomous vehicle technology.

Local leaders, media and the public gathered at the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Los Angeles’ Downtown Arts District to experience this emerging mobility technology firsthand. Test rides throughout the morning took participants around the campus in a fully autonomous shuttle bus (no steering wheel, pedals or driver) developed by Transdev and EasyMile.

The demonstrations were followed by a leadership roundtable, where SCAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata made opening remarks stressing the importance of public sector partnership and involvement in the development of innovative mobility solutions. “The future of transportation and driverless technology is rapidly evolving. The benefits — from a mobility and safety perspective alone — are transformative, particularly for a large and rapidly growing region such as ours,” said Ikhrata. “We’re happy to partner in this demonstration, and see a great opportunity for Southern California to become an innovation leader in autonomous transit.”

The roundtable also featured SCAG Transportation Committee members Pam O’Connor, Councilmember from the City of Santa Monica; Brent Tercero, Councilmember from the City of Pico Rivera, Carol Moore, Councilmember from the City of Laguna Woods; and Jim Clarke, Councilmember from Culver City. The discussion addressed the importance of using new transportation technologies can help address one of our region’s most critical issues—traffic—while prioritizing safety and overall quality of life.

The AV Road Trip tour is now on the way to its next stop, in San Jose, CA. SCAG will continue to collaborate with partners at the local, state and national levels to support new technologies that have the potential to solve regional mobility challenges.


Don’t Miss California Transit Association’s Spring Legislative Conference!

May 16-17
Sacramento
More Info | Register

As one of California Transit Association’s signature events, the Spring Legislative Conference blends professional development and networking activities with dynamic educational and informational sessions. Bringing more than 150 transit professionals to Sacramento each year, this comprehensive review of transit policy fosters high-spirited discussion and problem solving from passionate colleagues, guest speakers and other industry experts.

Meet face-to-face with other transit advocates, network with colleagues and make an impact by bringing public transit to the forefront with state and federal policy makers.


Transportation Events in the Community

March 2-5
ASCE: Construction Institute Summit
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Wednesday, March 8
WTS-OC: Luncheon Featuring Metro Highway Program Panel
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March 13-14
OCBC: One Voice, Two Capitols – Sacramento Advocacy Trip
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Wednesday, March 15
Metro, LA Chamber and Mobility 21: Reception Honoring CTC
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Thursday, March 23
IEEP: The Inland Empire Economy in the Trump Era
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Thursday, March 23
ACEC Riv/SB Chapter: Luncheon Featuring Tim Byrne, SBCTA Project Delivery Manager
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March 28-29
LA Chamber: ACCESS Sacramento
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Monday, April 3
Mobility 21: Sacramento Legislative Reception
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Thursday, April 6
Ignite 22
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Thursday, April 13
WTS-IE: Student Chapter: 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser
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Thursday, April 20
IEEP and LA Chamber: Logistics & Supply Chain Summit
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May 1-3
OCBC: One Voice, Two Capitols – Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip

May 1-4
ACT Expo
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Wednesday, May 3
CMAA SoCal: Breakfast Featuring Foothill Gold Line
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Thursday, May 4
LA Chamber: World Trade Week Breakfast
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May 4-5
SCAG Regional Conference and General Assembly
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May 16-17
CTA: Spring Legislative Conference
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May 17-19
WTS International: Annual Conference, New York City
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Thursday, May 18
CMAA SoCal: Breakfast Featuring California State University Capital Program Updates
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May 22-24
LA Chamber: ACCESS Washington, D.C.
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Wednesday, May 24
CTF: Transportation Awards
More info | Nominate

Thursday, June 15
SBCTA: General Assembly
Sponsor

Thursday, June 22
FuturePorts: Annual Conference
Sponsor

Tuesday, Sept. 19
OCBC: Executive Invitational Golf Tournament
More info

Friday, Sept. 29
Mobility 21: 2017 Summit
Disneyland Hotel

Nov. 8-10
CTA: Annual Fall Conference
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