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Forward Motion, January 2019

Mobility 21 to Host 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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 (open to registered small businesses and nonprofits only): Includes complimentary attendance for one and company name 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



Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Art Hadnett
Senior Vice President, HNTB

Art Hadnett, Senior Vice President brings more than 30 years of infrastructure and transportation experience on high-profile megaprojects in the West and throughout the United States. As HNTB’s Regional Growth Officer, Hadnett oversees vital and complex infrastructure programs in growth markets, including rail, transit, architecture, tolling and aviation. He partners with the corporate leadership team on strategic growth planning and initiatives for the development of new business for markets and services throughout the Western Region. He is based in HNTB’s Los Angeles office.

Prior to this role, Hadnett served as West Division President, leading the operations of the nine-state division, including 11 offices and more than 700 employees. Before joining HNTB, Hadnett served as vice president and practice leader for Stantec’s transportation division where he was responsible for managing major assignments with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority, Los Angeles World Airports and Southern California Regional Rail Authority. He is past president of the Los Angeles County Chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies and also a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar and Construction Management Association of America.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Jim McCluskie
Vice President, Moffatt & Nichol

James (Jim) McCluskie is a transportation professional with more than 30 years of engineering management and project oversight experience. As Moffatt & Nichol’s Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Jim is a key driver in expanding Moffatt & Nichol’s transportation capabilities to keep pace with client visioning in the 21st century marketplace. He also serves as Project Executive for the $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project and as vice president for the project’s design team, Pacific Infrastructure 405 Designers, a joint venture comprising Moffatt & Nichol, H.W. Lochner, Inc. and Arup North America Ltd.

As an active member of the Southern California business community, Jim is the current Vice-Chairman of Economic Development for the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce 2017-2018 Officers & Leadership Cabinet.
Throughout his career, Jim has actively worked on major transportation projects through design-build, public-private partnerships (P3) and design-build-finance-operate procurement methods, bringing value through his strategic management skills in long-range planning and programming.

Prior to joining Moffatt & Nichol, Jim was a Senior Vice President with PBS&J, and, as President of AMEC Infrastructure, he managed offices throughout North America.

Moffatt & Nichol’s transportation practice provides planning, design, economic, and strategic advisory services to transportation clients in North and South America, and to global supply chain clients worldwide.


New Safetyville videos promote staying safe — and intact — around trains

Metro has posted a new round of Safetyville videos this week. The idea here is a good one: use stick figures to vividly show the pitfalls of behaving dangerously around trains, which are really big, don’t stop on a dime and extremely worthy of everyone’s respect.

The first set of Safetyville videos came out in 2016 and received — rightfully, I think — national media attention. The guess here is that the second set of videos will also attract a lot of eyeballs. It’s worth noting that Metro Trains Melbourne’s “Dumb Ways to Die” video has received over 174 million views on YouTube alone.

As for Metro, our Community Education team has a series of ongoing programs focusing on increasing safe ridership through informative, site-specific safety programs. The department’s Transit Safety Program also offers safety presentations at schools, businesses, recreation centers and senior centers near rail lines (Blue, Expo and Gold) that run along streets.

Riders: any safety issues you believe need to be addressed? Comment please.


OCTA Board Sets Transportation Vision for 2019

Orange County Transportation Authority Chairman Tim Shaw recently announced the 2019 Board Initiatives that will guide Orange County transportation improvements in the coming year. Shaw, who is also a La Habra Councilman, will chair the 18-member OCTA board for 2019. Photo courtesy of OCTA.

Orange County Transportation Authority Chairman Tim Shaw today announced the OCTA board’s strategic initiatives for 2019, focused on improving the regional transportation network by delivering capital projects, offering modern transit solutions and emphasizing fiscal responsibility.

The six initiatives act as a guide for the upcoming year and each outline specific projects that are targeted for completion by the end of 2019.

“OCTA looks forward to a very active and productive 2019, as these initiatives reflect the board’s dedication to improving the way we travel throughout Orange County and they plan for the future of our regional transportation system,” said Shaw, who is also a La Habra City Councilman.

The OCTA board initiatives for 2019 include:

  • Delivering on capital projects, a primary function for OCTA, including improving freeways and transportation centers. For the upcoming year, that includes reconstruction on eight bridges as part of the I-405 Improvement Project, construction starting on the I-5 improvements between SR-73 and El Toro Road in South Orange County, and starting work to expand the Anaheim Canyon Metrolink Station.
  • Championing fiscal responsibility by continuing to be good stewards of funds from Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. This will include setting priorities for the 2020 State Transportation Improvement Program funding, supporting state and federal transportation legislation that is consistent with OCTA platforms, and awarding Measure M funding to improve streets, synchronize signals and enhance water quality.
  • Developing state-of-the-art regional transportation plans by focusing on the county’s future needs, including studying the Bristol Street Corridor, and taking a comprehensive look at continuing to improve transportation in South Orange County.
  • Strengthening regional partnerships by collaborating on plans that include updating the SR-91 Implementation Plan with the Riverside County Transportation Commission to improve the 91 Corridor, a study with LA Metro that will look at transit connections between the two counties, and working with Caltrans on freeway improvements.
  • Implementing the OC Bus 360° vision and offering modern transit solutions by continuing to refine OCTA bus service to best meet customers’ needs. This year, that will include launching a new Bravo! 529 limited-stop bus service on Beach Boulevard, approving an operations-and-maintenance contract for the OC Streetcar, and implementing new technologies such as additional hydrogen-fuel-cell buses.
  • Reinforcing a culture of safety to ensure the well-being of the public and OCTA employees through ongoing training, completing pilot projects that are aimed at enhancing coach-operator safety and developing a Safety Management System, which is a new federal requirement.

For more information about the OCTA board and its projects and programs, visit www.octa.net.


Ridership continues to grow on RTA’s CommuterLink Express Route 200. Recent improvements to the Riverside-La Sierra Station, including six new bus bays, make it even easier for riders to hop aboard and travel by bus in the 91 Express Lanes.

More Riders Using RTA CommuterLink
Express Route 200

More bus riders than ever are enjoying life in the 91 Express Lanes, thanks to the Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) CommuterLink Express Route 200.

Since launching the service in January 2018, RTA has seen a steady growth in ridership. The number of passengers has grown from 385 to 625 per day, a jump of 62 percent. The first half of the year averaged more than 12,000 boardings each month, while the second half of the year averaged nearly 16,000 monthly boardings.

CommuterLink Express 200 uses the 91 Express Lanes to bypass traffic and provide a more reliable trip. The Riverside County Transportation Commission purchased the Route 200 buses as part of the 91 Project, fulfilling a promise to expand public transit options with the 91 Express Lanes. RCTC is funding the first two years of operations of Route 200 with Measure A, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County.

Riders can hop aboard for $3 or less round trip. Stops include Disneyland, the Village at Orange, Riverside-La Sierra Metrolink Station, Galleria at Tyler, Riverside-Downtown Metrolink Station, Downtown Riverside and the San Bernardino Downtown Transit Center. Lower fares are available for children, seniors and riders with disabilities. As always, City of Riverside employees as well as college students at participating Go-Pass and U-Pass schools ride for free. Service includes free Wi-Fi, charging ports and comfortable seats.

Additionally, Inland Empire residents can apply to receive $2/day incentives for riding public transit to work. For more information about ways to improve your commute, please visit IECommuter, a service of RCTC and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

For a detailed Route 200 map and schedules, please click here.


TCA’s CEO Mike Kraman Sets
Mobility Enhancing Goals for 2019

The Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) Chief Executive Officer Mike Kraman today affirmed TCA’s strategic goals for 2019, emphasizing key capital projects, enhancing the existing 51-miles of Toll Roads and streamlining account types for the more than 1.4 million FasTrak® and ExpressAccount® customers.

The 21-member TCA Boards and staff are responsible for enhancing mobility in Orange County and Southern California by developing and operating publicly-owned toll facilities as a part of the regional transportation system.

“As congestion continues to worsen in Southern California, TCA is working diligently with transportation and tolling agencies, as well as county and city representatives to work toward improving mobility throughout the region,” said Kraman. “We are excited to look for new and innovative opportunities with our partners as we work toward relieving traffic.”

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