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Forward Motion, March 2018

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Summit Sponsorships Selling Quickly!

Sponsorships are selling quickly for the 17th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit on Friday, Oct. 19 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live!

Available sponsorships include:

  1. Titanium Sponsorship (1 available) – $25,000 SOLD OUT!
  2. Platinum Sponsorships (14 available) – $10,000 SOLD OUT!
  3. Gold Sponsorships – $5,000
    Breakout Session (5 left)
    Hospitality Suite (2 available)
    Centerpeices (2 available)
    Notebook (2 available – 1 LEFT)
    Golf Towel (2 available – 1 LEFT)
  4. Copper Sponsorships – $2,500
  5. Bronze Sponsorships – $1,000
    (open to registered small businesses and nonprofits only)

Click here to view more information about the sponsorship packages or contact Kristin Slocum to sign up


Mobility 21 to Host Regional Workshop on SB 1

Join the Mobility 21 Board of Directors for an educational and informative workshop featuring Senate Bill 1 (SB 1)-funded transportation projects. Learn and ask questions about the progress, upcoming projects and the transparency of implementation in Southern California. Invited speakers and panelists include top Sacramento officials and the region’s leading transportation agency and private sector leaders.

Friday, May 18
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles Union Station

Registration
$35 Private Sector
$10 Public Sector
Elected officials and elected staff complimentary

Sponsorship
$500 Event Sponsor: Includes logo on event marketing and one complimentary registration
$250 SBE & Nonprofit Sponsor: Includes logo on event marketing and one complimentary registration


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Brad Kuhn
Partner, Nossaman LLP

Brad Kuhn is a partner at the law firm Nossaman LLP, where he serves as the Chair of the firm’s Eminent Domain and Valuation Practice Group. Brad is a nationally recognized leader in advising on all real property aspects of infrastructure and development projects. He provides a unique ability to prevent or resolve complex real estate and infrastructure disputes through strategic planning and project implementation. He is passionate about improving the quality of life in Southern California through new and innovative transportation opportunities.

Brad is actively involved in California’s transportation industry. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for Mobility 21, he also serves as General Counsel to the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), overseeing the 10,000+ member, world-wide premier organization for right-of-way acquisition. He also participates on the Eminent Domain & Land Use Committee for the Transportation Research Board.

Some of the infrastructure projects Brad has actively worked on include City of Los Angeles / Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Landside Access Modernization Project, LA Metro’s Purple Line Westside Subway Extension Project and LAX/Crenshaw Transit Corridor Project, the Exposition Light Rail Transit Project, SANDAG’s Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, SBCTA’s sbX E-Street Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project and Downtown Passenger Rail Project, and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s Honolulu Rail Transit Project. He also has overseen numerous other transportation and utility transmission projects.

Brad’s accomplishments have been profiled in numerous publications, including being named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 20 Under 40” list, a recognition given to the top 20 lawyers in California who are on the cutting edge of legal issues, and who are making an impact on changing an industry, region or society, and being chosen for individual recognition by Chambers & Partners, the guide to the world’s best lawyers. He also has been recognized as the Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by the American Lawyer. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, and hisjuris doctorate from Chapman University School of Law. He lives in San Clemente with his wife Nicole, and their two sons, Preston (7) and Jack (5).


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
John Yen
Project Executive, Skanska

John Yen, a project executive at Skanska USA Inc., leads transit and transportation projects that improve mobility and quality of life in the Los Angeles area. During his 24 years in the transportation industry, John has played an active role in areas like safety, quality, public outreach, planning and scheduling, and cost control. He is well respected in the industry for his ability to build strong working relationships and collaborate effectively with major industry organizations, such as Caltrans, LA Metro, local cities and counties, and utility owners.

John currently serves as the Deputy Project Manager for the Regional Connector Transit project, a 1.86-mile tunnel connecting the Gold Line in Pasadena and East Los Angeles to Long Beach’s Blue Line and the new Expo Line stretching out to Santa Monica.

He’s also overseen numerous other key local projects including the Metro Gold Line Eastside and Pasadena Extensions and the I-210 Gold Line Bridge Iconic Freeway Structure. The Gold Line Bridge not only expands transit connections in the region, but it truly embraces the spirit of Los Angeles by using design and construction innovations to create the structure’s iconic woven basket design invoking the area’s Native American roots. Under John’s leadership, the Gold Line Bridge project team was honored with seven awards, including ENR’s Project of the Year for Southern California and the ASCE (Metro LA) Outstanding Public Civil Engineering Project award. Several other noteworthy Caltrans projects round out John’s work, including the I-10 Freeway Reconstruction and I-110 Projects.

Beyond serving on the Mobility 21 Advisory Board, John works diligently to educate the community and future industry leaders on the value of alternative delivery projects and best practices for cutting edge collaborative construction. He taught construction engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, from 2009 to 2013. He has been invited to participate on design-build discussion forums and panels hosted by the City of Los Angeles and other industry firms.


Metro Seeking $2.4 Billion in Funding from SB 1

The state of California is considering the first allocations from SB 1. Metro is not being shy with its requests and is asking for $2.4 billion for a variety of projects in the coming years. The California Transportation Commission (CTC) is considering applications with staff recommendations to be released in April.

SB 1 was approved by the Legislature last year and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill raised the state gas tax (for the first time in 23 years) and state vehicle fees and will supply a perpetual source of funding to fix California roadways, improve transit and build walking and biking projects.

Metro feels that it is very well positioned to win SB 1 funding because of its local funding to match state funding courtesy of Measures R and M. Those are the sales tax measures that L.A. County voters approved in 2008 and ’16, respectively, to fund a long list of transportation projects.

There is an effort underway to put a ballot measure before California voters to repeal SB 1. If it happens cities in L.A. County would lose $4.35 billion over the next decade to repair roads, make streets safer and invest in pedestrian and bike projects, according to the California Local Government Finance Almanac.

In January, the Metro Board voted to support Proposition 69 (ACA 5), which protects the revenues generated from SB 1 and to oppose any efforts to repeal SB 1.


Local and state dignitaries commemorate the completion of the I-5 South Improvement Project at an event in San Clemente, Orange County.

Event Marks Completion of I-5 South Improvements

Transportation leaders and elected officials today marked the completion of a $230-million improvement project that enhances safety and relieves traffic congestion for tens of thousands of daily commuters traveling Interstate 5 through San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point.

The improvement project, led by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in partnership with Caltrans, adds nearly six miles of carpool lanes in each direction between Avenida Pico in San Clemente and San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano.

“These are much-needed improvements to a vital stretch of our highway system connecting Orange County to San Diego County,” said OCTA Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, also the Fifth District County Supervisor. “We appreciate the public’s patience during four years of construction and I hope everybody shares our excitement to see how much this project will improve quality of life for local residents and commuters through the area.”

The project also improved freeway on-ramps and off-ramps in the area, enhanced safety by improving the southbound freeway curve near Pacific Coast Highway, and reconstructed the Avenida Pico interchange.

The improvements at Avenida Pico included widening the northbound on-ramp to three lanes, adding dual left-turn lanes from Pico to the northbound and southbound freeway ramps, and enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access and safety along Pico under the freeway.

Construction on the approximately $230-million project began in early 2014 and was completed in three phases. Funding for the project came from state funds, federal funds and Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

The stretch of the I-5 in South Orange County was identified as a priority for improvements when voters overwhelmingly supported the renewal of the sales tax, which was approved by 70 percent of voters in 2006.

That stretch of the I-5 is traveled by nearly 250,000 drivers each day and had been a notorious traffic bottleneck during rush hours and on weekends, when drivers traveled through the area to and from San Diego County.

“We have a responsibility to Californians to deliver solutions that relieve congestion and improve safety on the highways that countless drivers rely on each day,” said Caltrans Chief Deputy Director Ryan Chamberlain. “The addition of carpool lanes to this vital stretch of I-5 in Orange County will provide long-term benefits to residents and visitors.”

The new carpool lanes create a continuous number of lanes – four general purpose and one carpool – in each direction, eliminating the need for vehicles to merge and weave.

While the bulk of the work is now complete, some intermittent closures of lanes may still be necessary as crews put the finishing touches on paving and striping through the area.

For updates, please visit www.octa.net/I5South.


RCTC Thanks Customers for 14 Million Trips During
First Year of 91 Express Lanes Operations

March 20 marked the one-year anniversary of the extension of the 91 Express Lanes to Riverside County. This eight-mile extension from the Riverside County/Orange County Line to Interstate 15 is saving time for travelers along the 91 corridor.

During the first 365 days:

  • More than 14 million trips were taken on the Riverside County extension, 61 percent more than was projected!
  • Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the Riverside Transit Agency added CommuterLink Route 200 express bus service between Riverside and Orange counties. RCTC purchased the buses as part of the 91 Project, fulfilling a key promise to expand public transit alternatives in the corridor. RCTC is funding the first two years of operations of Route 200 with voter-approved Measure A funds.
  • Customer accounts increased by more than 22,000, and over 50,000 transponders have been distributed.

Construction is now under way for RCTC’s Interstate 15 Express Lanes, which are scheduled to open in 2020. This will expand Riverside County’s express lane network an additional 15 miles.


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Southern California E-Commerce & Logistics Summit

Thursday, April 26
Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona
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Join the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for the Southern California E-commerce and Logistics Summit! This annual event addresses the entire Southern California network of logistics and supply chain interconnectivity within Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire.

From the ports, to the railways and trucking, to air cargo and warehousing – Southern California is like no other region in the country. Many of the region’s top logistics and supply chain leaders will gather on April 26, 2018 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona – the epicenter of this vast region – to discuss the current state of affairs as well as the future trends that will impact Southern California’s ever-expanding logistics and supply chain network.

Engaging panel discussions and keynote insights will be combined with topical breakout sessions to offer attendees a comprehensive view of the industry and critical information needed to capitalize on this region’s astounding economic growth.

As event co-hosts, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce showcase key industry perspectives as well as the thought leadership needed to effectively drive and manage this growth.


SCAG Regional Conference & General Assembly

May 3-4
Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
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An updated program agenda is now available for the 53rd annual Regional Conference and General Assembly, to be held May 3-4 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. This year’s program, themed “Southern California at a Crossroads,” will feature a diverse slate of expert panels, keynote presentations and technical demonstrations designed to equip the region for navigating major changes.

Conference panels will address how the changing face of retail will impact plans for economic development, share ways that cities can build resilience for natural disasters, discuss solutions to the housing crisis and investigate the region’s transportation future.


Transportation Events in the Community

Monday, April 16
CTF: SoCal Charity Golf Tournament
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Monday, April 16
WTS-OC: Luncheon Featuring OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson
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Thursday, April 19
WTS-SD: Spring Book Club
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Wednesday, April 25
WTS-IE: Luncheon Featuring SCAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata
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Thursday, April 26
IEEP and LA Chamber: SoCal Logistics Summit
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Thursday, April 26
OCBC: Latino Educational Attainment Annual Reception
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May 3-4
SCAG: Regional Conference & General Assembly
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Friday, May 4
LA Chamber: 92nd Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
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May 16-18
WTS International: Annual Conference
San Diego
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Friday, May 18
Mobility 21: SB 1 Regional Workshop
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May 21-23
OCBC: One Voice, Two Capitols Annual Trip to Washington, D.C.
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Tuesday, May 22
CSUSB’s Leonard Transportation Center: Regional Mobility Dialogue Series
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May 22-23
LA Chamber: ACCESS Sacramento
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May 22-23
CTA: Spring Legislative Conference
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Wednesday, May 23
CMAA SoCal: Dinner Program Featuring OCTA Capital Program Update
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Thursday, May 24
CTF: Transportation Awards
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Wednesday, June 13
SCTA: General Assembly

Thursday, June 14
CMAA SoCal: Dinner Program Featuring Regional Rail Update
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Thursday, June 28
FuturePorts: Annual Conference
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Thursday, July 12
CMAA SoCal: Dinner Program Featuring LA Metro Highway & Transit Programs
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Tuesday, July 31
CSUSB’s Leonard Transportation Center: Regional Mobility Dialogue Series
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Tuesday, Sept. 11
CSUSB’s Leonard Transportation Center: Regional Mobility Dialogue Series
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Thursday, Oct. 4
METRANS: 20th Anniversary Reception, Celebration Dinner and Program
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Friday, Oct. 19
Mobility 21: 2018 Summit
JW Marriott at L.A. Live
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Oct. 21-24
Rail~Volution Conference
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Pittsburgh, PA

Oct. 24-26
CTA: Fall Legislative Conference
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Oct. 28-30
Self-Help Counties Coalition: 2018 Focus on the Future Conference
Renaissance Indian Wells
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Tuesday, Nov. 13
CSUSB’s Leonard Transportation Center: Regional Mobility Dialogue Series
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