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Forward Motion, May 2017

2017 Mobility 21 Summit Registration Now Open!

Register Early for the Summit and Save $100

Early Bird registration is now open for the Mobility 21 Summit on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim! Join more than 1,100 transportation stakeholders, industry leaders and elected officials at California’s largest one-day transportation event. Hurry, Early Bird registration ends July 31!

Conference Highlights Include:

  • Access to top industry decision-makers and elected leaders
  • Eight thought-provoking breakout sessions
  • More than 1,100 attendees and over 100 exhibitors
  • A hospitality suite with complimentary seated massages, charging stations for your electronics and snacks to energize you throughout the day
  • Complimentary Metrolink roundtrip service or self-parking
  • Twilight ticket to Disneyland redeemable after 4 p.m.
  • Special discounted rate for students and military personnel (does not include twilight Disneyland ticket)

Registration Rates
Early Bird Registration: $295
Registration after July 31: $395
Student/Military Personnel Registration: $175 (does not include twilight Disneyland ticket)

Click here to register online!

Sponsor the Summit Today
Sponsor the largest one-day transportation event in California. The Summit is the only place where you can mix and mingle with every transportation CEO in Southern California, policy makers and nationally-known transportation experts. Click here to view the sponsorship packages.

Reduced Hotel Rate Reservations
Discount hotel rates are available to conference attendees! Click here to reserve your room now. Space is limited and the discount is only available until it’s sold out or Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Purchase Additional Disneyland Tickets
Planning on bringing family and friends to enjoy the evening at Disneyland with you after the Summit? Purchase specially-priced Disneyland tickets online! (Student/military personnel registration does not include twilight Disneyland ticket).


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Lisa Maurath
Area Manager, WSP USA

Lisa Maurath serves as the area manager of the Los Angeles transportation and infrastructure office of WSP USA, where she is responsible for the firm’s transportation activities in the region.

“WSP USA, formerly known as WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, has been part of the transportation scene in Los Angeles for 40 years, and I consider it an honor to carry on from the leadership that preceded me,” Maurath said.

Her responsibilities include oversight of projects that include the Metro Regional Connector Subway, the Purple Line Extension, management of the Metro ExpressLanes program, Metro Airport light rail transit station, and the Los Angeles World Airports LAX landside access modernization program.

“All of these projects will greatly improve the mobility of the region, and many of them involve implementation of new or highly sophisticated technology and delivery methods” Maurath said.

A WSP USA vice president, Maurath rejoined the firm in 2009 in Los Angeles to serve as operations manager after a previous eight-year tenure in the Minneapolis and Chicago offices.

“Through both my local project work and extensive external engagement I’ve value my client and industry relationships, many of which go way back,” she said. “As area manager I drive the strategic direction of the office in support of the company’s goals, with a focus on business development and our performance on existing projects. I am also committed to growing and diversifying the office to recognize the full potential of our excellent team.”

“Throughout my career, I’ve been committed to STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] initiatives,” she said. “I enjoy encouraging and supporting students to pursue an education in both the engineering and transportation fields.”

WSP USA is committed to serving as a valued partner to the small business community in the region, helping to expand and train the available workforce by partnering with small businesses to provide the resources that they need.

Maurath has over 30 years of experience in project and program management, business development and operations, project controls, construction management, engineering and procurement in the infrastructure business.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Maurath graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and holds a certificate in business management from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.

In addition to serving on the advisory board of Mobility 21, she is also on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Cal State Los Angeles College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

Maurath is a member of the board of directors for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and is serving as the 2016-2017 president for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Consulting Engineers Council. She served six years as a board director on the national Women’s Transportation Seminar Foundation.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Tom Sardo
Vice President, California Operations Manager, Jacobs

Tom Sardo serves in the role of Vice President, California Operations Manager. In this role, Tom is responsible for the operations leadership for California, and will be providing oversight to help bring together and move forward a combined business operation across California (staffing, resources, work-sharing, recruiting, marketing, business development, growth assistance etc.). Tom’s goals include working with the leadership teams in Southern California and Northern California to provide an efficient and seamless organization to our clients and the local marketplace in the state.

Tom Sardo brings over 28 years of experience in Civil/Structural engineering, 12 of which were with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Engineering Services & Office of Earthquake Engineering. In Tom’s previous role prior to joining Jacobs, he served as a Vice President and Southwest District Manager for the Bridge & Tunnel Division, where he grew the Southwest District to more than twice its size and successfully opened two offices in Dallas and Houston for the Bridge & Tunnel Division. Tom managed and oversaw all sales, profit and loss, and overhead for the southwest.

In addition, Tom has participated in and led negotiations for large projects, including design-build projects such as the Westside Subway Extension and has served as Project Manager, such as the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement project. All other requirements of project management were part of Tom’s daily routine, including the coordination of reviews, quality control, document preparation, and client relations. He has extensive experience involving seismic technology and the design and retrofit of all types of transportation structures.

Tom Sardo is a registered professional civil engineer in California and Washington with an education in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona.


Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
HNTB

Investing in our infrastructure: essential to California’s economic growth and prosperity

It is critical that our state restore or upgrade its crumbling infrastructure to help ease congestion and improve safe and efficient movement across all modes of transportation. There are promising developments at the federal, state and local level, as many states and municipalities commit to major transportation investments. In the November 2016 election alone, voters in 22 states, including California, approved ballot measures that provide $203 billion in funding extensions and new revenue for multimodal transportation projects.

With a combined power of state/local dollars in the near term, California has a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reposition its infrastructure for the future.

HNTB is a leading infrastructure solutions firm in the U.S. In California, the firm has roots back to Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Bridge in 1914, the firm’s first year of operation, and has since been involved in some of the region’s most complex infrastructure programs.

Today, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from eight office locations, employing more than 350 full-time professionals to deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including planning, design, program management and construction management. Visit http://www.hntb.com.


A customer fuels up at SoCalGas’ Pico Rivera compressed natural gas station. All 15 of the company’s 24-hour stations are open to the public.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
SoCalGas

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is pleased to sponsor the 2017 Mobility 21 Summit: Transforming California.

SoCalGas is helping California meet its aggressive environmental goals by focusing on natural gas as a clean, affordable solution to the state’s air pollution problems. SoCalGas invests in technologies and in solutions that expand the use of natural gas engines in buses, refuse and heavy-duty trucks, which can reduce smog-forming emissions by 90 percent or more compared to traditional diesel engines. The latest engines have “near zero” emissions that are equivalent to electric battery technology.

SoCalGas operates 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations located across its service territory from Fresno to the Mexican border, and these 24-hour public stations help meet the growing demand from commercial fleets for a clean burning, affordable fuel.

SoCalGas has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for 150 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities.



New Metro Bike Hub opens at
Red Line’s Hollywood/Vine Station

There’s a new star in Hollywood: the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) celebrated the grand opening of a new Metro Bike Hub at the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line Station this month.

The $560,000, 1,000-square-foot facility is located at 1630 N. Vine Street and is conveniently located in prime ground-floor retail space around the corner from the Hollywood/Vine subway station.

The facility includes parking for 64 bicycles under closed-circuit TV surveillance, secure access, peak-hour staff availability, same-day repairs, accessory sales and bike-related clinics.

The hub allows riders to leave their bikes at the station in a safe environment and avoid the hassle that sometimes comes with bringing bikes aboard crowded trains.

How do I gain access to the hub?

Register for membership online or visit a Metro Bike Hub during attended hours. Once you are registered, you will receive a bike hub card that gives you 24/7 access to the hub. An ID card or driver’s license can also be registered and used to enter.

How much does a bike hub membership cost?

There are three membership passes available. A 7-day pass costs $5, a 30-day pass costs $12 and a 1-year pass costs $60. Discounts are available for Seniors (62+), Disabled, Medicare and students K-12. You can pay with a credit or debit card online. Cash is accepted only during staffed hours: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays. A bike can be left parked at the hub for up to 72 consecutive hours without extra charge.

Do I need a lock?

Yes, you’ll need to provide your own bike lock to secure your bike to the rack. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one from the hub retail section during staffed hours.

Are there more bike hubs in the works?

Yes! A similarly operated Metro Bike Hub is also planned for Culver City Expo Line Station in 2018 and Metro broke ground earlier this month for a new Bike Hub at Union Station, which will offer nearly 200 secure bicycle parking spaces when it opens this fall. Bike hubs are planned for North Hollywood, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks and Airport Metro Connector stations.

Space for the hub in Hollywood was made available by the W. Hotel as part of a development agreement with Metro. The hotel sits atop Metro’s Hollywood/Vine subway station.

The Metro Bike Hub will be overseen by BikeHub, Metro’s contractor. BikeHub is also working on partnerships with local tour operators to rent bikes at the site, and will explore other possible bike-related activities to encourage local bicycle trips. BikeHub is a partner with Metro’s Bike Share vendor Bicycle Transit Systems, and will help customers purchase bike share memberships. Metro Bike Share is currently available in downtown Los Angeles and is coming soon to Pasadena, the Port of Los Angeles and Venice.

The Hollywood-Vine Metro Bike Hub was funded through a Federal Transit Administration Grant for urban transportation planning. The FTA’s contribution for the hub was approximately $374,000.

Here is the full press release with quotes from Metro and elected officials. And here is an album of photos on Metro’s Flickr page.


A Federal Transit Administration grant would fund nearly half of the OC Streetcar project’s cost if approved.

OC Streetcar Rolls On as OCTA
Seeks Federal Grant Agreement

Plans to build Orange County’s first modern streetcar took a major step forward this month as the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board of directors approved seeking a federal full funding grant agreement that would cover nearly half of the overall cost to build the OC Streetcar.

OCTA, the lead agency planning to build the OC Streetcar in Santa Ana and Garden Grove, will seek a full funding grant agreement from the Federal Transit Administration for $148.9 million.

Overall, the project is expected to cost approximately $299.3 million, with other funding coming from state cap-and-trade funding, other federal funding and locally from Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, and additional federal funds.

OCTA has been working closely with the FTA from the beginning of planning on the project to meet strict eligibility requirements for funding and has received several approvals along the way signaling strong support at the federal level.

Back in January, the FTA reviewed the project’s ridership projections, financial commitments and benefits to the community and granted permission for the project to enter into the engineering phase, the last phase before construction. And earlier this month, Congressional leaders identified the OC Streetcar as a project worthy of funding by allocating $50 million in funding for the current fiscal year.

Design is now 90 percent complete and a contract to construct the OC Streetcar is scheduled to be awarded this winter.

The FTA’s full funding grant agreement is the contract between the federal government and OCTA that solidifies funding commitments and defines roles and responsibilities.

Through the application, OCTA will demonstrate that the project has met all requirements to receive funding through the federal Capital Investment Grant Program.

OCTA is scheduled to submit the final documents supporting the full funding grant agreement application to the FTA by late May. Following FTA review and approval and a 30-day Congressional review, the agreement is scheduled to be finalized by early December.

The OC Streetcar will operate on a 4.1-mile route from the busy Santa Ana train station, along Santa Ana Boulevard and Fourth Street and along the Pacific Electric right-of-way to Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove.

The route will serve Santa Ana’s thriving downtown and important job centers that include county and local government offices and courthouses in the Civic Center. The OC Streetcar route will also connect with 18 of OCTA’s busiest bus routes and Metrolink commuter rail. It is expected to carry up to 7,300 passengers per day within its first year of operation.

Up to six streetcars at a time are planned to run along the route, stopping every 10 minutes during peak hours at 10 stations in each direction. Two streetcars will serve as spare vehicles.

Construction on the OC Streetcar is set to begin in 2018 with the start of testing and operations planned for 2020.

For information on the project, visit www.OCstreetcar.com.


SCAG’s Go Human Campaign
Brings Awareness to Walking and Biking

This month, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has re-launched Go Human, a community outreach and advertising campaign with the goals of reducing traffic collisions in Southern California and encouraging people to walk and bike more. California has the nation’s highest number of fatalities involving people walking and bicycling. Go Human raises public awareness of the rules of the road through animated and static ads on transit shelters, billboards, radio spots and social media, strategically placed based in areas with high numbers of collisions. The ads, in English and Spanish, replace the stick figures in road signs with real people walking and biking to convey that these aren’t just signs. Go Human reminds us that our actions, when driving, impact real people.

SCAG invites you to join the campaign – all materials are available for co-branding. Visit GoHumanSoCal.org for more info. Financial support for the advertising campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration.


Transportation Events in the Community

Thursday, June 5
Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition: Los Angeles Infrastructure Capital of the World Forum
More info | Register

June 7-9
NAWBO: Access Conference
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Thursday, June 8
CMAA SoCal: RCTC & SBCTA Capital Program Updates
More info | Register

Thursday, June 8
BDA-OC: Metro Water District CIP Update
More info | Register

Friday, June 9
ASCE-OC: Golf Tournament
More info | Register

Monday, June 12
WTS-SD: San Diego Vision Zero
More info | Register

Tuesday, June 13
SMPS-OC: Annual Contractors Round Table
More info | Register

Thursday, June 15
SBCTA: General Assembly
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Wednesday, June 21
WTS-OC: Luncheon Featuring OCTA
More info | Register

Thursday, June 22
FuturePorts: Annual Conference
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Monday, June 26
SCAG: Annual Demographics Workshop
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Tuesday, June 27
BDA-IE: Aviation Luncheon
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Thursday, July 13
CMAA SoCal: Breakfast of Champions Featuring Metrolink
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Thursday, July 13
WTS-LA: Reception Welcoming New Port of Long Beach Executive Director, Mario Cordero
More | Register

Sept. 18-20
ITS-CA: Annual Conference and Expo
More info | Register

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

Friday, Sept. 29
Mobility 21: Annual Summit
More info | Register

Thursday, Oct. 5
AAa/e: Annual Banquet
More

Oct. 29-31
Self-Help Counties Coalition: Focus on the Future
More info | Register

Nov. 8-10
CTA: Annual Fall Conference
More info

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