Breakout Sessions

Morning Concurrent Sessions, 10:45 – 12 p.m.

  1. Southern California’s HOT Lane System Unveiled description (Diamond Salon 4)
  2. Solving the First and Last Mile Connection: Sustainable Transportation Solutions description (Diamond Salons 1-2)
  3. Tracking our Future: What’s Next for the LOSSAN Corridor description (Diamond Salon 5)
  4. Mind the Gap: What Gap Closures Mean for the Effectiveness of Southern California’s Goods Movement System description (Diamond Salons 6-7)
  5. Turning Carmageddon into Carmaheaven: The I-405 Closure and the Importance of Inter-Agency Cooperation and Effective Outreach description (Diamond Salons 8-10)

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

  1. iMobility: Technology and Innovation in Transportation description (Diamond Salon 4)
  2. Maintaining Our Global Competitiveness: How Transportation Helps Retain Businesses and Employees description (Diamond Salons 1-2)
  3. Outside the Beltway: How Southern California is Positioned to Leverage the New Political Realities in Washington, D.C. description (Diamond Salon 5)
  4. Does Transportation Matter to Voters?: How to Engage With the Public to Build Effective Coalitions description (Diamond Salons 6-7)
  5. The State of the State: What’s on Tap for Transportation in 2012 description (Diamond Salons 8-10)

Breakout Session Descriptions and Speakers

Morning Breakout Sessions

1. Southern California’s HOT Lane System Unveiled
Sponsored by Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

Diamond Salon 4

Congestion pricing is the practice of varying the charge for motorists to use a roadway, bridge or tunnel during periods of heaviest use. It serves a dual purpose to reduce automobile use during periods of peak congestion, thereby easing traffic, and to also provide a funding source to improve the transportation system.

Congestion pricing programs are hotly debated throughout the country in their different forms including High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, and Cordon Pricing where cars are charged a certain fee for entering central business districts during peak traffic hours.

Although congestion pricing is not new in southern California, and has been used for years on the SR-91 Expresslanes, HOT Lanes have only recently come into play here.  Los Angeles County Metro has plans to introduce HOT lanes in 2 heavily traveled corridors in 2012 and SCAG has conducted a regional study to evaluate their implementation on larger scale.  A panel of experts will discus the merits, shortcomings and challenges of congestion pricing in the southern California region.

Moderator: Genevieve Giuliano, Professor, USC School of Policy, Planning and Development (confirmed)

Speakers:
Steve Finnegan, Manager of Government Affairs, Automobile Club of Southern California (confirmed)
Gregory A. Le Frois, Manager of National Toll Road and Toll Facilities, HNTB (confirmed)
Annie Nam, Manager of Goods Movement & Transportation Finance, Southern California Association of Governments (confirmed)
Stephanie Wiggins, Executive Officer for ExpressLanes Demo Project, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)

2. Solving the First and Last Mile Connection: Sustainable Transportation Solutions
Sponsored by Willdan

Diamond Salons 1-2

An in depth discussion of innovative, demand oriented sustainable transportation programs that resolve first and last mile transit linkages, including: regional bike/pedestrian plans, along with integrated mobility hubs that provide secure bike parking, bike sharing, car sharing, folding bike services for transit and shuttle/jitney services.

Moderator: Andréa White-Kjoss, President and COO, Bikestation (confirmed)

Speakers:

Alexis Lantz, Planning & Policy Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (confirmed)
Hon. Suja Lowenthal, Vice Mayor, City of Long Beach (confirmed)
Hilary Norton, Executive Director, Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST) (confirmed)
Alan Thompson, Senior Regional Planner, Southern California Association of Governments (confirmed)

 

3. Tracking our Future: What’s Next for the LOSSAN Corridor
Sponsored by Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.

Diamond Salon 5

This panel focuses on the critical expanse of rail from San Diego to Ventura Counties, known as the LOSSAN Corridor.  There are six counties that are served by this corridor, the second busiest in the nation, and opportunities abound for the enhanced mobility of Southern Californians.  Despite the significant potential of this corridor for intra and interregional travel, intense operational, political, and integration challenges exist for implementing optimal service in the corridor.  This panel will explore the future governance structure of LOSSAN service, how we can move those plans forward and how these will benefit the region.

Moderator: Will Kempton, CEO, Orange County Transportation Authority (confirmed)

Speakers:

Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments (confirmed)
Art Leahy, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)
Darren Kettle, Executive Director, Ventura County Transportation Commission (confirmed)
Peter Rodgers, Administrative Director, San Luis Obispo County Council of Governments (confirmed)

 

4. Mind the Gap: What Gap Closures Mean for the Effectiveness of Southern California’s Goods Movement System
Sponsored by URS

Diamond Salons 6-7

While the SCAG region can still lay claim to having the most efficient freight transportation system in the country, much more needs to be done.  If viewed as a system, the region’s extensive freight network still has a number of “gap” projects which need to be completed in order to keep it running efficiently.

The Devore Interchange in San Bernardino County, the High Desert Corridor connecting Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, the truck lanes along the I-5 in northern Los Angeles County, and the new border crossing in San Diego represent individual projects which, in the future, will relieve congestion, improve mobility and keep Southern California competitive as “America’s Gateway.”  Attend this session to hear the latest on these gap closure projects and how they are part of a Southern California region wide system of projects.

Moderator: Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (confirmed)

Speakers:
Tina Casgar, Goods Movement Director, San Diego Association of Governments (confirmed)
Doug Failing, Executive Director of Highway Project Delivery, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)
Victor Lindenheim, Executive Director, Golden State Gateway Coalition (confirmed)
Ty Schuiling, Director of Planning, San Bernardino Associated Governments (confirmed)

 

5. Turning Carmageddon into Carmaheaven: The I-405 Closure and the Importance of Inter-Agency Cooperation and Effective Outreach

Diamond Salons 8-10

Closure of the I-405 freeway through Los Angeles’ heavily traveled Sepulveda Pass for a weekend in the middle of the summer had all the makings of a Hollywood horror flick. Usually movie scripts are ruined when written by committee, but this operation blossomed to an eye-popping success when local elected officials put out a clarion call for public cooperation to give the story a happy ending. The fear of Carmageddon was transformed into an unprecedented congestion reduction phenomenon with media coverage spread around the world. At one point, Carmageddon was the No. 1 search term on Google.  This session will feature those at the heartbeat of the effort with many behind the scenes details including the mechanics of good planning, communications strategies and coordinated implementation.

Moderator: Richard Katz, Chair, Metrolink and Board Member, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)

Speakers:

Mike Barbour, Executive Officer Highway Project Director, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)
Patrick Butler, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department (confirmed)
Dan Kulka, Community Relations Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West (confirmed)
Mike Miles, Director, Caltrans District 7 (confirmed)
Yvette Rapose, Community Relations Manager, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)
Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky, Supervisor, Los Angeles County and Board Member, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)

 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1. iMobility: How Technology and Innovation are shaping our Future Transportation System
Sponsored by South Coast AQMD

Diamond Salon 4

As the next generation of transportation planners, vehicle designers, and policy analysts get ready to enter the workforce, transportation in southern California has reached a point where transformation is essential to the long term viability of the region. This panel will explore what the transportation system of tomorrow may be. From driverless cars to personal transit systems to three-wheeled electric vehicles, come find out what visionaries and entrepreneurs are doing now to shape how we use our transportation system in the years to come.

Moderator: Simon Oh, Public Relations Undergraduate Student, California State University, Fullerton and Intern, Orange County Transportation Authority

Speakers:
Jeffrey Chernick, CEO, RideAmigos (confirmed)
Matt Miyasato, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer of the Science & Technology Advancement Office, South Coast Air Quality Management District (confirmed)
Steve Raney, Principal, ULTra Personal Rapid Transit (confirmed)

 

2. Maintaining Our Global Competitiveness: How Transportation Helps Retain Businesses and Employees

Sponsored by Hatch Mott MacDonald

Diamond Salons 1-2

Our infrastructure system was designed in another era, and we are struggling to create patchwork solutions to transform to a fully integrated 21 Century system.   In addition, we generally do not integrate transportation and economic development very well. Most state transportation planning is separate from economic development strategy, and there is a modest knowledge of the details of global logistics.

Almost every major US economic competitor in the world — including both developed and developing countries — has committed to programs investing trillions of dollars over the next several years to rebuild and expand their strategic economic positions and enhance the lives of their citizens.  The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has projected that the US needs to invest US$2 trillion over the next five years just to maintain its existing infrastructure.  It’s important to note that 95 percent of the world’s marketplace is somewhere else, and to reach those markets U.S. companies rely on freight transportation. The ability to move cargo in, out and throughout the United States is a critical element in the health of our economy.

This panel will feature companies that rely on moving goods and people in and out of the regions, and what needs to be done to maintain and improve “goods movement” and how transportation helps retain businesses and employees.

Moderator: Fran Inman, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission and Majestic Realty (confirmed)

Speakers:
Rick W. Aurit, Senior Director of Transportation, Wal-Mart Stores (confirmed)
Noel Massie, President, UPS Central California (confirmed)
B.J. Patterson, CEO, Pacific Mountain Logistics (confirmed)
Tom Smith, SVP, West Coast Real Estate, NBCUniversal (confirmed)

 

3. Outside the Beltway: How Southern California is Positioned to Leverage the New Political Realities in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by Jacobs

Diamond Salon 5

600 days late and counting. That’s how far afield Washington is from delivering a revamped and re-envisioned surface transportation bill, despite two very committed committee leaders, and a renewed emphasis on transportation from the Obama Administration.  In an era of belt tightening where even “investing” seems to be code for “raise taxes” to conservative legislators, how can southern California position itself to succeed and thrive? If we have to wait until after the next presidential election for a fully realized bill, what can we do now to kick-start our region’s transportation destiny?

This panel of top executives will examine the innovative ways we are reframing the argument for investment in transportation and slowly gaining ground in Washington.  Come hear how OCTA’s “Breaking Down Barriers” report is changing the way we think about project delivery acceleration.  Los Angeles’s singular focus on the financing mechanisms proposed in America Fast Forward to front load the Measure R infrastructure construction, and Riverside County’s efforts to expand the highly successful TIFIA loan program are financing strategies our region is using to put people back to work and keep travelers moving. Finally, panelists will address the region’s efforts to secure funding for goods movement infrastructure and develop a national freight policy to maintain our competitive advantage.

Moderator: Jeff Davis, Publisher & Executive Editor, Transportation Weekly (confirmed)

Speakers:

Darrell Johnson, Deputy CEO, Orange County Transportation Authority (confirmed)
Art Leahy, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (confirmed)
Chris Lytle, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Port of Long Beach (confirmed)
Anne Mayer, Executive Director, Riverside County Transportation Commission (confirmed)

 

4. Does Transportation Matter to Voters?: How to Engage With the Public to Build Effective Coalitions

Diamond Salons 6-7

Attracting resources and pursuing certainty for a cause are hallmarks of coalition building. Formation of a coalition indicates it cannot be done alone while the strength of a coalition proves that many believe it should occur. What are the dynamics that inflame commitment and bond diverse interests to work for a common cause? Transportation is an arena resplendent with a span of coalitions by mode, by region, by virtue and by finely parsed needs for individual mobility as well as the big picture movement that benefits commerce and defense.  Enjoy the wisdom of those who have engaged, witnessed and fostered the formation of regional coalitions and the inside story of what makes ‘em and breaks ‘em.

Moderator: Monte Ward, Transportation Consultant, M. Ward & Associates (confirmed)

Speakers:

Lucy Dunn, President & CEO, Orange County Business Council and Board Member, Mobility 21 (confirmed)
John Fairbank, Principal, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (Pollster) (confirmed)
Hon. Bill Fulton, Mayor of Ventura, Chair of Ventura County Transportation Commission (confirmed)
Ron Redfern, Publisher, Riverside Press Enterprise (confirmed)

 

5. The State of the State: What’s on Tap for Transportation in 2012
Sponsored by Siemens

Diamond Salons 8-10

California’s state highway network is the envy of many other transportation officials.  Keeping it that way, especially in the face of perpetual budget uncertainty, is a big challenge.  Come hear from the head of Caltrans and the chair of the California Transportation Commission how they keep California moving ahead.  Topics will include the state of Caltrans, new state budget implications, the Federal Reauthorization and the statuses of Proposition 1B, the Recovery Act and Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) projects.

Moderator: Michelle Boehm, Business Development Lead, CH2M HILL (confirmed)

Speakers:

Malcolm Dougherty, Acting Director, Caltrans (confirmed)
Dario Frommer, Chair, California Transportation Commission (confirmed)