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8-8:45 a.m.
Registration Opens, Center Lounge

8-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Served, Expo Hall

8:45-10:15 a.m.
Opening General Session, Grand Ballroom

Master of Ceremonies
Steve Churm – confirmed
Vice President, Freedom News Group / Orange County Register

Welcome Remarks

Paul Granillo
Chair, Mobility 21 and President & CEO, Inland Empire Economic Partnership 

Hon. Jeffrey Lalloway 
Vice Chair, Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors and Mayor Pro Tem, City of Irvine

Hon. Lou Correa
Senator, California State Senate, 34th District

Presentation of the 2014 Mobility 21 Lifetime Achievement Award
(Award video provided by MBI)
Hon. Henry A. Waxman – in absentia
Representative, United States House of Representatives

Cap and Trade Update
Hon. Darrell Steinberg
Senate President pro Tem, California State Senate

Closing the Infrastructure Funding Gap
Hon. John A. Pérez
Speaker Emeritus, California State Assembly

Reducing Congestion, Increasing Options for Southern California
Hon. Eric Garcetti
Chair, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors and Mayor, City of Los Angeles

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Morning Networking Break, Expo Hall

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions, Magic Kingdom Ballroom

AM 1: Big Data Hits the Road: The Ups and Downs of Modern Mobility

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 1

In-car telecommunications, travel apps, and real-time transit info provide exciting opportunities for commuters as well as businesses and government. But they also present legal, privacy, and practical questions regarding how data gets used and who benefits. Determining who controls and has a say in the growing universe of vehicle and travel data is a tricky and contentious topic. Arriving at the right answers can unlock vast mobility, safety and consumer benefits. Getting them wrong can undermine these potential advances. Join us as we explore how cars are becoming rolling, connected computers; how people are becoming data points; and how governments and businesses are tapping into new data sources to transform the future of travel.

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Boris Karsch
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. – confirmed

Leo Carroll
Vice President, Parsons – confirmed

James Dreisbach-Towle
Principal Technology Program Manager, San Diego Association of Governments – confirmed

Stephen Finnegan
Manager of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Automobile Club of Southern California and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Lan-Chi Lam
Director of Communications, Web & Mobile, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – confirmed

AM 2: Let’s Debate: Alternative Project Delivery – Where Are We Going?

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 2

Join us as these industry heavyweights educate us and debate this oft-misunderstood topic and potentially come to a joint resolution. Which alternative project delivery mechanisms are available in California? What are the roadblocks and are there potential solutions? Where are we really going with Design Build, Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC), Integrated Project Delivery and Concessions… and can we agree? Bring your questions and comments as we hear from the leading voices for and against alternative project delivery and participate in an open discussion with the panel and audience.

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Mark Kempton
Project Director, Skanska and Advisory Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Bruce Blanning
Executive Director, Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) – confirmed

Jessica Peters
Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office – confirmed

James H. Roberts
CEO, Granite Construction – confirmed

Geoffrey S. Yarema
Partner, Nossaman LLP – confirmed

AM 3: The Future of Tolling and Road Pricing for California: Why It Matters

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 3

What do we want our future generations to inherit? As California expands its use of tolling and road pricing it is imperative to revisit existing tolling policies and discuss what those policies look like moving into the future. We need to ask and have answers to:

    • What are the appropriate roles and responsibilities for regional entities, the State and the private sector?
    • Does centralized toll collection and processing make sense?
    • Should Express Lane occupancy standards and toll rate setting be standardized?
    • What is the future of equity programs for low-income users?
    • How do toll revenues flow and what do they support?
    • What legislation do toll agencies need moving forward?

Join us for an interactive panel and audience discussion and help us shape California’s road pricing future.

Greg Le Frois
Vice President, Fellow, and Vice Chairman of Toll Services, HNTB – confirmed

Darrell Johnson
CEO, Orange County Transportation Authority and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Samuel Johnson
Director of Operations, San Diego Association of Governments – confirmed

Mike Kraman
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Transportation Corridor Agencies – confirmed

Joseph Rouse
Director of Managed Lanes, Caltrans – confirmed

Stephanie Wiggins
Executive Director, Vendor/Contract Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – confirmed

AM 4: NFAC, CFAC and CARB – Are They Working Together?

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4

MAP-21 mandated the formation of a National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) to help the U.S. Department of Transportation promote a safe, economically efficient, and environmentally sustainable freight transportation system. MAP-21 also recommended that individual states form Freight Advisory Committees, which California did in 2013 with the passage of AB 14 (Lowenthal). The California Freight Advisory Committee (CFAC) is charged with participating in the development of the California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP). The California Air Resources Board (CARB) develops an annual Sustainable Freight Strategy that outlines the needs and steps to transform California’s freight transport system to one that is more efficient and sustainable.

How have the NFAC, CFAC and CARB been working together to benefit freight? Or have they? Will any of the recommendations be accepted? What have they been up to?

John Greaves
Transportation Operation Manager Central California District, UPS – confirmed

Hon. Bonnie Lowenthal
Chair, California Assembly Transportation Committee and Committee Member, NFAC – confirmed

Richard Corey
Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board – confirmed

Dr. Raymond Wolfe
Executive Director, San Bernardino Associated Governments, Committee Member, CFAC and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

12-1:15 p.m.
Luncheon General Sessions, Grand Ballroom

Los Angeles: Now and Beyond
Arthur T. Leahy – confirmed
CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Board Member, Mobility 21

Working with Our Partners and Building A New Future
Brian P. Kelly – confirmed
Secretary, California State Transportation Agency

Presentation of Mobility 21 Awards

Hon. Dianne Feinstein – in absentia
Senator, U.S. Senate

Hon. Tom Daly – confirmed
Assemblymember, California State Assembly

Richard Katz – confirmed
Principal, Richard Katz Consulting, Inc.

Marnie Primmer – confirmed
Director of Strategic Business Development, Transpo Group

Keynote Address:
Embracing Our Transportation Future – The Next ‘GENeration’ of Business, Community & Innovation

Scott Zimmer – confirmed
Generational Expert, BridgeWorks

What do General Electric (GE), Virgin Hotels, MTV and other Fortune 500 companies have in common? They all care about succession planning and the next generation of our workforce. The theme for this year’s Summit focuses on embracing the future of transportation and uniting business, communities and innovation.

The common denominator? People.

As one of BridgeWorks’ generational experts and resident Gen Xer, Scott’s keynotes clearly illustrate the stress points between generations and provide clear solutions to encourage better understanding and collaboration across generational divides. A child of the 80s and 90s, Scott has insider knowledge into what makes his generation tick. Sandwiched between the idealistic Boomers and innovative Millennials, his Xer lens allows him to hone in on the key challenges facing each generation. Scott has keynoted and trained staff for major corporations including Virgin Hotels, General Electric and Disneyland.

BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational differences since its inception in 1998 and is the company who wrote the best-selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperCollins) and The M-Factor (HarperBusiness).

1:15-1:30 p.m.
Networking Break, Expo Hall

1:30-2:30 p.m.
AfternoonBreakout Sessions, Magic Kingdom Ballroom

PM 1: Expanding Transit Networks Through Last Mile Connectivity

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 1

Now is the time to deliver solutions to increase the effectiveness and build on the appeal of transit. Over the past few decades, transit in Southern California has grown tremendously,  and it continues to expand with many miles of new rail projects, rapid bus networks and carpool/ExpressLanes in the works. First and last mile linkages hold the key to a system that works and thrives. They can lead the way for a dynamic transportation network that supports a variety of modes, including even one day high-speed rail. Our speakers will provide their insights into the challenges and opportunities related to connecting future riders with Southern California’s expanding transit system.

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Dr. Brian D. Taylor
Professor of Urban Planning, Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and Director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA  – confirmed

Jennifer Bergener
Director of Rail Programs & Facilities Engineering, Orange County Transportation Authority and Managing Director, LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency – confirmed

Jacob Lieb
Sustainability Policy Manager, Countywide Planning and Development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – confirmed

Natalie Meeks, PE
Public Works Director, City of Anaheim, Calif. – confirmed

Evan Meyer
COO and Co-Founder, RideAmigos – confirmed

PM 2: Mileage-Based User Fees – Facing the Fiscal Cliff and Public Opinion

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 2

Mileage-based user fees have become the most talked about solution to lagging gas tax revenues. What are the proponents saying about the realities of mileage-based user fees, privacy concerns and resistance to new taxes? Are mileage-based fees a viable solution to funding transportation projects in California? How well has this worked outside of California? What is foremost on the minds of our transportation leaders and what are they doing about this effort? Join us as we debate the realities on how we might bolster transportation funding as we face the largest transportation fiscal cliff of our generation.

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Lucy Dunn
Vice Chair, California Transportation Commission, President & CEO, Orange County Business Council and Treasurer, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Loren Kaye
President, California Foundation for Commerce and Education – confirmed

Will Kempton
Executive Director, Transportation California – invited

Norma Ortega
Deputy Director of Finance, Caltrans – confirmed

Michael Warren
Oregon Department of Transportation VMT Pilot Program representative and Lead Technologist, CH2M HILL – confirmed

PM 3: Modernization of Caltrans: Opportunities and Challenges

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 3

There have been multiple discussions and recent reports that have focused on how the California Department of Transportation and Caltrans can best align with various partners for 21st century needs.  Many of these proactive discussions and preliminary actions recognize the limited resources and also the changing resource streams.  This session will provide various perspectives and a thoughtful discussion of our options and pathways forward to an efficient, effective, and multi-faceted, multi-modal future.  Discussion topics may include the recent creation of the California Transportation Department, State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), the California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities; Vision and Interim Recommendations (CTIP), the Legislative Analyst’s Office report, The 2014-2015 Budget: Capital Outlay Support Program as well as any additional thoughts/visions for success.

Fran Inman
Commissioner, California Transportation Commission, Senior Vice President, Governmental Relations and Community Affairs, Majestic Realty Co. and Advisory Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Janet Dawson
Chief Consultant, Assembly Transportation Committee – confirmed

Malcolm Dougherty
Director, Caltrans – confirmed

Anne Mayer
Executive Director, Riverside County Transportation Commission and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Jessica Peters
Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office – confirmed

PM 4: Complete Streets: Pros, Cons and Realities Tied to Limited Transportation Funding

Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4

The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities.  They should be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. How does SB 375 and the newly created state-wide Active Transportation Program play into our collective approach? What are the pros and cons and how do we balance the need for “complete streets” against the hard reality of limited transportation funding? Should that funding consider vehicle-only infrastructure to be a better use of public funds? Join us as our speakers explore both sides of the issue and bring their insights and solutions to the “complete streets” table.

Madeline Brozen
Program Manager, Complete Streets Initiative, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs – confirmed

Coleen Clementson
Principal Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments – confirmed

Charles Gandy
Livable Communities, Inc. – confirmed

Tom Kirk
Executive Director, Coachella Valley Association of Governments – confirmed

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation – confirmed

2:30-3 p.m.
Afternoon Networking Break, Expo Hall

3-4 p.m.
Closing General Session, Grand Ballroom

High-Speed Rail: A Transformative Investment in California’s Future
Jeff Morales
CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority

CEO Roundtable: Developing the ‘New’ Workforce, Managing Generations and Succession Planning

As we prepare for the future, public and private sector alike are working diligently to develop the next generation of transportation professionals. The clash of generations provides unique opportunities and challenges for each of our organizations. Join us as our transportation CEOs unveil valuable, firsthand information on their approach to workforce development, managing generations and succession planning.


Kathy Pileggi
Vice President and Senior Human Resources Director, CH2M Hill – confirmed


Mark Baza
Executive Director, Imperial County Transportation Commission and Advisory Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Hasan Ikhrata
Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Darrell Johnson
CEO, Orange County Transportation and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Darren Kettle
Executive Director, Ventura County Transportation Commission and Vice Chair, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Arthur T. Leahy
CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Anne Mayer
Executive Director, Riverside County Transportation Commission and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed

Dr. Raymond Wolfe
Executive Director, San Bernardino Associated Governments and Board Member, Mobility 21 – confirmed


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