Forward Motion, April 2014


2014 Mobility 21 Summit
Registration Opens Next Thursday

Registration opens next Thursday for 14summit_sponsorlogos_200px2California’s largest one-day transportation conference and expo on Friday, Sept. 5 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. “Embracing Our Transportation Future: Uniting Business, Communities and Innovation,” the theme of this year’s Mobility 21 Summit, promises to bring together more than 1,000 transportation stakeholders, industry leaders and elected officials.

Registration includes access to top industry decision-makers and elected leaders, three general sessions, a choice of eight breakout sessions and a dynamic expo hall with over 100 exhibitors. General registration also includes a breakfast buffet, hot lunch, complimentary Metrolink roundtrip service or self-parking and a twilight ticket to Disneyland redeemable after 4 p.m.

Reduced hotel rates and additional Disneyland tickets are available for purchase.

Are you still thinking about sponsoring the Summit? It’s not too late! Help support Southern California’s transportation future while getting the best access, visibility and value for your marketing dollar. Click here to view the sponsorship packages or contact Jenny Larios to sign up today.

Jenny Larios Appointed New
Mobility 21 Executive Director

Yesterday Jenny Larios joined Mobility 21 as the coalition’s new Executive Director. She will support the twelve-member, public agency and private sector board of directors in leading the organization to advance Mobility 21’s mission to promote regional transportation solutions, improve mobility throughout the region and bring increased transportation funding to Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.

Larios brings 16 years of experience with focused expertise in the transportation industry. She has demonstrated business development, online casino marketing, government affairs and communications experience having worked with leading architectural and engineering firms including Fluor, RBF Consulting and HDR. Larios has a strong background from the project delivery side of the consulting industry encompassing many modes of transportation, including highway, transit, rail and maritime.

“The Mobility 21 Board of Directors is pleased to have Jenny Larios leading our coalition,” said Paul Granillo, Chairman of Mobility 21 and President & CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. “Jenny will continue to ensure Mobility 21’s success and impact.”

“I am so honored to have the opportunity to join Mobility 21. I look forward to serving our region by helping bring much needed transportation funding and jobs to our communities while improving our quality of life and ability to serve the national transportation network by increasing mobility throughout our region,” said Larios.

Larios has held several leadership positions with the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), where she serves as the Orange County Chapter President. She has helped raise record amounts for student scholarships for female high school, undergraduate and graduate students through her leadership at WTS.

Hunter the T. rex. joins officials from Metro, the Automobile Club of Southern California and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to share tips to save money on gas. Click here to watch a video from the press event.

Officials and a Dinosaur Teach Drivers
How to Spend Less on Gas

From Metro’s “The Source”

With pump prices more than $4 a gallon again and more than 50 cents a gallon higher than they were in January, Metro and the Automobile Club of Southern California joined forces earlier this month to help teach drivers how to spend less on gas. They were joined by representatives from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, including Hunter the T. rex.

Standing on the platform of the Metro Expo/Vermont Station, with some of the finest museums in the world just steps away, Metro urged L.A. residents to maximize their spring break and summer vacation dollars by picking up a $5 Day Pass and making easy-to-reach destinations on the Metro system part of their plans.

Drivers were reminded by the Auto Club that gas prices have jumped 82 percent in the last decade while the median household income for Californians has risen just 16 percent. But the good news is that many drivers can save up to $1,000 or even $2,000 a year on fuel at today’s prices by consistently following a few good habits, including slowing down and adopting a smooth, even driving style.

For inspiration, Simon Adlam, Director of Exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, invited vacationers to explore the many new and exciting exhibits at the Natural History Museum and he brought along Hunter the T. rex to make sure everyone paid attention.

Ribbon-Cutting Held for
101/Wendy Bridge Project in Ventura County

On April 3, officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the U.S. Route 101/Wendy Drive interchange improvement project in the City of Thousand Oaks. The project began in February 2012 and cost approximately $16 million. Improvements include congestion relief, increased safety, enhanced landscaping, increased lighting and improved aesthetics. The project also includes seismic strengthening of the bridge, bike lanes and additional driver communication signage.

By connecting to the Port of Hueneme’s Grid-Based Shore Power System, refrigerated cargo vessels calling the Port will run their auxiliary marine engines on shore power in lieu of diesel fuel and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Port of Hueneme Tests First Ship to
Connect to Grid-Based Shore Power System

The Port of Hueneme conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of the Port’s recently installed Grid-Based Shore Power system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s M/V Cap Pasley, carrying fresh fruit for Chiquita Brands of Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Green is no cliché for the Port of Hueneme. We take action and make environmental sustainability a top priority in our business plan to ensure we improve the quality of life and bring prosperity to the communities we serve. This project represents perhaps the single largest reduction in air emissions by one project in the history of the county,” said Port Commission President Mary Anne Rooney.

This initial test was a success and a second major milestone for the Port’s Shore Power system. The first milestone was the Port’s successful load bank test in December 2013 that demonstrated the system’s capability to provide a reliable, steady source of shore side power for ships at berth. With the passage of AB 32 by the state assembly, programs were put in place mandating that refrigerated cargo vessels, called “reefer vessels,” reduce greenhouse gas emissions of their ships at berth while in California ports.

The Port of Hueneme was among the awardees to receive funds through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funds will be used to complete an enhanced phase II to the Port’s existing Shore Power Project that will allow additional vessels to simultaneously connect to the Port’s Shore Power system.

Transportation Research Board:
Workshop on Natural Gas as a Fuel for Freight Transport

May 13-14
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Conference Center
Irvine, Calif.
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This workshop will bring together representatives from private industry, government and academia to learn about issues related to adopting Liquefied (LNG) and Compressed (CNG) Natural Gas as a fuel for the movement of freight via the nation’s highways, waterways and rail systems. Attendees at the workshop will also discuss and prioritize research needed to support development of public policy and regulations, and infrastructure and delivery systems that will enable market adoption of natural gas fuels in freight systems.

California Transportation Foundation:
Annual Transportation Awards Luncheon

Thursday, May 22
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Sacramento, Calif.
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The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) will host the 25th Annual CTF Transportation Awards on May 22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Sacramento. Award winners include:

  • Person of the Year: Will Kempton, Executive Director, Transportation California
  • Elected Official of the Year: California State Assemblymember Tom Daly
  • Organization of the Year: San Diego Association of Governments
  • Project of the Year: Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore

CTF is a statewide not-for-profit organization concentrating in helping the transportation industry through worker assistance, memorial funds, scholarships and career development.

Transportation Events in the Community

May 1-2
SCAG: Regional Conference & General Assembly
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Friday, May 2
LA Area Chamber: 88th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
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Saturday, May 3
Metro: Los Angeles Union Station 75th Anniversary
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May 5-8
Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo
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Thursday, May 8
WTS-LA: Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Directors
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May 13-14
TRB: Workshop on Natural Gas as a Fuel for Freight Transport
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May 19-21
OCBC: Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C.
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Wednesday, May 21
WTS-OC & WTS-SD: Luncheon Featuring SANDAG I-5 North Coast Corridors Program Update

Thursday, May 22
CTF: Annual Awards Luncheon
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Wednesday, May 28
WTS-IE: McKinley Street Grade Separation Update
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Thursday, May 29
ACC-OC: Infrastructure Summit
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Thursday, June 12
SANBAG: General Assembly
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Monday, June 23
FuturePorts: 2014 Annual Conference
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Tuesday, July 15
WTS-IE: 3rd Annual Fundraising Softball Event
More info

Friday, Sept. 5
Mobility 21 Summit: Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

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