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Forward Motion, February 2022

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2022 Mobility 21 Summit
Sponsorships Open to Public on March 8!

Sponsorships for the 21st annual Southern California Transportation Summit will open to the general public on March 8! Join us for our Summit on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at the Disneyland Hotel
2022 Summit sponsors will experience:

  • Access to public and private sector transportation decision-makers
  • Pre-event publicity to transportation sector professionals
  • Networking with 1,000+ business partners, clients, elected leaders and speakers
  • Value for your investment with highly competitive sponsorship rates


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Tom Kim
Senior Vice President
HDR

Tom Kim is a Senior Vice President and Southern California Transportation Business Group Director for HDR. With over 32 years of industry experience, Tom has proven to be a visionary leader who passionately engages many of our clients and business partners toward a common goal of delivering several major transportation infrastructure projects in Southern California.

Tom has extensive technical and management experience that led to the successful completion of the nationally award-winning Colton Crossing Rail-to-Rail Grade Separation Project. He is currently managing two critical projects:  LA Metro Link Union Station, which is considered the most important project for the Southern California regional rail system, and Port of Long Beach’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, which focuses on alleviating the supply chain crisis as of one of its essential goals. Tom is passionate about helping clients move their programs forward, pushing boundaries and upholding accountability in every endeavor. He received his BA in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and MBA from UCLA. He was also a past president of ACEC Los Angeles Chapter, received the Outstanding Civil Engineer of The Year Awards from both American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) OC and LA Chapters.


Gene Seroka
Executive Director
Port of Los Angeles

Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. Nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 27, 2014 and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014, the Port of Los Angeles has experienced historic, record-breaking performances since his appointment.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seroka—who lived in China during the 2002-2004 SARS epidemic—has led the Port of Los Angeles’ response to the global health crisis, keeping cargo flowing as an essential service to the nation. In March 2020, Mayor Garcetti named Seroka the Chief Logistics Officer for the City of Los Angeles, while concurrently serving as the Port’s Executive Director. Seroka also leads the Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA) response effort that assists in getting critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency supplies to healthcare workers and others throughout the supply chain. In December 2020, Supply Chain Dive named Seroka Executive of the Year for his leadership throughout the pandemic.

As Executive Director, Seroka interacts with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, business leaders and local residents. A respected global trade expert, Seroka has advocated for rules-based trade agreements that benefit American exporters and manufacturers.

As chief of America’s top port, he is responsible for managing a more than $1.6 billion budget, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. Under his direction, the Port has taken a leadership role in adopting cutting-edge technologies to improve the reliability, predictability and efficiency of the flow of cargo across global seaborne trade, including the launch of the digital information portal Port Optimizer™ and companion data tools The Signal and The Return Signal.

While serving as Executive Director, Seroka has been appointed to serve on four federal committees to enhance the speed and efficiency of cargo movement and supply chain optimization, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team and U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation’s former Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group. He currently serves as Chair of the California Association of Port Authorities and on the Board of the American Association of Port Authorities.

Seroka brings more than 33 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management. After several key overseas positions for American President Lines (APL) Limited, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to become President – Americas for the shipping line in Phoenix where he managed APL’s Liner Shipping business, including 1,000 employees, and was responsible for all commercial, port terminal, intermodal, land transportation and labor activities throughout the region.

Seroka joined APL in 1988 as a sales support representative in the company’s Cincinnati office after earning an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New Orleans. Over the years, he has held various positions in sales and management with increasing responsibility and high-level assignments all over the world. Throughout his career, he played a key role in global marketing and corporate strategies for APL.

Seroka’s first overseas posting was in Shanghai where he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for North and Central China from 1999 to 2003. He then moved to Jakarta where he was President Director of PT APL and APL Logistics in Indonesia for two years before relocating to Singapore in 2005 to become Vice President of APL Logistics’ business units in 26 countries in the company’s Asia/Middle East and South Asia regions. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President for APL and APL Logistics Emirates LLC in Dubai where he managed APL’s business in the Middle East and East Africa Region.


Take OCTA’s SR-91 Corridor Survey!

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) wants your feedback on how to improve congestion in the State Route 91 (SR-91) corridor area.  The goal of the SR-91 Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan Study is to enhance mobility options and provide transportation choices on and around the SR-91 freeway by encouraging multimodal projects that improve transit and rail service and active transportation like biking and walking.

The public is invited to attend a virtual community webinar on Wednesday, March 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. An online survey is also available here. For more info, visit octa.net/91Plan.


Temporary Bus and Rail Service Adjustments Begin Sunday, Feb. 20

Like so many organizations across the country, Metro has been facing staffing shortages in all areas of our operation since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Because of these shortages, Metro is making temporary service adjustments, effective Sunday, Feb. 20, to many of our bus and all rail lines in order to provide our riders with more reliable and predictable service.

Bus service changes
• The following lines will have service adjustments and will be scheduled to run on average 5 to 10 minutes less frequently than they normally do throughout the day and evening:

2, 4, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 28 30, 33, 37, 38, 40, 45, 51, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 70, 76, 78, 81, 90, 92, 94, 102, 105, 108, 110, 111, 115, 117, 120, 127, 150, 152, 161, 162, 164, 165, 166, 179, 180, 182, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212, 217, 222, 224, 230, 233, 234, 240, 244, 246, 251, 258, 260, 267, 268, 287, 344, 460, 487, 534, 602, 617, 662, 690, 720, 754, 761, 901 (G Line), 910/950 (J Line).

To see if your bus line’s schedule is changing, please use our online tool by clicking here.

  • Our busiest bus lines will still be running every 5 to 15 minutes on weekdays. No bus line will run less than every 60 minutes. Service will begin and end at the usual times on each route. And routes are not changing.
  • We have spread the service adjustments out widely and in such a way to lessen the impact on any particular bus line or service area.
  • We recommend using the Transit app — Metro’s official app — to plan your trips. Here are the links to get Transit for iPhonesand for Android phones.
  • Current bus maps and timetables for each line can be found here: https://www.metro.net/riding/schedules/. We are working to post updated timetables on the Metro website as soon as possible.

Rail service changes

  • On the B/D (Red/Purple) Line subway, during peak hours trains will run every 15 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. Off-peak and on weekend days, trains will run every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes — meaning trains will run every 7 to 8 minutes between Union Station and Wilshire/Vermont. Evening service will remain every 20 minutes.
  • Our A, C, E and L light rail lines will run every 10 minutes during peak hour weekdays instead of every 8 minutes. Midday and weekend light rail service will remain at trains every 12 minutes and evenings will continue with trains every 20 minutes.

Metro staff shortages have been especially acute in recent months. Although we are seeing progress in our hiring efforts, the recent COVID-19 spike combined with restoration of service hours in September 2021 to pre-pandemic levels has stretched our operators to their limits.

As a result, Metro has experienced an increase in the number of canceled bus and rail trips in recent weeks. These canceled trips leave our riders with longer waits for the next bus or train. These changes will result in fewer canceled trips and more reliable service.

The Metro Board of Directors approved a motion at their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27,  to set a goal to return to full service levels no later than this June.

As mentioned above, Metro is hiring and we’re offering a $3,000 bonus for new operators. Metro offers competitive hourly rates starting at $19.12 with benefits that include health insurance, tuition reimbursements, paid training, retirement plan options and flexible working hours. Please encourage friends, family and community members to become a part of the Metro team that provides excellence in service and support and keeps our region moving. Apply at metro.net/driveLA


SBCTA Receives Proposals for Environmental Phase of ONTLoop

Staff at the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has initiated a critical next step to advancing the innovative transportation solution of a tunnel connection between the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink Station and the Ontario International Airport.  As part of a call for proposals, the agency has received a number of submittals for the delivery of the Environmental phase of the project.  Staff will review and evaluate the proposals to shortlist firms for a final interview.  It is anticipated that a recommendation for contract award will be presented to the SBCTA Board of Directors at the April 6, 2022 Board of Directors meeting.

This phase of project delivery is anticipated to progress through the fall of 2023.  Environmental clearance will pave the way toward identifying a preferred construction alternative, inclusive of all appropriate mitigations needed to address any associated impacts anticipated from the project.  From there, the project advances to Final Design and Construction.  It is expected that a future Request for Proposals for Design/Build services in time for appropriate support to the environmental process will be presented to the SBCTA Board.

SBCTA looks forward to delivering this much-needed, cost-effective solution to the residents and travelers within San Bernardino County well in time to provide another transportation option for access to the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.



New SCAG Training Sessions This Spring:
Deep Dive Into Transportation Demand Management

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is hosting a second round of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) trainings to be held virtually on Zoom from March to May 2022. Deep Dive Into TDM builds upon the Introduction to TDM series and provides an in-depth discussion of specific topic areas with case studies, subject matter experts and actionable materials for attendees to use.

The purpose of the trainings is to enhance the understanding of TDM policies and programs that can be implemented in the SCAG region. The Introduction to TDM series focused on introducing TDM tools and resources available through SCAG, Deep Dive Into TDM covers six (6) areas of interest:

  • Adapting TDM Programs to COVID
  • Building TDM Partnerships
  • Supporting TDM through Policy and Funding
  • New Mobility Evolution (Mobility Hubs & MaaS)
  • TDM Strategies for Suburban and Rural Communities
  • TDM Metrics and Monitoring

These training sessions are open to government representatives, planners, policymakers, non-profits, employers, transit agencies, mobility providers and anyone interested in TDM.

The Introduction to TDM and Deep Dive Into TDM training series are a part of the TDM Strategic Plan and Connect SoCal, the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy, which aim to improve sustainability, public health and the quality of life by reducing congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions across Southern California. To register and learn more, visit the SCAG TDM webpage.


RCTC is seeking state funding for a suite of projects, including the 15 Express Lanes Project Southern Extension from Corona, through the Temescal Valley, to Lake Elsinore.

Inland Empire Caucus Seeks State Transportation Project Funding

Seventeen California senators and assemblymembers who comprise the Inland Empire Caucus called on Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon earlier this year to fund projects in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This funding would provide much-needed relief to the region’s transportation network.

The request was made as the Legislature and Governor begin discussions to formulate the 2022-23 state budget.

Under the leadership of Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, Chair of the Inland Empire Caucus, the legislators sent a letter on January 6 to request $2.2 billion in budget funding to deliver key transportation infrastructure projects in the two-county region, which has experienced dramatic population and goods movement growth during recent years. The convergence of this growth creates daily competition for limited space on our roadways between semi-trucks transporting goods and our residents commuting to work, making now an ideal time to seek funding for immediate solutions.

“The current budget year surplus and the $31 billion surplus projected for the 2022-23 budget year, combined with robust cap and trade revenues and considerable new federal transportation dollars, present an opportunity that the residents and businesses of the Inland Empire cannot afford to miss,” the IE Caucus letter said. The surplus was most recently projected by Governor Newsom to be $45.7 billion.

Both the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority have compiled a portfolio of transportation solutions to connect diverse communities, offer more mobility options, promote economic prosperity, reduce traffic congestion, streamline goods movement, and secure a climate resilient future across the Inland Empire. Residents in both counties approved half-cent sales tax measures (Measure A in Riverside County and Measure I in San Bernardino County) to combine with state and federal funds for transportation improvements.

The Riverside County projects include: 

Coachella Valley-San Gorgonio Rail Corridor Service Project – Caltrans and RCTC propose daily passenger rail service between Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley. The project would be transformational for the region, creating economic opportunity in disadvantaged communities, improving access to job centers and attractions, providing alternatives to traveling on I-10, and reducing emissions to improve air quality. The $50 million request would help fund preliminary engineering along the 76-mile eastern section of track as well as project-level environmental clearance for up to six stations, a new third main track, and associated grade crossings and signal improvements on the eastern end of the corridor.

Interstate 10 Bypass Project – The County of Riverside Transportation Department proposes constructing an Interstate 10 bypass route in Banning and Cabazon. There is a stretch between the City of Banning and the unincorporated community of Cabazon and the Morongo Reservation, in which I-10 is the only road available to motorists. Should this stretch of I-10 ever close, the critical link between western Riverside and San Bernardino counties and the inland desert communities would be severed. The proposed I-10 Bypass Project would mitigate this nightmarish scenario with construction of a new road south of I-10, linking Banning to Cabazon. The $95 million request would fund final design, right of way acquisition, and construction of a two-lane roadway with bridges and grading for a future four-lane facility.

Third Street Grade Separation Project – The City of Riverside proposes reducing public safety risks by redirecting vehicle/pedestrian/bicycle traffic above or below the busy railroad tracks at Third Street. Riverside is trisected by two freight rail lines, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. These rail lines carry more than 75% of the freight handled by the Ports of L.A. and Long Beach through Riverside. Every day, approximately 128 trains pass through the city. At-grade crossings pose safety risks, create traffic delays, increase emissions from idling vehicles, and delay emergency response. The $30 million request would allow construction of the project to separate Third Street from the railroad tracks.

15 Express Lanes Project Southern Extension – RCTC proposes extending the 15 Express Lanes by an additional 14.5 miles, from Cajalco Road in Corona, through the Temescal Valley, to Route 74/Central Avenue in Lake Elsinore. Once built, the project would improve traffic operations and travel times, expand travel choice through carpooling and mass transit, increase travel time reliability, and manage long-term traffic congestion spurred by increased goods movement and population growth. The $500 million request would fund final design, right of way acquisition, and construction of the new lanes.

Fullerton Junction to Riverside Triple Track Completion – Metrolink proposes triple tracking the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line from Fullerton through Riverside, as part of a suite of upgrades to Metrolink’s system in time for the 2028 Olympics. Not only is this project critical to improved passenger rail service in Riverside County, it also will enhance the movement of freight and goods from the Ports of L.A. and Long Beach to reduce road congestion and associated emissions. The $200 million request would fund project development, include environmental approvals, final design, and construction of segments from the Prado Dam to Riverside.

Click here to read the full IE Caucus letter, which also includes details about requested funding for San Bernardino County projects.

To register your support for securing more funding for Inland Empire projects, please visit our support page.


Transportation Corridor Agencies Complete
Safety Enhancement Project on 241 Toll Road Near State Route 91

The installation of vertical channelizer posts on the northbound 241 Toll Road from the Windy Ridge Mainline Toll Point to State Route (SR) 91 was completed ahead of schedule in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 14.

Construction activities saw the installation of more than 800 channelizers – vertical posts made of plastic polyurethane – on the one-mile stretch of the 241 Toll Road leading to SR 91. Additionally, the project included the placement of new roadway signage and lane striping.
Drivers are advised to be alert when driving in the area, as they and others adjust to the change. Those wanting to go eastbound on SR 91 who miss getting in the correct lanes early will be forced onto the westbound SR 91 and will experience a longer trip by going to Weir Canyon before being able to circle back onto eastbound SR 91. The California Highway Patrol will also have increased presence to assist with the transition and enforcement.

The installation of the channelizers was a measure to ease traffic congestion in the area, improve traffic flow and promote good driving habits by preventing queue-jumpers, which will enhance safety for motorists transitioning from the 241 Toll Road to SR 91.

There are four lanes on the northbound 241 Toll Road as drivers approach SR 91 — two lanes on the left merge onto the westbound SR 91 and two lanes on the right merge onto the eastbound SR 91.

With most commuters traveling from Orange County to Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the afternoons, traffic congestion on SR 91 creates queuing on the northbound 241 Toll Road in the two right lanes, while traffic continues to flow in the two left lanes heading west to Anaheim and Yorba Linda.

Adding to the bumper-to-bumper frustration were queue jumpers – drivers who attempted to bypass the congestion by driving in the left two lanes only to cut-in at the last minute. These queue-jumpers created more congestion and safety concerns.

“This project was intended to enhance safety in this area, as well as to improve mobility for drivers transitioning from the 241 Toll Road to SR 91,” said Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) CEO Samuel Johnson. “Adding channelizers will re-enforce better driving behaviors, which, in turn, will support the project’s intentions.”

TCA continues to work with Caltrans, the Orange County Transportation Authority and the Riverside County Transportation Commission on the 241/91 Express Connector Project — a proposed tolled connector between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes.

Construction of the connector is set to begin in 2023. It will open to traffic in 2026.

“We look forward to working with our mobility partners in completing the 241/91 Express Connector Project, a connector that will provide congestion relief and add convenience to both toll-paying customers, as well as general-purpose lane users,” said Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Chair and Yorba Linda City Council Member Peggy Huang. “In the interim, it is our belief the installation of channelizers will enhance safety and encourage drivers in the area to be courteous to other motorists.”

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