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Forward Motion, July 2020

Mobility 21 Summit Agenda Announced!
Early Bird Registration Closes Today!

The 2020 Mobility 21 Summit agenda is now available to view online! Click here to plan your day on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18.

Agenda:
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020
(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Expo Hall Open)
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Opening General Session
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Breakout Sessions
1:  CHAIRMANS’ ROUNDTABLE: STEPPING UP TO 2020’S CHALLENGES
2:  OPEN MIC ON MOBILITY: ZOOMERS AND MILLENNIALS
3:  TECHNOLOGY NOW!
4:  RESILIENCY MATTERS
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Luncheon General Session

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Expo Hall Open)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Breakout Sessions
5:  WHAT’S THE NEW NORMAL: A STATE AND FEDERAL POLICY DISCUSSION
6:  MOVING GOODS IN CORONA-TIMES
7:  LET’S TALK REVENUE
8:  A BUILDER’S VISION POST-COVID-19
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Closing General Session

Registration:
Early Bird: $210 (until July 31)
Student/Military Personnel: $165
Late registration is $325 after July 31. Don’t delay!

Virtual Summit Highlights:

  • Full educational content with broadcasts of 3 General Sessions and 8 Breakout Sessions
  • 3D Virtual Expo with special prizes
  • Opportunities for Virtual Networking
  • Mailed to you before the Summit:*
    • Summit Bento Box with curated conference info, snacks and mementos to match program highlights
    • Conference bag with promo items and printed event program

*Depending on ticket eligibility

Sneak Peek:
We are pleased to provide a “SNEAK PEEK” of the all-new, completely custom virtual conference and expo hall experience Mobility 21 is designing. Additional features are being developed such as a virtual business card exchange, expo booth chat function, video chatrooms with agency leaders, hidden “Easter eggs” throughout the expo for chances to win prizes, and more!

  1. Expo with 3D booths (Titanium, Platinum, Gold & M21 Board Members): CLICK HERE
  2. Ballroom and 2D booths (Copper & Bronze): CLICK HERE


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Kip Field
Southern California Area Manager
HDR

Kip Field, HDR’s Southern California Area Manager, is a civil engineer with over 33 years of experience in the planning, development and implementation of infrastructure projects in California. He has experience in both the private and public sectors with a current focus on operational management. He oversees HDR’s growing practices in power, water, and transportation.

Kip and the HDR transportation team are strongly committed to connecting and improving lives through design of the built environment and transportation projects throughout Southern California. Some of HDR’s current projects include LA Metro’s Link Union Station and West Santa Ana Branch  Line, OCTA’s OC Streetcar, Port of Long Beach’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility Project, City of Los Angeles’ Sidewalk Repair Program, SBCTA’s I-10 Truck Climbing Lane and SANDAG’s LOSSAN Corridor Study. HDR is also the project management consultant for the Metrolink SCORE–a comprehensive long-term capital and operations program across their 500+ mile network.

Kip oversees the Southern California group to help clients consistently generate the best transport solutions for improved mobility, enhanced quality of life and economic development for our communities. HDR provides a full range of program management, planning, financing, architectural and engineering services through our industry-leading global practice, providing turn-key solutions necessary to move a project from concept to sustained revenue service.

Kip was born and raised in Nebraska and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He is an avid college football fan and is looking forward to cheering on the Husker’s from a safe distance this year.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
F
ran Inman
Senior Vice President
Majestic
R
ealty Co.

Fran Inman directs government relations and community affairs activities for Majestic Realty Co., one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies. With a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 84 million square feet of commercial properties, Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles; Atlanta; Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Laredo.

Inman has also served on the California Transportation Commission since 2010 and is just completing a two-year term as Chair and two years as Vice Chair (2016-2020).  In 2013, Inman was also appointed as a founding member of the National Freight Advisory Committee and co-chaired the sub-committee on project delivery and operations.

Inman served as the chair of the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as vice chair for the California Business Properties Association (CBPA). She is the former chair of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (SGVEP) and is also a founding board member of FuturePorts and a board member of Inland Action and the California Business Roundtable.  She is also a long-time member of the Coalition of America’s Gateway and Trade Corridors.

Also recognized as a leader in the philanthropic community, Inman is the founding president of the Majestic Realty Foundation. Established in 2002, the Majestic Realty Foundation provides grants and other support to various charitable community partners that work the areas of youth, family, education, health, and violence prevention in the communities where Majestic Realty Co. does business.

Inman further demonstrates her commitment to active community engagement through her service as board member and former board chair of THINK Together, nationally-recognized non-profit providing extended learning programs that serve more than 150,000 at-risk and low-income students daily across California. She serves on the board of QueensCare, a $400+million foundation dedicated to providing healthcare for the underserved.   Inman is also a trustee for Three Square, the regional food bank in Las Vegas, Nevada, and serves on the board of trustees for the University of Redlands as well as a member of METRANS and the UC-ITS Advisory Boards.

A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Inman holds both a BA and a MBA in finance. In 2010, Inman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Woodbury University. She and her husband have three adult children.


Arcadis is providing Project Management and Construction Management Services for LA Metro’s award-winning Regional Connector project.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight
Arcadis

Working with you to Keep California Connected

Recognized as a true melting pot of cultures, California is known for embracing new technology and innovation. With a population of 38 million and growing, California’s transportation needs are changing. Mobility favors the bold and sustainability, smart mobility, and alternative deliveries are paving the way for new infrastructure.

Serving as an industry leader for more than 30 years on California’s ports, aviation, transit, and highway projects, Arcadis provides our clients with a collaborative and forward-thinking approach to all of their infrastructure needs. From terminal and taxiway improvements at John Wayne Airport, the Port of Long Beach’s Gerald Desmond Bridge, multiple highway improvement projects for OCTA, RCTC and SBCTA, and LA Metro’s groundbreaking Regional Connector project, Arcadis values the opportunities we have to support our clients in delivering their transportation goals. Focusing on Program/Project Management, Construction Management Support Services, and Construction Claims Services, Arcadis has the experience and knowledge to successfully deliver Southern California’s evolving transportation needs.


Summit Gold Sponsor Spotlight:
dtn.tech

With the changing times, dtn.tech has been transforming to serve our clients as well as our community in areas where they need it the most. Over the past 4 months, our company has mobilized efforts to produce products that keep our clients compliant with health guidelines as they evolve. The protective essentials we currently provide are:

  • N95 & KN95 respirators
  • Custom logo face masks (antibacterial, water repellent, etc)
  • Sneeze guards
  • Custom floor graphics
  • Custom logo hand sanitizers
  • Touch-free dispensers and sanitizer pumps
  • Rigid or disposable face shields
  • Disposable print media such as brochures, flyers, etc

We’re dedicated to creating promotional products, imprinted apparel, and print media that identifies with each client’s needs by delivering professional and timely work, quality products, and customer satisfaction. We are committed to exercising social responsibility through community service, conducting business with honesty and integrity, and keeping innovation and learning as ongoing values. Let’s continue to protect our community and be #StrongerTogether.


EXP is supporting delivery of the 3.8-mile LA Streetcar

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
EXP

EXP delivers solutions for California’s transportation industry

The transportation industry is responsible for one of the most vital tasks in the world – connecting people and moving goods and resources. From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, transportation agencies have been assessing options to transition to post-pandemic operations, ranging from service performance, expansions and financial viability to safety, equity and mobility.

For more than 114 years, EXP has delivered solutions for infrastructure and transportation, and we are prepared to support our clients in recovery with safe, reliable and efficient solutions. Our extensive experience equips our teams to help clients design, build, rehabilitate and maintain their transportation infrastructure – whether by road, air, rail or water.

Across North America, our multidisciplinary expertise has resulted in modern highway designs, iconic bridges, improved airfields, reconstructed roadways and customized transportation solutions for efficient rail and transit networks. Each project has raised challenges and EXP has consistently delivered solutions to support the industry’s forward mobility. With a focus on California, we see exponential possibilities with a talented team of experts that has worked on many of California’s most transformative transportation projects and programs. This team has supported reconstruction and rehabilitation projects along the coast, including SR-1; is providing essential professional services for transit improvements such as the LA Streetcar; and is improving efficiency and quality in construction management.

At EXP, we support our clients with diverse offerings, including supporting major transportation programs and alternative project delivery. Our services are supported by advanced technologies from virtual reality and 3D modeling to GIS and drone technology, to enable our clients to see their projects to the end-state, where safety, mobility and efficiency are at the forefront. In California, across North America and beyond, we serve as trusted advisor to our clients, bringing innovative solutions and providing meaningful projects to our communities.


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Electric Bus Debuts on G (Orange) Line in San Fernando Valley

Metro deployed its first zero emission electric bus on the G Line (Orange) on Monday following the completion of testing and the installation of electric bus charging units along the G Line’s route. A Facebook Live event featuring L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Council Member Paul Krekorian and Metro CEO Phil Washington was held — watch the event above.

Today’s deployment is the first of 40 electric buses that will be put into service by the end of 2020. The 60-foot articulated buses are manufactured by New Flyer and the G Line (Orange) in the San Fernando Valley is the first line to receive these electric buses.

The electric buses cost $1.15 million each in a total project valued at $80,003,282. This project includes the deployment of the electric buses and associated charging equipment and infrastructure improvements. The new buses will be capable of recharging at various points along the G Line (Orange) to support its 24/7 operation.

Under separate contracts, Metro ordered an additional 65 zero emission electric buses from the manufacturer BYD with five of those buses being 60-foot articulated buses earmarked for the G Line (Orange) and the remainder to be used on the J Line (Silver) that operates between the El Monte Bus Station and the Harbor Gateway Transit Center in Gardena. Metro plans to convert the J Line (Silver) to zero emission electric buses in 2021.

The Metro Board of Directors has endorsed converting the entire Metro bus fleet to zero emission buses by 2030 if technology advances enough and the cost is attainable.


OCTA is working to continue delivering vital public transit and capital-improvement projects through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Photo courtesy of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

OCTA Meeting Major Transportation Milestones Despite Pandemic Challenges

The Orange County Transportation Authority is pushing ahead through the many unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and continuing to keep its promises to deliver a balanced and sustainable transportation network for Orange County.
The OCTA Board of Directors this week received a mid-year report on the status of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Initiatives and Action Plan showing that the agency has met 41 of 92 milestones for 2020 through the first six months of the year.

The milestones achieved have included advancing projects promised to voters through Measure M, the Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. Among them are important freeway improvements on the I-405, I-5 and SR-91, continuing to build the OC Streetcar, funding street improvements and enhancing the OC Bus system.

“While there’s no question that we, like public agencies everywhere, have faced enormous challenges with the ongoing public health crisis, I think this report is further proof of the tremendous effort of our agency to work through those obstacles and continue providing essential services for Orange County,” said OCTA Chairman Steve Jones, also the Mayor of Garden Grove.

The milestones, first approved in January, were adjusted slightly in May in response to the pandemic, resulting in the 92 milestones.

Each January, the OCTA board and CEO work together to prioritize goals for the year and develop and action plan to ensure progress toward those goals.

This year that includes:

Board Initiatives

  • Comprehensive Mobility Solutions
  • Regional Leadership and Public Transparency
  • Resiliency, Sustainability and Innovation
  • Fiscal Accountability
  • Organizational Excellence

CEO Initiatives

  • Enhance Transit Service Quality and Customer Experience
  • Deliver OC Go – Next 10 Plan Commitments (Measure M)
  • Collaborate with Local and Regional Partners
  • Ensure Public Accountability and Transparency
  • Advance Climate Resiliency and Sustainability
  • Promote and Deploy Innovative Technology
  • Champion Fiscal Responsibility
  • Strengthen Safety and Security Measures
  • Develop and Maximize Workforce Potential

The initiatives and milestones will be reviewed again by the board this fall. Information: www.octa.net.


All lanes of Oso Parkway now open, construction activities – including direct connection under the new bridge – continue until October 2020

Significant Construction Milestone Reached on Oso Parkway Bridge Project

All six lanes – three in each direction – of Oso Parkway at the 241 Toll Road are open to drivers, marking a significant construction milestone for the Oso Parkway Bridge Project. Sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes on both sides are also open.

Crews constructed the Oso Parkway Bridge overcrossing one half at a time, while maintaining drive-through access for commuters and residents. Intermittent daytime lane closures may be necessary over the next few weeks to install traffic detection loops, create permanent striping and relocate traffic signals at each end of the project area.

“With the state’s stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, our construction crews continued to work diligently to minimize traffic impacts to the community and ensure all lanes on Oso Parkway were opened in a timely manner, providing an essential service for drivers in South Orange County,” said Dave Speirs, the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) Chief Engineer. “Once crews open the roadway under the newly constructed bridge, this direct connection between Los Patrones Parkway and State Route 241 will improve traffic flow, enhance safety and support regional mobility.”

When complete, the Oso Parkway Bridge Project and new roadway will allow northbound Los Patrones Parkway drivers to directly access the 241 Toll Road instead of having to use an off-ramp, wait at a signalized intersection and, then, use an on-ramp to access the 241 Toll Road.

The final project will improve traffic flow and enhance safety for drivers traveling to and from the 241 Toll Road and Rancho Mission Viejo and surrounding areas. It will also improve access, enhance traffic flow and safety and improve pedestrian access to and from Tesoro High School.

“I am proud that TCA has continued its efforts to improve regional mobility by funding this project and partnering with the County of Orange to oversee its construction. The enhanced mobility in terms of driving, walking and biking, along with access to Tesoro High School, is a big win for the community,” said Christina Shea, Mayor of Irvine and Chairwoman of TCA’s Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency.

Project construction began in August 2018 and completion is expected in October 2020. Remaining construction activities include final preparations of on- and off-ramps, overhead signs, grading slopes, completing draining, relocating utilities and miscellaneous electrical work.

Orange County Public Works, in partnership with Caltrans, is overseeing the construction contract led by Ortiz Enterprises. The nearly $40-million project is funded by TCA’s Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA).

For more information on the project, visit OCPublicWorks.com/OsoBridge. For construction updates, follow The Toll Roads on Facebook and Twitter.


Construction is set to start this fall on RCTC’s new I-215 Placentia Avenue Interchange in Perris, the first section of the Mid County Parkway between the Perris Valley and San Jacinto Valley.  

RCTC Awards Construction Contract for New Interchange on Interstate 215 in Perris

Construction is right around the corner for a new interchange at Placentia Avenue in Perris, which will allow drivers to enter and exit Interstate 215 at this location. The Riverside County Transportation Commission awarded a $30 million contract to Riverside Construction last month from a field of 11 bidders.

Work is scheduled to begin in September and the new interchange is anticipated to open in fall 2022, subject to good weather.

The project is the first construction segment of the future Mid County Parkway, a new 16-mile east-west route between Perris and San Jacinto. Future segments of the Mid County Parkway are not funded, so the timing of any further work is uncertain.

The new I-215 Placentia Avenue interchange, which will be located between Ramona Expressway to the north and Nuevo Road to the south, is designed to meet the needs of the area’s growing population. With an estimated 425 new jobs to be created, the project will aid in Riverside County’s economic recovery.

“RCTC is eager to start construction,” said RCTC Chair and Wildomar City Council Member Ben J. Benoit. “This project is one of many that we are beginning this year to improve our region’s transportation network and jump-start the economy,” he said.

Benefits and features include:

  • Access: Adding new northbound and southbound on-ramps and off-ramps
  • Improved Traffic Flow: Realigning East Frontage Road, widening the existing Placentia Avenue overcrossing, and adding lanes to Placentia Avenue between Harvill Avenue and Indian Avenue
  • Safety: Building storm water detention basis to reduce flooding on local streets
  • Clean Air: Reducing the number of idling vehicles, for improved air quality and less gas consumption

Funding is provided by a combination of state funding and Measure A, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County.

For more information and to register for construction updates, visit rctc.org/placentia


Through Mini-Grants, communities can build the tools and resources they need to transform traffic safety.

Go Human Awards 28 Safety Mini-Grants Across the Region

SCAG’s Go Human campaign is proud to announce that we have awarded 28 Local Community Engagement and Safety Mini-Grants (Mini-Grants) to fund projects that build street-level community resiliency and increase the safety of vulnerable street users, including those who depend on biking and walking.

The Mini-Grants expand the concept of traffic safety amid the efforts to reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and recognize its unprecedented impact on our communities. SCAG received nearly 50 applications and awarded more than $200,000 in Mini-Grants for projects across the region.

Awarded projects span a wide range of activities that center the mobility and transportation needs of those most impacted by COVID-19 including a storytelling radio series focusing on transit, virtual workshops for youth, free bike match and repair for essential workers and families, and co-creation of community resilience and safety resources, among many other creative and impactful projects. View the full list of funded projects on the Go Human website. Congrats to all awarded projects and community partners!


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