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Forward Motion, July 2022

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2022 Mobility 21 Summit Sold Out!

Thank you to our attendees and sponsors – the 2022 Summit is sold out!

PLAN YOUR DAY

  • Hear from more than 60 General and Breakout Session speakers.
  • Network in our expo hall with more than 100 exhibitors, including our vehicle display.
  • View the conference agenda and choose the Breakout Sessions you want to attend.
  • New to the Summit! Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Networking Event: 7:45 AM – 8:30 AM in the Hospitality Suite inside the Expo Hall. We invite our Summit attendees from small and disadvantaged business enterprises to join us for this exclusive networking time with our Mobility 21 Board, Advisory Board and their management team.
  • Check out our Hospitality Suite in the Expo Hall for a place to charge your electronics, play retro arcade games and lounge in a quiet space.
  • Complimentary wifi is available throughout the Summit.
  • Don’t forget to bring business cards!


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Fran Inman
Senior Vice President
Majestic Realty Co.

Fran Inman, Senior Vice President, directs government relations and external 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, Laredo and Phoenix.

Inman served on the California Transportation Commission from 2010 to 2021 and recently completed 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. Inman also serves on the Executive Committee of The Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall.

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 was recently awarded the Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Logistics and the California Trucking Association Annual Leadership in Logistics Award.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Lisa Maurath
Mobility Solutions, Senior Vice President
Parsons

Lisa Maurath serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development for the West Region for Parsons (NYSE: PSN). In this role she is responsible for the continued growth and development of their Critical Infrastructure sector on the West Coast. This focus includes providing innovative customer solutions in the transportation and water/wastewater markets. Parsons is a long-time member of the Mobility 21 Advisory Board and Lisa is pleased to continue the partnership with all of the M21 member agencies.

Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in project and program management, business development and operations, project controls, construction management, engineering, and procurement. Prior to joining Parsons in 2018, she worked in leadership positions for several large engineering firms in Southern California and the Midwest.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working in literally every sector of traditional transportation: aviation, BRT, highways, express lanes, ports, LRT, HRT, passenger rail, high speed rail, and even aerial gondolas. And I actually started my career in the vertical transportation field, as an elevator engineer! I’m excited that with the evolution of new mobility I can continue to add to my roster of transportation modes.”

Born and raised in the Boston area, Lisa graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She also holds a certificate in business management from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.

In addition to serving on the advisory board of Mobility 21, she is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for California State University, Los Angeles College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology; the ACEC-CA State PAC Board; and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a past president for the Los Angeles chapter of ACEC and also served on the board of directors for the national Women’s Transportation Seminar Foundation. Her current industry organization memberships include CMAA, WTS, APTA, and the Railway Association of Southern California.


HNTB’s SPARK program students learning about bridge building.

HNTB’s SPARK LA Program Concludes Sixth Year; Expands to Include Second School

The successful SPARK LA partnership that started with HNTB and the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works wrapped up its sixth year at Los Angeles Unified School District’s all-girls public STEM school – the Girls Academic Leadership Academy: Dr. Michelle King School for STEM. This year, the program also expanded for the first time to include Schurr High School in Montebello, California.

“Our goal was to reach more students with this exciting educational program, and we were thrilled to partner with Schurr High School, a four-year public school in the Montebello Unified School District,” said Lilly Acuña, HNTB environmental planner and SPARK LA program leader. “SPARK Eastside’s inaugural four-week program had 29 students participating in classes led by technical experts in the fields of tunnel design, bridge design, transit planning and aviation. We look forward to our partnerships with the SPARK programs, hoping to inspire students for many years.”

SPARK supports each school’s STEM curriculum – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – aiming to attract more students to pursue degrees and professions in fields of transportation and infrastructure.

HNTB engages in various programs and activities to create awareness with young people to inform them about careers in engineering, architecture, and planning.


A $25 million TIRCP grant awarded to Metrolink and RCTC will allow service expansion and station upgrades to the 91/Perris Valley Line. This will allow trains to run in both directions every 30 minutes, offering more mobility options for underserved communities, reducing traffic congestion on I-215, improving air quality, and providing easy access to Perris for the 2028 Olympics.

State Awards $25 Million Grant to Metrolink and RCTC to Upgrade 91/Perris Valley Line

Other improvements include 2.5 additional miles of double track and a second platform at the Moreno Valley/March Field Station. Expansion and upgrades to the Perris-South Station and Layover Facility also are planned to improve service operations and add capacity for overnight train storage.

“This project is an excellent example of the partnership between Metrolink and RCTC and their commitment to improve the 91/Perris Valley Line for underserved Riverside County residents,” said RCTC Commissioner Karen Spiegel, who also serves as a member of the Metrolink Board of Directors and is Riverside County’s 2nd District Supervisor. “As the fastest growing county in the state, these Metrolink improvements come at a critical time to address the significant transportation needs for our region,” she said.

Projects that offer alternatives to driving the area’s crowded highways, especially nearby Interstate 215, will help RCTC and Metrolink meet climate change goals and offer expanded travel and employment options to disadvantaged communities. The 91/Perris Valley Line upgrades also will allow southern California visitors during the 2028 Olympics to easily connect to Lake Perris, which will host canoe sprint and rowing events as part of the summer games.

The first phase of the Moreno Valley/March Field Station Improvements Project will start later this year with construction of a second platform and upgrades to 2.5 miles of track. This work is expected to be completed in 2024. The Perris-South Station improvements are scheduled to be completed in 2027.


Johnny Dunning, a 25-year veteran of the transit industry, was named Chief Operating Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority. Photo courtesy of OCTA. 

Dunning Jr. Named OCTA’s Chief Operating Officer

Johnny Dunning Jr., a proven transit leader with 25 years of industry experience and an avid bus rider himself, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority.

As COO, Dunning is responsible for leading OCTA’s Operations groups, including bus, commuter rail and OC Streetcar (now under construction), paratransit, microtransit, and mobility management. He will also oversee vehicle and facilities maintenance. Dunning, who joined OCTA in 2017, had been serving as interim COO since January.

“I’m very happy that Johnny has accepted this role because he has clearly demonstrated his strong leadership, effectively guiding the Operations team to deliver on our mission of providing safe and reliable transit services for the people of Orange County,” said OCTA CEO Darrell E. Johnson.

Dunning will work directly with CEO Johnson and Deputy CEO Jennifer L. Bergener to continue advancing Orange County’s evolving public transit needs, including continued advancement of the agency’s zero-emission bus program.

“I’m honored and excited to take on this position and continue working with our talented OCTA team,” Dunning said. “As a bus rider myself, I routinely get a first-hand look and am able to talk directly with coach operators and other riders to see where the system is working best and ways to enhance efficiencies and the customer experience. I look forward to continuing to develop and provide public transit solutions that best serve all of Orange County.”

In his five years with OCTA, Dunning served as Department Manager for Scheduling and Bus Operations Support, managing bus ridership information, resource planning for coach operators and OC Bus performance.

OCTA, with an annual budget of $1.65 billion, has continued to evolve its transit services to serve the public’s needs. In addition to operating the fifth largest transit agency in California (based on pre-pandemic ridership levels), OCTA provides paratransit and vanpool services, oversees Metrolink commuter rail, operates the OC Flex microtransit service, funds community and seasonal shuttle services, and is currently building the OC Streetcar. The 4-mile modern electric streetcar will provide another important transit option in downtown Santa Ana and Garden Grove, communities that comprise one of the nation’s most densely populated areas.

Dunning is a career transit professional with 25 years of experience in transit-system planning at small and large multimodal agencies. Prior to OCTA, he served as the Manager of Service Planning with the North County Transit District and in planning positions at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

Dunning holds advanced degrees in Civil Engineering and City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he gained his appreciation for public transportation as a student who relied on public transit to access his education.

He is a native Californian who grew up in Orange County and continues to live in the community he serves with his wife, Nya. He is also the father of three children and an ordained minister.

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