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Forward Motion, June 2022

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Mobility 21 Summit Agenda Announced!
Early Bird Registration Closes This Friday!

The 2022 Mobility 21 Summit agenda is now available to view online! Click here to plan your day on Friday, Aug. 19 at the Disneyland Hotel:

  • Choose from eight engaging breakout sessions
  • Attend our not-to-be-missed general sessions
  • Network with more than 100 exhibitors in our expo hall
  • Reboot your mind (and cell phone!) in our Charge & Recharge Station with phone charging stations, seated massages and snacks to energize you throughout the day

AGENDA
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Registration Opens

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakfast Served

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
New! 
DEI Meet and Greet

8:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Opening General Session

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Morning Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Morning Breakout Sessions
AM 1: Chairs’ Roundtable: Future Forward
AM 2: Transportation Investment Equity for 22 Million
AM 3: Post Pandemic Transit: Can We Close the Gap?
AM 4: Our Nation’s Ports: Course Correction

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
15 Minute Break

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Luncheon General Session

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM
15 Minute Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
PM 1: A Way Forward: Infrastructure California
PM 2: Workforce Equity
PM 3: Are We There Yet? Getting to Zero Emissions
PM 4: Choice vs. Congestion

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM 
Afternoon Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
Closing General Session

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Disney Vouchers Available*

* Disney Twilight tickets are NOT available. Per the Disneyland Resort, these pro-rated evening-only tickets are not available to conference-goers at this time.

Good news! Mobility 21 will provide $50 Disney vouchers for each full Summit registrant, available for pick-up by the attendee at 4:00 PM after the Summit with valid ID and matching name badge. Qualifying attendees may use this towards the purchase of a theme park ticket or use at Disney retail stores and restaurants. Please be advised that Disney has a theme park reservation process.

Acceptance of the Disney voucher may be reportable, valued at $50.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
David Aguierre
Interim Executive Director
Imperial County Transportation Commission

David Aguirre is the Interim Executive Director of the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC), appointed in December 2021. ICTC is the Regional Transportation Planning and Transit Agency for Imperial County. Most recently, ICTC through AB 939, was authorized to administer non-transportation programs. Current non-transportation regional programs administered by ICTC are the Imperial Valley Resource Management Agency (IVRMA) and the Service Authority of Freeway Emergencies (SAFE).

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Aguirre was the Transit Program Manager for 5+ years. As Transit Program Manager, Mr. Aguirre was responsible for various critical ICTC programs such as managing the administration and operation of ICTC various public transit systems, budgetary administration of ICTC and oversight of ICTC’s newly administered programs SAFE and IVRMA. Mr. Aguirre, with interagency support, is currently leading the efforts to expand the bridge over the All-American canal at the Calexico East Port of Entry as well as the finalization of design and right of way acquisition efforts for the Calexico Intermodal Transportation Center. Mr. Aguirre coupled with ICTC staff, oversee highway and transit projects; public transit services; and the Local Transportation Authority (LTA) Measure D program.

Mr. Aguirre obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting. Mr. Aguirre is a life-long resident of the Imperial Valley and currently lives in El Centro with his wife, three children and three dogs.


Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Brad Kuhn
Partner
Nossaman LLP

Brad Kuhn is a partner at the law firm Nossaman LLP, where he serves as the Chair of the firm’s Eminent Domain and Valuation Practice Group. Brad is a nationally recognized leader in advising on all real property aspects of infrastructure and development projects. He provides a unique ability to prevent or resolve complex real estate and infrastructure disputes through strategic planning and project implementation. He is passionate about improving the quality of life in Southern California through new and innovative transportation opportunities.

Brad is actively involved in California’s transportation industry. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for Mobility 21 and serving as Mobility 21’s General Counsel, he has also served as General Counsel to the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), overseeing the 10,000+ member, world-wide premier organization for right-of-way acquisition. Brad has been awarded the CRE® designation by the Counselors of Real Estate®, an international group of real estate professionals recognized as leading advisors in complex real property matters with approximately 1,000 members worldwide, of which only about 50 are practicing attorneys.

Some of the infrastructure projects Brad has actively worked on include City of Los Angeles / Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Landside Access Modernization Project, LA Metro’s Purple Line Westside Subway Extension Project and LAX/Crenshaw Transit Corridor Project, the Exposition Light Rail Transit Project, SANDAG’s Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, SBCTA’s sbX E-Street Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project and Downtown Passenger Rail Project, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority’s Gold Line Extension Project, and numerous other transportation, water, energy, and gas projects.

Brad’s accomplishments have been profiled in numerous publications, including being recognized as one of the “2021 Visionaries” in Commercial Real Estate by the Los Angeles Times. He has also received recognition by the Recorder as a California Trailblazer, a designation given to only a “handful of attorneys that are truly agents of change” and have “made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancement of their practice.” Brad has also been named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 20 Under 40” list, a recognition given to the top 20 lawyers in California who are on the cutting edge of legal issues, and who are making an impact on changing an industry, region or society. He has been chosen for individual recognition by Chambers & Partners, the guide to the world’s best lawyers, and also recognized as the Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by the American Lawyer. Brad earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, and his juris doctorate from Chapman University School of Law. He lives in San Clemente with his wife Nicole, and their two sons, Preston (12) and Jack (9).


Crossover Cavern near Regional Connector’s Broadway Station

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
Arcadis

The potential of boundless transformative technologies brings countless challenges –and no one is meeting these challenges like Arcadis. Combining our deep global design, engineering, and consultancy experience, Arcadis delivers projects seamlessly to a variety of public and private sector clients. From delivering clean water to your tap and implementing sustainable solutions that meet energy demands, to improving operational efficiencies that help to transport millions of people safely, Arcadis is working with you to keep our global society connected.

Arcadis’ team of over 700 professionals in California have planned, designed, and overseen the construction of over $50 billion of projects over the last five years. With projects like the Regional Connector with LA Metro and the California High Speed Rail in the Central Valley, to the Diridon Station planning and design in San Jose and the Connected Corridor Proof of Concept in San Francisco, Arcadis is helping to generate what’s next in California.

At Arcadis, we’ve created an environment for next-generation thinking – where a culture of agility and innovation inspire development of world-class customer experiences. We empower the organizations that make the world turn. Arcadis’ ecosystem includes over 29,000 Arcadians, in over 70 countries, serving 7.8 billion people.


Rendering of the Automated People Mover Project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)” “Courtesy: LINXS Constructors

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
Flatiron

Building Success for All at the Automated People Mover Project

Flatiron is a joint venture partner in construction of the 2.25-mile Automated People Mover at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This is an opportunity to deliver a transportation system that will connect travelers to the LAX terminals, Economy Parking, L.A. Metro, and a new Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility. It’s also an opportunity to engage the local workforce and local small businesses.

“This historic project has allowed me to represent my community in a new way, including the importance of the legacy one leaves behind,” says LINXS Constructors Deputy Inclusivity Manager Austin Sanford, a Los Angeles native. He supports the inclusivity team’s mission to grow small businesses and the local workforce.

The Inclusivity team has a host of accomplishments under its (tool) belt, including meeting its goal of having 90% of apprentice workers come through LINXS training programs.

The Automated People Mover project team also has:

  • Hired 30% of the project workforce locally during Design and Construction.
  • Distributed more than $870 million in contracts for local, small, disabled, and veteran-owned businesses.
  • Committed to investing $1 million in scholarships and local community organizations.

Sanford always sees the “bigger picture”: “To be part of a landmark project that will forever change the LAX skyline is amazing but building careers that could impact generations to come has completely transformed me.”


Kimley-Horn delivers effective teams and strategies to implement mobility solutions across southern California.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
Kimley-Horn

As one of the nation’s premier planning and design consulting firms, Kimley-Horn is proud to sponsor the 2022 Mobility 21 Summit. Kimley-Horn is a nationally recognized industry leader creating sustainable transportation solutions for communities and regions, large and small. Whatever the scale, our dedicated team is focused on the partnerships necessary to establish effective and collaborative strategies. Our integrated planning process, mode integration strategies, and experience with local, regional, and statewide transportation planning and design position us to offer our clients access to local experience and national expertise. Kimley-Horn has a talented and dedicated workforce of more than 5,600 professionals which is the foundation of the firm’s consistent recognition by Fortune magazine in its “100 Best Companies to Work For” issue for 15 years.

The Inclusivity team has a host of accomplishments under its (tool) belt, including meeting its goal of having 90% of apprentice workers come through LINXS training programs.

The Automated People Mover project team also has:

  • Hired 30% of the project workforce locally during Design and Construction.
  • Distributed more than $870 million in contracts for local, small, disabled, and veteran-owned businesses.
  • Committed to investing $1 million in scholarships and local community organizations.

Sanford always sees the “bigger picture”: “To be part of a landmark project that will forever change the LAX skyline is amazing but building careers that could impact generations to come has completely transformed me.”

From our 11 California offices, we link transportation planning, technology, equity, and design to help communities overcome challenges important to California’s cities and regions. Automated and connected vehicles working in concert with mass transit, active transportation, safe and efficient roadways, electric vehicle infrastructure, travel demand management, complete streets, and Kimley-Horn’s KITS Advanced Traffic Management System combine to create a formula for future success. By leveraging our in-house expertise in these areas, our long-range solutions are providing more effective strategies for the future of mobility in California.


Summer shuttles, like the one pictured here in Dana Point, help provide safe and efficient public transit especially in coastal communities thanks to OCTA’s Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

Summer Shuttles Hit Orange County Streets Thanks to Funding from OCTA

The Orange County Transportation Authority is helping cities throughout Orange County provide popular summer shuttle services as residents and visitors head for outdoor activities during the warm summer months.

The shuttle services, which are low-cost or free to ride, are primarily funded by OCTA’s Measure M, the local half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

“Community shuttles are one more innovative way OCTA keeps Orange County moving, especially during the summer when our county has so much to offer residents and visitors,” said OCTA Chairman Mark A. Murphy, also the Mayor of Orange. “The shuttles move people safely while easing driving and parking hassles, helping improve our air quality in the process.”

Many summer shuttles connect to one another and to OC Bus and Metrolink stops, making it easier to travel to great destinations without a car.

Shuttles are operated by local jurisdictions. OCTA continues to work closely with cities in monitoring ridership and evaluating costs as the services have returned following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please visit the following links for more information on shuttle routes and hours of operation:

For more information, please visit www.octa.net.


Studies are starting for the I-10 Highland Springs Avenue Interchange in Banning and Beaumont. This interchange has one of the highest peak traffic volumes per hour and per month on I-10 in Riverside County

Engineering, Environmental Studies to Start for I-10 Highland Springs Avenue Interchange in Banning, Beaumont

Improvements may be on the horizon for the Interstate 10 Highland Springs Avenue Interchange at the border of Banning and Beaumont, thanks to the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s award of a contract in June for preliminary engineering and environmental studies.

Highland Springs Avenue is the main connection to multiple housing developments, employment centers, the Sun Lakes Country Club, retail and commercial businesses, and medical centers, such as San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital. This interchange has one of the highest peak traffic volumes per hour and per month on I-10 in Riverside County.

RCTC, in partnership with Caltrans and both cities, will evaluate several design options, including hook ramp alternatives, “diverging diamond interchange” alternatives, and auxiliary lanes to make it easier for drivers to merge on and off I-10 and to improve access for emergency responders.

The diverging diamond interchange concept, which debuted in Manteca, California in 2020 and has been implemented in Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington, has drivers enter from the right side of the road, cross to the left side as they pass through the interchange, and then cross back again to the right side. The “crisscross” pattern helps drivers move steadily through the intersections and creates free left-hand turns for drivers entering and exiting I-10.

The study will look at ways to improve the interchange, on-ramps, off-ramps, and existing local roads, including the closely spaced intersections with Joshua Palmer Way north of I-10, to enhance traffic flow through this heavily congested area. The project also is intended to improve air quality with fewer idling vehicles waiting to enter and exit I-10 and to support access to public transit and a Class II bike lane.

The engineering and environmental phase of work will start this summer and could be completed by summer or fall of 2024. Design would follow, and construction may begin as early as 2026 if RCTC secures project approvals and funding.

Funding for the $2.2 million study is provided through Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fees administered by the Western Riverside Council of Governments.


VCTC Selects New Public Transit Director

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) announced today that Claire Grasty has been selected as the agency’s new public transit director. Grasty currently is program manager of regional transit planning at VCTC.

As public transit director, Grasty will oversee all VCTC programs related to public transit operations and planning, including Intercity bus service, Regional Transit Technology and Rideshare, as well as VCTC’s partnerships with regional bus and passenger rail operators and the Regional Transit Information Center.

Grasty succeeds Martin Erickson, who was named executive director of VCTC earlier this year. She was selected after a comprehensive recruitment and interview process. Grasty began her new position June 1.

Grasty joined VCTC in November 2017 as program manager of regional transit planning. In that role, she helped develop the county’s first Transportation Emergency Preparedness Plan (TEPP) after witnessing the significant impacts to transportation brought by the Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow in Montecito.

More recently, Grasty helped implement Metrolink Saturday Service from Ventura County to downtown Los Angeles and the popular College Ride program, which allows students at any Ventura County college to ride public transit for free. She is responsible for managing multiple VCTC budgets and provides technical support to transit operators throughout Ventura County.

“I am very humbled by this opportunity,” Grasty said. “I’m excited for the future of public transit in Ventura County and to help improve mobility for our community, especially for those who need it most.”

Grasty has more than 12 years of public transit experience. Before joining VCTC, she spent eight years as a planning manager, transit planner and intern at Gold Coast Transit District in Oxnard. She received a bachelor’s degree in community studies from UC Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in public policy from CSU Northridge.

A Ventura County native, Grasty lives in Ventura with her husband and two young children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

“Claire has been an integral part of VCTC’s transit team since joining the organization. She has led multiple key initiatives to provide greater access to public transportation and to encourage the use of carpooling, biking and other rideshare options,” said Executive Director Erickson. “Claire cares deeply about the transit-riding public, and she is dedicated to improving public transportation in Ventura County and across Southern California.”


SANDAG is helping communities across the San Diego region Get Connected to reliable, affordable high-speed internet.

Internet connectivity is an essential part of everyday life, but the gap between people with and without reliable internet access is growing. This disparity heavily impacts low-income households, rural communities, and people in Tribal lands, with purchasing affordable internet service.

SANDAG’s Get Connected program seeks to bridge the digital divide in the San Diego region by partnering with 211 San Diego, the County of San Diego, and the City of San Diego, to link people to a one-stop shop of community resources available including:

  • Monthly internet discounts through the federal Affordable Connectivity Program
  • Access to public Wi-Fi at hundreds of locations across the region
  • Laptop checkouts from local libraries
  • Purchase of low-cost computers from Computers 2 Kids
  • Free digital literacy training from the San Diego Futures Foundation

The Get Connected program aims to expand high-speed internet access and adoption to everyone in the San Diego region. Greater internet connectivity advances quality of life and is an essential component of the transportation system.

To explore resources to connect to the internet, visit https://getconnected.sandag.org/ or call 2-1-1.


American Council of Engineering Companies
Names Oso Parkway Bridge Project of the Year

The Orange County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC-OC) has named the Oso Parkway Bridge its Transportation Project of the Year (in the “less than $200 million” category).

The nearly $40 million project opened on Jan. 13, 2021, and was the product of a partnership between the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), County of Orange (OC Public Works) and Caltrans.

TCA funded the project using cash on hand and established a partnership with OC Public Works to oversee construction. The bridge provides a direct connection between the 241 Toll Road and Los Patrones Parkway and is an essential infrastructure component for rapidly growing South Orange County. Completion of the project has resulted in improved mobility and connectivity for South Orange County and provides improved access to businesses and restaurants in areas such as Rancho Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.

The project consists of six lanes of travel (three in each direction) and dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks – enhancing safety for students and families accessing nearby Tesoro High School.

“We are extremely proud to see the Oso Parkway Bridge Project continue to receive recognition, just as proud as we are of the successful partnerships that led to the project’s completion,” said TCA CEO Samuel Johnson. “This award is a testament to our guiding principles of increasing mobility, delivering innovative solutions and fostering meaningful partnerships to support Orange County’s quality of life.”

Founded in 1905, the American Council of Engineering Companies is the oldest and largest business association of engineering companies in the United States. It is organized as a federation of 52 state and regional councils with national headquarters in Washington, D.C., comprising thousands of engineering firms throughout the country.

In March 2021, the project received the 2021 Bridge Project of the Year award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County Branch and, in October 2021, ASCE Los Angeles recognized the project as the regional Project of the Year.

In December, the project was honored by the Orange County Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS-OC) with the 2021 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award. The award honors an outstanding and innovative transportation project or service that improves the quality of life for its users and the community.

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