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

David Aguirre is the Executive Director of the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC), appointed in December 2021. Mr. Aguirre has obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. ICTC is the Regional Transportation Planning and Transit Agency for Imperial County, in addition to the administering agency for the Imperial County Local Transportation Authority. 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). Mr. Aguirre leads a staff of 15 with an annual budget of over 10 million.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Aguirre was a Project Manager for a private engineering firm and was the Transit Program Manager for ICTC for over 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 was also responsible for project management activities for various studies, design, and construction efforts on behalf of the Agency. 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 working towards the upcoming construction efforts for the Calexico Intermodal Transportation Center. ICTC also recently implemented its first Microtransit service in the city of Calexico, which has been well received by the community of Calexico. Mr. Aguirre coupled with ICTC staff, oversees highway and transit projects, public transit services, and critical regional studies.

Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:Theresa M. Dau-Ngo
Director, Port Planning Division
Port of Long Beach

Theresa Dau-Ngo is Director of the Port Planning Division in the Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau at the Port of Long Beach, California. She began her Port career in March 2013 as Manager of Transportation Development and was appointed to her current role in 2021.

As Director of the Port Planning Division, Ms. Dau-Ngo provides leadership and direction to a team that is responsible for diverse planning functions including: managing the Port’s Strategic Planning efforts, maintaining the State-certified Port Master Plan, preparing and short- and long-range land use planning studies, assessing Port-related economic impacts, evaluating current and future transportation system performance within and outside the Harbor District, developing funding and policy strategies in support of Port transportation infrastructure, and collaborating with transportation agencies on critical policy development.

Ms. Dau-Ngo’s accomplishments include leading the formation of the Port of Long Beach’s Port Traffic Management (PTM) team and Traffic Flow Task Force, which facilitated the concurrent construction of the recently completed Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and the Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Project. These teams leveraged cross-divisional and multi-agency coordination to minimize impacts to Port operations and reduce construction-related traffic delays.

She has also guided grant funding strategy to fund major Port infrastructure projects, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal, state and regional grant funding for the Port of Long Beach. Notably, she helped the Port receive a total of $643 million in grant funding for the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility Program, which is set to break ground in 2024.

Prior to joining the Port, her 18 years in the private sector included serving as a consultant at several infrastructure consulting firms in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Ms. Dau-Ngo attended the University of Southern California and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Planning and Development. She went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Master of City Planning Degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Dau-Ngo is a member of the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2019, and volunteers her time as a mentor to graduate planning students at USC and formerly at UC Berkeley. She also served on the Port’s Diversity in Procurement Committee.

At the Port of Long Beach, she received the Engineering Team Award presented to the Port Traffic Flow Task Force in 2017, the 2016 Visionary Award for Women’s Leadership from the Women’s Leadership Circle, and was nominated for 2016 Employee of the Year.

Ms. Dau-Ngo, her husband and three children make their home in Long Beach.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:

Bringing together the best people, ideas, and expertise, AECOM partners with clients to turn their ambitions into reality. We collaborate with agencies to expand the reach and accessibility of their networks, with a focus on multimodal connectivity, sustainability, equity, and emerging technologies.

In our program and construction management work, we integrate with client teams to deliver quality projects, safely and efficiently, while maximizing community benefits. For example, since 2017, an AECOM-led joint venture has been providing construction management support services for Section 2 of LA Metro’s D Line (formerly the Purple Line), a 2.55-mile heavy rail subway extension with two new stations.

Working closely with LA Metro staff and the design-build contractor in a “one team” environment, we provide administrative management, stations and systems construction management, change management, construction inspection, materials testing and inspection, and safety oversight. Our team has shown innovation in addressing challenges such as underground hazard mitigation, utility relocations, and traffic control.

AECOM decided to Joint Venture with three local small businesses. Our team has exceeded LA Metro’s 38% DBE participation goal to date.

The project is poised to enhance regional mobility and strengthen connections, underscoring AECOM’s relentless client focus and commitment to exceptional project execution.

Arcadis has been working with clients on the development and support of emerging technologies such as the electric vertical take off and landing aircraft (eVTOL). Better known as the “flying taxi”, eVTOL is designed to transport people and goods more quickly and sustainably in and around our urban areas and beyond.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:

For decades, Arcadis has been revolutionizing mobility in Southern California by supporting our client’s visions for better mobility. The environment we live in is constantly evolving and the infrastructure we plan, design and build must facilitate that. Arcadis surpasses the boundaries on integrating innovative transport technologies into the built environment across the globe, from autonomous shuttle buses in Europe to Advanced Air Mobility in North America. Social acceptance and equity are key enablers to change, and systems must incorporate planet positive solutions.

Arcadis sees a transformative role for technology in mobility, with solutions like ridesharing, electric vehicles and autonomous mobility reshaping how we travel and navigate cities. CurbIQ, an Arcadis product, is a curbside management software tool that helps decision makers in cities and higher education better understand their curbside and mobility options. Our aim is to ensure infrastructures are adaptable to future needs guided by six key priorities: reliable travel times, reducing carbon footprints, future-proofing assets, safety, maximizing the lifespan of existing infrastructure and providing real-time, actionable information​.

In partnership with our clients, Arcadis is facilitating efficient transportation solutions that help people and goods move seamlessly.

Our vision is simple, yet powerful: Improving the Quality of Life

Kimley-Horn Delivers Effective Teams and Strategies to Implement Innovative Solutions Across Southern California.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:

As one of the nation’s premier planning and design consulting firms, Kimley-Horn is proud to sponsor the 2024 Mobility 21 Summit. Kimley-Horn is a nationally recognized industry leader creating innovative transportation solutions for communities and regions, large and small. Whatever the scale, our dedicated team is focused on the partnerships necessary to establish effective, advanced, 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 7,500 professionals which is the foundation of the firm’s consistent recognition by Fortune magazine in its “100 Best Companies to Work For” issue for 17 years.

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, among others, combine to create a formula for future success. By leveraging our in-house specialists in these areas, our innovative solutions are providing more effective strategies for the future of mobility in California.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg at Caltrans and SANDAG State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry INFRA Grant Press Conference (photo credit: Caltrans)

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
Southwest Strategies

Southwest Strategies Beyond the Border: The State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project

For more than 40 years, Southwest Strategies and Katz & Associates have helped shape how people and goods move throughout California by delivering innovative public outreach and communications strategies that drive results. Combined, our company has supported the successful approval of more than $30 billion in infrastructure projects across the west – and this number continues to grow.

As the largest public outreach firm in California focused on infrastructure communications, we’ve had the opportunity to educate and engage the public in numerous highway, rail, active transportation, and environmental mitigation projects. These critical infrastructure improvements have helped transform mobility, connectivity and access for travelers across the state – but the U.S. isn’t our only playground.

Our firm continues to implement an integrated public outreach and communications program for the State Route 11 (SR 11)/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project, an innovative new border crossing that will shorten wait times, bolster binational trade, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the U.S. and Mexico. Our work has ranged from construction communications, digital marketing initiatives, media relations and milestone events that have attracted dignitaries like Secretary Pete Buttigieg, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Baja California Governor Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda, among others. The culmination of our work has resulted in increased understanding and awareness of the project, overwhelmingly positive media coverage and enhanced cooperation among federal, state and local officials to advance the project forward.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to delivering effective public engagement programs, but we are confident that meaningful communications starts here.

The Orange County Transportation Authority Encourages Active Transportation, Including Walking and Bicycling. During the Month of May, Which is Bike Month, OCTA is Holding Several Events to Encourage Safe Riding on All Types of Bicycles, Including E-bikes.

OC Bike Month

The Orange County Transportation Authority is encouraging people of all ages, including those working from home part-time or full-time, to stay active and get outdoors to safely travel by bicycle – especially during the month of May, which is Bike Month.
OCTA is leading a month-long challenge called “Grab Life By the Handlebars.” Participants are encouraged to pledge to ride a bicycle at least once or as many times as they’d like during May. By doing so, riders can achieve better health and discover the fun and convenience of active transportation.

“Our hope is that more people will take advantage of the sunny spring weather and explore the option of riding a bike as part of how they get around,” said OCTA Chair Tam T. Nguyen. “Orange County has so many great destinations, and whether it’s riding along a beach trail or mountain biking in a regional park or commuting to work, we encourage people to get out there and ride.”

One of the highlights of Bike Month was a Bike Rally, which included OCTA Board and staff members joining the public on a 4-mile ride from the Orange Metrolink Station to the OCTA Administrative Headquarters in Orange.

Bike to Work Week is traditionally held in May. This year, OCTA is holding the month-long challenge, encouraging people to pledge on the website to ride at least once – for work, for fitness or just for fun. 

For making a pledge online, participants are entered into a raffle for a chance to win an electric-bike package valued at approximately $1,600 that includes: An Aventon Level.2 Commuter E-bike, an Aventon chain lock and a Kali Protectives Lunati 2.0 bicycle helmet. The prizes are courtesy of Bike Month sponsors Jax Bicycles, Aventon, and Spectrumotion.

More information is available, and pledges can be made through the end of the month at 

OCTA also encourages cyclists to bike smart and stay safe. For bicycle safety tips, please visit

With the proliferation of bicycles powered by electric motors, OCTA is also sponsoring a series of events to encourage E-bike safety, including in-person safety rodeos and virtual workshops. For more information on E-bike safety, visit:

Orange County has plenty of options for cyclists, from the foothills to the beaches, with more than 1,000 miles of bikeways. Also, the more people choose to ride a bike as an alternative to getting behind the wheel of a car, the better it is for Orange County’s air quality. 

An Aerial Shot of a Train Traveling Along Coastal Bluffs in the City of Del Mar with Ocean Waves Hitting the Bluffs Below the Tracks.

SANDAG Takes Steps to Move LOSSAN
Tracks Away from Eroding Bluffs

The San Diego region’s stretch of the LOSSAN Corridor spans 60 miles of the total 351-mile rail line. As the region’s only rail connection, it is a lifeline for commuters without access to a car and a crucial pathway for goods to move across Southern California and beyond. It’s also fundamental for our national defense, enabling critical transport between military bases and seaports.

San Diego’s coastal bluffs are receding at a rate of up to six inches annually, leaving the LOSSAN train tracks only feet away from the edge in some places. To secure the rail line, SANDAG is working on responses to landslides, erosion, and seismic activity which have caused temporary shutdowns of the rail line. In the short-term, SANDAG is working to stabilize the bluffs, while looking at long-term options for realigning the tracks inland.

In June, SANDAG will start the environmental analysis process for the San Diego LOSSAN Rail Realignment project. This will include a 45-day scoping period to gather public comments on the proposed alternative alignments and environmental concerns related to them. A public scoping meeting is scheduled locally on June 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Diego Marriot Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real in San Diego. Comments can be submitted by emailing

SANDAG will use public comments received during the scoping period to inform a Draft Environmental Impact Report. The public can provide additional comments on the Draft EIR once it is completed in 2025. The SANDAG Board of Directors will be asked to select a new rail route when it considers the Final EIR in 2026. Construction of the project is anticipated to be completed by 2035.

Representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Receive their Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability at the 2024 Regional Conference and General Assembly on May 2, 2024. Pictured From Left to Right: Christina Pascucci, Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Sustainability Awards Host; Vanessa Bulkacz, LADOT Aanagement Analyst; Shirin Sadrpour, LADOT Environmental Affairs Officer; Rubina Ghazarian, LADOT Supervising Transportation Planner; Tomas Carranza, LADOT Assistant General Manager and Chief Technology Officer

SCAG Honors Seven Innovative Projects
With 2024 Sustainability Awards

The Southern California Association of Governments honored seven innovative projects across the six-county region at the 2024 Sustainability Awards ceremonies at the 2024 Regional Conference and General Assembly on May 2 in Palm Desert. These projects are integral to the goals of the Connect SoCal 2024 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and promoting a more mobile, sustainable and prosperous region.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation received the Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability, SCAG’s most prestigious Sustainability Award, for its Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) Pilot Program in South Los Angeles. The UBM Pilot Program brings innovation to South Los Angeles and demonstrates a future where transportation is equitable, accessible, and sustainable for all by encompassing a variety of components designed to connect diverse and sustainable transportation options with the community. These include transportation subsidies, e-bike libraries, electric vehicle car-sharing programs, increased mobile payment options on all modes of transportation and workforce development training that empowers residents with skills for the emerging green economy.

A full list of winners and details of each winning project and program is available on the SCAG website. Videos for each of the awards are also available on YouTube.

(Left to right front row) Lee, Hongkyoo, Representative Director, PIRT and Celina Zacarias, President of the Port of Hueneme Board of Harbor Commissioners sign the MOU. In attendance: (Left to right back row) Park, Chan-Soo, PIRT Safety & Planning Manager; Austin Yang, Port of Hueneme CFO/CAO; Kristin Decas, Port of Hueneme CEO/Port Director; Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme Harbor Commissioner; Christina Birdsey, Port of Hueneme COO.

Port of Hueneme Delegation On-the-Move
During Trade Mission to South Korea and Japan

What is a more fitting way to usher in World Trade Week in Southern California than by having the Port of Hueneme complete a series of collaborative discussions, strategic meetings, and site visits during a whirlwind 10-day economic and green corridor trade mission to South Korea and Japan. Commissioners of the Oxnard Harbor District and senior Port of Hueneme leadership visited these two countries to reinforce, reinvigorate, and reimagine trade with key industry leaders and policymakers alike and align on innovation initiatives to green shipping lanes and operations.

“I was especially honored to be a part of this historic trade mission to Japan and South Korea, it is important for the Port of Hueneme to be a bridge to foster robust relationships with two of our most esteemed trading partners,” said Celina Zacarias, President of the Oxnard Harbor District.

From Seoul to Pyeongtaek, Ulsan to Busan, and Tokyo to Yokohama, the Port’s trade mission was focused on helping existing customers increase their business through the Port of Hueneme by introducing them to the Port’s development goals which seek to further catalyze business with the Port of Hueneme and honor community development and environmental goals as set forth in its strategic plan. The Port of Hueneme and its trading partners embraced cooperation and collaboration regarding environmentally sustainable port development initiatives and automotive logistics with the aim of establishing Green Automotive Shipping Corridors.

The countries of Japan and South Korea are recognized as two of the brightest beacons of innovation, green initiatives and economic prowess, and their partnership with the Port has been instrumental in facilitating a thriving exchange of goods, ideas, environmental stewardship, and culture.

Hyundai GLOVIS HQ: (Left to right) Scott Cornell, CEO of GLOVIS, USA; Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme Harbor Commissioner; Kyoo Bok Lee, President of Hyundai GLOVIS; Celina Zacarias, President of the Port of Hueneme Board of Harbor Commissioners; Kristin Decas, Port of Hueneme CEO/Port Director; Jason Hodge, Port of Hueneme Secretary.

POH Welcome Reception: (Left to Right Back, back row then front row) Kim Sukwon, Vice President of Global SCM Support Group; Jason Hodge, Port of Hueneme Secretary; Kristin Decas, Port of Hueneme CEO/Port Director; Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer; Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme Harbor Commissioner; Scott Cornell CEO of GLOVIS, USA; and Celina Zacarias, President of the Port of Hueneme Board of Harbor Commissioners.

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma was a member of the Port delegation. Port of Hueneme commissioners and leadership staff, as well as Treasurer Ma, presented a proclamation to Hyundai Glovis in recognition of the company’s commitment of working towards innovation, technology, and environmental sustainability goals. Following this gesture of gratitude, the Port of Hueneme signed a green automotive shipping corridor Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 23rd with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Pyeongtaek International Ro-Ro Terminal — a WWL automotive terminal located in the Port of Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

“South Korea ranks as California’s fifth largest export partner and the top trading partner with the Port of Hueneme which is vital for Ventura County,” said California State Treasurer, Fiona Ma. “Hyundai Glovis is a leading logistics firm that enhances global connectivity. Hyundai Motor Company, the second largest in electric vehicle sales, is ramping up production to support California’s ambitious climate targets.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom set an ambitious goal requiring all new light passenger vehicles purchased by 2035 to be zero emission. Twenty-three percent of auto imports that come through the Port of Hueneme are electric vehicles. Both Hyundai and Kia’s commitment to the production of these vehicles is key to meeting that goal. The major counterpart ports where these vehicles are loaded include: Pyeongtaek and Ulsan in South Korea. For its part, many Subaru vehicles discharged at the Port of Hueneme originate in Kawasaki and Yokohama in Japan.

“The partnerships we have with Japan and South Korea will help mutually grow commercial relationships with existing port clients and allow for a dynamic effort to make a difference around the globe with green shipping and development practices,” said Kristin Decas, CEO & Port Director for the Port of Hueneme.

While in Yokohama Japan, members of the Port of Hueneme delegation and the Port of Yokohama celebrated their long-standing partnership by establishing a Memorandum of Understanding to create a Green Automotive Shipping Corridor between both ports. This MOU will help promote cooperation and collaboration regarding environmentally sustainable port development initiatives and automotive logistics at both ports with the aim of transitioning to a zero-emission future. This transition will require more than changing equipment and the energy which makes it move. It will require collaboration across the maritime industry from cargo owners, freight forwarders, ports and carriers to vehicle and engine manufacturers, energy producers, and policy makers alike.

(Left to Right) Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme Harbor Commissioner; Kristin Decas, Port of Hueneme CEO/Port Director; Celina Zacarias, President of the Port of Hueneme Board of Harbor Commissioners; Yasuhiro Shimbo, Director General, Port of Yokohama; and Shinsuke Ito, President, Yokohama Port Corporation, Gather for a Photo to Celebrate the Formal Signing of the MOU.

The MOU is a major step to improve the understanding of how these two ports can work together towards powering the world’s fifth largest economy through the California spirit of innovation, equity, and leadership.

The Port of Hueneme/Yokohama MOU is the first green automotive shipping corridor MOU signed by a US port authority and builds upon on a green shipping corridor initiative announced by the United States and South Korea at COP27, as well as a Letter of Intent to Support Port Decarbonization and the Development of Green Shipping Corridors between the State of California and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. The Port of Hueneme is now the first US port authority to sign green automotive shipping corridor agreements with ports and terminals in both Japan and South Korea, whose markets represent a majority of the transpacific automobile trade between the three nations.

About the Port of Hueneme The Port of Hueneme is one of the most productive and efficient commercial trade gateways for niche cargo on the West Coast. Five locally elected Port Commissioners govern the Port. The Port consistently ranks among the top ten U.S. ports for automobiles and fresh produce. Port operations support the community by bringing $2.8 billion in economic activity and creating 24,997 trade-related jobs. Trade through the Port of Hueneme generates more than $236 million in direct and related state and local taxes, which fund vital community services. In 2017, the Port of Hueneme became the first port in California to become Green Marine certified and was voted the Greenest Port in the U.S. at the Green Shipping Summit.