Every city struggles to move people. We know the familiar solutions. Some cities are asking a new question – What Would Buck Rogers Do? – and are developing unconventional approaches for the traveling public. Some of these are proven approaches and are being retooled for the future. Others are too new to fully understand their long-term viability. How can these unusual modes – from cable-driven transit to personal mobility devices to hyperloop pods – benefit mobility within livable communities? How do we integrate these modes into urban areas already dominated by all of our favorites: bicycles, walking, buses, trains, and autos? How do we maneuver not only the physical landscape, but the policy framework under which the long-established modes operate?
Moderator: Thomas Waldron, Global Transit Director, HDR, Inc., Neward, NJ
Justin Miller, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA
Mania Bedikian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect, Perkins + Will, San Francisco, CA
Clarence Eng, FAICP, Smart Mobility / Transit Practice Leader, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc, Tampa, FL
Thea Walsh, AICP, Director of Transportation Systems and Funding, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus, OH
Topic Community Development, Community Development, Community Development
How are communities using incentives to bolster equitable transit-oriented development? Hear real-life examples from around the country. Learn how communities use financial incentives, site assembly, infrastructure development and public land partnerships to induce development around transit investments. Get the developer’s outlook on what works and what doesn’t – and how each of these efforts could be determinative in their project feasibility. Hear real-world solutions from several communities, all in one convenient place.
Moderator: Devin Culbertson, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners, Portland, OR
Ahmad Abu-Khalaf, Research Analyst, Enterprise Community Partners, Washington, DC
John Swartz, CPE, LEED AP, Transportation Planning Manager, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Nkosi Yearwood, Urban Planner, Montgomery County, Maryland, Hyattsville, MD
Lena Andrews, AICP, Senior Development Officer, Action Housing, Pittsburgh, PA
Meea Kang, Senior Vice President, Related California, San Francisco, CA
Topic Community Development, Economic Development, Implementation
How do we attract the right kind of transit-oriented development around transit facilities? Cities and transit agencies struggle to identify properties suitable for TOD. Then they struggle some more to solicit, evaluate and select proposals through a transparent process. When private developers come onboard, they often grapple with conflicting goals in a public agency. They’re sometimes baffled by the public process, both in content and timeline. Hear what cities and transit agencies are doing to attract developers and to fulfill the local TOD vision. Is it enough? What do developers need to build out the local vision? What works? What doesn’t? Learn how to build the foundation for successful joint developments from both the agency and developer perspective. Lively conversation and solutions from across North America.
Moderator: John Loughran, Senior Urban Strategist, WSP USA, New York, NY
Rollin Stanley, General Manager, City of Calgary, Alberta, Calgary, AB
Stan Wall, PE, Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc., Washington, DC
Alan Goodwin, AICP, Planning Coordinator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Topic Community Development, Wellness, Implementation
What can we learn about equitable transportation-oriented development from East Liberty? Hear about the rebuilding process in this community on the east end of Pittsburgh. How did a very deliberate community engagement process help achieve the anticipated community outcomes? How did broad government and philanthropic support add to the success? What tangible results did community ownership efforts accomplish? Hear real-world solutions you can incorporate into your own ETOD process.
Moderator: Richard Manson, Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)- New York, New York, NY
Ernie Hogan, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, GoBurgh Initiative, Pittsburgh, PA
Jim Hartling, Partner, Urban Partners, Philadelphia, PA
Meg Sowell, CRE, President, Real Estate Strategies, Inc., Paoli, PA
Topic Equity/Economic Opportunity, Community Development, Community Engagement
Gentrification and displacement? These are no longer strictly coastal issues. Communities across the continent are under pressure. The market dynamics, impacted populations and rates of displacement vary widely. Is TOD a driver or a solution? Is there a link between displacement and ridership declines? How do joint development policies address displacement and equity? Learn about cross-sector, community-driven approaches. Hear examples of aligned interests: How did they simultaneously preserve and grow communities? What processes worked – and didn’t – to respect community history, assets and residents? Hear from a diverse group of practitioners, across sectors and geographies. How are they are tackling displacement in their communities?
Moderator: Mariia Zimmerman, AICP, Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC, Richmond, VA
Roberto Requejo, Program Director, Elevated Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jenna Hornstock, Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communities, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, CA
Terry Benelli, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)- Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Ross Catrow, Advocate/Organizer, RVA Rapid Transit, Richmond, VA
Topic Implementation, Equity/Economic Opportunity, Economic Development
Route 66 has a storied place in American pop culture. The cities along this historic highway are experiencing their own transformational moment. Hear about two efforts to provide new bus rapid transit service. Learn how city officials and urban planners in Albuquerque are implementing the nation’s first system to meet the Gold BRT Standard. With a fleet of all-electric buses, desert-adapted landscaping and new sidewalks with permeable surfaces and bioswales, this BRT line is the biggest public transit project in the city’s history. When completed, 1 in 5 residents will live or work within walking distance of the system.
Topic Implementation, Community Engagement, Economic Development
Discover creative strategies for implementing transit corridors and capturing economic potential with a corridor approach to TOD. Explore projects on both coasts – central Connecticut, suburban Maryland and British Columbia. What are the challenges associated with BRT and rail, both heavy and light? How do you identify them? What tools are available? How does stakeholder engagement impact the final plans? Learn the importance of balancing a corridor-wide strategy with the desires of communities. Hear unique insights to help navigate your own investment in transit.
Moderator: Daniel Baer, AICP, National Planning Lead, WSP USA, Newark, NJ
David Elder, AICP, GISP, Transportation Supervising Planner, State of Connecticut, Newington, CT
Scott Neuman, SNG LRT Project Director, City of Surrey, British Columbia, Surrey, BC
Topic Equity/Economic Opportunity, Community Engagement, Implementation
Breaking away from an auto-oriented development model, San Jose’s 2040 General Plan outlines a balanced and sustainable transportation future. The cornerstone is Diridon station. With future BART, HSR and electrified Caltrain service, Diridon will become Northern California’s most important transportation hub. Google plans to build space for 20,000 employees adjacent to the station. In order to effectively accommodate all of this planned activity, the station must be completely reconfigured to seamlessly connect all transportation modes, while also integrating into the surrounding urban fabric. Will this much-needed infusion of people and economic activity spur gentrification and displacement? How are stakeholders – including Google and public agencies – working together to connect all modes of transport? Explore San Jose’s transformation from a city to drive-through – to a city to ride to.
Moderator: Elizabeth Scanlon, Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc, San Mateo, CA
Teresa Alvarado, Director, SPUR, San Jose, CA
Eric Eidlin, AICP, Station and Access Planning Manager, City of San Jose, California, San Jose, CA
Melissa Reggiardo, Principal Planner, San Mateo County Transit District, San Carlos, CA
Carolyn Gonot, Chief Engineering and Program Delivery Officer, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), San Jose, CA
Topic Community Development, Economic Development, Implementation
A vibrant downtown. Growing ridership. Extensive development next to transit stations. Transforming suburbs – including one with a 64-story tower! Hear the story of TOD in Metro Vancouver. Discover the SkyTrain and other transit corridors with a planner from the region’s transit and transportation agency; a planner from a Metro Vancouver municipality; a consultant and a development market analyst. Explore Metro Vancouver’s key regional, planning and transit decisions from the 1960s onward. How did they get there? What’s worked? What hasn’t? What are the challenges today? Find out what TOD means in Metro Vancouver. Is it a true success story?
Moderator: Andrew Browne, MCIP RPP, Senior Urban Planner, IBI Group, Vancouver, British Columbia
Joanna Brownell, Manager, Partner Planning, TransLink, New Westminster, British Columbia
Jennifer Podmore-Russell, Senior Vice President, Rennie Group, Vancouver, British Columbia
Ian MacPhee, Senior Planner, City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Rail~Volution is going international in 2019 for the 25th annual conference! Join us in Vancouver, BC, one of the most livable and fastest-growing transit-oriented cities in North America. Natural beauty, TOD beyond belief – hear what else the region has to offer from Vancouver’s Local Host Committee chair. Save the dates: Sept. 8 – 11, 2019.
Sarah Ross, Director System Planning, Transportation Planning and Policy, TransLink, New Westminster, British Columbia
As regions build multimodal transit systems, they increasingly look for funding at the local level. Some local ballot measures fail; but others pass, despite well-organized anti-transit groups. How come? Hear from a seasoned veteran steeped in strategic communications, market research and campaign organizing about trends affecting transit campaigns. Participate in this no-holds-barred presentation designed to stir imaginative critical-thinking strategies and messaging for your community.
Robin Rather, Chief Executive Officer, Collective Strength, Austin, TX
The Rail~Volution reality show continues! These Tech Tank finalists have already survived the grueling first round. Who will bring forward the best proposal for using new technologies to improve livability? You be the judge! Vote using interactive voice and text. These transit industry pros have made their mark on livability in their communities – now it’s time for the big prize. Innovation. Inspiration. Cut-throat competition.
Emcee: Beverly Scott, PhD, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates LLC, Albany, CA
King’s Garden 1-2, Wyndham Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
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