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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
3:00 pm-6:00 pm REGISTRATION DESK OPEN
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3:00 pm-6:00 pm
WTS Minnesota Rail~Volution Reception
Join the Minnesota Chapter of WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) for a reception to kick off the 2014 Rail~Volution Conference! WTS members and friends are invited to The Loop (606 Washington Avenue N) from 3-6 PM on Saturday, September 20. This will be an opportunity for local and national WTS members to meet and mingle before the conference begins. Event includes hosted appetizers and is $10 for WTS members, $20 for non-members payable at the door.
Take me out to the historic Ford Center. HGA Architects welcomes you to their home, a newly renovated TOD project. Sample local brews and ballgame fare before heading across the street to the new Target Field Station. This location is a real triple play: outdoor community gathering space + multimodal hub + entryway to Target Field in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Cheer on the Twins or just take in the view of the Minneapolis skyline over right field. Price includes pre-game reception and Twins ticket. Cost $30.
The Twin Cities region was built on river trade. Cruise the mighty Mississippi on the Magnolia Paddleboat and see why it’s still an important part of the landscape and economy. Enjoy picnic fare of pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and chicken as you take in breathtaking natural bluffs and city skylines, and glimpse some of the region’s many parks. This three-hour tour includes transfers and buffet dinner. (Dietary restrictions accommodated.) Cost: $40.
Take a walk through the Loring Greenway to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Snap some photos at the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. Catch local transit to the lively Lyn-Lake neighborhood, for a pre-show appetizer reception a the intimate Jungle Theater. Afterwards, view the farcical thriller and tour-de-force, The Mystery of Irma Vep. Price includes reception and theater ticket. Cash bar. Cost: $40.
Grow. Sell. Eat. Tour St. Paul’s urban farming system and see how local choices affect livability. Hop on the bus to Frogtown Farms, an educational city farm currently in development. Next stop: Urban Organics, a growing site in a former brewery that uses aquaponics. Tour the St. Paul Farmers’ Market and finish up with a lunch of local food in a restaurant in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood. Cost: $45, lunch included.
2. Bicycles + Investment = Community Transformation
Sunday, September 21, 8:30 am–12:00 pm
Pedal your way around investments made through the federal Bike Walk Twin Cities program: nearly 75 miles of off- and on-road trails (You won’t bike them all!); advisory bike lanes; bicycle centers and boulevards; and bike boxes. Hear about Nice Ride bike sharing; seven years of bicycle counts; open streets events; and the advocacy community. See infill development and how developers are incorporating bike transportation into their projects. Bicycling: 10 easy miles. Cost: $60.
3. Focusing the Equity Lens on the METRO Green Line
Sunday, September 21, 8:30 am–12:45 pm
Meet the people who redrew the traditional METRO Green Line TOD Opportunity Map into one that generates tangible benefits for low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, new American communities and the disabled community. Learn how community-based organizations, public officials and equity allies worked together to change station locations and add new ones. See how station areas came to life with equitable TOD, economic development and public realm projects. Cost: $45, lunch included.
How do developers and funders resolve funding challenges? Three complex TOD projects come to life on this LRT and bus tour. Ride the METRO Green Line to explore The Terrace at Iris Park, an innovative senior housing project. Then hop aboard the METRO Blue Line to the Longfellow Station, an affordable housing development in an industrial district, and finally to the Lake Street Station to tour Hi-Lake Triangle, a new mixed-use development. Hear from for-profit and nonprofit developers and funders from the public sector. Cost: $45.
Minneapolis’ RiverFirst Initiative + St. Paul’s Great River Passage = a combined vision of open space and redevelopment for 25 miles of Mississippi riverfront. Grab an oar and paddle along with historians and planners to learn about both cities’ past and future focus for this great American river. Large, stable voyageur canoes hold up to 10 people and are made for river travel. Lightly strenuous canoeing: 2 hours. Walking: 2 easy miles. Cost: $60.
6. BOD: Bike-Oriented Development + The Midtown Greenway
Sunday, September 21, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm
Only the best for Rail~Volution! The Midtown Greenway Corridor’s been voted the nation’s best urban bike trail. See for yourself and hear from community organizations, public agencies and developers how they worked together to transform an abandoned rail corridor into a world-class bikeway and a desirable location for residential and commercial bicycle-oriented development. Stops will highlight bicycle infrastructure, the Midtown Global Market, several residential developments and the Midtown Bike Center. Bicycling: 12 easy miles. Cost: $60
Explore TOD transformations in historic Mississippi River communities aboard the Northstar, Minnesota’s first commuter rail line. Learn about the opportunities and challenges for TOD projects along a commuter rail line. Visit brick-and-mortar projects and hear what it took to get them built. See future TOD sites and participate in a visioning discussion that draws in the lessons from other communities. Talk with county and city elected officials about how they fostered success. Cost: $45.
3 stations, 3 new developments. That’s what you’ll see on the newly opened METRO Green Line. Ride light rail from downtown Minneapolis to the Dale Street station in St. Paul. Along the way hear from developers and communitypartners and tour three stations to see examples of public-private partnerships; an eco-district planning approach; renovation and new construction in a local historic district; and equitable TOD. Walking: 1 easy mile. Cost: $45.
9. Going Downtown: Engineering LRT in an Urban Corridor
Sunday, September 21, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
Noise. Vibration. Stormwater. And that’s just the start! The METRO Green Line travels through two downtown areas, the University of Minnesota campus, the state Capitol complex and a business strip. Hear what it’s really like, engineering and constructing a rail transit line through a densely developed urban core. Where and how do you site your operations and maintenance facility? And how do you tackle those previously mentioned concerns? Walking: 2 easy miles. Cost: $45
1:00 pm-4:00 pm PROJECT DEVELOPMENT IN A MAP-21 WORLD
Project Development In A MAP-21 World
MAP-21 brought many changes to the delivery requirements for transit projects: Transportation planning, environmental compliance and the process for seeking funds through FTA’s Capital Investment Grant program have all been transformed. Learn about those changes and the most recent guidance to implement the program. Participate in a moderated roundtable discussion with current project sponsors sharing insights into how they are navigating the MAP-21 revised project delivery process. Ask questions. Compare notes. (Formerly New Starts Symposium)
Moderator: Jeffrey F Boothe, Chair, New Starts Working Group; Partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC Adelee Le Grand, Associate Vice President, AECOM, Atlanta, Georgia Kammy Horne, AICP, Director for Transit Rail Business Development, URS, Phoenix, Arizona Elizabeth Day, Director, Office of Project Planning in the Office of Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator, Transportation Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC Kimberly Slaughter, Vice President, Transit Market Sector Director – North Central Region, HDR, Chicago, Illinois Alan Lehto, Director of Planning & Policy, TriMet, Portland, Oregon Richard Steinmann, Special Assistant to the Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC William C. Van Meter, Assistant General Manager of Planning, Regional Transportation District, Denver, Colorado
What are the hot planning topics in the Greater MSP region and Minnesota? Find out FAST with this speed-driving introduction. Hear from local experts on millenial transportation patterns, stormwater management around the Green Line LRT, community engagement from an organizer’s perspective, complete streets, economic development near transit and those ubiquitous Nice Ride bikes- to name a few. At 10 minutes per topic you’ll have the chance to sample up to six topics over two hours.
Bill Dossett, Executive Director, Nice Ride Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Tony Desnick, Director, Greater Minnesota Strategies, Nice Ride Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Dave Christianson, Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota Wes Saunders-Pearce, Water Resource Coordinator, City of St. Paul, Minnesota Lucy F. Galbraith, Director, Transit Oriented Development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota Janna King, President, Economic Development Services, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota Jonathan Ehrlich, Planning Analyst, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, Minnesota Joan Vanhala, Coalition Organizer, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, Minneapolis, Minnesota Michael Rogers, Transit Project Manager, Ramsey County, Regional Railroad Authority, St. Paul, Minnesota Philip Schaffner, Policy Planning Director, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota Patrick Coleman, Senior Consulting Manager, AECOM, Washington, DC Shaun Morrell, Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota
4:00 pm Trip the Light Fantastic! Target Field Station: The Grand Central Station of the Twin Cities
Trip the Light Fantastic! Tour Target Field Station
Come and enjoy the new Target Field Station, America’s most advanced and engaging transit station, and Minneapolis’ newest great gathering place. Take a stroll through the Light Garden on the station’s upper deck, watch the Twins play live on the Campanile Tower screen while resting on the Great Lawn, gaze at the luminous Train Shed Canopy from the amphitheater steps as the urban ballet of trains, bicyclists, pedestrians and a spectacular LED light display all activate this pocket of Minneapolis’ bustling North Loop. Join architect Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA, Principal with Perkins Eastman, as he leads an informal daytime tour of this award-winning project, and learn why his team’s design principles of Open Transit make Target Field Station the “Grand Central Terminal of the Twin Cities.” Attendees should gather at the Nicollet Mall Metro Transit stop 10 minutes early.
To experience the station’s LED light installation in full effect, visit during the evening of September 23 or 24, when you can also watch the Twins live on the Big Screen.
Peter David Cavaluzzi, FAIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman, New York, New York
5:00 pm-6:30 pm “From There to Here” Exhibition at Minnesota Museum of American Art
From There to Here Exhibition at Minnesota Museum of American Art
Please join the artists for a preview of the exhibition From There to Here, which explores the ways that public transportation intersects with community and connects people to places and the opportunities they offer. The pre-reception is hosted by the Minnesota Museum of American Art at the MMAA Project Space, on the Green Line between the Union Depot and Central stations. Enter on Robert Street just north of 4th Street. Refreshments sponsored in part by Revival Wine Beer and Spirits, Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota Museum of American Art
Pioneer Endicott Building
141 E. 4th Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
(two blocks from Union Depot)
6:30 pm–9:00 pm WELCOME RECEPTION
Welcome Reception at the Historic Union Depot
Celebrate our 20th Rail~Volution conference in 1920s restored splendor at Union Depot. Ride the Green Line to a neighborhood of transformation: St. Paul’s Lowertown. Meet old friends and make new contacts at one of the great railroad stations of the 20th century blocks away from Mears Park, the St. Paul Farmers’ Market and artist co-ops. On the National Register of Historic Places, Union Depot is alive with new transportation, event, art, culture and retail opportunities. Its magnificent LEED-certified Gold restoration brings together pedestrians, bicyclists and passengers on rail, light rail and commuter and intercity bus services. Explore the public art and 1920s architecture and watch trains, barges and airplanes from this stunning centerpiece of Lowertown’s revival, brought back to life with transit.
214 Fourth Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Welcome to Rail~Volution 2014 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
The Greater Minneapolis St. Paul metro region is roaring back from recession. Its unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country. Its real estate market is more-than-healthy. How did this happen? The story of St. Paul + Minneapolis, told from many perspectives, is a story of building livable communities. What are the components igniting the Minneapolis-St. Paul recovery? What part does history play in transit and livability? The unique culture of the Greater MSP region is a key factor of how we’re building livability communities with transit. Partnership + Collaboration = Possibilities.
Sue Haigh, Chair, Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Susan Haigh is chair of the Metropolitan Council for the seven-county Greater Minneapolis St. Paul metro area. Previously, as a county commissioner, Susan served on the metro counties’ Light Rail Joint Powers Board and was an early advocate of the Metro Green Line. She is a leader on solid waste management issues. Chairman Haigh is also president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, which has built around 865 homes in 50 cities with the help of partner families, volunteers and donors. She holds a BA in political science from Macalester College and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minnesota, Chair of Counties Transit Improvement Board
Peter McLaughlin is chair of both the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and the Counties Transit Improvement Board. His work has shaped transportation across the state. Commissioner McLaughlin helped fund Minnesota’s first light rail line and found dedicated funding to expand the region’s light rail, commuter rail and BRT lines. He was instrumental in developing a county bicycle plan and gap funding for nonmotorized transportation options. He was a leading advocate for the construction of Target Field Station. Commissioner McLaughlin authored a resolution making Hennepin a founding member of Cool Counties and has won approval for bold actions to combat crime. Peter served three terms in the Minnesota Legislature. He received his BA from Princeton University and his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Charlie Zelle, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota
In January 2013, Charles A. Zelle became commissioner of MnDOT, the agency charged with managing and maintaining the state’s multimodal transportation system. Previously, Charlie was president and CEO of Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company connecting rural communities in 13 heartland states. He remains chair of the Jefferson Lines Board of Directors. Charlie was a member of Minnesota’s transportation finance advisory committee, as well as board member and chair of the policy committee of the American Bus Association. Born and raised in St. Paul, he earned a BA from Bates College and an MBA from Yale Management School.
MSP on The Global Playing Field
Talent + Jobs + Livability are keys to competitiveness in a global context. How does the Greater MSP region attract top talent? What part does regional competition play? Each piece builds a stronger case for building livable communities with transit.
Michael Langley, Chief Executive Officer, Greater MSP, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Michael Langley is founding CEO of Greater MSP, the Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. An award-winning economic development strategist, Michael was CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in Pittsburgh. He also helped found the Langley Group after a successful corporate career. A Navy pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight and crew time, Michael served as a technology analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations and later as commanding officer for Naval Air Station Norfolk’s Reserve Command. Capt. Langley retired from the reserves in 2000. Michael graduated from the US Naval Academy, and earned a master’s in information systems at the Naval Postgraduate School. He was awarded a doctorate in humanities from American Intercontinental University for his work in community improvement.
Minneapolis + St. Paul: From Competition to Collaboration
The regional rivalry between Minneapolis and St. Paul has matured from animosity and competition to respect and collaboration. How did our two cities overcome a historical rift, while making the best of each city’s distinct character? The Green Line is just one part of the story!
Christopher B. Coleman, Mayor, City of St. Paul, Minnesota; President, National League of Cities
Christopher Coleman took office in 2005 after several years as a city councilmember and community and neighborhood leader. Immediately, Chris set forth initiatives to make St. Paul the most livable city in America. Downtown St. Paul has seen a revitalization during his terms: The Green Line is operating, restaurants and entertainment venues have moved in, and demand for housing is up exponentially. As part of the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, Chris has hired sustainability, energy, environment, sustainable transportation and water resources coordinators. With the mayor’s emphasis on sound fiscal management, St. Paul is now positioned nationally as an attractive city for investment. Chris is currently president of the National League of Cities.
Building Community = Building Equity
Transformation springs from engagement. How do we create communities that reflect the vision and creativity of the people who live there? Is it all about jobs? Engaging communities of color? What dynamics fuel equity at the local level?
Repa Mehka, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nexus Community Partners, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Repa Mehka is president and Chief Executive Officer of Nexus Community Partners, an organization building more engaged and powerful communities of color in the Greater Minneapolis St. Paul region. Nexus, founded as Payne-Lake Community Partners in 2003, works with community-based organizations in low-wealth communities to support them in creating communities that reflect the vision and creativity of the people who live and work there. Nexus works with the region’s most culturally diverse, socially isolated and economically vulnerable populations. Repa has over 25 years experience in community-based leadership, community capacity-building strategies and systems change work. He sits on several local and national boards and advisory committees.
Connections + Investment + Revolution + Transit
Can we make a place better with transit? For two decades the Rail~Volution movement has answered — YES! What do we know today that will accelerate the movement throughout North America tomorrow: leadership + partnership + bipartisanship + engagement. Hear from Rail~Volution’s founder about how far we’ve come, transforming communities with transit, and where we need to go in the future.
Earl Blumenaur, Congressman, 3rd District, Oregon, United States Congress, Washington, DC
Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Congressman Blumenauer is Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities. Visiting more than 200 communities across the country, he’s worked with local governments, citizens and civic organizations to strengthen local efforts to manage growth, provide transportation options and foster sustainable economic growth. Congressman Blumenauer founded the Livable Communities Task Force, the Bicycle Caucus and several other caucuses. He is co-chair of the Passenger Rail Caucus and the Trails Caucus, and a member of the Open Spaces and Land Trust Caucus. In 1991, he founded Portland‘s Regional Rail Summit which evolved into the national Rail~Volution conference in 1995.
10:00 am MOBILE WORKSHOPS- PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
The Adventures of 3 Bridges: Construction Was Only a Start
Monday, September 22, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
3 bridges = 3 stories. Bicycle with people who know bridges. Learn how three bridges have changed the livability of the region: The new I-35W Bridge was rebuilt after its 2007 rush-hour collapse. The historic Stone Arch Bridge, built in 1882 for the railroad, was converted to a bike/pedestrian bridge in 1994. And the Washington Avenue Bridge was recently upgraded to accommodate the new METRO Green Line LRT. Bicycling: 8 easy miles. Cost: $60
In Style for 2 Centuries: Minneapolis’ Warehouse District
Monday, September 22, 10:00 am–12:30 pm (Also offered on September 24; see mobile workshop #24)
Family days out. Lively nights with friends. Great food. Memories. The Ware- house Historic District, in the North Loop, is one of Minneapolis’ hottest down- town neighborhoods. See turn-of-the-century industrial warehouses being used for 21st century multimodal and development needs 100+ years later. Stroll and learn with Minneapolis’ downtown planner and TOD manager through Target Field Station and historic brick streets, along commuter bike paths, and past infill developments. Walking: 4 miles. Cost: $45.
In, Around and Out: Moving People in Downtown Minneapolis
Monday, September 22, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
35,000 residents + 160,000 workers + 3 major sports facilities + a thriving theater district. Walk through downtown to learn how people move in and around: Visit Nicollet Mall, a bus/bike/pedestrian street. Learn from city staff about current and future streetcar and cycle-track projects and developments. Take a loop around downtown to hear about the Marq2 two-lane busways and other projects that keep this compact and vibrant downtown moving smoothly. Walking: 5 moderately strenuous miles. Cost: $45.
Creative Placemaking + Arts = Economic Development AICP CM 1.5
Irrigate is a nationally recognized, artist-led creative placemaking initiative along the METRO Green Line light rail corridor in St. Paul. Their community and economic development approach emphasizes cross-sector collaboration among neighborhood leaders, business owners and public sector officials. Learn how nearly 600 local artists were trained in creative placemaking, and how about 200 of those artists were supported to do 120 collaborative placemaking projects along the Green Line. Go deep into their placemaking approach with our panel of leaders from Irrigate, Springboard for the Arts, Local Initiative Support Coalition and the City of St. Paul.
Moderator: Richard Manson, Program Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York, New York Jake Spano, Marketing Director, City of St. Paul, Minnesota Laura Zabel, Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota Erik Takeshita, Senior Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota
Mobile Phones + Social Media = Social Impact AICP CM 1.5
How can we tap the potential of social media and mobile phones? From real-time departure status to electronic fare transactions, technology has elevated both the rider experience and agency management. But despite being early adopters, we’ve only scratched the surface of its capabilities: to develop more meaningful and lasting relationships with riders; to engage disadvantaged communities; to plan station areas and utilize data; to build new lines of communication. More than 90% of adults in the US carry mobile phones. Come explore how we can take mobile technology and social media to the next level.
Moderator: Craig Adelman, Director of Transit Oriented Development, Low Income Investment Fund, San Francisco, California Paul Supawanich, Senior Associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., San Francisco, California Nick Bowden, Chief Executive Officer, MindMixer, Omaha, Nebraska Nigel Jacobs, Urban Technologist in Residence, Living Cities, Washington, DC
Using Research to Create Great Communities AICP CM 1.5
How can research be used to shape public policy, bridge generational gaps about TOD, and drive public opinion about social and political causes? Learn how to leverage research to create a better understanding of what TOD can bring to your community. Hear how research can start a dialogue with hard-to-reach individuals and groups. Ask questions or formulate your own new answers: What valuable insight would your community gain if it had more information about building integrated communities? What collaborative efforts between interest groups or motivated community leaders could be possible if information was more readily available? How can you use research to mobilize communities? Join us to pioneer new perspectives in the use of research.
Moderator: John White, Executive Director, The Pacific Resource Partnership, Honolulu, Hawaii Ben Tulchin, Principal, Tulchin Research, San Francisco, California Michael Goldberg, President, ActionMedia, Minneapolis, Minnesota Su Midghall, President, DHM Research, Portland, Oregon
Complete Streets: From Policy to Implementation (Completely) AICP CM 2 2 HOUR SESSION
How can you make your complete streets policy a success? How do you translate complete streets into real benefits for the people who are walking, biking and taking public transportation? How do you promote accessibility and connectivity for all — including people with disabilities — through design and planning? Hear regional, city and international perspectives from policy to implementation during this complete complete streets workshop.
Moderator: Richard Weaver, AICP, Director of Planning, Policy and Sustainability, American Public Transportation Association; Chair, National Complete Streets Coalition, Washington, DC Joseph Iacobucci, Sam Schwartz Engineering, DPC, Chicago, Illinois Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director, National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC Dan Gallagher, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte, North Carolina James Cromar, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Tony Hull, Independent Transportation Consultant, Minneapolis, Minnesota Gregory Thompson, Chair, Light Rail Transit Committee of TRB, Tallahassee, Florida Roxana Ene, Project Manager, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Delivering Complex Projects: The Coordination Component AICP CM 1.5
Urban transit projects — with their linear nature — involve multiple jurisdictions, neighborhoods and private sector interests. Effectively moving projects through construction and operations requires considerable coordination and collaboration, particularly in today’s financially constrained, politically-charged climate. Getting it right can mean the difference between waiting an entire generation to open your next major transit project. Learn the key strategies and methods behind three successfully implemented projects — in Minneapolis; Charlotte; and Portland. Hear three perspectives from an owner/operator, from the key local partner jurisdiction and from the regional/political point of view. Strategies and specific components of cross-jurisdictional coordination? Creative problem-solving techniques? You’ll get it all here!
Moderator: Shellie Ginn, Administrator, Department of Transportation, City of Tucson, Arizona Andrew Mock, Assistant Project Manager, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, North Carolina Jim McDonough, Chair, Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, St. Paul, Minnesota Jean Senechal Biggs, Project Manager, Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland, Oregon
Great Expectations for Large-Scale TOD AICP CM 1.5
What kinds of expectations should you have when initiating a large-scale TOD project? Hear from three different perspectives — a private developer, a transit agency and a redevelopment authority — about how TOD projects evolve, from concept to implementation. Learn about the pitfalls, as well as the keys to success. Real project highlights, case studies and lessons that will help you make your large-scale TOD project a success.
Moderator: William C Van Meter, Assistant General Manager of Planning, Regional Transportation District, Denver, Colorado James Kennedy, Redevelopment Director (retired), Walnut Creek, California Cynthia A Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, San Francisco, California Bill Sirois, Senior Manager, TOD and Planning Coordination, FasTracks Team, Regional Transportation District, Denver, Colorado
What Keeps You Up at Night? The General Manager’s Perspective AICP CM 1.5
Transit agency general managers face an onslaught of hot button issues every day. How do we provide more and better on-street service? How do we balance maintaining our current system with expanding our capacity options to meet future need? How solid is the next round of federal funding? Which growing segment of transit riders gets more money — millennials or boomers? Where should the investment in leadership training go — my board or my managers? This panel will shed light on how general managers from Los Angeles, Boston and Denver get ahead of the curve in facing and facing down challenges in their respective agencies.
Moderator: John D Porcari, Senior Vice President and National Director of Strategic Consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC Arthur T Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Metro, Los Angeles, California Beverly A Scott, PhD, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; President, Board of Directors, Rail~Volution, Boston, Massachusetts Phillip Washington, General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, Colorado
CBA + TOD: Community Benefit Agreements for Transit Projects AICP CM 1.5
Community benefit agreements (CBAs) are contracts between community groups and developers that cement specific amenities or mitigations in exchange for community support of a project. How can they be used for transit development? What are the benefits — to all parties? Hear from people experienced in developing, negotiating and implementing CBAs. What works? What lessons have they learned? How can a CBA help you in your own TOD?
Moderator: Robin Kniech, Councilwoman At Large, City and County of Denver, Colorado Matt Vander Sluis, Program Director, Greenbelt Alliance, San Francisco, California Jeff Moloznik, General Manager, RED Development, Phoenix, Arizona
What have we learned during Rail~Volution’s first twenty years? How can we make a place better? What are the fundamental principles of building livable communities with transit? What have we learned across disciplines in the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors? How can transit-oriented design be a catalyst for positive solutions, as well as meeting energy and environmental challenges? How do green design, reduced trips and energy usage, and a smaller carbon footprint come into play? How can we promote long-term sustainable economic growth in our neighborhoods? Hear the voices of experience from Rail~Volution’s first two decades. Participate in an in-depth discussion on where we’ve been and where we go from here. What’s changed? What’s happening? What’s ahead?
Moderator: Tim Baldwin, Principal, Rocky Mountain West Transit & Urban Planning; Associate, Steer Davies Gleave, Denver, Colorado Dan Bartholomay, Chief Executive Officer, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, Minnesota Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC Scot Spencer, Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, Annie E Casey Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland Peter McLaughlin, County Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Earl Blumenauer, 3rd District, Oregon, United States Congress, Washington, DC GB Arrington, Principal, GB Place Making, Portland, Oregon
The National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) is a national organization representing grassroots transit groups that support increasing investment in public transportation. In recognizing that grassroots efforts are central to successful transportation campaigns, NAPTA serves as a network to coalitions as well as individuals engaged in grassroots transportation work at the local level. NAPTA was founded in the late 1990s to assist in grassroots efforts to help reauthorization of the surface transportation program. Today membership has grown to over 624 coalitions and 5,000+ registered members. Hear about tools, resources, networks and strategies for the grassroots community. Plus, network with your colleagues! Facilitator: Marnie Primmer, Chair, National Alliance for Public Transportation Advocates; Director of Strategic Business Development, Transpo Group, Newport Beach, California
What are managers doing to advance the next wave of transit-oriented development? Given the unique opportunity we all face, it’s more important than ever to join the network of TOD managers: Exchange ideas. Raise issues. Focus on overcoming obstacles. This lunchtime session will first poll the audience to identify hot topics and then have everyone share their thoughts and experiences in promoting mixed-use development focused at transit stations. Come meet your peers and link into the growing network of people working to implement TOD.
Facilitator: Jeff Ordway, Department Manager, Property Development, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California
Sharing massive amounts of information. That’s what the Information Station does. The Boston-based Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University created two station area planning tools: a station area typology to characterize the conditions and opportunities for TOD; and a rating system to measure the capacity for equitable TOD within a transit station area. Realizing the value of the demographic, land use, transportation and economic data collected for 300+ rapid transit, commuter rail, ferry and key bus route stations, the two organizations made the underlying data available through a user-friendly web portal funded from a HUD Sustainable Communities grant. Lunch and learn how the data’s being put to use.
Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Boston, Massachusetts
Show Me the Money: Federal Funding in a Non-Earmark World AICP CM 1.5
Earmarks are gone. Time to explore new options. Hear about the federal highway and transit formula and financing programs currently available for transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects. Discover the many competitive discretionary federal programs still available to fund surface transportation projects and sustainability activities. You’ll walk away with a complete list of programs, eligibility requirements, funding levels for FY 2014, status and links for submitting applications.
Jeffrey F Boothe, Chair, New Starts Working Group; Partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
From There to Here Exhibition of the Minnesota Museum American Art
Christina Chang, Curator of Engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA), will discuss the exhibition currently on view at the MMAA Project Space, From There to Here, which considers the impact of the Green Line light rail transit system on their communities. She will give insight into the process of commissioning and developing the widely differing artist projects, and present a selection of the powerful images captured by two of the artists, Xavier Tavera and Katherine Turczan. The third project, Green Line Theater, will be presented by the artists themselves: Wing Young Huie with Ashley Hanson, and playwright Jessica Huang. The artist team will read a scene from the script they developed through extensive historical research and one-on-one interactions with community members most directly affected by the Green Line, which will be performed by the full cast at select light rail stations the closing weekend of the exhibition. http://www.mmaa.org/pages/FromTheretoHere
Moderator: Christina Chang, Curator of Engagement, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, Minnesota Ashley Hanson, Freelance Arts Enabler, PlaceBased Productions, Minneapolis, Minnesota Jessica Huang, Playwright, Co-founder, Unit Collective, St. Paul, Minnesota Wing Young Hule, Photographer, Owner, The Third Place, Minneapolis, Minnesota
How do evolutionary biology and our environment come together to impact our health and wellness? What does neuroscience say about walkability? How does outdoor exercise cause the brain to release certain hormones? What can we learn from cities that use public health as a design goal? How can we incorporate concepts of social and mental health into our own designs? If we prioritize human health and happiness over levels of service, will the world really stop turning? Physicians, behavioral psychologists and other health experts are already studying how habitat factors impact our behavior. Retailers are even in the game! Learn. Discuss. Catch up. Explore.
Moderator: Elissa Gertler, Deputy Director, Planning and Development, Metro, Portland, Oregon Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, San Francisco, California
New Rail~Volutionaries: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leadership
Atlanta. Denver. Los Angeles. Minneapolis-St. Paul. Phoenix. Portland. Charlotte. New Rail~Volutionaries are coming together in communities across the country: engaging, connecting and growing the movement. What’s ahead for this alliance of emerging leaders? Weigh in here with other New Rail~Volutionaries. Dr. Beverly Scott will set the tone, reflecting on the importance of leadership for the future. Then, as your point of departure, hear insights from a survey of New Rail~Volutionaries: What do the results tell us? How can we better support and develop the next generation of leadership? And how does it all fit into the wider context of Rail~Volution strategic planning? This is your chance to focus the discussion: the future of the movement from the New Rail~Volutionary perspective.
Facilitators: Beverly A. Scott, PhD, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; President, Board of Directors, Rail~Volution, Boston, Massachusetts Dan Bartholomay, Chief Executive Officer, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, Minnesota Eric Hesse, Coordinator, Strategic Planning, TriMet; National Chair of New Rail~Volutionaries, Portland, Oregon
Advancing Transit Equity from Principle to Practice: A Networking Event
All across the U.S., community-based organizations and their advocacy allies are creating new partnerships that elevate the potential of transit projects to deliver equitable benefits for communities of color. These partnerships take many forms but nearly always revolve around a common set of concerns. These campaigns call for changes to current bus operations, adding new amenities and improving the rider experience. They often explore the need for inclusive land-use planning for future rail projects, initiate equitable hiring programs or focus on creating a more authentic public engagement process. Many of these efforts are challenging public sector agencies and nonprofit community groups to bridge relationships and share information. This informal lunch roundtable will feature several stories from around the county on how community groups are leveraging transit policies and investments to secure better results and equitable outcomes. Join us and share your challenges and stories of success.
Hosted By: Policy Link, the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, Nexus Community Partners, and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
Connecting The Collar
Transit corridors typically develop from the core outward, connecting high density urban centers and surrounding employment, housing, education and commercial areas. That’s the history in the Twin Cities. Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the MSP airport, Mall of America, University of Minnesota and many other regional destinations are now connected by light rail with plans for extension to the southwest and northwest advancing. But collar communities to the north, east and south of the Twin Cities core are not standing idly by. They recognize the necessity for efficient suburban connections to the region’s urban centers and to adjacent suburban communities and the importance of all day, bi-directional service to access to jobs throughout the region. Their leaders are actively working to shape better connections.
Join a discussion with local policy makers about the challenges and opportunities encountered as the state and region seek to balance their transportation infrastructure and connect all of the region’s corners. Offer suggestions based on your experiences with similar land use, development, finance and political challenges.
Moderator: Will Schroeer, Executive Director, East Metro Strong, St. Paul, Minnesota Lisa Weik, Commissioner, Washington County, Minnesota Matt Look, Commissioner, Anoka County, Minnesota Nancy Schouweiler, Commissioner, Dakota County, Minnesota
Play Ball! Integrating Transit into Sports Facilities
Monday, September 22, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Hear how transit MVPs – designers, engineers, contractors and governmental agency reps – tackle stormwater, green building and community connectivity. Start at the Twins’ Target Field for a glimpse of the ballpark and new transit hub. Hop on the METRO Green Line and hear about event queuing at the future home of the Vikings. Stop at U of M’s TCF Bank Stadium and finish at independent baseball’s St. Paul Saints’ ballpark, opening 2015. Cost: $45.
Highway and arterial BRT. MnPASS Express Lanes (priced managed lanes). Bus- only shoulders. Park-and-ride lots with express commuter bus service. The Twin Cities leads the way in integrating transit into highways! See for yourself. Visit the I-35W UPA corridor (Orange Line BRT, 46th St. on-freeway transit station, MnPASS Express Lanes, Kenrick Park- and-Ride); METRO Red Line BRT and Apple Valley transit station; Snelling Ave. arterial BRT; and the Regional Transportation Management Center. Hear from transit staff, MnDOT and county staff. Cost: $45.
Integrating Transit into Large Institutions
Photo credit: Jessica Kline
Monday, September 22, 1:15 pm–5:15 pm
Large institutions draw workers, customers and visitors: the MSP Airport, VA Hospital and Federal Government Center; Fort Snelling National Historic Site and State Park; the State Air Guard, Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve Centers; and the Mall of America. Travel the METRO Blue Line to see how these institutions met unique engineering challenges and incorporated LRT into their facility sites, operations and the very fabric of their organizations. Hear from the DNR, Metropolitan Airport Commission, VA hospital and city staff. Cost: $45.
Opened in 2004, METRO’s Blue Line LRT exceeded ridership expectations and sparked development along its 12-mile corridor, connecting downtown Minneapolis, the MSP Airport and Mall of America. See how early multi-agency partnerships resulted in both urban and suburban TOD. Visit Bloomington Central Station, a 43-acre mixed-use development with two 17-story condo towers, and Oaks Station Place, a mixed-use development with 104 market rate units and 8,400 sf of retail. Walking: 1 easy mile. Cost: $45.
When Health Comes First in Transportation Decisions AICP CM 1.5
What happens when we use health to guide transportation decisions? Hear how different regions are doing just that — and how people of all races and socioeconomic segments now have better transportation options. Discuss how health and equity measures fit into transportation plans. Hear about efforts to engage communities around health-oriented transportation measures. Learn how to evaluate impact through a health lens. Hear real world examples from three regions about complete streets and health impact assessments.
Moderator: Jeff Hobson, Deputy Director, TransForm, Oakland, California Elyse Lowe, Deputy Executive Director, Circulate San Diego, San Diego, California Shawntera M, Hardy, Director of Transportation and the Built Environment, Fresh Energy, St. Paul, Minnesota Barry Keppard, AICP, Public Health Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Innovative Partnerships: Silo Hopping to Engage Communities AICP CM 1.5
How can we collaborate to educate, inform and involve the public? How can we work together — across departmental and agency lines — to engage citizens more meaningfully and efficiently? Large capital projects, especially transit projects, involve many departments, agencies and objectives. Collaborating in an intentional way helps build and strengthen communities. Explore examples of successful teamwork designed to keep the public informed, including social media tools, branding techniques, and more.
Moderator: David C Dickey Jr., AICP, Senior Vice President and National Director, Transit & Railroads, URS, Charlotte, North Carolina Kathleen Cornett, AICP, Senior Planning Coordinator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Charlotte, North Carolina Kathryn Hansen, Manager, TOD and Land Use, SWLRT Project Office, Metro Transit, St. Louis Park, Minnesota Liz Walton, Landscape Architect, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota
Design Matters: Six Questions, Many Answers AICP CM 1.5
Six questions. So many answers! Meet national leaders from three collaborative design disciplines — American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association — and see how each tackles the same six questions. Hear how they meet similar design challenges but with different values and priorities for why design matters. A series of three questions will be addressed by the panel to begin the discussion, and then the audience will expand the conversation by posing additional quesitons and issues that they face.
Moderator: Ron Stewart, AIA, Principal, ZGF Architects, LLP, Portland, Oregon William Anderson, FAICP, President, American Planning Association; Principal/Vice President, Director of Economics and Planning for US West, AECOM, San Diego, California Mark A. Focht, FASLA, PLA, President, American Society Landscape Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Russell A. Davidson, AIA, Vice President, 2016 President Elect, American Institute of Architects; President, Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson, Mount Kisco, New York
LRT and Streetcars: Blurring the Lines? AICP CM 1.5
How do you tell a streetcar project from a light rail transit (LRT) project? That’s not the start of a joke, but a very real question. As more communities advance new streetcar and LRT projects and extensions, the distinction between traditional applications for light rail and streetcars blurs. Explore how the definitions overlap and what that means for planning. What are the distinguishing features of each mode? How are the applications evolving and where do they overlap? Does it even matter? Hear from panel members with experience in planning, designing and implementing LRT and streetcar projects throughout North America and Europe.
Moderator: Robin Hutcheson, AICP, Transportation Director, Salt Lake City Corporation, Utah Mark Dorn, Vice President, National Streetcar Director, URS, Portland, Oregon Paul Pattison, Senior Transit Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc, Charlotte, North Carolina Alan Jones, Director, Steer Davies Gleave, Toronto, Ontario
Beyond Mobility: Corridor Planning for the Bigger Picture AICP CM 1.5
Transit can do more than move people and generate revenue. More and more, cities are investing in transit to transform their communities and deliver on more expansive city-building objectives. Traditional transit goals are expanding to address the promise of livable communities, environmental stewardship, economic development and improved public health. Hear how two cities — Seattle and Portland — are shaping development scale and character with transit investment. Both cities are using parcel-based, pro forma-based tools to quantify the potential impact of transit projects. Join us for an interactive discussion about the capabilities and limitations of these tools. Hear their stories and learn how to evaluate your own projects against a broader set of goals using technical and market-based analysis.
Moderator: Catherine Ciarlo, AICP, Senior Project Manager, CH2M Hill, Portland, Oregon Katherine Idziorek, AICP, LEED AP ND, Urban Designer, VIA Architecture, Seattle, Washington Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Principal, DIALOG, Toronto, Ontario Eric Engstrom, Principal Planner, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Portland, Oregon
Equitable TOD: More Than Affordable Housing AICP CM 1.5
The need for affordable housing is undeniable and TOD can meet that need. But TOD can bring so much more. Widen the ETOD conversation to discover the right mix for your corridor. How can affordable housing be paired with market rate housing, small business and employment, fresh food markets, childcare, supportive retail and community uses? What strategies will create complete communities? Reframe the conversation on TOD and affordability by exploring what we could achieve in our TOD projects and corridors. Hear about supportive policy, planning and finance solutions to help promote healthy communities near transit.
Moderator: Brian Prater, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development & Corporate Affairs, Low Income Investment Fund, San Francisco, California Cynthia A. Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, San Francisco, California Shelley Poticha, AICP, Director, Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC Mihailo Temali, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Development Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
iTOD: Fostering Innovation + Industry Near Transit AICP CM 1.5
In today’s economy, employment-focused TOD continues to gain prominence as planners and politicians seek to increase ridership, expand the tax base and create living wage jobs. The integration of transit and industry, however, brings a host of new questions and challenges. Who are the industrial users of the future? What are the new building prototypes? How can we continue to efficiently accommodate freight access and movement while introducing new modes (transit, pedestrians, bicycles)? How can we increase the accessibility and density of industrial districts without driving away companies and jobs? Come hear how cities and regions across the country are promoting innovation and industry by proactively addressing these complex issues.
Moderator: Ilana Preuss, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC Christopher Ferguson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bywater Business Solutions, Minneapolis, Minnesota Nolan Lienhart, Director of Planning & Urban Design, ZGF Architects LLP, Portland, Oregon Jon Commers, Principal, Donjek, St. Paul, Minnesota
Here’s your chance to learn about real estate and finance concepts and terminology. Listen to local real estate experts – both for-profit and nonprofit. Discuss how they’ve assessed market potential for their development projects at the Prospect North Station along the Green Line. Hear different perspectives in real estate development, how each expert looks at a site, development costs, pro formas, etc.
Moderator: John W. Shardlow, Principal, Stantec Consulting, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota James L. Prost, Principal, Vantage Point Economic and Transportation Development Strategies, Annapolis, Maryland Colleen Carey, President, The Cornerstone Group, Bloomington, Minnesota James Lehnoff, Director, Housing Development, Aeon, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mind Our Dust: Supporting Businesses During Construction AICP CM 1.5
Supporting existing businesses during transit construction is a priority. Transit agencies, regional and city partners across the country have developed a wide array of assistance programs to keep businesses well-positioned during construction. What works? What doesn’t? How do you get businesses to take advantage of the programs early and well in advance of construction? Explore a variety of programs with a wide range of services including how to carve out budget for business support initiatives, way-finding/directional signage, marketing, business counseling, technical assistance, loan programs, grants and peer-to-peer forums. Learn how to use support from partners to customize programs for each unique community.
Moderator: Terry J. Gruver, Vice President, HDR | InfraConsult, Phoenix, Arizona Va-Megn Thoj, Executive Director, Asian Economic Development Association, St. Paul, Minnesota Jennifer Koozer, Community Affairs Representative, Trimet, Portland, Oregon Ellen Muller, Economic Development Manager, City of Saint Paul, Department of Planning and Economic Development, St. Paul, Minnesota
Rail~Volution’s Public Officials Learning Network Part 1. The Challenge of Public Leadership: You’re Not Alone AICP CM 1.5
Gaining public support, setting priorities, maintaining momentum and exercising effective leadership are all challenges facing public officials. As an official, you may feel unprepared and alone in your quest to implement transit and livability projects. Here’s your chance to swap stories with other elected and appointed officials — mayors, commissioners, council members and transit officials — about the complexities you face. At this first of two sessions, we’ll identify specific topics for deeper discussion at Tuesday’s public officials networking lunch. Sharpen your leadership skills, build your network and get inspired.
Moderator: Kristin Jacobs, State Representative, Florida William M. Velasco, Chair of Board TOD Committee, DART, Dallas, Texas Michael Opat, Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Lou Ogden, Mayor, City of Tualatin, Oregon Russ Johnson, Councilman, City of Kansas City, Missouri Breene Harimoto, Councilman, District 8, City of Honolulu, Hawaii
People Don’t Build Great Communities, Partnerships Do AICP CM 1.5
Partnerships of many kinds are necessary to craft a vision of the future that represents diverse constituencies; to empower governments to work towards that vision; and to maintain the focus and momentum necessary to succeed. When it comes to change, partnerships are critical at every stage. Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, South Florida. Unusual partnerships have been forged to engage communities and unite governments towards specific goals. Learn how partnerships at all levels are building great cities.
Moderator: Thomas Waldron, Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, New York, New York Denny Zane, Executive Director, Move LA, Los Angeles, California Zoe Williams, Transit Organizer, 9to5 Colorado, Denver, Colorado James Arthur Jemison, Deputy Undersecretary, Department of Housing & Community Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts Lynda Kompelien Westin, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Real Estate, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, Florida
Can We Get There from Here? First and Last Miles AICP CM 1.5
Pasadena, Charlotte and Boulder have all gotten creative to connect their first and last miles. Learn how as we explore what’s often the last piece of the transportation puzzle. See how bicycle and pedestrian improvements can provide access to busy corridors and enable everyone to start and complete their trips. First and last miles can take many forms: Investigate a range of solutions here.
Moderator: Dylan Jones, Architect, Gensler, Los Angeles, California Carlos Hernandez, AICP, Principal, Fox Tuttle Transportation Group, Boulder, Colorado Dan Gallagher, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte, North Carolina Whitney Pitkanen, Senior Project Manager, CALSTART, Pasadena, California
Genevieve Hutchison, Senior Transportation Planner/Bicycle Program Coordinator, Denver, Colorado
Infrastructure + Art + Community: Putting Them in Context AICP CM 1.5
What role does design play in creating and sustaining cultural values? How can we integrate the built environment and public art into planning, designing and implementing transit infrastructure? And vice versa? Let’s break apart traditional design and engineering processes to see things in a new way: Each crack we make will shed new light on integrating infrastructure and cultural and public art initiatives.
Moderator: Jon Nouchi, Department Director Planning, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, Hawaii Aki Marceau, AICP, Land Use and Sustainability Manager, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, Hawaii Kathleen Cornett, AICP, Senior Planning Coordinator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, Charlotte, North Carolina
Looks like a BRT. Must be a BRT. Or is it? AICP CM 1.5
Bus rapid transit, or BRT, is a growing mode of choice given its flexibility and lower capital cost compared to rail alternatives. But what does a BRT need to look like to qualify for FTA funding? What are the major considerations for BRT design when it comes to serving your community? How can you tailor your BRT to a specific corridor? Hear up-to-date information on the current FTA definition of BRT and how it impacts potential funding for BRT projects. Then listen to three practitioners who’ve planned and defined their BRT projects to meet both their funding goals and the needs of their communities.
Moderator: Art Guzzetti, Vice President, Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC Rick Kiegel, Project Manager, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, Maryland Katie Roth, AICP, Senior Planner, Metro Transit, BRT/Small Starts Project Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota John Myers, PE, Associate Vice President, HNTB Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana Jeffrey F. Boothe, Chair, New Starts Working; Partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
The station is in, the riders are coming and the development has been proposed. Now everybody wants retail. But is there a market for it? Will it be supported? Or would other uses be more appropriate and generate additional riders? Everyone expects TOD to generate a mix of uses — to create a 24/7 environment at every station. How do market realities change that equation? Learn what it takes to support that mixed-use environment that everyone expects; how to assess the market and what residents really want; and how to manage expectations if the market doesn’t deliver.
Moderator: William M.Velasco, Chair of Board TOD Committee, DART, Dallas, Texas Christine Maguire, AICP, EDFP, Senior Manager, Development Planning and Finance Group, Austin, Texas Anne B. Ricker, Principal/Owner, Ricker Cunningham, Centennial, Colorado John Breitinger, Vice President, Investment and Development, United Properties, Bloomington, Minnesota Michael Horsting, AICP, Principal Analyst, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, Illinois
Filling Out Your Dance Card: The Public Sector Role in TOD AICP CM 1.5
Whoever said TOD planning was like a teenager at his first dance, wasn’t far off. How do I get a date? Who makes the first move? What do I need to do? Progressing from planning to implementation — with TOD or on a gymnasium dance floor — brings out the “clumsy” in all of us. Learn the steps for mixing with a host of public sector “dancers.” Join us for a roundtable conversation — a dance card full of insights and lessons learned: from new and established transit agency TOD programs; an urban renewal director; small and large cities preparing for TOD; MPO and county TOD programs; and a nonprofit funder. Bring your questions and your best dance moves.
Moderator: GB Arrington, Principal, GB Place Making, Portland, Oregon D.J. Baxter, Executive Director, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah Andriana Abariotes, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Coalition, St. Paul, Minnesota Thatcher Imboden, Program Manager, Transit Oriented Development, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Tony Chacon, Senior Projects Coordinator, City of Westminster, Colorado Harrison B. Rue, Community Building and TOD Administrator, City and County of Honolulu,Hawaii Allison Bell, Program Manager, Office of TOD, Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota Stan Wall, PE, Director, Office of Real Estate and Station Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC Meganne Steele, Development Project Manager, Metro, Portland, Oregon
Emerging Issues in Transit: The CEO Perspective AICP CM 1.5
What do CEOs of major transit agencies think of the critical issues facing the public transit industry in the next few years? Hear about major challenges and opportunities related to federal and local funding, State of Good Repair, capital investment in rail versus bus, and other issues. Come interact with CEOs from Atlanta, the Twin Cities, Dallas and the Bay Area and ask your burning questions.
Moderator: Gary C. Thomas, President and Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas Keith T. Parker, AICP, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, Georgia Grace Crunican, General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California Brian Lamb, General Manager, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Gentrification + Displacement: Equitable TOD in Urban Communities AICP CM 1.5
Gentrification and displacement. Are they always a consequence of development in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods? Often it seems that way, with developers trying to create new housing and commercial opportunities coming up against tenant and housing advocates. As transit corridors develop — with access to job centers, recreation/entertainment areas and other amenities — real estate values increase. This often translates into displacement of low- and moderate-income residents. What to do? Hear creative strategies to this challenge from three regions – a Los Angeles community organizing perspective, a Denver community land trust’s financing tool to ensure long term affordable housing in a transit corridor, and a Boston regional planning agency’s partnership with activists to understand which people and which housing are most at risk from transit investment.
Moderator: Bob Van Meter, Executive Director – Boston, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts Joe Donlin, Director of Equitable Development, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Los Angeles, California Tony Pickett, Vice President – Master Site Development, Urban Land Conservancy, Denver, Colorado Marc D. Draisen, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Tangible Changes to Address a Changing Climate AICP CM 1.5
Early planning to address climate change focused on trying to reverse global warming. As those efforts continue, it’s important to address the impact global warming is already having: sea level rise, extreme weather events, record-breaking heat, drought and wildfires. As a top contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector plays a critical role in both curbing emissions and adapting to changes that put roads, airports, rail, transit systems, pipelines, ports and waterways at risk. Hear about state and federal actions to adapt to climate change, then explore tangible steps communities are taking to make transportation systems more resilient. From New York to Los Angeles County, hear case studies about responding and adapting to local climate risks.
Moderator: Kate Meis, Executive Director, Local Government Commission, Sacramento, California ChristopherForinash, Program Director, National Sustainable Communities Learning Network, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC Cris B. Liban, Environmental Department Manager, Metro, Los Angeles, California Projjal K. Dutta, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, New York
Station Area Planning 101: Principles Only AICP CM 1.5
Access to transit + station-adjacent development. How do you balance these elements when planning a station area? Go back to the fundamentals in these short presentations and lively discussions. Explore the basic questions: How do you provide access for all transportation modes? How can attention to detail in design and location help you create a sense of place? How can you turn a supportive regulatory environment or public-private partnerships into increased investment and community benefits? No case studies. Principles only.
Moderator: David Knowles, Senior Transit Program Manager, CH2M Hill, Portland, Oregon Thomas Brennan, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Portland, Oregon Jan Callison, County Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota James McGrath, Urban Designer, CH2M Hill, Portland, Oregon
Transit + MPO = Partners for Livable Communities AICP CM 1.5
MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) implementation has given public transportation a greater role in transportation planning and programming decisions. How can transit, MPOs and cities foster decision-making partnerships to attain the best mix of integrated mobility solutions? What are the most effective strategies (including scenario planning) for advancing livable and sustainable communities?
Moderator: James D. Parsons, AICP, Vice President, US West Transit Rail Market Sector Lead, AECOM, Seattle, Washington Sean Libberton, Principal, PB Strategic Consulting, Washington, DC Ted Knowlton, AICP, Deputy Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Salt Lake City, Utah Matthew Welbes, Executive Director, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC Matt Sibul, PE, Chief Planning Officer, Utah Transit Administration, Salt Lake City, Utah Todd Hemingson, AICP, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, Texas
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm PLACE SETTINGS: INFORMAL NETWORKING DINNERS
Dinner conversations about making place better. Broaden your network. Small groups with mutual interests will have the opportunity to dine together at a local restaurant near the Hyatt. Check out the message board near the conference registration desk to sign up for a seat at the table. Space is limited. (Dinner not included)
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Emcee: Beverly A. Scott, PhD, CEO and General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; President, Board of Directors, Rail~Volution, Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Beverly A. Scott is responsible for managing the MBTA and overseeing the Commonwealth’s 15 regional transit authorities and MassDOT’s freight and passenger rail programs. Beverly’s career includes senior leadership positions with some of the nation?s largest public transit systems. She was the first female CEO/general manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Beverly was named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Obama and the US Department of Transportation, and is vice chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a presidential appointment. She holds a doctorate in political science from Howard University, and a BA in political science from Fisk University.
Telling the Transformation Story
Ridership is up. Communities around the country are embracing the opportunity to transform themselves through smart transportation investments and new mobility services. Explore the impact of transit from several different perspectives, including economic development and job creation. Hear how citizens, local politicians and advocates are successfully working together to advance the notion that “Where public transportation goes, community grows.”
Michael Melaniphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Michael Melaniphy has spent his entire career in public transportation, in the public and private sector. In addition to leading the American Public Transportation Association, he serves on several boards and commissions. Michael was a vice president at Motor Coach Industries, responsible for operations in the US and Canada. He was general manager of Charlotte (NC) Transit and Wichita (KS) Transit, as well as The Bus Company in Hamilton, OH. In those positions he was recognized for many safety and innovation milestones, pioneered dedicated state transit taxes and installed the first system-wide Braille/tactile bus stop signage. Michael worked his way through Indiana University as a bus driver for the Hoosier’s basketball team, earning a bachelor’s in business administration.
The Federal Framework: Today and Tomorrow
How does increased interest in transit and TOD affect federal policy? How has the first year of Secretary Anthony Foxx’s tenure reframed priorities for the nation’s transportation system? What’s on the federal horizon? Take a close look at the big picture.
Anthony Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation, Washington, DC (invited)
Anthony Foxx was appointed US Secretary of Transportation by President Obama in 2013. He leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget and oversees air, maritime and surface transportation. Secretary Foxx’s primary goal is to ensure that the country maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Before joining the US DOT, he was mayor of Charlotte, NC. There he made transportation investments the centerpiece of the city’s job creation and economic recovery efforts: the LYNX light rail extension, the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport expansion, the Charlotte Streetcar project and a design-build-finance approach for the I-485 loop. Secretary Foxx holds a law degree from New York University’s School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.
Reshaping Cities Through Rail: New Actors + Shifting Principles + Future Trends
Rail systems are not an end, but a means to an end. Transportation is integral to a city’s economy, climate resilience and social-cultural fabric. It plays a pivotal role in enabling low-income access to services and employment opportunities. As transit funding changes, new nonprofit and philanthropic actors are stepping up as investors and conveners in the transport sector. They are making transportation a vehicle for sustainable, holistic urban regeneration, influencing how everything — from the arts to social inclusion — is integrated into project design and implementation. Hear about these shifting trends, actors and principles through examples from The Kresge Foundation’s investment in Detroit’s M1 Rail, as well as public sector and philanthropic projects in Minneapolis.
Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit, Michigan
Rip Rapson, attorney and urban policy expert, is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a $3 billion national, private foundation based in metropolitan Detroit. Rip led a multiyear strategic recalibration that helped Kresge focus its grant programs. He is helping to lead a partnership of private, public and philanthropic funders to revitalize his hometown, Detroit. This includes construction of the new M-1 light rail line. Rip worked with other philanthropic leaders to blunt the impact of municipal bankruptcy on City of Detroit pensioners and safeguard holdings of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Previously, Rip served as president of the McKnight Foundation, as senior fellow at the University of Minnesota and as deputy mayor of Minneapolis. He earned his law degree from Columbia University.
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18. Culture Corridor: Art + Food + Transit = Placemaking
Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
The METRO Green Line serves a diverse cultural community with a high concentration of small businesses. Experience food and art and engage in com- munity activism and innovative collaborations that have revitalized this area. Hear from nonprofits and community leaders about the Little Mekong Cultural District, imaginative placemaking projects designed by local artists and creative construction disruption mitigation strategies for small businesses. Then sample delicious food from some of the cultural gems on the line. Walking: 2 easy miles. Cost: $45, lunch included.
19. Northside’s Communities of Color + Transit Investment
Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
What happens when a transit-dependent, historically disinvested, low-wealth and racially diverse area encounters two LRT corridors, two BRT lines, one streetcar line and several bike/pedestrian improvements? Ask the Northside’s Asian, new immigrant and African American communities. Hear from community en- gagement grantees from the Corridors of Opportunity initiative and other allied partner groups about how communities are planning for the enormous economic development potential and social benefits of multimodal transit investments. Cost: $45, lunch included.
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Activating Communities with Active Transportation AICP CM 1.5
Linking transit, pedestrian and bike infrastructure: Can it really create economic vitality and help build communities? Research is just beginning to answer those questions. Active transportation requires partnerships across government (for example, transportation, housing, community development, health, planning), nonprofit organizations and the private sector. Explore how active transportation is extending existing transportation systems, expanding transportation options and connecting communities. Discuss the prerequisites needed for success. Hear how pedestrian and bike-sharing programs are being used for commuting, last-mile solutions to support community development.
Moderator: Leah Treat, Director, City of Portland, Bureau of Transportation, Portland, Oregon Lily Gordon-Koven, Graduate Student, New York University, New York, New York Wendy Landman, Executive Director, WalkBoston, Boston, Massachusetts Nolan Levenson, Reseach Assistant, Rudin Center for Transportation, New York, New York
Regions have used collaborative tables — such as Great Communities Collaborative and Mile High Connects — to plan shared regional visions. Now that they’ve defined their visions, how do they move ahead and implement? Explore how regions can use the same collaborative process to implement their visions. This roundtable discussion is especially timely as many collaborations funded through the HUD Sustainable Communities program are at an inflection point, seeking models and advice on implementation. Share successes, challenges and opportunities to begin the conversation and learn from one another, across regions. Let’s collaborate!
Moderator: Amy Cotter, Regional Plan Implementation Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts Geeta Rao, Initiative Officer, Great Communities Collaborative, San Francisco, California Dace West, Network Director, Mile High Connects, Denver, Colorado Geeta Pradhan, Associate Vice President for Programs, Boston Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts
Turning Tough Around: Skills for Managing Critics AICP CM 1.5
Critics. Tough crowds. We’ve all faced them! Imagine turning those critics into supporters — or at least respectful, constructive participants in your projects. Learn how to set up your team for success by carefully structuring meetings and messages. Explore ways to manage difficult crowds and sticky situations while still building long-term relationships and agency credibility. Hear stories and strategies from people who’ve survived — and even thrive on — divisive public processes.
Moderator: Allison Brooks, Director, Bay Area Joint Policy Center, Oakland, California Ken Snyder, CEO/President, PlaceMatters, Denver, Colorado David A Goldberg, Communications Director, Transportation For America, Washington, DC Salima (Sam) O’Connell, Public Involvement Manager, Metro Transit, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Urban Circulator Roundtable: Shaping Cities One Challenge at a Time AICP CM 1.5
An urban circulator roundtable? How appropriate! Hear speakers from around the country — Austin; Atlanta; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Portland– experienced in different disciplines of urban circulator implementation. Start with short presentations from each unique perspective, then focus on the challenges and issues associated with implementation — outreach, financing, traffic, etc. — and how each organization overcame these challenges.
Moderator: Neil McFarlane, General Manager, TriMet, Portland, Oregon Paul Zebell, Project Manager, Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland, Oregon April Manlapaz, Transit Project Manager, AECOM, Minneapolis, Minnesota Derek Benedict, PE, Transportation Engineer, URS Corporation, Austin, Texas D.J. Baxter, Executive Director, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah Jim Erkel, Attorney & Program Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, St. Paul, Minnesota Lisa Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Beltline, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Ecodistricts: Swedish Lessons and American Vision AICP CM 1.5
What are ecodistricts? Why are they important? Are ecodistricts just another fad, or are they a growing opportunity to deal with environmental and sustainability issues and global climate change? Learn about ecodistrict planning in the US. Hear insights from Sweden, “the grandfather of all ecodistrict planning,” as well. How do ecodistricts fit into your TOD planning? What skills, disciplines and collaborative relationships are needed to plan and implement a successful ecodistrict? Here’s your chance to listen, learn and ask questions to take your TOD planning to the next level.
Moderator: Marsha J. Kaiser, AICP, Managing Principal, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC Katherine Perez-Estolano, Board Member, California High Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, California Otto Condon, AICP, Principal, ZGF Architects LLP, Washington, DC Daniel Firth, Chief Strategy Officer, Traffic Administration, City of Stockholm, Sweden
Capturing the value of public transit investments can be a tricky business. Everybody has a vested interest. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. Value capture strategies include joint development, special assessment districts, tax increment financing and development impact fees. But how much of the value actually makes it back to the transit agency? Where have these strategies been successful and why? What does the FTA think about value capture? Explore the concepts of value capture, learn from real projects and hear the latest thinking directly from the FTA.
Moderator: David M. Levinson, Professor, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Nadine Fogarty, Principal/Vice President, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, California Dan Ngo, Program Analyst, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC John Howe, Vice President of Strategic Consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Toronto, Ontario
Developing within a built-up transit corridor has unique challenges: demolition, infrastructure improvements, increases in scale, access improvements, community opposition (or support) and financing. Add to those, managing expectations for a new transit facility in an existing community, and infill TOD can be a real circus. Hear our panel of developers talk about their experiences. What does it take to develop that mixed-use environment everyone wants? How can you manage expectations? And what does it take to establish a brand?
Moderator: Mariia Zimmerman, AICP, Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC, Arlington, Virginia Meea Kang, President and Founder, Domus Development, Davis, California Tony Barranco, Vice President of Development, Ryan Companies USA, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota Norman Bjorness, Developer, Oaks Properties, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Equitable Development: TOD in a Distressed Economy AICP CM 1.5
Equitable development starts with a commitment to robust community engagement, continues with strategic public investments to “prime the pump,” and ends with development that meets community needs and allows investors to make a buck or two. Learn how public and private partners can work together to lay the groundwork to finance and deliver TOD in the face of a distressed local development market. In Minneapolis: A community along a future BRT corridor plans for future investments in transportation, economic development, housing and placemaking. In Pittsburgh: A diverse community adjacent to a busway station attracts public and private investments for a successful project. In Phoenix, nonprofits working together to ready publicly-owned property for development and create a loan program to bring affordable and market rate residential mixed use to the light rail.
Moderator: Melinda Pollack, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, Denver, Colorado Daniel Klocke, Downtown Phoenix CDC, Phoenix, Arizona Patricia Fitzgerald, Economic and Community Development Division Manager, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Ernie Hogan, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Could a mobile app really entice someone to ride your transit? Could an online tool improve communication between a transit agency and the public? Whether it’s engaging people in planning decisions or providing real-time information for transit riders, online tools and mobile apps can improve customer engagement and personalize communication. View successful online tools and mobile apps designed to meet the demands of customers — both present and future. Hear how those tools are helping agencies improve both planning and meeting customer’s needs by providing real time information and apps that are improving riders’ overall transit experience.
Moderator: Shyam Dunna, Chief Executive Officer and President, nMomentum, Atlanta, Georgia Dave Biggs, Co-Founder, MetroQuest, Vancouver, British Columbia Nat Parker, Chief Executive Officer, GlobeSherpa, Portland, Oregon Thomas Coleman, Innovation and Technology Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Chicago, Illinois Matthew Decuir, Co-Founder, OMG Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Community Engagement + Corridor Development Initiative = Results AICP CM 2
(2 HOUR SESSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
After a difficult development project review process, have you ever wished there was a better way? Now there is. Learn about the Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) in this interactive workshop. Discover how neighbors can guide redevelopment to reflect their community vision — how developers can reduce the amount of time between submitting a proposal and breaking ground. Join LISC Twin Cities to see how CDI’s hands-on, win-win approach moves potential TOD opportunity sites into actual projects. CDI has been replicated by the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council and is being considered by the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Hear why CDI has become a best practice in the Twin Cities and whether it might be right for your organization.
Gretchen Nicholls, Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota Barbara Raye, Director, Center for Planning, Policy and Performance, St. Paul, Minnesota Yonah Freemark, Project Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, Illinois Ashley Kaade, AICP, Planner II, Stakeholder Engagement, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Denver, Colorado
Public Finance Support + TOD Projects: What Works?
What is the role of public finance in your TOD project? Does it support or complicate matters? Which comes first — the financing or the project? How should public support be structured for the best value? Explore the role of public financing from many angles with people who have lived it. What works? What works even better? Hear how public sector financial support could be a valuable piece of your development process.
Moderator: James Arthur Jemison, Deputy Undersecretary, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts Conal McNamara, Director of Community Development, City of Whittier, California Eric Rothman, President, HR&A Advisors, Inc., New York, New York Beth Pfeifer, Director of Development, The Cornerstone Group, Bloomington, Minnesota
12:00 pm-1:30pm LUNCHTIME NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES- Click on green arrow to expand
Community Streetcar Coalition Meeting
Interest in streetcars is blossoming nationwide with nearly 80 communities planning or building projects. The Community Streetcar Coalition (CSC) is an advocacy organization of more than 50 cities, transit agencies and private sector firms. The CSC strives to ensure federal policy recognizes the benefits of streetcars in attracting economic development, revitalizing communities and expanding transportation choices. Hear about membership benefits, as well as the upcoming Sixth Annual Streetcar Summit in Washington, DC.
Moderator: Jeffrey F. Boothe, Chair, New Starts Working Group; Partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
Rail~Volution’s Public Officials Learning Network Part 2. The Challenge of Public Leadership: Your Network of Peers By Invitation Only
Continue the discussion from Monday’s Public Officials Learning Network at this facilitated peer exchange and networking lunch. Expand your national network and become a more effective catalyst in your community. Get to know your peers, compare notes and gain new insights into complex issues facing fellow leaders. Designed to connect you to over twenty years of Rail~Volution “tribal wisdom” in creating livable communities, the topics may cover technical, political, strategic or tactical approaches to solving problems. Nothing is off-topic. Grab this opportunity to compare best practices from others in your shoes.
Facilitator: Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City Corporation, Utah
12:00 pm- 1:30 pm Idea Exchanges: Your Topics + Everyone’s Ideas = Good Conversation
Idea Exchanges: Your Topics + Everyone’s Ideas = Good Conversation
These vibrant exchanges are based on the topics you suggested. Facilitated by New Rail~Volutionaries and seasoned experts in the subject matter, these interactive get-togethers are driven by your discussion. Check out the niche topics, grab a boxed lunch and get ready for some good conversation. Use it to network. Use it to ask questions. Use it to help others learn from your experiences. See you on Tuesday.
Creativity + Small Parcels
Upon completion of a project, transit agencies are often left with small, oddly shaped property that is too small for large-scale, mixed-use development, but too large to leave vacant. Whether a remnant parcel or an abandoned lot, how can these small vacant parcels be used to energize a community? To make it more vibrant? How can you implement these creative uses in a timely manner? Brainstorm and discuss your ideas while you learn from others how to turn your vacant parcel into a community gem!CLICK HERE TO EVALUATE THIS IDEA EXCHANGEReshaping: The Sharing Economy
Wikipedia + Facebook + Twitter + Napster + Netflix + CitiBike + Zipcar + Lyft + Airbnb… As the list of companies in the sharing economy continues to grow, the very definition of ownership has been redefined! What does that mean for our cities? How will the sharing economy reshape our lives and institutions? Don’t economize on your sharing during this lively exchange!
Once the property of scientists, technicians and geeks, today everybody craves data. Data is in high demand for both personal and professional use, 24/7. That’s true for planners, as well. Hear how they are putting dynamic data sources to work with ground-breaking applications. Discuss, share and learn — these stories are sure to spark innovation on your own projects.
Can technology improve operating efficiency and customer experience? Yes! Hear how transit agencies across the country are using a variety of technology-based services, from mobile apps to electronic fare payment. What’s next in the pipeline? How do we encourage and support everyone — including riders without bank accounts, older adults, people with disabilities or limited English proficiency — to have access to the potential benefits of these technologies? What strategies work — or don’t? What new ideas should we consider?
Transportation funding from local sources has become increasingly important with shifts in federal funding. Transportation ballot measures have become an effective means of securing this local funding. Using a multimodal approach often helps these measures succeed. What can you learn from success in other communities? How can you frame the dialogue surrounding ballot measure to widen support? Ask questions, share your successes and rework your failures in this candid idea exchange.
The Southwest LRT is years away – but don’t tell that to these five cities! How are they getting a head start on development through state-of-the-art planning? From corporate campus to historic downtown, hear stories from city staff, developers and a corporate campus representative about: thousands of new housing units; pre-LRT parking needs and retail viability; partnerships and incentives for enhanced public spaces and regional stormwater treatment; and expanded connectivity through transit’s reach. Bicycling: 8 easy miles. Cost: $60, light snack included.
21. Greening the METRO Green Line LRT
Tuesday, September 23, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
Learn about one of the largest tree-trench stormwater treatment systems ever constructed and its smart grid electrical system, which saves thousands of tons of carbon annually. Hear how the Green Line leverages public and private green investments, including intermodal infrastructure, brownfield cleanup, green infrastructure standards, district and renewable energy systems, and many LEED-certified projects to make the Twin Cities more sustainable and livable. Walking: 1 easy mile. Cost: $45.
22. Franklin Station: A Cultural Journey
Tuesday, September 23, 1:30 pm–5:00 pm
The METRO Blue Line opened ten years ago. From the beginning, it’s been a cultural journey, engaging communities to create – and implement – a vision for the area around Franklin station. Visit the station and hear from developers and representatives from Ventura Village, home of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, and Seward, a vibrant busi- ness district. Explore the neighbor- hood and hear how Native American culture has been respected – and reflected – in the area. Cost $45.
23. Challenges + Compromise: The U of M Experience
Tuesday, September 23, 1:45 pm–4:15 pm
It takes a lot of research to successfully serve one of the largest public research universities in the country. Visit the University of Minnesota to see the new METRO Green Line. Hear about design and construction mitigations that protect the University’s research enterprise. Experience the new transit/pedestrian mall, which replaced a four-lane arterial through campus. Visit adjacent developments – like the new 50,000- seat TCF Bank stadium – with area developers. Walking: 2 easy miles. Cost: $45
2:00 pm-3:30 pm WORKSHOPS
Implementing Equitable TOD: Improving Lives AICP CM 1.5
Equitable TOD is more than just development near transit. It is a strategy that envelops the vision, aspirations and interests of low-income stakeholders. Equitable TOD investment provides more housing and transportation choices, new job opportunities, better schools and increased retail. Hear success stories from nonprofit leaders in three distinct market areas who have implemented TOD directly linked to improving the lives of residents with low incomes.
Moderator: Richard Manson, Program Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York, New York Dean Matsubayashi, Director of Community Economic Development, Little Tokyo Service Center, Los Angeles, California Gail Latimore, Executive Director, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Dorchester, Massachusetts Rose Gray, Senior Vice President CED, APM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Predicting the Future: Sustainable Support for Transit AICP CM 1.5
How do you build and maintain support for future transit investment? How do you rally business leaders, riders, policymakers and opinion leaders behind your cause? Explore three approaches from three areas: Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Corridors of Opportunity Innovative Engagement Models, created by a grassroots coalition; Washington state’s Transportation Choices Coalition’s successful proactive campaigns; and TriMet Portland’s regional transit agency’s use of field organizing strategies to engage riders and opinion leaders.
Moderator: Jennifer Harmening Thiede, Communications Associate & Member Engagement Manager, Transit for Livable Communities, St. Paul, Minnesota Repa Mekha, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nexus Community Partners, St. Paul, Minnesota Diane Goodwin, Manager of Public Affairs, TriMet, Portland, Oregon Andrew Austin, Policy Director, Transportation Choices, Seattle, Washington
People are headed back to the cities, transforming and developing neighborhoods. But that growth in city living is also congesting streets and stifling the development anticipated through this urban revitalization. Cities want transit, but they can often not afford the cost of heavy or light rail solutions. BRT (bus rapid transit) can be a solution, but it can be a hard sell to business leaders, the community, and even the project team. What are the political challenges? How can you win over opponents and apathetic communities? Hear how political, business and community collaborations and partnerships have led to successful — and some not-so-successful — BRT projects in Chicago, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles, Eugene and Grand Rapids.
Moderator: MarshaJKaiser, AICP, Managing Principal, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC PeterSkosey, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, Illinois JoelRamos, Regional Planning Director, TransForm, Oakland, California Conrad Venema, Strategic Planning Manager, The Rapid, Grand Rapids, Michigan KariTurner, Associate, PIVOT Architecture, Eugene, Oregon Sean Libberton, Principal, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
Public-Private Partnerships: The P3 Experience AICP CM 1.5
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are on the upswing. After a strong start with vertical building delivery in the US and many transit projects in Canada, the P3 model for transit seems to be here to stay. Upcoming projects in Baltimore and Denver are piquing interest across the US. Is P3 right for your project? How have recent projects fared? Listen as panel members explore recent applications, trends and benefits of the P3 delivery method. Learn how to assess your own project in terms of the P3 model. Hear how P3 is helping accomplish broader community development, sustainability and mobility goals throughout North America.
Moderator: Bob Post, Vice President, Director of Transportation, URS, Portland, Oregon Charles Wheeler, Senior Project Manager, URS, Richmond Hill, Ontario Gregory P. Benz, RA, AICP, Senior Vice President, Principal, Professional Associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, Maryland Martin Nielsen, MAIBC, LEED AP, MRAIC, P.Eng., Principal, Dialog Design, Vancouver, British Columbia
Your Transit Station: A Place to Fall in Love? AICP CM 1.5
There may be more than transit and riders connecting at your 21st-century station. Nowadays, being an efficient transit access point is not the only design challenge. Stations anchor place making and build communities. Your station has to create value and be a good neighbor. It has to be a place where someone could fall in love. Hear three transit romance stories: Minneapolis’s new Target Field Station features great public spaces and integrated development. Reconstruction of two rapid transit stations in Cleveland’s University Circle is turning “scary places” into vibrant urban spaces. The transformation of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty BRT station anchors an impressive strategy to bring back a blighted former urban renewal district that’s attracted Google and Whole Foods.
Moderator: Val J. Menotti, Planning Department Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California Peter David Cavaluzzi, FAIA, Principal, Perkins Eastman, New York, New York Alan Hart, AIA, Founding Principal, VIA Architecture, Vancouver, British Colombia Rebecca Schenck, Senior Project Development Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Space Exploration: Innovative Parking Tools + Strategies AICP CM 1.5
Explore the latest parking tools, policies and implementation steps for public and private sector parking applications. Discover online tools and right-size parking principles to turn around the parking situation in your community. Discuss ways to help your community adjust to the changing nature of parking and mobility. Learn from national organizations and agencies that are paving the way for a future of parking in support of TOD and sustainable development.
Moderator: Lucy F. Galbraith, AICP, Director, Transit Oriented Development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota Jennifer West, GreenTRIP Policy Analyst, TransForm, Oakland, California Dan Bertolet, Urban Planner, VIA Architecture, Seattle, Washington Mark Gander, AICP, Director of Urban Mobility and Development, AECOM, New York, New York
Developing Workforce Opportunities with Transit: Regional Stories AICP CM 1.5
3 regions = 3 distinct stories. How are workforce initiatives in Denver, Seattle and the Twin Cities helping businesses and economies grow along transit? Leaders from community colleges, cities and counties share their experiences. Models include: a training and employment program for transit construction and operators; a corridor-level model focused on employees and business development and retention; and an innovative approach to developing a food hub employment center near new transit.
Moderator: Jennifer Billig, Policy Consultant, Mile High Business Alliance, Denver, Colorado Katrina Wert, Director, Regional Workforce Initiative, Community College of Denver, Colorado Janet Guthrie, Senior Policy Analyst, Ramsey County, Manager’s Office, St. Paul, Minnesota Nora Liu, Community Development Manager, Department of Planning & Development, City of Seattle, Washington
Listen and learn as local transit bloggers go head to head over three issues specific to the Twin Cities: Hear the pros and cons of Minneapolis’ famous Skyway system. Weigh the ins and outs of regional transit expansion. Explore streetcar growth in the region. Three informative and vigorous debates moderated by Minneapolis TOD director David Frank. Bring your questions and get ready for provocative answers!
Moderator: David Frank, Director of Transit Development, City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Janne K. Flisrand, Principal, Flisrand Consulting, Minneapolis, Minnesota Nick Magrino, Blogger, streets.mn, Minneapolis, Minnesota Sam Newberg, Urbanist, Joe-Urban.com, Minneapolis, Minnesota Bill Lindeke, Blogger, streets.mn, Minneapolis, Minnesota Alex Cecchini, Blogger, streets.mn, Minneapolis, Minnesota Spencer Agnew, Housing and Redevelopment Specialist, City of Plymouth, Minnesota
Creative Placemaking: Celebrating Culture + Community AICP CM 1.5
As communities are transformed by large-scale transportation projects, how do we celebrate and sustain local identity and culture and engage local artists, community members and businesses? This panel will provide examples of diverse, forward-looking institutions encouraging and fostering creative placemaking; creative placemaking as a tool to accomplish many community goals; and foundations and others using their resources to catalyze ideas and community engagement through placemaking. We will draw from local experiences in the Twin Cities, a leader in creative placemaking in transportation, and learn about the processes and aspirations of placemaking around upcoming bus rapid transit projects in Nashville, San Diego and Portland.
Elyse Lowe, Deputy Executive Director, Circulate San Diego, San Diego, California Maria Rosario Jackson, Senior Advisor, Arts and Culture, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, Michigan Katina Mortensen, Project Manager, Grassroots Solutions, Minneapolis, Minnesota Christine Podas-Larson, President, Public Art Saint Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota Renata Soto, Executive Director, Conexion Americas, Nashville, Tennessee Todd Struble, Jade District Manager, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Portland, Oregon
The Rail~Volution Ahead: Fresh Energy for the Movement
Rail~Volution is committed to helping accelerate learning and momentum. We’re working hard to become more than a conference — expanding our reach as a learning network, resource hub and capacity building agent. What does this mean for your organization? How will our vision help you become a more effective catalyst for building livable communities with transit? Join the conversation as we begin our next phase: Hear about Rail~Volution’s updated strategic plans, priorities and brand. What are your challenges? How can the Rail~Volution network help? Bring your ideas on how to make the next generation of Rail~Volution relevant to your needs. Meet Rail~Volution leadership and brainstorm how we can support your goals. You are the future of Rail~Volution!
Dan Bartholomay, Chief Executive Officer, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, Minnesota Ron Stewart, Principal, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, Portland, Oregon
2:00 pm-5:00 pm DEVELOPERS ROUNDTABLE- Click on green arrow to expand
Developers Roundtable AICP CM 2
Want to gain an insider’s view of what the development world is considering these days? Join the Minnesota Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a pre-eminent panel of developers from around the country at our annual Developers Roundtable. Explore a development case study in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, strategically located between the new Green Line and Blue Line transitways. Learn how this project overcame complex and controversial development and financing issues. Hear from a panel of experienced developers and lenders about what it takes to take a project from idea to reality. Then, ask your own questions and receive feedback from our panel during a moderated Q & A session.
Moderator: CarenDewar, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota TonyBarranco, Vice President of Development, Ryan Companies USA, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota MeeaKang, President and Founder, Domus Development, Davis, California GeorgeSherman, Principal, Sherman Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota CynthiaA.Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, San Francisco, California ChristineMaguire, Senior Manager, Development Planning and Finance Group, Austin, Texas ColleenCarey, President, The Cornerstone Group, Bloomington, Minnesota
4:00 pm-5:30 pm WORKSHOPS- Click on green arrow to expand
Millennials + Boomers: A Win-Win Plan for All AICP CM 1.5
Although millennials will soon be the largest group in the peak driving age, they just don’t drive the way boomers did. They embrace car sharing, bike sharing and ride sharing. They are the first generation to fully exploit mobile technology. Hear our panel discuss how changing demographics are changing the way we travel; how the City of Charlotte is stepping up to provide the quality of life millennials desire; and how planning for millennials benefits everyone — even the boomers.
Moderator: Rod Mullice, Senior Vice President, National Director of Transit Oriented Development, Colliers International, Atlanta, Georgia Danny C. Pleasant, AICP, Director of Transportation, City of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina Jana Lynott, AICP, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor & Videographer, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC John Horvick, Vice President & Director of Research, DHM Research, Portland, Oregon
Performance Measurements People can Actually Understand AICP CM 1.5
How can we measure and make the case for streetcar, light rail and bus rapid transit in an understandable way? How can we use the results to inform the elected officials who are held accountable for transportation decisions? The New Starts Criteria, often used to evaluate projects, can be complicated and confusing to the public. Learn techniques to describe project benefits in line with the values of citizens and elected officials. Hear how California is replacing traditional level-of-service analysis with metrics aligned with environmental goals. Will it lead to more sustainable transportation options and healthier communities, instead of roadway solutions? Come along and find out!
Moderator: Zakhary Mallett, Director, District 7, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California Kevin Bacon, Urban Designer, Perkins+Will, Atlanta, Georgia Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, California Hal R. Johnson, AICP, Manager of Project Development, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, Utah Chris Quinn, Project Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, Colorado
Active Transportation: Biking, Walking and Inventive Thinking AICP CM 1.5
Creative strategies can bring a wide range of means and methods. Explore how inventive active transportation improvements encourage biking and walking in three different cities. Kingston upon Thames, Los Angeles and St. Paul. Hear how people are coming together to develop plans to make places better and more accessible. Discover how innovative thinking is changing these cities — and how you can make it happen in your region, too.
Moderator: Laura Cornejo, Director, Transit Corridors & Active Transportation, Metro, Los Angeles, California Damian Goebel, Marketing, Communications and Outreach Director, St. Paul Smart Trips, St. Paul, Minnesota Lisa Padilla, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Cityworks Design, Pasadena, California Alan Jones, Director, Steer Davies Gleave, Toronto, Ontario
Riders + Revenue = Rubbish: Managing Concessions and Making Money AICP CM 1.5
Riders are coming to our stations, anyway. Can we make some money off them? Capturing the value of a transit investment can take many forms. Is providing concessions and services a good way to generate a meaningful income? Or just another way to provide amenities for transit riders? Vending machines or specialty retail? Hear from our panel about what it takes to develop a successful program — from impediments, to thresholds needed to support certain uses, to who picks up the fast food garbage on the train. Advice, lessons and time for discussion.
Moderator: Theresa O’Donnell, AICP, Acting Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas, Texas Denise Whitfield, Retail Development & Concessions Planning, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transportation Authority, Atlanta, Georgia Zahoor Kareem, President, Blinq, a Transmart Company, San Francisco, California Lorna Moritz, President, TR Advisors LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
Seeing Things Differently: New Approaches to Joint Development AICP CM 1.5
Are you considering a joint development opportunity? Come hear some alternative perspectives. Should you involve the FTA? If so, what are the opportunities and challenges? What should you look for in partnerships with private sector developers and local jurisdictions? Should you have broader goals than just making money through your joint development? Explore project case studies and lessons from four transit agencies. How do they approach joint development? How should you?
Moderator: Sharon Pugh, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Budget and Policy, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC Tina M. Votaw, Transit Oriented Development Manager, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, North Carolina Kathryn Hansen, Manager, TOD and Land Use, SWLRT Project Office, Metro Transit, St. Louis Park, Minnesota Jack Wierzenski, AICP, Economic Development Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas Katherine Iverson, Manager, Transit-Oriented Development, Regional Transportation District, Denver, Colorado
Legacy systems are transit systems where cities have grown up around them. With no new area for development, these transit systems — and the communities surrounding them — face special challenges. Creating livable neighborhoods and new development opportunities is especially difficult. How are older cities using infill to jumpstart development in problematic neighborhoods? How are hot markets, where land is scarce, using air rights to meet demand? Explore these complex approaches to TOD in legacy systems.
Moderator: Jack L. Robbins, AIA, Senior Associate, Fxfowle, New York, New York Yonah Freemark, Project Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, Illinois Francis X. DeCoste, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, TR Advisors LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
New School + Old: Grassroots Organizing to Advance Transit AICP CM 1.5
Critics of transit and livable communities are bringing their message to public meetings, popular blogs and, of course, the ballot box. Now grassroots organizations and individual advocates are stepping up to change the dialogue about transit in cities around the country. Join us to learn techniques — old school and new — for creating momentum to support transit: social media, on- and off-line network combinations, and good old grassroots organizing.
Moderator: Kristin Hull, Senior Project Manager, CH2M Hill, Portland, Oregon John Schneider, Chairman, Alliance for Regional Transit, Cincinnati, Ohio Ashley Robbins, Policy Manager, Center for Transportation Excellence, Washington, DC Robbyn Lewis, Principal, Sustainable City Consulting, Baltimore, Maryland
HSR for Midsize Cities: TOD Lessons from Near and Far AICP CM 1.5
High-speed rail is here. California and the Midwest are both planning HSR corridors to serve large and midsize cities within the next decade or two. Cities are working closely with agencies to carefully plan TOD to serve both statewide and local needs. Explore lessons, both pragmatic and visionary, from around the world. Start in Germany and France, then turn to more local experiences in Wisconsin and California. Hear from high-level state agency representatives, researchers and professionals experienced in HSR station area planning. Learn how they are working with federal, state and local agencies on TOD to address economic development; respond to climate change legislation; integrate public transit networks; and create dense activity centers within walking distance to future HSR stations.
Moderator: Monica Villalobos, Senior Project Manager, AECOM, Los Angeles, California Eric Eidlin, Urban and Regional Policy Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the US/Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, San Francisco, California Katherine Perez-Estolano, Board Member, California High Speed Rail Authority, Los Angeles, California Barry Gore, Planner-Urban Designer, BGore Design/Campaign for Yahara Station, Madison, Wisconsin Vaughan Davies, Principal, Director of Urban Design, AECOM, Los Angeles, California
Rurban Solutions: Strategies for Small and Midsize Communities AICP CM 1.5
Rural + Urban. What are the challenges faced — and shared — by small and midsize cities? Peer through the “rurban” lens: Explore strategies for integrating transportation, land use, energy and affordable housing. Learn how to improve choices for low- and moderate-income households to reduce transportation costs, connect workers to jobs and facilitate upward mobility. How can we create places that are vital and healthy? Look at local economies and public spending, as well as retrofitting urban transportation for rurban use. Much is written about large urban strategies. Discover solutions for the often-overlooked quieter corners of our nation, where placemaking is just as important for creating successful and rewarding lives.
Moderator: RogerM.Millar, Vice President, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC SarahGraham, Principal, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, California JamesBruckbauer, Transportation Policy Specialist, Michigan Land Use Institute, Traverse City, Michigan DavidJohnson, Director of Planning, Roaring Forks Transportation Authority, Carbondale, Colorado
THE GREEN LINE=11 MILES OF HOPES, DREAMS, FEARS: LIVE VIDEO RECORDING @ MUSIC BOX THEATER
The Green Line = 11 Miles of Hopes, Dreams and Fears AICP CM 1.5 Live video recording at the Music Box Theater- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Green Line, the new light rail connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis, is a transformative story more than 30 years in the making. Fraught with politics, lawsuits and lingering scars from a previous transit debacle, the Green Line story is also one of perseverance, creativity and collaboration. How did two cities, joined by foundations, entrepreneurs and artists, come together to pull off this unlikely project? What strategies did they use to win neighborhood support? To save local businesses during construction? To attract new development and ensure affordable housing? The Green Line is more than a rich and instructive case study, it’s a story, told here in a unique live journalistic performance by the people who made it happen.
Music Box Theatre (across the street from the Hyatt)
1407 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403Introduction: Polly Talen, Program Director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota Narrator: Chuck Salter, Senior Writer, Fast Company, New York, New York Kathy Mouacheupao, Cultural Corridor Coordinator, Local Initiative Support Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota Nancy Homans, Senior Policy Director, City of St. Paul, Office of the Mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota Christopher Ferguson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bywater Business Solutions, Minneapolis, Minnesota Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Director, Planning and Economic Development, City of St. Paul, Minnesota Nekima Levy-Pounds, Professor, School of Law, University of St. Thomas; Founder, Brotherhood, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota Nathaniel Khaliq, Former President, St. Paul National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, St. Paul, Minnesota
Meet the firms and organizations making a difference in the livability and sustainability movement. Ask questions, share plans and mingle with knowledgeable representatives from across industries. Exhibits + conversation + hors d’oeuvres + beverages = one relaxing environment.
7:00 pm-9:00 pm PECHA KUCHA SLAM AT THE MUSIC BOX THEATER
Pecha Kucha Slam
An evening like no other, our Pecha Kucha Slam gets crazier every year! Grab a drink and hold on – the ideas – and fun! – will be flying. 20 slides x 20 seconds each per topic. Think fast. Listen faster. (It will sink in later.)
Emcee: Art Pearce, Division Manager, Policy, Planning and Projects, City of Portland, Office of Transportation, Portland, Oregon Sara Maxana, Principal Planner, Puget Sound Regional Council, Seattle, Washington Barb Thoman, Executive Director, Transit for Livable Communities, Saint Paul, Minnesota Yolanda Savage-Narva, MSEd, Washington, DC Laura Hartman, Associate Professor, Augustana Council, Rock Island, Illinois Paul Supawanich, Senior Associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., San Francisco, California Theresa McClure, Public Involvement Manager, HDR, Omaha, Nebraska John Doan, Director, Housing, Community Works & Transit, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota Alan Lehto, Director of Planning & Policy, TriMet, Portland, Oregon DeeAnn Sandberg, Community Affairs Representative, TriMet, Portland, Oregon Dan Reed, Associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Washington, DC Francis X. DeCoste, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, TR Advisors LLC, Boston, Massachusetts Ashley Robbins, Policy Manager, Center for Transportation Excellence, Washington, DC Jean Sanson, AICP, Principal Consultant, Steer Davies Gleave, Denver, Colorado
Music Box Theater
1407 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
24. In Style for 2 Centuries: Minneapolis’ Warehouse District (Encore Session)
Wednesday, September 24, 8:00 am-10:30 am
Family days out. Lively nights with friends. Great food. Memories. The Warehouse Historic District, in the North Loop, is one of Minneapolis’ hottest downtown neighborhoods. See turn-of-the-century industrial warehouses being used for 21st century multimodal and development needs 100+ years later. Stroll and learn with Minneapolis’ downtown planner and TOD manager through Target Field Station and historic brick streets, along commuter bike paths, and past infill developments. Walking: 4 miles. Cost: $45.
8:00 am-9:30 am WORKSHOPS
When Transportation and Public Health Intersect in Minnesota AICP CM 1.5
How can you encourage more walking and biking as “regular” modes of transportation? Learn how a creative collaboration between Minnesota’s Department of Health and Department of Transportation is doing just that. Hear about the state’s Safe Routes to School program, its Bikeable Communities Workshops and its Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Initiatives.
Moderator: Thomas Kottke, HealthPartners, Minneapolis, Minnesota Janelle Waldock, Director of Public Policy & Community Initiatives, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota Nicole Campbell, SRTS Program Administrator, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota Amber Dallman, Physical Activity Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota
The Elephant on the Bus: TOD’s Impact on Transit Operations AICP CM 1.5
How will your TOD project impact on-going transit operations? How will it affect ridership and capacity? What are the operational costs? Will transit providers need more staff? More maintenance? What are the negative impacts — noise, odors — on new neighbors? From design through construction, the operational side of the house must be included in decisions. Learn how and when to integrate transit operations into the conversation. Lots of lessons and strategies to help planners and transit agency staff acknowledge that elephant in the room.
Moderator: Gretchen Von Grossmann, Director, Facilities and Transit-Oriented Development, Design and Construction, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, Massachusetts Val J. Menotti, Planning Department Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California Maurice Roers, Facilities Planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota Keith Hall, Transit Planning Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc, Seattle, Washington
The Corridor Game: Planning Within a System AICP CM 1.5
Planning for a multimodal corridors is a challenge being undertaken in communities throughout the country. Learn how practitioners have balanced the needs of different modes (freight, auto, bikes, pedestrians) to meet the community context and complete their transportation systems. Lessons from Washington D.C., Florida, and Oregon will be examined. Then you get to try your hand. Join an interactive exercise to prove your proficiency — or find out just how much you have to learn! Each table tackles its own design problem with shapes representing bike lanes, sidewalks, travel lanes, etc. Work together to fit them into a complete street design, then defend your actions. Along the way you’ll encounter trade-offs between safety and access for vulnerable users, along with bike, auto, transit and freight functions. You’ll get a hands-on understanding of how corridor design must respond to local needs and constraints, including land use and right-of-way width. Learn about the corridor’s role in the overall transportation network while you experiment under the guidance of experienced practitioners.
Moderator: Elizabeth Mros-O’Hara, AICP, Senior Planner/ Project Manager, Associate, David Evans and Associates, Inc, Portland, Oregon Alex Dupey, AICP, Planning Manager, MIG, Portland, Oregon James Cromar, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Colleen Hawkinson, Manager, Strategic Planning Branch, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Communication products have the power to engage, persuade, educate and inform your audience. Effective communications build customer trust, brand loyalty and ridership. Poor communications confuse, frustrate and disengage your customers. Learn how to put the components of good communications — great writing and design — to work for your organization. Participate in our communications clinic! Send us a communication piece (print, direct mail, ad, social media, etc.) that didn’t work as planned. The panel will apply the strategies and techniques covered in the session to selected submissions. Submissions: email@example.com
Moderator: JeffreyS.Wood, Principal, The Overhead Wire, San Francisco, California Robbie Douglas, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Advertising, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas Elizabeth Trunkey, Design Supervisor, Sound Transit, Seattle, Washington John Fall, Communications Manager, TriMet, Portland, Oregon
What is one of the most overlooked obstacles to transit-oriented development? Parking! Join us as we de-mystify the science of parking and turn traditional theories on their heads. Explore the fundamental topics of shared parking, parking demand estimation, parking code impacts, in-lieu fees, parking management, parking technologies and safe parking design. Hear best practices from the parking management toolbox developed for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Learn how other communities benefit from implementing a comprehensive parking management system — from new revenue streams to the creation of business improvement districts.
Moderator: Jean Sanson, AICP, Principal Consultant, Steer Davies Gleave, Denver, Colorado Craig Blakely, Strategic Planner, Department of Planning and Economic Development, City of St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota Lisa Jacobson, Senior Associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts Brett Wood, PE, CAPP, Parking and Transportation Consultant, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Eds and Meds: Leveraging Anchor Institutions to Create Community AICP CM 1.5
Educational institutions and medical facilities are engaging in regional transformation. Traditionally, these organizations have been rather inward looking, examining growth through the prism of available real estate. That approach is changing, with new collaborative relationships geared towards potential growth in the organizations and the region. Already dominant employers in their regions, these organizations are anchored to and invested in their surrounding neighborhoods. Learn how the meds and eds are stretching outside their comfort zones to transform their neighborhoods through collaboration. Hear how they are engaged in planning high-quality, direct and attractive public transit services to connect institutions, job centers and adjacent neighborhoods. Finally, see how recent collaborations spanned sectors — what strategies worked and what didn’t.
Moderator: Ian Druce, Director, Head of Canadian Business, Steer Davies Gleave, Vancouver, British Columbia Brett Wallace, Senior Supervising Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Charlotte, North Carolina Ellen Watters, Co-Leader, Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, St. Paul, Minnesota Jamie M. Kendrick, Project Planner, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, Maryland
Open Streets/Ciclovía: Educate About Transit! AICP CM 1.5
Take to the streets for transportation! Open Streets events — or Ciclovía — temporarily repurpose streets to promote sustainable transportation and engage the community. Why is that a good thing? Come along and find out! Learn how to implement a successful Open Streets event with the help of city officials, transportation planners and communities. Hear about global examples as well as examples from Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
Moderator: Diego Cardoso, Executive Officer- Transportation Development Implementation, Metro, Los Angeles, California Avital Shavit, Transportation Planning Manager, Metro, Los Angeles, California Colin Harris, Project Engineer, Community Design Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota Aaron Paley, President, Community Arts Resources LA, Los Angeles, California
From policy to implementation, first- and last-mile solutions continue to develop, expand and evolve. Early battles resulted in substantial and sophisticated programs such as bike-share and bike parking programs. They continue to expand transit systems to reach the most under-served communities. Listen as our panel focuses on the challenges and successes of programs to implement practical solutions for trips to and from the system. Hear real-life solutions and discuss the exciting new developments in first- and last-mile planning and implementation.
Moderator: Paul Roberts, Council Member, City of Everett; Board Member, Sound Transit, Everett, Washington Teresa Boyle, Senior Engineer, Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland, Oregon Carol Swenson, Executive Director, District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota Kit Keller, Executive Director, Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Stimulate Investment Using Publicly Owned Property AICP CM 1.5
How do you implement successful TOD on publicly owned parcels? Hear how three cities — Boston, Seattle and Atlanta — are doing it. From hundred-year-old systems in Boston to new light rail extensions in downtown Seattle, these cities are grappling with opportunities and hurdles. How do they ensure equitable development that serves people who live and work in these station areas? How are they maximizing publicly owned land to create the successful station areas of tomorrow? Three different scenarios. Countless strategies.
Moderator: Eric Halvorsen, Assistant Director of Transportation, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts Ryan Curren, Program Manager, City of Seattle, Washington Francis X. DeCoste Jr., Chief Operating Officer, TR Advisors LLC, Boston, Massachusetts Jared Lombard, AICP, Principal Planner, Atlanta Regional Council, Atlanta, Georgia Sarah Lovell, Senior TOD Analyst, Sound Transit, Seattle, Washington
Emcee: Dan Bartholomay, Chief Executive Officer, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, Minnesota
As CEO, Dan Bartholomay promotes livability and leads efforts to expand Rail~Volution’s capacity and impact. Prior to joining Rail~Volution, Dan was a leader in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. As a program director with the McKnight Foundation, he developed and implemented an interdisciplinary program spanning affordable housing, community development, transit, open space preservation and regional growth with a focus on livability and access. Most recently, Dan was commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency where he focused the agency on continuous improvement, cross-sector partnership and community impact through housing investment. Dan holds an interdisciplinary BA in economics, anthropology and political science from Carleton College.
Invitation to Rail~Volution 2015 in Dallas, Texas Gary Thomas, President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit; Vice Chair, Rail~Volution
As president/executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Gary Thomas is responsible for a 13-city transit system covering a 700-square mile service area with bus, light rail, commuter rail and paratransit services. Under his leadership, DART has doubled its light rail system — twice — to become the nation’s longest at 85 miles. The agency is known for innovation, such as a clean fuels program for its bus fleet, new models for local bus and paratransit service, and customer-facing communication technology. Gary serves on a wide range of transportation commissions and boards. He was a consulting engineer for 19 years prior to joining DART and has a BS in civil engineering and a BA in architecture from Texas Tech University.
Demographics + Change: What’s Really Going On? By 2025 millennials will comprise 75% of the global workplace. Baby boomers are redefining retirement. Gen Xers are preparing for their next phase. How do changing demographics shape development? Can understanding generational differences — and the emotional connections associated with them — help us develop communities and transit options that are more equitable and responsive to a wider range of needs? Learn how emerging leaders are reshaping the dialogue about how to build livable communities with transit — and what that means to the future of our movement.
Hannah Ubl, Generational Expert, Bridgeworks, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hannah Ubl is a speaker, researcher, writer, consultant and generational expert at Bridgeworks, a company dedicated to the study of generational differences. Using a healthy blend of stories and statistics, Hannah helps people gain a deeper understanding of one another. Her research has unearthed valuable tips and actionable solutions for multigenerational workplaces and key strategies for marketing and reaching more generationally diverse client bases. A well-rounded expert, Hannah is especially knowledgeable about generations as they relate to marketing, sustainability and healthcare. Hannah graduated from Boston University, where she studied advertising and environmental science.
Ideas + Concepts + T2P2 = A Not-So-Serious Plenary Session You’ve listened to, nodded at and absorbed a lot of information during this final plenary at Rail~Volution 2014. How about a little levity to go with your a-ha moments? Join us to see transportation and livability in a new light — you’ll wish we’d started with this session!
The Theatre of Public Policy (T2P2), Minneapolis, Minnesota
C-SPAN + Saturday Night Live = T2P2. Forums about serious issues can be engaging, entertaining — even fun! That’s the premise behind The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2). Reimagine traditional civic conversations. Approach policy discussion by way of Jon Stewart. T2P2 explores big ideas — such as livability and sustainability — using improvisational comedy. A collaboration between Tane Danger and Brandon Boat, the project mashes up thoughtful dialogue and imaginative comedy theater, inviting audience members to think — and laugh — together.
Transit Research Board Light Rail Transit Committee Meeting
Join the Transportation Research Board Light Rail Transit Committee at their mid-year meeting. Primarily a business meeting, this session will also include a presentation of general interest on the successful French approach for integrating light rail into urban and suburban fabrics in a way that results in very high ridership that also translates into large pedestrian volumes.