Emcee: Scot Spencer, Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Board Member, Rail~Volution, Baltimore, Maryland
FTA Annual Update and TOD Planning Grant Award Announcement
Carolyn Flowers, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Congratulations to the TOD Planning Grantees. Find out which regions received funding here.
The State of the Rail~Volution
How can we build on the momentum we’ve seen for transit and livability during the Obama administration? Hear from Congressman Earl Blumenauer about the future of transportation: How can Rail~Volution champion, develop and advance the solutions our nation needs to expand access to livable communities and capture the value of the rapidly changing transportation system?
Where do we go from here? A Panel Discussion on Transit and Community Development
Over these past 20 years transit-oriented development has come of age. Still, challenges remain. As our collaborative efforts and innovative approaches grow, there are still many barriers to achieving the equitable livability outcomes we seek. What policies and practices hurt our cause? What new thinking and strategies must be adopted to take TOD and ETOD to the next level?
The answer is not singular. It will take many levers. Hear stories of transformation – from a personal perspective and across a profession. Listen to leaders from the worlds of transit, banking and community development about where to take the Rail~Volution from here.
Moderator: Scot Spencer, Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Board Member, Rail~Volution, Baltimore, Maryland
Nancy Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer, Low Income Investment Fund, Board Member, Rail~Volution, San Francisco, California
Philip A. Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, California
Lindy Hahn, Executive Director, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley, New York, New York
The Bay Area’s largest city is undergoing a significant urban transformation and Diridon Station is at its center. By 2025, San Jose’s Diridon Station will be the busiest transportation hub west of the Mississippi. How did Diridon Station get to where it is today? How will it accommodate BART, high-speed rail, Caltrain, Amtrak, light rail and regional and local buses? How will it connect to downtown San Jose and finally, how is the real estate market responding to this opportunity?
Bicycle to Hayes Valley, a trendy neighborhood born out of the 1960s freeway revolt. Experience some of San Francisco’s newest bicycle infrastructure innovations and efforts to redesign Market Street, the premier downtown multimodal corridor. Learn from design experts in Hayes Valley about policy reform, the design concept behind Octavia Boulevard, innovative building standards and the thriving neighborhood surrounding Patricia’s Green (a park located on the former Central Freeway site).
Join BART staff, developers and California Department of Housing and Community Development representatives to tour one of BART’s latest joint development projects — a mixed-use, mixed-income site under construction in a US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Neighborhood Development Pilot Program. Stop first at the Mural residential project at MacArthur station. See 96 affordable units, the first phase a 675-unit development program. Hear about the development process and the various funding sources — including state loan and grant funds — that led to the project’s success.
Learn how Alameda- Contra Costa or AC Transit has been working to create a sustainable and innovative transit system. Go behind the scenes at the East Bay’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) project. This $182 million investment in the infrastructure of Oakland and San Leandro is AC Transit’s largest capital project. At its peak, buses will run every 5 minutes. Next make a stop at Fruitvale Transit Village, a successful national TOD model for livable communities.
It’s been almost a decade since Rail~Volution 2008 participants heard about Suisun City. Visit this revitalized small downtown for an update. See the transit and active transportation options available to this diverse, working-class community: Amtrak/Capitol Corridor connect to San Francisco via BART. Local and intercity buses connect the Suisun-Fairfield Train Station to the rest of Solano County, Napa, the Bay Area and Sacramento. See how pedestrians, bicyclists, boaters and bus and train passengers are connected. Learn how changes attracted families, diners and shoppers to new live/work development. You will use 6 modes of transportation on this tour!!
Transit has many stories to tell – and many audiences ready to hear them. How do you balance data and anecdote to fit each of those audiences? Are the stories you craft the same for service planning and capital investment? Learn how to make the case for transit to elected officials, board members, transit users and the general public. Hear from an economist, a board member and a programmer with examples from the Bay Area; Houston, TX and Minnesota. What tools and data are available? Use these real-world examples to tell your own stories.
Moderator: Alan Lehto, Director of Planning & Policy Development, TriMet, Portland, Oregon
Jason Moody, Managing Principal, Economic & Planning Systems, Oakland, California
Tiffany Chu, Co-founder, Remix, San Francisco, California
Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas
Multimodal, Communication, Community Engagement, Intermediate
Good community outreach is a cornerstone of a successful project. But nowadays it takes more than public meetings and newsletters to really engage people. Join three agencies from around the country as they share innovative outreach techniques that lead to big measurable successes – and more happy constituents. Hear how they leveraged social media and community partnerships to expand the conversation beyond the usual suspects. Learn how they engage potential customers and meet the needs of the communities impacted by their projects.
Moderator: Paul Roberts, AICP, Council Member, City of Everett; Board Member, Sound Transit, Everett, Washington
Anthea Thomas, Public Involvement Specialist, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ginny Brideau, Community Relations Manager, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, California
Jeff Munnoch, Community Outreach Director, Sound Transit, Seattle, Washington
Multimodal, Communication, Community Engagement, Intermediate
Congress is broken. Federal funding hasn’t expanded to meet the infrastructure challenges of 21st century America. So, more and more, regions are looking closer to home to fund programs like transit expansion and infrastructure repair. Cities are turning to local tax initiatives and ballot measures to fund these projects. Where to begin? Discover the building blocks for a successful local campaign. Explore strategies to shape strong coalitions with the political clout to secure funding for transportation and infrastructure projects. Learn techniques from across the country to help you win support at your own local level.
Moderator: Art Guzzetti, Vice President, Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Kristen Holland, Policy Associate, Center for Transportation Excellence, Washington, DC
Scott Haywood, Policy and Community Relations Manager, Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, California
Amy Gilleran, Regional Director, HDR, San Francisco, California
Multimodal, Advocacy, Community Engagement, Fundamental
A health impact assessment (HIA) is more than a trendy acronym. What are HIAs and how can they help you measure health equity? Why are health equity and community engagement important factors in infrastructure projects? What part do HIAs play in public policy and community planning? So many questions! Find out how HIAs were used in a Minneapolis light rail project and a BRT project in Orlando. Take home strategies for partnerships and grass-roots community engagement. Finally, learn how to improve health in the communities that need the most help, using this important tool.
Moderator: Beatriz Solis, Program Director, Healthy Communities South Region, The California Endowment, Los Angeles, California
Larry Hiscock, Program Officer for Transit-way Engagement, Nexus Community Partners, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Karen Nikolai, MCP, MPH, Manager, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Explore real-life TOD projects to get the answers to a long list of questions about market demand and land use mix: What’s the optimum mix of residential and commercial for TOD? What does the market want — owner or rental products? How much density does TOD really need to make the numbers work? So, what’s the deal with parking? What are typical unit sizes in TOD and what amenities do they feature? What about microunits? What comes first – the development or the station? What’s a typical deal structure for a TOD? What are the roles of partners? How important is the local code? What works best for zoning and land use? Find the answers along with strategies you can use.
Moderator: Kim DeLaney, Phd, Director of Strategic Development and Policy, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Stuart, Florida
Nadine Fogarty, Principal, Vice President, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, California
Francis DeCoste, Chief Operating Officer, TR Advisors LLC, Boston, Massachusetts
Kathryn Hansen, Jr., Manager, TOD and Land Use, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Let’s talk streetcars. Meet senior leaders who’ve recently implemented streetcar projects or are currently designing or constructing a system. Did they go on- or off-wire with their system? Have travel time and operating speed been issues? Has streetcar investment really enhanced development, or not? Where did the debate over the cost of bus options vs. streetcars come in? How were these issues addressed in the community and with decision-makers? Listen to a free-flowing panel discussion about relevant front-line perspectives and follow up with your own questions.
Moderator: D.J. Baxter, Project Manager, Shiels Obletz Johnsen; Chair, Community Streetcar Coalition, Salt Lake City, Utah
High-speed rail (HSR) will change us in many ways: the way we move between major metropolitan areas; the choices we have for mobility; the liveliness of our station areas. Explore the challenges and opportunities of planning and implementing HSR in the US. How can we leverage it to maximize economic development in urban areas? Hear strategic approaches for integrating faster, more frequent, rail into an existing network – from greenfield development to blended service corridors. Learn about regional, state and local perspectives and best practices from around the world from a diverse panel of experts.
Moderator: Margaret Cederoth, AICP, LEED, Sustainability Manager, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, California
Eric Eidlin, AICP, Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the US, Sustainability Lead, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, San Francisco, California
Elizabeth Scanlon, AICP, Planning Manager, Caltrain, San Carlos, California
Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director, SPUR, San Francisco, California
What does car sharing have to do with the environment? Does it really make an impact in terms of natural resources? How do low-income communities fit into the picture? Study shared-use mobility options. Understand their overall impact on regions and cities. And the environment. The trees will thank you.
Moderator: Creighton Randall, Program and Development Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center, Chicago, Illinois
Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, California
Benito Perez, Parking/Curbside Management & Operations Planner, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Why do some bike-share programs work and others fail? With bike sharing on the rise, there’s lots of experience around. Find it all in one place. Hear from multimodal and regional agencies who are taking the lead in bike-share program implementation as a vital part of regional connectivity. Listen to the lessons learned in the private sector, including return on investment in bike sharing. How does it fit into the overall transit system? Do all successful bike-sharing programs look alike? You could call this an expertise-sharing program. Hop on and see what you can learn.
Moderator: Priya Zachariah, AICP, Senior Transit Planner, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston, Texas
Tim Ericson, Chief Executive Officer & Cofounder, Zagster, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Laura Cornejo, Deputy Executive Officer, Active Transportation, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, California
How do you empower young people to tackle real-world problems in their communities? At the same time, how can you encourage civic leaders to value and use youth insight? Youth insights are especially important for designing more sustainable and equitable places. Hear perspectives on creating safe routes to school and increasing bicycling and mobility options. Explore how you can incorporate youth perspectives into the fields of transportation, land use and community development. How can you bring the voice of young people into the conversations that are shaping healthy communities? Take home strategies to help our youngest generation of citizens shape livable communities fur the future.
Moderator: Deborah McKoy, Phd, Executive Director, Center for Cities 7 Schools, University of California, Berkeley, California
Bill Sadler, California Senior Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles, California
Gaining public support, setting priorities, maintaining momentum and exercising effective leadership are all challenges facing public officials. As a public official, you may feel unprepared and alone in your quest to implement transit and livability projects. There is no single best approach. Different strategies work in different places. Hear from seasoned public leaders and swap stories with other elected and appointed officials – mayors, commissioners, council members and transit officials – about the complexities you face. This invitation-only session will include time for peer-to-peer networking just before free-time for lunch. We encourage you to continue the conversation over lunch in the neighborhood. Sharpen your leadership skills. Build your network. Be inspired!
Moderator: Scott Smith, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, Arizona
William Velasco, II, Chairman, Board of Directors TOD Committee, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas
Toni Carter, County Commissioner, District 4, Ramsey County, Board of Commissioners, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Albus Brooks, President, City Council, City and County of Denver, Colorado
New Rail~Volutionaries Walking Tour: Affordable Housing and TOD
12:00pm – 1:30pm
What happens when transit-oriented development meets affordable housing? How can that killer combination address the nation’s continued need for better housing options? See firsthand with this walking tour hosted by the New Rail~Volutionaries. Explore the opportunities and challenges of developing affordable housing within TOD in the high-demand San Francisco Bay area real estate market. TOD is a great way to revitalize urban and suburban centers. It’s a viable alternative to the economically and environmentally unsustainable model of predominant exurban North American land use planning and development. Take your livability expertise to the next level and discover how TOD can be an effective model for incorporating affordable housing. (Limited to first 25 participants)
Adelee Le Grand, AICP, Vice President of Transit Planning and Chief Strategy Officer, Transdev North America, New Orleans, Louisiana
Steve Granson, Transit Project Manager, HDR, Chicago, Illinois
Paul Peninger, Director, Sustainable Economics, Americas, AECOM, San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s Mid-Market area has struggled for decades. Once a vibrant theater and shopping district, the area was hit hard by urban renewal. Learn how the economic rebound and City policies are bringing new businesses (Twitter, Zendesk), housing and public investment to the district. What is the price tag of gentrification and displacement, as homelessness and poverty persist? Hear from City staff, residents, affordable housing developers and nonprofits about how they are ensuring success while preserving housing stock and social services.
Ride the Third Street Light Rail through the transformation of San Francisco’s SE sector. See the Mission Bay development, anchored by a UCSF medical center and research campus; 6,400 residential units (about 30% affordable units); 49 acres of public open space and the future Chase Event Center. Learn how HOPE SF is using a public-private partnership to create a vibrant, thriving community in one of the city’s most distressed areas. Hear from residents, developers, City staff and leaders about opportunities and challenges against the region’s backdrop of inequity.
Caltrain, the key transit spine connecting communities between San Francisco and San Jose, is a significant resource for TOD and downtown development. Learn about the Caltrain Modernization Program to electrify and upgrade the region’s commuter rail service. Discover how the Grand Boulevard Initiative (GBI) will transform the urban corridor into a multimodal, transit-supportive network. Visit TOD centers in downtown Redwood City and San Mateo and hear how they’ll set the stage for increased density in these once-suburban communities.
Fifty years ago, Emeryville was home to meatpacking plants and paint manufacturing facilities. Today this 1.2-square-mile city is a major mixed-use shopping, job and recreational center, home to Pixar, Peets Coffee & Tea, Novartis and other major Bay Area employers. Bike from BART through the city with staff, developers and others responsible for this change. Hear about brownfield cleanup, public art, Emery-Go-Round (their public-private shuttle system) and affordable housing. Discuss current issues such as enhancing non-auto access, improving school quality and staying competitive in post-Redevelopment California.
Visit two projects ready for ribbon cutting in San Leandro, a vibrant East Bay suburb. Marea Alta is the largest modular construction affordable housing development in the country and a BART joint development project. The San Leandro Tech Campus, a new job center, is reinventing San Leandro with its iconic, 55-foot-tall Burning Man sculpture. Learn how the City, BART and developers worked together to implement their Downtown Plan and hear about fund sources and strategies used to seed this exciting transformation.
Take Golden Gate ferry service across the San Francisco Bay for a picturesque journey to Marin County and the San Rafael Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit (SMART) train station. Hear from SMART staff about this brand new commuter rail service (service expected late 2016), as well as plans for connectivity to local transit and surrounding local land uses.
The Transbay Transit Center and Transbay District are San Francisco’s answer to Grand Central Station. Learn how creative financing tools such as value capture and impact fees have funded a new downtown terminal for high-speed rail, peninsula rail and ten other transit services. See how the Salesforce Tower will provide a new orientation for the city and how a new 1.3-mile tunnel will connect Silicon Valley directly with downtown San Francisco. Learn from the lead planners, engineers, and constructors and the public-private partnership that made this dramatic urban transformation possible.
What happens when you look at traffic through a new lens? California’s Senate Bill 743 would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) instead of auto delay or level of service (LOS). The bill promotes reduced greenhouse gas emissions, multimodal transportation network development and diverse land uses. What are the implications for your state? Could California’s shift affect how you measure the transportation impacts of new development? What would that mean for TOD and infill development that reduce automobile traffic but are, nonetheless, stymied by LOS-based impact assessments? Hear from experts who helped develop California’s policy and explore its implications with other practitioners working on implementation.
Moderator: Nathan Conable, AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers, Oakland, California
Christopher Ganson, Senior Planner, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Sacramento, California
Parks, universities and other anchor institutions can be the perfect complement to transit. Explore how well-established facilities leverage multimodal options to their own benefit. Learn about the unique parking model in Portland, OR that links Washington Park to light rail transit. Hear how the model also raised revenue to encourage transit use. Explore how new accessible transit amenities at Mississippi State have increased density and transformed a rural university town into a booming community. Finally, hear how the Montlake Triangle light rail station at the University of Washington in Seattle has become a catalyst for transformation, resulting in activated civic places. Three stories with plenty of strategies you can put to work.
Moderator: Terry Gruver, Vice President, HDR, Phoenix, Arizona
Leah Kemp, Assistant Director, Carl Small Town Center, Mississippi State, Mississippi
Heather McCarey, Executive Director, Explore Washington Park, Portland, Oregon
Mark Reddington, Partner, LMN Architects, Seattle, Washington
From hot real estate markets to the Rust Belt, so-called transit deserts strand the very people who are most reliant on transit. Forced out by gentrification or the hollowing out of urban communities, people are relocating to areas where even fixed route service is scarce or nonexistent. Affordable, reliable transportation access is a top determinant of socioeconomic opportunities in life, but most of America’s poor live in transit deserts. Exchange ideas with practitioners and planners: How can we enable mobility equity in our suburbs? What new kinds of partnerships could turn these deserts into oases? What assets, partners and funding are needed to reverse the isolation trend? Where do ride sharing, suburban and urban infill, and affordable housing fit in?
Solutions are out there. Successful partnerships, however, look a little different than in traditional transit projects. In this world café-style session, you will meet with practitioners and planners and hopefully leave with new ideas on how to create oases within these transit deserts. We’ll discuss how to identify the assets, partners, and funding necessary to reverse the isolation trend. We’ll bring new perspectives to the discussion: access through the eyes of on-demand transportation providers and housing advocates and financiers. We’ll also explore ways the rideshare industry might participate. Finally, ways to compel smarter suburban and urban infill affordable housing development will be discussed.
Moderator: Chris Sandvig, Regional Policy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, GoBurgh Initiative, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Andrew Batson, AICP, Associate, Multimodal Transportation Planning, Michael Baker International, Harrisburg, Pennsylania
Ross Silvers, Mobility Manager, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, Florida
Frederick Jones, AICP, Senior Project Manager – Community and Mobility Planning, Michael Baker International, Jacksonville, Florida
Investment is growing in trail-oriented development. What is their competitive advantage and what role do trails play as a mobility alternative to cars? Hear answers from around the country: From real estate development around the Beltline in Atlanta, GA. From the Underline Project in Miami, FL. From Rails to Trails projects in San Diego, CA and in Florida, both Orlando and Gainesville. How do these trail projects affect sustainability and connectivity? What are their health and economic impacts? Learn strategies you can use to include trails in planning sustainable futures for our cities – to live, work and play near transit and trails.
Moderator: Meg Daly, President/Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Underline, Miami, Flordia
Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, Founder, Sixpitch, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Ken Bryan, State of Florida Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Tallahassee, Flordia
Albert Hernandez, PE, Assistant Director Engineering,Planning and Development, Miami Dade Transit, Miami, Florida
Jim Irwin, President, New City, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia
What can the next generation of TODs learn from their “elders”? How can examples from mature transit systems inform newer systems on successes, failures and best practices? From the form of transaction – sale or lease – to the structure of the deal, what are the potential barriers to avoid? What design issues, guidelines and policies should be reexamined? What are the most timeless principles, as applicable today as two decades ago? And what policies have undergone considerable rethinking over the years? Revisit the goals and vision of early TOD projects: Have their impacts been positive or negative? Reminisce and build on the wisdom of the first generation to make second generation TOD that much better.
Moderator: Jessica Von Bork, LEED, Assistant City Manager, City of Fremont, California
Rick Williams, Partner, Van Meter Williams Pollack, San Francisco, California
Andrea Elcock, Community Planning Coordinator, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Thomas Williams, PE, Principal Transit Engineer, Wight & Company, Chicago, Illinois
Stan Wall, PE, Partner, HR&A Advisors, Washington, DC
What can you do to address affordable housing around transit? For some transit agencies, this is a top priority. For others, politics or governing legislation keep it further down the list. No two regions have the same approach. Hear from transit providers in five cities – including Seattle, WA and Los Angeles, CA – where affordable housing on transit agency land is a priority. How do agencies approach affordable housing from a policy, financial and political perspective? Why is affordable housing important in some joint development projects, but not others? What are the tensions and trade-offs for agencies making decisions about affordable housing? Take home strategies you can use from this lively roundtable discussion.
Nobody builds BRT without the right partners. And with BRT’s flexibility, it can accomplish different things in different corridors. Hear four stories about diverse BRT projects: corridor and BRT projects in different stages, from planning/design to service-ready. Hear how these projects connect communities and universities and how they address equity and revitalization. What are the different holistic and realistic approaches to implementing BRT? How can partnerships help you reach consensus? What are the top challenges to project development? Upgrade your toolbox so you can plan and build a better BRT project.
Moderator: Tilly Chang, Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority, San Francisco, California
Lori Labrum, SW Area Department Manager Transit, Traffic and Planning, AECOM Technical Services, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah
Cities across the country are taking a fresh look at their transit systems. How can they use existing resources more efficiently, reflect new travel and growth patterns, and – most importantly – provide a new, multimodal foundation to better serve city residents? Planners are rethinking bus and rail connections, with a true focus on equity, the passenger experience, and more frequent transit service. What are the opportunities to steer new development, invest in new infrastructure, and dive headfirst into station area planning to improve land use integration? Learn how four cities are taking a comprehensive and creative approach to their aging transit networks, with a focus on philosophy, data analysis, public outreach, technology, challenges and implementation.
Moderator: Vi Lyles, Mayor Pro Tem, Charlotte City Council, Charlotte, North Carolina
Joshua Diamond, Project Manager & Transit Service Planning Practice Lead, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, Rockville, Maryland
Effective, vibrant and enduring cities are transforming their organizations to deliver transportation innovations like complete streets, Vision Zero and sustainable maintenance practices. They know real progress requires consistency and continuity through planning, design, engineering, construction, operations, maintenance – and sometimes regulation. See how cities are structuring their municipal governments to provide those functions in a more seamless way. Learn how transportation directors from Charlotte, NC; Portland, OR and Seattle, WA plan for and deliver great transportation options while addressing challenges such as aging infrastructure, climate change, funding restrictions, safety, dispersed development patterns, changing technology and increasing demand for services. Take a look at how visioning and planning for a full array of transportation choices is critical for these model cities.
Moderator: Matt Nichols, Policy Director, Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Oakland, California
Leah Treat, Director, City of Portland, Bureau of Transportation, Portland, Oregon
Danny Pleasant, AICP, Director of Transportation, City of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
Scott Kubly, Director, City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, Washington
Planning for bicycle access is no longer an afterthought. As transportation systems expand and grow, transit agencies and communities want to get transit users to the station by any means other than car. Sound familiar? Explore best practices to support bicycling to transit stations. Hear three different perspectives for increasing the transit catchment area through bicycle infrastructure. Learn how to develop your own bike plans. Whether you’re an advocate, working for a local agency, or part of a larger, multi-jurisdictional effort, you’ll take home strategies you can use (and they’ll fit in your bike bag).
Moderator: Dave Snyder, Executive Director, California Bicycle Coalition, Sacramento, California
Daniel Alexander, Advocacy, Planning, and Communication Director, Hawaii Bicycling League, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jeff Owen, Active Transportation Manager, TriMet, Portland, Oregon
Data is a key consideration in planning new transit services. It tells us a lot about how effective our choices are. As we plan new and expanded transportation networks with a greater emphasis on active transport, data plays an even larger role. New data sources provide greater insight into how we plan to move in the future. Hear what data tells us about bicycle networks in the Washington, DC area. Learn how data is used in the Bay Area to plan for new bicycle systems. And finally, see how your smart device will help inform your transportation networks in the future.
Moderator: Thomas Waldron, Senior Vice President and Global Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, New York, New York
Eric Tucker, Assistant Transportation Planner, Arup, San Francisco, California
Joe Speaks, Senior Transportation Consultant, CH2M, San Francisco, California
The Talking Headways Podcast is a weekly chat show hosted by Jeff Wood of The Overhead Wire and featured on Streetsblog USA. Be part of a live conference audience as panel speakers discuss a wide range of topics related to sustainable transportation and urbanism. Ask questions and share your views. Guaranteed to be lively, informative and completely PowerPoint-free. Let’s do it live!
Host: Jeffrey Wood, Principal, The Overhead Wire, San Francisco, California
Meea Kang, President, Domus Development; Board Member, Rail~Volution, Sacramento, California
Coming Soon to a Community Near You? A Regional Rail~Volution
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Flowing out of Rail~Volution’s recent strategic planning efforts, stakeholders expressed a strong interest in hosting smaller-scale “regional Rail~Volutions” in their own communities to help catalyze action, build local advocacy, and tap into the larger RV network of thought-leaders and practitioners. In the coming year, Rail~Volution plans to launch a regional Rail~Volution program in a few select communities. Join us to learn more about this new concept, help shape the design of a regional program, and hopefully express interest in being one of next year’s regional hosts.
Moderator: Mariia Zimmerman, AICP, Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC, Arlington, Virginia
Community support could be the single most important factor in getting your transportation project built. But building a coalition is not easy. Learn how to take your community from neutral to passionate. Hear techniques for winning over skeptical voters. Discover how to successfully balance the competing interests of key stakeholders. Bring home strategies for countering populist sentiment opposing higher taxes. These elements of successful coalition building can help you transform passive community members and stakeholders into committed advocates – ready to support your next transportation project.
Moderator: Mary Richardson, Executive Vice President, Richardson, Richter & Associates, Inc., Saint Paul, Minnesota
There’s a difference between demanding equity and achieving it. Hear from practitioners who have advocated – and successfully built – infrastructure that provides practical tools for equity. From established regional collaboratives to local, community-based efforts, what new strategies did they use to inject equity into TOD? How did they create lasting policies, resources and political support for their efforts? Delve into case studies from four communities. What ingredients helped them succeed? The lessons learned? Where will they focus going forward? Come away with new ideas for cross-sector collaboration and other new strategies to increase effectiveness in your equity efforts closer to home.
Moderator: Craig Adelman, Director of Transit Oriented Development, Low Income Investment Fund, San Francisco, California
Jahmese Myres, Campaign Director, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), Oakland, California
Thomas Yee, AICP, Initiative Officer, LA THRIVES, Los Angeles, California
Farzana Serang, Initiative Officer, Great Communities Collaborative, San Francisco, California
Developing TOD on or around public property has a unique set of challenges – especially when the land is owned by a transit agency. Can a livable, walkable, equitable, transit-oriented environment still meet the goals of value capture and maximize revenue? What about the developer’s needs? Where do they fit in to livable communities, enhanced transit facilities, increased ridership and revenue? Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Learn from the experts who regularly manage expectations and reassess priorities to provide mixed use projects that deliver.
Moderator: William Velasco, II, Chairman, Board of Directors TOD Committee, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas
Janet Smith-Heimer, President, Bay Area Economics, Berkeley, California
James Cromar, AICP, Director of Planning, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ian Carlton, PhD, Project Director and Principal, EcoNorthwest; CoFounder, MapCraft.io, Portland, Oregon
Multimodal, TOD, Community Development, Economic Development, Intermediate
Creating place goes far beyond building transit-oriented development. Creating place means developing a walkable community, both culturally and economically diverse, in an urban environment. How do we bring together transportation and supportive land use to provide a range of housing opportunities? How about activating a walkable environment? Learn strategies to bring together communities and empower them to create a vision for the public area around transit stations. Hear experts from San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI and Chicago, IL who have worked with culturally diverse communities. Learn what worked and what didn’t in creating active environments around existing and planned stations. Take the best from all three approaches to help your own placemaking activities.
Moderator: Jason Vargas, East Bay Asian Local Development, Oakland, California
Chris Beynon, AICP, Principal, MIG, Inc., Berkeley, California
Christine Carlyle, AICP, AIA, Principal and Director of Planning, Solomon Cordwell Buenz International, Chicago, Illinois
Mona Tamari, AIA, LEED AP, Architect, Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, San Francisco, California
Multimodal, TOD, Community Development, Intermediate
Ground your TOD decisions in hard, empirical evidence. First discover what characteristics define exemplary TODs in terms of D variables: density, diversity, design, destination accessibility, distance to transit and demand management/parking. Hear how model TODs perform with respect to mode shares, vehicle trip generation and peak parking demand. Build your case against ITE trip and parking generation rates for your TOD with the latest numbers in vehicle trip and parking generation discounts. Then, learn how researchers use Los Angeles’ Expo line to demonstrate a causal connection between new light rail and driving reduction. See controlled suggestive evidence that large rail transit investment, coupled with land use policy, has the potential to reduce driving and help achieve climate change policy goals. This is the place to put numbers to case studies and anecdotes and wonk out to your heart’s content!
Moderator: Edgar Torres, Transit Consultant, Kimley-Horn, San Diego, California
Reid Ewing, PhD, Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Marlon Boarnet, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
The Transit Street Design Guide, published by NACTO in April, sets a new vision for how cities can harness the immense potential of transit to create active and efficient streets in neighborhoods and downtowns. Get your first glimpse of the guide here with an overview. Then use it to tackle one of San Francisco’s most challenging transit places. Work in small groups of other transportation departments, transit operating agencies, leaders and practitioners, using the guide’s tools to create solutions. Experiment with strategies that help you actively prioritize transit on the street. Afterwards, use a handout to take a self-guided tour illustrating concepts on the streets of San Francisco.
Facilitator: Julianne Sabula, Transit Program Manager, Salt Lake City, Utah
Craig Toocheck, Program Analyst/Designer, Designing Cities, Initiative, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), New York, New York
Teresa Boyle, Transit and Streetcar Partnerships Project Manager, City of Portland, Portland, Oregon
You have questions: Is parking at a transit station the best use of land? Why are we building parking when we want to promote transit use? How much should we build? Should parking be free? If I can’t walk or bike to the station, how will you get me out of my car and on to transit? Should transit parking be located at outer regional stations? How about inner core locations? What’s the model for privately owned and shared parking at station locations? Are there new models – technology, ride sharing, etc. – to get commuters to transit without supplying transit parking? Hear some smart answers and enjoy a lively debate on this important and hot topic.
Moderator: Andrew Tang, Principal Planner, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California
Alex Krieg, Senior Planner, Puget Sound Regional Council, Seattle, Washington
Christina Morrison, Senior Planner, BRT/Small Starts Project Office, Metro Transit, Saint Paul, Minnesota
What factors should be used to determine the right mode for a given corridor: Economic development potential? Ridership? Land use integration? Community support? Infrastructure availability? Implementation challenges? Capital and operating costs? How about all of the above! Examine real-world modal decisions from communities around the country. Explore the trade-offs between relatively low-cost and low-impact bus enhancements and higher-cost, higher-impact and higher-capacity options such as BRT and rail investments. Learn how to use metrics to find the right modal fit for your own your community. It’s a multiple choice discussion where you’re encouraged to share your answers!
Moderator: Dwight Schock, AICP, Vice President, Transit and Railroad Segment Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Denver, Colorado
Christopher Zahas, AICP, Managing Principal, Leland Consulting Group, Portland, Oregon
Daryl Wendle, Principal Consultant, Parametrix, Seattle, Washington
Jean Sanson, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner, GO Boulder!, City of Boulder, Colorado
Charles Alexander, AICP, Senior Associate, Fehr and Peers, Denver, Colorado
In communities across the country, residents and local officials are depending on their transportation departments to design streets that are safe for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete streets integrate people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of our transportation networks. Over 850 jurisdictions are implementing complete streets policies. Explore the gold standard. Hear about the next steps in implementation that include concrete design and operation guidelines for the next level of efficient, safe and livable corridors.
Moderator: Richard Weaver, Director of Planning, Policy and Sustainability, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Emiko Atherton, Director, National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
Tom Young, AICP, Associate, Community Development, Stantec Consulting, Edmonton, Alberta
Bike sharing. Ride hailing. Car sharing. How do these popular services fit in to your city? What land use policies should you implement to promote enhanced partnerships between transit agencies, cities and shared-use mobility providers? What does it take to make these tech-driven services accessible to low-income communities and communities of color? Upgrade your toolkit with strategies for creative partnerships and equity-based programs. Hear from advocates working towards equitable bike sharing. Come along and feel free to “over share.”
No one really knows how autonomous vehicles will change cities, but we do know that technology is changing – quickly. Livable community advocates can’t take a wait-and-see approach. Join panelists to explore the future of cities in an autonomous vehicle world. Listen to leading thinkers in this area talk about how cities and transit agencies are already preparing for the future. Drive the conversation with your own ideas and ask questions about how to integrate autonomous technology into livable communities.
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