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John Martin: The Path Forward for Winning Cities (5:15)
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Tuesday, September 18
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Photo: Denver’s 16th Street Mall Credit: Steve Crecelius, Visit Denver
Headwinds or Tailwinds? Riding Research into the Future
The world is going to change more in the next 10 years than it did in the last 100. The question people are asking is, how do you maintain relevance? Everybody is asking these questions.
— John Martin
In this era of globalization, regions around the world compete for talent and industry to foster economic vitality for current and future residents. Change is rapid. Shifts in demographics and the values they represent have an enormous impact on markets, preferences and the choices people have about where to live. Join us for a look into the future, to hear how building livable communities with transit fits in. John Martin is a national leader and futurist. Using his firm’s research-inspired lens, he will identify not only the major headwinds, but also the positive tailwinds shaping the future of TOD and equitable-living communities. Don’t be discouraged about the current political climate, long-term trends are in our favor. Learn how to make the case and why our work is so important. Participate in an audience assessment poll that may challenge your assumptions. Then weigh-in on how Rail~Volution can best support our network through year-long programming, local support, events, experts and speakers.
Emcee: Beverly Scott, CEO of Beverly Scott Associates LLC; Board Member, Rail~Volution, Albany, CA
John Martin, President/CEO, Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc., Richmond, VA
Headwinds or Tailwinds | John Martin’s presentation at Rail~Volution 2017
The Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Program at the Federal Transit Administration supports transit agencies and communities as they integrate new mobility tools like smart phone apps, bike- and car-sharing and demand-responsive bus and van services. Hear about Sandbox pilot programs where transit agencies work with new partners and harness new technologies to deliver first- and last-mile connections. See how these programs address demand and equity. Focus is on Los Angeles and Phoenix, but lessons are applicable in your city.
Moderator: Art Guzzetti, Vice President, Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Pittsburgh, PA
Rob Antoniak, Chief Operating Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Marla Westervelt, Senior Transportation Planner, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, CA
Autonomous vehicles may be the most important mobility innovation since the internal combustion engine. Their advent has the potential to reshape cities, for better or worse. City leaders and transit agencies must take action now! Hear how experts in city shaping are addressing transit, complete streets and parking. Learn specific, concrete policies and strategies to leverage the efficient mobility of autonomous vehicles – and tame their potential to undermine transit and exacerbate sprawl.
Moderator: Catherine Ciarlo, AICP, Senior Project Manager, CH2M, Portland, OR
From WWII to the 21st century, once-thriving cities lost population, lost jobs and struggled to find a path forward. Over the past three decades, many of these cities have established new economic sectors, revitalized downtowns, added transit and re-emerged as thriving communities supported by transit. Hear the experiences of five experts from comeback cities. How did they use TOD to build communities and develop their economies? Ask questions and hear TOD strategies for challenging circumstances.
Moderator: Alden Raine, PhD, National Transit-Oriented Development Practice Director, AECOM, Boston, MA
One size never fits all when financing affordable and workforce housing. Just ask a representative from regional government. Or from a transit agency. Or a private developer. Really, ask them! This is your chance. Hear from public- and private-sector experts who are facilitating and building TOD in their communities. What are their strategies for building affordable and workforce TOD? How are they using creative financing? What are some new approaches to policy? Ask and learn here.
Moderator: Sujata Srivastava, Principal, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, CA
Jonathan Williams, AICP, Senior Development Project Manager, Metro, Portland, OR
Amanda Rhein, Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA Amanda Rhein Presentation
Janelle Chan, Chief of Real Estate, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Often neglected and outside the primary mission of transit agencies, the agency real estate department can be a significant source of non-fare revenue. As subsidies decrease, diverse holdings such as parking lots, operation centers and long, continuous rights of way can turn to revenue opportunities. Almost every day some entity – utilities, municipalities, advertisers, adjacent property owners — seeks to get on, over or under transit property. Learn innovative strategies for maximizing revenue through concession spaces, parking asset monetization, advertising and right-of-way utility leasing. Hear real-world real estate department approaches. Take home skills and tools to expose and maximize your own hidden revenue.
Moderator: Lauren Armstrong, Deputy General Counsel for Real Estate, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Pawtucket, RI
Are middle-skill jobs really the solution to America’s income gap? How can transit agencies help? Middle-skill jobs require on-the-job training or apprenticeships, but not a college degree. Transit agencies spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually on infrastructure that requires skills in the manufacturing, electrical and construction fields. Explore inclusive procurement policies in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Learn about DOT efforts to incentivize job creation in federal contracts for infrastructure construction and equipment procurement. Take home strategies to incorporate this critical piece of building livable communities with transit.
Moderator: Scot Spencer, Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Board Member, Rail~Volution, Baltimore, MD
Linda Nguyen, Deputy Director, Jobs to Move America, Los Angeles, CA
Beverly Scott, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC; Board Member, Rail~Volution, Albany, CA
Eagle P3 is a public-private partnership to develop commuter rail as part of the RTD FasTraks public transportation expansion in the Denver metropolitan region. What can we learn from the Denver experience in terms of contracts, financing and delivery? How do local and federal fiscal constraints provide opportunities? What alternative financing ideas exist? What needs to be in place at the local and federal levels to facilitate the P3 contracting model being considered more often? What is the Build America Bureau doing to make P3s a viable alternative? Many questions and many answers to put to use in your region.
Moderator: Amy Fandrich, Manager, Design & Construction Capital Projects and Construction Division, TriMet, Portland, OR
Jodie Misiak, Implementation Project Manager, Build America Bureau, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC Jodie Misiak Presentation
Jenny Barket, Attorney Advisor, USDOT Office of the Secretary, Office of General Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Denver, CO Jenny Barket Presentation
Note: Jenny Barket’s presentation references an FTA rulemaking. The rulemaking would allow project sponsors to request modifications or waivers of certain FTA requirements in order to deliver their projects with private sector investment. Here is the link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/FR-2017-07-31/2017-15985. Although comment period is over, the rule isn’t final yet [as of October 2017], so having the information now is helpful to FTA grantees nationwide.
Mobility hubs bring it all together, seamlessly integrating different modes of transportation, multimodal supportive infrastructure and placemaking strategies. These hubs offer increased travel options for communities by enhancing first- and last-mile connections to transit and concentrating mobility services. How are mobility hubs evolving? How can they be used to help vulnerable populations? And, finally, how are mobility hubs redefining regional transportation? Learn how to get it all together, then take away strategies you can use in your own region.
Moderator: Edgar Torres, Associate, Kimley-Horn, San Diego, CA
Eliot Rose, Manager, ICF International, Portland, OR
Jean Sanson, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner, GO Boulder!, City of Boulder, Boulder, CO
Stephen Buckley, PE, VP/Northeast Regional Manager, Planning, Environment and Traffic, WSP USA, Philadelphia, PA
Gentrification and displacement are constant echoes in the transit-oriented design conversation. When we bring this discussion to the forefront, what do we hear? What can we do to alleviate the tension between TOD, gentrification and displacement? What are strategies that focus on the benefits of TOD, without ignoring these very real threats? Explore how local leaders are stepping forward in Denver, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Portland, OR. Learn from practitioners who have been there. What ideas can you take home to alleviate the tension before it begins?
Moderator: Albus Brooks, City Council President, Denver City Council, Denver, CO
Eric Engstrom, Principal Planner, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, OR Eric Engstrom Presentation
Thomas Tsun-Hung Yee, Initiative Officer, LA Thrives, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Neeraj Mehta, Director of Community Programs, University of Minnesota, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Minneapolis, MN Neeraj Mehta Presentation
The linkage between transportation and health is well-documented: Proper planning, policy implementation, community engagement and transit design can lead to greater community health outcomes. Participate in an interactive exercise to focus a health lens on multimodal projects. Where do you stand? Then hear three perspectives from – a transit agency, a health organization and a community advocacy center. Where did health equity and racial justice fit into a transit project spanning urban and suburban cities? How is New Orleans re-envisioning the relationship between mobility options and community health? Explore the health impacts of displacement. Find out about strategies for using data, community engagement, active redesign of routes and investments in multimodalism to encourage community health.
Moderator: Larry Hiscock, Program Officer for Transitway Engagement, Nexus Community Partners, St. Paul, MN Larry Hiscock Presentation
Learn how to transform any space or transit facility into a place full of activity and life! Through the practice of placemaking, participants will lean how to apply a holistic approach to place; integrating design, stewardship, events, user engagement, communications, and data. You’ll then be unleashed into the confines of Rail~Volution to put theory into practice and create placemaking installations for all to enjoy based on what they’ve learned. Watch out!
Take some downtime and do your own thing. See what’s going on in the Public Square. Grab a self-guided tour at the Local Host table. Or, use this time to power down for awhile.
Tuesday Lunch Launch is a chance to “do lunch” with someone new. Meet in the Consultant’s Corner in the Rail~Volution Public Square at 11:30 to connect with other lunch launchers, then head out together to find your meal. Or maybe grab a map for a self-guided tour of Denver and nearby TOD projects. It’s up to you and your new lunch partner.
Here are more opportunities to learn more from our exhibitors and sponsors. How are companies providing solutions? Explore real-life case studies with the professionals close to the stories. Take home lessons you can use.
Noon – 12:30 pm
Bicycles Onboard and at Stations: Opportunities and Challenges
Presented by Sportworks Northwest, Inc.
Riders are asking, sometimes pleading, for more and better bike accommodations on rail cars and bike parking at stations. See examples of how rail operators balance onboard bike capacity, ease of use, and load/unload time, while ensuring safety and minimizing maintenance. See why the details matter for both short-term and long-term bike parking at stations and how they can impact the demand for bikes onboard. Presented by Sportworks Northwest, the leader in bicycle accommodations on transit vehicles for more than 25 years and an innovator in bike parking solutions.
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Undoing a Great Planning Disaster: A Bay Area Success Story
Presented by Nelson\Nygaard
Across the US, cities are enacting three reforms recommended by UCLA professor Donald Shoup: charging performance-based prices for curb parking; spending the resulting revenue to pay for neighborhood public improvements; and removing minimum parking requirements. Instituting these reforms can be tricky and controversial. Berkeley’s Downtown Parking and Transportation Demand Management Program and San Francisco’s SFpark program both succeeded in instituting performance-based pricing and removing minimum parking requirements. The results? Greater parking availability, fewer vehicle miles traveled, increased retail sales and more. Review the commonalities and differences between these two award-winning programs, challenges encountered in implementing them, and highlights of the published, peer-reviewed academic research studies documenting the results. Patrick Siegman, a principal at Nelson\Nygaard, led the Berkeley Downtown Parking and TDM Study and served as an adviser to San Francisco’s SFpark project.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Wayfinding on a Dime: A Thrifty and Nifty Way to Connect Communities to Rail
Presented by Michael Baker International
The West Colfax and Sun Valley communities in Denver have a great trail system on the Lakewood Gulch and Platte River and access to rail on the W Line. However, poor sight lines and curved paths make connecting the two difficult. Add to this a large immigrant and refugee population, speaking multiple languages, and navigation becomes even more difficult. The West Colfax Connects project brought together community and experts to identify area assets, locations where wayfinding is needed, the top four languages used, and an inexpensive way to pull all of these together to put wayfinding in place. Join us to learn how you can replicate this low-cost process for multimodal wayfinding around transit systems.
The Talking Headways podcast is an interview show about sustainable transportation and urban design, hosted by Jeff Wood of The Overhead Wire. Catch a podcast in progress: Monday 11:30 am – noon, 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm; Tuesday 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Check the sign by the Consultant’s Corner for the lineup or check the Rail~Volution conference app.
Jeffrey Wood, FASLA, Principal, The Overhead Wire, San Francisco, CA
Transportation network companies (TNCs) are commonplace in communities of all sizes – maybe even yours. But do they provide new travel options? Or steal market share? Learn how you can use TNC services to improve mobility. Explore strategies to protect existing services and programs in your community. How can your city use TNCs to its advantage – as complementary services? How can you compete with TNCs using the very technology that helps them survive? Take home useful skills to master this balancing act.
Moderator: Thomas Waldron, AICP, Senior Vice President and Global Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, Holmdel, NJ
Todd Hemingson, Vice President Strategic Planning and Development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Melanie Morgan, Innovation Team Data Analyst, City of Centennial, Centennial, CO
Jason Lee, Project Manager, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
Creating first- and last-mile connections takes collaboration. Hear how those collaborations succeed in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington, DC. How do local partners work together to implement effective mobility options and expand existing transit infrastructure? Analyze the data challenges of implementing active transportation projects with different goals: connecting shuttles with transit; providing access to treasures on the National Mall; and promoting a sustainable environment. Get the skinny on how successful partnerships really work.
Moderator: Diego Cardoso, Executive Officer, Transit Corridors, Active Transportation and Sustainability, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, CA
William Bacon, Policy and Financial Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, San Francisco, CA
Yikes! The goal posts in public agency TOD have moved. Equity, housing affordability, parking availability, partnerships, financial returns and increased development transparency are now on the scorecard. Policymakers are asking their TOD programs in transit agencies and cities to make strategic pivots. Hear about new strategies, revised TOD policies and performance audits. Where did they come from and where are they going? What’s next in the playbook? And what are the opportunities and challenges ahead? Note: Our annual TOD Managers Forum will pick up where this leaves off, focusing on one or two hot issues that emerge during TOD: A New Game.
Rail projects are long-term economic commitments. Whether a particular market is expanding or contracting, investments in public transit, passenger rail and TOD projects can catalyze economic prosperity. Most communities do not want to pass up long-term transportation investments for lack of funding or financing. Hear about case studies from California, Pennsylvania and Florida to understand new funding mechanisms and strategies being employed to build great communities around transit and support economic growth.
Moderator: Kim DeLaney, PhD, Director of Strategic Development and Policy, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Stuart, FL
Look beyond our borders for fresh, diverse insight and inspiration. What comprehensive best practices can you glean from international examples? From France, hear about TOD and placemaking, project evaluation and impact assessments, governance structures, project delivery teams and stations as node and place. Hear how P3 is accomplished in London, Ireland and Canada via models, components, infrastructure funding, mature P3 market examples, stakeholder roles and program and delivery timeframes. Hear about Canada’s highest-per-capita transit ridership, urban transformation and network expansion, linking it all to land use and urban form in Calgary. And from dense, urban Singapore, learn about green infrastructure, the Skyrise Greenery Program, park and open space connectors, their ABC Waters program and more.
Moderator: James Hencke, ASLA, LEED AP, Sr. Urban Designer + Landscape Architect, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Portland, OR
Building a successful BRT project on an urban arterial designed for auto-oriented uses has many challenges. How do you add BRT and still move lots of cars quickly? Learn about creative and cost-effective solutions. Learn why it’s important to have a project champion and focused leadership across modes. Project partners will never get everything they want, but everyone will get something that they want. Learn the nuances of articulating that truth – and helping key players understand.
Moderator: Kate Lyman, Senior Planner, TriMet, Portland, OR
The Indianapolis and Nashville, TN, metro areas are growing rapidly and want to invest in transit. Historically, they have not invested in major capital projects. Explore the importance of public outreach and building a case for a regional transit plan. How should they develop the campaign for a transit referendum? What makes a successful communications plan? How do they set expectations for the public? Learn with the two cities to take home knowledge for your own transformation.
Moderator: Jeffrey Boothe, President, Boothe Transit Consulting LLC, Washington, DC
Erin Hafkenschiel, Director of Transportation and Sustainability, City of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Stephen Bland, Chief Executive Officer, Nashville MTA, Madison, TN
Sean Northup, Assistant Executive Director, Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, Indianapolis, IN
What will the autonomous vehicle revolution mean to parking? Are we near the end for millions of structured parking spaces? What will the next decade bring? How can we best use our existing parking supplies, on-site and off-site? Where do pricing, shared parking, convertible parking structures and other creative solutions fit in? How can we encourage other forms of access than drive-park trips? And how do we plan for a future when parking demand will disappear?
Moderator: Mariana Parreiras, Project Manager, Station Access, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA Mariana Parreiras Presentation
Jemae Hoffman, Director, Livable Cities, VIA Architecture, Seattle, WA
Frank Ching, Senior Director, Parking Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, CA
Mark Gander, AICP, Director of Mobility and Development, AECOM, New York, NY
Michelle Liebling, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP,Senior Associate, Gensler, Denver, CO
Think multimodal and you don’t usually look up. This could change. Could aerial gondolas elevate our transportation systems to the next level? Are they a viable option? How can aerial gondolas contribute to an effective multimodal transit system? Explore three real-life case studies. Learn about gondola planning and implementation. See the potential of gondolas to raise the bar in multimodal transportation.
Moderator: Diana Mendes, AICP, Senior VP/National Transit Practice Leader, HNTB; Board Member, Rail~Volution, Arlington, VA
Otto Condon, AICP, Principal, ZGF Architects LLP, Washington, DC
SPARCC – the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge – is a national initiative focused on the intersection and integration of place, equity, health and climate. Learn how SPARCC is helping regions across the country implement equitable growth plans that create healthy and sustainable places. How can we place equity at the center of our growth plans and implementation to ensure that historically disenfranchised people can leverage the benefits of investment and growth? And how can more equitable growth actually benefit the entire community, not just the poor and disenfranchised? Hear from all six SPARCC regions about new models of community engagement and collaboration to help achieve locally driven visions.
Moderator: Stephanie Gidigbi, Policy Capacity and System Change Director, Natural Resource Defense Council, Washington, DC
Odetta MacLeish-White, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners, Atlanta, GA
What happens when you combine engagement and advocacy to move ahead transit solutions for communities? Together they can be one of the most strategic tools to address societal issues tied to new, existing and aging transit systems. Learn how to leverage and collaborate with existing advocacy groups to develop a vision and strategy to successfully implement regional transportation plans. Study tactics from the Transit Alliance Citizens Academy that educate and empower citizen advocacy groups around the country. Take home practical and proven techniques on how to successfully develop, implement, maintain and share strategies on advocacy in your city or region.
What is the value of defining an inclusive organizational culture? And how can the words you use help create and sustain this culture? Explore the elements needed to successfully develop a culture of inclusion. Learn how to partner with the community, redefine policies and develop training programs aligned with the culture. Take a close look at language: How do you convey your intentions using the correct words? How do you evaluate the words you use? Discover strategies to become deliberate in training and recruiting inclusive leadership. Shed new light on the topic of diversity and take home tools you can use in your own region.
Moderator: Adelee Le Grand, AICP, Vice President Transit Planning/Chief Strategy Officer, Transdev North America, Inc., New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
RA Plummer, AICP, Executive Vice President, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Denver, CO
Freddie Fuller II, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Transit and Rail Market Leader, CH2M, Washington, DC
JaLissa Coffee, Director of Operations, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), Washington, DC
Jeffrey Arndt, President/CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority, San Antonio, TX
Marvin Thomas, President, Triunity Engineering & Management Inc., Denver, CO
Explore innovation in ride sharing, car pooling, on-demand and micro transit, first- and last-mile strategies, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, transit infrastructure and demand management. Los Angeles’ 100 Hours Campaign started a real conversation about time wasted in traffic and highlights solutions from around the world. BART is partnering with a tech startup to use gamification strategies (a loyalty program) to curb peak period crowding in the Bay Area. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities MPOs, regional transit agencies, local jurisdictions, nonprofits and tech companies are working together to offer first- and last-mile solutions connecting suburban and employment hubs with fixed-guideway service. Take home useful strategies from all three regions.
Moderator: Carley Markovitz, Senior Transportation Planner, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Ryan Greene-Roesel, Principal Planner, Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Office of General Counsel, Oakland, CA
Monica Villalobos, Associate Vice President, Transportation Planning, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Amanda Eaken, Director, Transportation and Climate, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, CA
Autonomous vehicle technology is here – and so is a potential mobility revolution. What happens when we shift from a society that needs to move, to one that moves only when we desire? Join municipalities and transit agencies to look at this shift in terms of policies and regulations, analytics, infrastructure, dynamic data and project planning. Explore the industry globally and locally. Examine first- and last-mile concepts, an autonomous bus pilot project and a transportation strategy for AV readiness. Hear how private-public collaborations are addressing these transportation challenges. Take away techniques to measure your infrastructure for readiness.
Moderator: David Vozzolo, Vice President, Director of Streetcar Practice, HDR, Sarasota, FL
Jeb Doran, Senior Project Manager, TriMet, Portland, OR
Veronica Siranosian, AICP, LEED GA, Senior Project Manager, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Lauren Isaac, Director of Business Initiatives, Easy Mile, Denver, CO
Here’s your chance to understand jurisdictional parking regulations and their impact on TOD and communities. How do cities and developers balance operational parking needs with best development practices? How do parking regulations impact TOD? How will disruptive technologies and new transportation investments affect the future of parking needs? What does that mean for curb lanes, previously reserved for parking? Do city-wide parking strategies and singular regulatory changes get different results? How have parking reformers successfully changed deeply ingrained parking notions? What works? What doesn’t? Find out!
Moderator: Patrick Siegman, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard, San Francisco, CA
Matt Miller, Transportation Planning Consultant, University of Utah, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, Salt Lake City, UT
Are you facing housing affordability challenges in your region? Be proactive with these lessons from transit agencies across the country. What bold steps can you take in policy and practice? How can you increase your real estate capacity to achieve strong equity and affordability outcomes? Hear frank talk about project pipelines, resources and accountability. Lots of take-home strategies for transit agencies, community members, advocates and developers who want to collaborate with peers across the country.
Moderator: Melinda Pollack, AICP, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, Denver, CO
Sarah Lovell, OD Planning Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
Abby Thorne-Lyman, Transit-Oriented Development Program Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA
Debbie Frank, Senior Development Project Manager, Transit Oriented Development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Atlanta, GA
Our annual TOD Managers Forum takes a new format this year. It will serve as a follow-up to the roundtable discussion, TOD: A New Game, and other conference workshops. Plan to take a deeper dive into topics such as: TOD guidelines and programs from the FTA; new parking technologies, financing trends, affordable housing and other topics you grapple with every day. What roles do TOD managers play in forwarding agency TOD missions and managing outside expectations? Are we really making a difference? This is the chance for managers and developers to exchange ideas about what works – and what doesn’t – when planning and developing TOD on and around transit facilities.
Moderator: Jack Wierzenski, AICP, Economic Development Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Changing climate and weather patterns demand attention! Hear how three metro areas – the San Francisco Bay area, Miami and New York – are preparing. Learn how to protect transportation infrastructure, vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and other critical local and regional assets. Hear strategies for flooding, sea level rise and other hazards. Explore tools available to bridge the gaps between data, science and decision-making. Real-world stories from communities that are looking ahead.
Partnerships take big ideas to make them a reality. Partnerships are often complex and span multiple sectors. Why do some work better than others? Learn from legal, planning, negotiation and implementation experiences: How to keep projects moving when trouble starts. How to wrangle timing, key elements and roles in legal, financial and project management agreements. How to handle difficult issues. How to look beyond completion to operations, management and the next project. Fast-paced learning for successful partnerships.
Jenifer Ross-Amato, Deputy General Counsel, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Lynn Colosi, Vice President, Delta Development, Pittsburgh, PA
Larry Gallegos, Area Manager, East Oakland, City of Oakland, Oakland, CA
How do you craft a vision to ensure success in a complicated project? Agency partners – the High Speed Rail Authority, VTA and BART, the City of San Jose and Caltrain – are working together to remake the primary transit hub in Silicon Valley. How did they meet the biggest challenges: Working together on a detailed station plan? Stimulating private development integrated with the station? Determining governance models? Developing strategic funding and financing plans? Take a close look at two foundational efforts for the expanded station that will house BART, high-speed rail and modernized Caltrain services – the Diridon Transportation Facilities Master Plan and guidelines from the City of San Jose. Realize your journey from vision to plan with lessons from California.
Moderator: Jill Gibson, Planner/Project Manager, Kimley-Horn, San Jose, CA
Melissa DuMond, Director of Planning and Integration, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
Bill Ekern, Project Manager, City of San Jose, San Jose, CA
Elizabeth Scanlon, Planning Manager, Caltrain, San Mateo, CA
Carolyn Gonot, Director, Engineering and Infrastructure Development, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), San Jose, CA
How are three cities designing transit to preserve and create affordable housing? Find out how Portland, OR; Toronto and Boston are using ETOD to drive outcomes. Each has a unique strategy. Hear real-world stories about shaping local implementation of TOD that meets equitable returns beyond the financial bottom line. Lessons you can take home and put to work in your region.
Moderator: Ron Lewis, Executive Project Director, East Link, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
Eric Mann, Associate, Architect and Urban Designer, DIALOG, Toronto
Pam Phan, Policy Organizing Manager, Community Alliance of Tenants, Portland, OR
David Price, Executive Director, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, Boston, MA
Ryan Curren, Management Analyst, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, OR
Rail~Volution PK Slam at History Colorado Center
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
1200 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Twenty slides at 20 seconds each. Fast, fun and relevant. That’s our annual PK Slam, powered by PechaKucha. It’s raucous and relevant and wildly popular, so get there early and grab a good seat.
Stephanie Gidigbi, Policy Capacity and System Change Director, Natural Resource Defense Council, Washington, DC
Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Jamie Perkins, Program Manager, Transit Alliance, Denver, CO
Here’s a taste from the PK Slam from Rail~Volution in the Bay Area.
Frank Gallivan, Expert Consultant, ICF International, San Francisco, California
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