Workshops, mobile workshops, traditional networking and new events provide a mix-and-match experience that caters to all Rail~Volutionaries from novice to expert.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Available presentations from Rail~Volution 2017 are posted with session descriptions below. Please note: the speakers kindly agreed to share these presentations. Please respect their work by not using their material without permission. Thank you.
What are the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) doing to help local communities plan and build TOD projects, generate revenue for transit, finance capital projects, and prepare for the future of shared, on-demand mobility? Ask questions and get answers straight from DOT and FTA experts during breakout roundtable discussions. Topics include: the FTA TOD Technical Assistance Initiative; FTA’s efforts to promote the use of value capture and joint development; the FTA Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program; the DOT Build America Bureau; the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA); and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program.
Moderator: Jeffrey Boothe, President, Boothe Transit Consulting LLC, Washington, DC
Darin Allan, Director of Planning and Program Development, FTA Region 8, Denver, CO
David Beckhouse, Deputy Regional Administrator, FTA Region 8, Denver, CO
Kimberly Gayle, Director of Policy Review and Development, FTA Office of Budget and Policy, Washington, DC
New Rail~Volutionaries Walking Tour: Living in a Food Desert
9:00am – 11:30am *time changed from Tuesday at 12:00pm
Limited access to grocery stores is a way of life in many low-income neighborhoods around the country. Denver is no exception. Visit one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, La Alma/Lincoln Park. Learn about the socioeconomic, economic-development and other challenges that limit access to healthy food. Why is it different here than in other neighborhoods? What changes are in the works around Denver to solve the food desert problem?
(Limited to first 25 attendees)
New Rail~Volutionaries Event Sponsors: EPS; Johnson Nathan Strohe; RNL Design; SEH, Inc.
Examine the important steps in developing a successful walking program. Start with the fundamentals of why pedestrians matter and build from there. Learn the importance of planning for pedestrians. Hear about best practices in wayfinding and how to address first- and last-mile needs. Listen to real-life stories about how planning practices and walking programs improve the public realm, contribute to economic development and make our places to live and play better.
Moderator: Steve Dotterer, Board Member, Rail~Volution, Portland, OR
Darren Davis, Transport Integration Manager, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, Freemans Bay, New Zealand
Rory Renfro, AICP, Senior Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design, Portland, OR
Matthew Jones, Transportation Planner, City of Boulder, Boulder, CO
Darcy Kitching, Boulder Program Director, Walk2Connect, Denver, CO
Explore legacy bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and their current efforts to evolve. How can they inform emerging and planned BRT systems? What can we learn from legacy systems about TOD needs and community development? Take a look at legacy BRT in Pittsburgh and the new Colfax corridor in Denver. Explore the specifics of station TOD, private development strategies and perceptions of permanence by investors. How much federal and local involvement are needed to deliver BRT and TOD? Learn about different areas of BRT – operations, physical infrastructure and headways – and explore market and community perceptions of each. Busloads of useful information!
Moderator: William Wagenlander, AICP, Project Manager, Urban Planner, Designer, Land Development, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Denver, CO
Chris Sandvig, Regional Policy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, GoBurgh Initiative, Pittsburgh, PA
Has community development with a mixture of housing, office, retail and other amenities integrated into walkable neighborhoods and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation been delivering the promised benefits? Take a close look at three iconic TOD projects: Orenco Station in Hillsboro, OR; Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland, CA and Mockingbird Station in Plano, TX. Explore the organization, procedures and techniques that delivered these projects and see how they’ve performed. Metrics include affordable housing; reduced household driving and lowered regional congestion; air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; walkability, bikeability and healthy and active lifestyles; increased transit ridership and fare revenue; and economic development. See what decades of advocating, planning and building TOD has done for our communities.
Moderator: Dwight Schock, AICP, Vice President, Transit and Railroad Segment Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Bellevue, WA
Peter Braster, Director of Special Projects, City of Plano, Plano, TX
Chris Inglesias, Chief Executive Officer, The Unity Council, Oakland, CA
Rajiv Batra, Head of Urban Design and Planning, COLAB Architecture + Urban Design LLC, Portland, OR
Get creative with your placemaking! Hear from three regions – Miami; Charlotte, NC, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. How are they using unique strategies? Learn how to draw attention and foot traffic to planned and existing rail trails. Hear how one region activated underutilized and unsafe station areas. Explore how another is creating a fun gathering space. Learn how to engage your community in new and exciting ways – and put more creative placemaking to work in your region.
Moderator: Carlos Cruz-Casas, PE, Assistant Director, Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL
Cities don’t typically operate transit, so why should they engage in transit planning? To meet capacity, environmental, economic development and socioeconomic equity goals, of course! Learn what it’s like to create a transit vision and plan when you’re not the operator. Hear from public- and private-sector officials in New York City; Denver; Boulder, CO and Salt Lake City. What were the impacts and potential? How did they keep operators and community members at the table? How did they prepare for future funding needs? Learn useful lessons about the increasing role of cities in transit planning and delivery.
Your dream was light rail, but you got bus rapid transit. No reason for disappointment. Learn how BRT systems across the country – in Houston; San Jose, CA; Hartford, CT and Chicago – pulled out all the stops (pun intended) to make their corridors come to life. Partnerships, creativity, innovative financing, persistence – hear it all! Lots of lessons from different markets to apply in your own region.
Moderator: Kimberly Slaughter, Vice President, Transit Market Sector Director – North Central Region, HDR, Chicago, IL
Ujari Mohite, Transit Planner, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston, TX
Chris Augenstein, AICP, Deputy Director, Planning, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), San Jose, CA
Lyle Wray, Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Hartford, CT
As recently as 2014, transit systems across the US saw record-high ridership levels. Since then, transit systems, large and small, have seen significant ridership declines. What are the root causes of the declines? What can we do about it? What areas can we strategically leverage? Which partnerships should we focus on? What economic and socioeconomic factors are involved? What role do new technologies play? Come dissect the ridership challenges. Ask questions. Join the discussion.
Moderator: Zachary Accuardi, Senior Program Analyst, TransitCenter, New York, NY
Neighbors know best – or at least they know a lot. Neighborhood-level data is essential to planning and placemaking projects. Residents and community members can provide valuable information about their communities: That parcel of land might be an important neighborhood asset. That missing sidewalk might impede commuting, but go unnoticed by the public works team. But collecting, analyzing and updating data is expensive, time-consuming and a strain on staff resources. Hear about open source data-driven support tools that allow input directly from the public. Explore funding and data sharing. Take home tools to easily turn public input into data to guide equitable, community-driven decisions.
Moderator: Naomi Cytron, Senior Research Associate, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Patrick Blaydes, Housing Associate, Better Blocks, Dallas, TX
Jill Locantore, Policy and Program Director, WalkDenver, Denver, CO
Owen Wilson-Chavez, Senior Analytics Associate, Building Community Workshop, Dallas, TX
Everyone’s talking about equity. But have we taken the time to define it? And how about tying it to actual budget decisions? Explore how your agency can get real about equity. See how to integrate equity into decision-making. Learn strategies to show policymakers and finance directors how resource decisions affect social disparities. Real stories from across the nation: In Oakland equity metrics are included in a new infrastructure bond. How does the Oakland DOT define – and communicate – those metrics to evaluate its spending plans and build trust? How are Memphis and Albuquerque analyzing the cost-of-living reduction benefits of smart transportation? In Chicago, how is a new eTOD tool helping families with low incomes escape poverty?
Moderator: Michael Washington, Title IV Manager, Planning, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Maurice Jones Introduction: cities, people and shared prosperity (8:57)
Scroll down for videos from the conversation with the mayors of Denver, Oakland, and Pittsburgh
Listen to the podcast from the plenary
Talking Headways Podcast: The Mayors of Innovation
By Jeff Wood Posted Nov 1, 2017
As governments around the world struggle to deal with globalization and shifting social politics, focus has turned to cities as the problem solvers of the future. Cities are capturing the imagination of entrepreneurs, planners, and technology and creative industries. “Smart” hubs – punctuated by driverless vehicles and transit, instant connectivity and network efficiency – are driving innovation at the local level. Yet problems persist. For example, threats to health and security from climate change hurt some people more than others due to systemic structures in local planning and land use.
What can leaders at the forefront of city ingenuity teach us about resiliency and prosperity? About overcoming the legacy of racial discrimination and marginalization that leaves underinvested communities more vulnerable? About clean transportation and infrastructure and energy efficiency? About affordable housing and access to opportunity? Visionary leadership is critical to these investments. Hear from an acclaimed national community development leader and three mayors about the dynamics facing cities and how their cities respond with vision.
Emcee: Dan Bartholomay, Chief Executive Officer, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, MN
Moderator: Maurice Jones, President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), New York, NY
Bill Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Michael Hancock, Mayor, City and County of Denver, Denver, CO
Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland, Oakland, CA
Leveraging transit Investments (11:33)
Innovative partnerships needed for cities to succeed (14:19)
Tools to combat displacement and preserve housing and business (12:48)
Resiliency and Equity (8:47)
Autonomous vehicles, ride sharing, artificial intelligence—and people (5:02)
Debunk the myths of old and celebrate “the city on the make” at next year’s Rail~Volution conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Hear what Pittsburgh has to offer with Mayor Bill Peduto. See you in Pennsylvania, October 21-24, 2018.
Bill Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
Separate registration is required to attend Regional Day at Rail~Volution 2017.
Building on Success: Transit and Mobility Solutions to Increase Access to Opportunity in the Denver Region
A lot has happened in Denver since Rail~Volution visited in 2000. The progress is impressive! After opening four rapid transit lines in 2016 and 2017 – with more on the way – the region is focused on fully leveraging these and other complementary mobility investments. How can the region meet the mobility needs of all residents and expand access to opportunity? How should infrastructure investments evolve to sustain the region’s national and global competitiveness? Finally, what’s the best way to balance and move forward with all these goals in the face of rapid population growth and a constrained funding environment?
Join local and national experts as they discuss what’s next. Learn how the region is responding to the rapidly changing trends in transportation and mobility. Hear how communities can move beyond planning to address growing mobility needs. Finally, listen as local leaders reflect on the conversation and help identify a “call to action” to make a meaningful impact on the future – together.
A connected multimodal transportation system that provides everyone with viable travel choices. Quite simply, that is what the Denver region wants. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) FasTracks program greatly expanded regional mobility. But in order for those improvements to be fully realized, we need easier connections for walkers, cyclists, drivers, ride-sharers and bus riders. And we need to be willing to explore the role of technology in our current and future mobility.
Join Colorado‐based practitioners and elected officials to learn how we arrived at our current state of transit and mobility in the region. Hear what they’ve learned, and how our transportation system should evolve to ensure that people of all ages, income levels and abilities remain connected to their communities and have the means to access services, amenities and employment opportunities.
Kathleen Osher, Executive Director, Transit Alliance, Denver, CO
Kelly Brough, President /CEO, Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO
Elise Jones, County Commissioner, Boulder County, Boulder, CO
Crissy Fanganello, Director of Transportation and Mobility, City and County of Denver, Denver, CO
David Genova, General Manager/CEO, Regional Transportation District (RTD), Denver, CO
The underpinnings of a sustainable and resilient regional economy include the region’s many assets: an education system that supplies skilled labor and is accessible to everyone; quality of life amenities; a high‐quality built environment; the ability to attract and retain talented workers and innovators; and housing options that are accessible and affordable for all ages, incomes and abilities. Our mobility infrastructure connects our region’s residents to these opportunities.
Learn how the Denver region, as well as other regions across the country are closing the gap between where we are and where we could be. Learn how regions are targeting investments to reduce critical health, education, income and opportunity disparities in neighborhoods and communities.
Moderator: Melinda Pollack, AICP, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, Denver, CO
Thea Walsh, AICP, Director of Transportation Systems and Funding, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus, OH
Craig Adelman, Director of Transit Oriented Development, Low Income Investment Fund, San Francisco, CA
While the multibillion-dollar FasTracks investment will pay its dividends over the next decades, the Denver region is now faced with developing a framework and plan that continues its competitive advantage among peer cities. Join regional thought leaders to investigate lessons learned and collaborations between public-private entities. Compare and contrast the Denver regional experience with Houston. As the Denver region invested billions over the last decade in transit infrastructure, the paradigm for transportation shifted to mobility. Today’s focus is off of car ownership and pre‐paid transportation, instead emphasizing mobility as a utility or service. Eyes are no longer on the mode – car, bus, bike, pedestrian – but on a seamless experience that delivers the user to a destination. How does a region move from either/or (either more roads or more transit) to and (car and transit, transit and walking, biking and transit)?
Moderator: Kathleen Osher, Executive Director, Transit Alliance, Denver, CO
James Gunning, Managing Director, Mobility Choice, Denver, CO
Joshua Sperling, Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus Engineer, Urban Mobility, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
Certified Continuing Education
Rail~Volution is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the American Planning Association’s AICP CertifiedMaintenance (CM) program. Accredited conference events are reflected using this notation:AICP CM 1.5