SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2009
7:00 AM-8:00 AM NETWORKING EVENT
The National Alliance of Public Transit Advocates (NAPTA) will meet to provide a forum for transit advocates and coalitions to expand advocacy efforts for local, state and federal public transportation activities. Public transportation is a significant component to livable communities, and NAPTA works to provide tools, information and legislative updates that help promote public transportation and support for funding in local communities.
This meeting will address a range of issues including:
• Coalition training opportunities (webinars, toolkits, etc.)
• APTA's Coalition Grant Program
• Communication tools and information
This introductory breakfast gathering is targeted toward advocates, first-time Rail~Volution attendees, and Rail~Volution scholarship recipients.
FACILITATORS: Thomas Shrout, Chair, National Alliance of Public Transit Advocates Advisory Council and Executive Director, Citizens for Modern Transit, St. Louis, Missouri
Kylah Hynes, Program Manager, National Alliance of Public Transit Advocates, Washington, DC
8:00 AM-9:30 AM PLENARY SESSION
9:30 AM-5:30 PM MOBILE WORKSHOPS
#11 BROOKLINE — THE QUINTESSENTIAL STREETCAR SUBURB CM 3
Brookline literally grew along its three transit lines, which today are branches of the MBTA's Green Line light-rail system. While the community has strong ties to Boston, it remains an independent town. Brookline is home to thousands of households with transit commuters, and its four local business districts are located along the Beacon Street "C" Line. See Brookline by transit and walk around some of its most popular neighborhoods. Get the inside story from local residents and from an author who specializes in suburbs served by streetcars.
#12 TOD AND SPORTS CM 3
During the past decade, Boston's Fenway neighborhood has been engaged in a remarkable evolution. Beginning with the Red Sox organization's commitment to the neighborhood in 2002 and continuing with a community-led re-zoning process in 2004, Fenway now is seeing an unprecedented level of private investment. City and state officials also are responding with a number of transportation improvements intended to ensure that the Fenway neighborhood becomes increasingly transit oriented. Join this mobile workshop via subway and walking — and see first-hand how sports and TOD can play ball.
#13 SOUTH BOSTON WATERFRONT CM 4
Walk outside the conference hotel and experience a mega-scale, real-time, in-the-ground TOD at a high-profile location in Boston's core. This mobile workshop will cover the South Boston Waterfront district on foot and provide the inside story from key decision-makers on how 13 million square feet of mixed-use development has been built, permitted, or actively planned, with fewer than 10,000 parking spaces. This mixed-use district, which includes the Convention Center and our conference hotel, is part of a larger expanse of filled tidelands that have been home to port and marine-related industry.
10:00 AM-11:30 AM WORKSHOPS
FINANCING LIVABLE COMMUNITIES CM 1.5
Learn about new trends in public and private financing techniques that are helping to implement both transit and TOD projects. This session will include a look at innovative finance mechanisms at both the private and public level, all of which support transit and transit-friendly development in the face of energy and environmental challenges.
Moderator: Paul F. Morris, Transportation Consultant, Raleigh, North Carolina
Doug Johnson, Senior Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, California
Eric Rothman, President, HR&A Advisors, Inc., New York, New York
Anthony Flint, Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts
View Morris presentation (3 pages / 0.1mb)
View Johnson presentation (16 pages / 3.6mb)
View Rothman presentation (17 pages / 0.9mb)
View Flint presentation (13 pages / 0.9mb)
INTRODUCTION TO STATION AREA PLANNING CM 1.5
A transit system's influence on the local community extends beyond the boundaries of the passenger station itself. This session will examine how station area planning — focusing on the half-mile radius around a station — can help promote transit ridership, pedestrian-oriented communities, buy-in from local neighborhoods and agencies, and long-term sustainable economic development. It will focus on three cities — Chicago, Charlotte and Calgary.
Moderator: Tim Baldwin, Vice President, URS, Denver, Colorado
Stephen Hamwey, Principal, Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, Massachusetts
Paul Donker, Coordinator, Established Community Planning Team, Canadian Institute of Planners, Calgary, Alberta
Jay Ciavarella, Division Manager, Special Programs, Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago, Illinois
View Hamwey presentation (74 pages / 5.0mb)
View Ciavarella presentation (13 pages / 1.6mb)
THE RAIL~VOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: BLOGGING — THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEDIA
Attend this interactive, informative session and learn everything you need to know about using blogs to engage in deep discussions about livability in your community and around the country. Learn how nationally recognized urban bloggers discuss issues they're passionate about, why they do it, and how you can do it too.
Moderator: Jeff Wood, Program Associate and GIS Specialist, Reconnecting America, Oakland, California
Aaron M. Renn, Founder, Urbanophile Blog, Chicago, Illinois
Adam Gaffin, Founder, Universal Hub, Boston, Massachusetts
Ryan Avent, Contributor/Founder, Streetsblog DC and The Bellows, Washington, DC
PRIVATE FUNDING OF TOD CM 1.5
Even though lenders have become much more aware of transit-oriented development in the past five years, TOD remains difficult to finance. Lenders still are concerned about the complexity, challenges in design and construction, and especially about financing. The reality is developers may need to have a relationship with a lender who believes in them — and knows they have the wherewithal to implement a risky project. Hear insights from developers who have slogged through the skepticism and delivered what their lenders need and expect.
Moderator: Mark Boyle, AICP, Deputy General Manager for Planning and Real Estate, MBTA, Boston, Massachusetts
Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Boston Properties, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Michael Dieden, President, Creative Housing Associates, Beverly Hills, California
Fred Harris, Senior Vice President, Avalon Bay Communities, Inc., New York, New York
View Boyle presentation (12 pages / 0.7mb)
View Dieden presentation (54 pages / 6.1mb)
STREETCARS AND MARKET DYNAMICS CM 1.5
Modern streetcar projects are getting more attention as an economic development tool than as a mode of transportation within a corridor. Today there are a number of streetcar projects in various states of evolution, including those that are up and running as well as those in the midst of public-public partnerships seeking new funding opportunities. Projects in Seattle, Virginia and Dallas are currently moving forward, dealing with today's economic realities and hoping to take advantage of the momentum building behind the streetcar.
Moderator: Rick Gustafson, Vice President, Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Portland, Oregon
Grace Crunican, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, Washington
Jay Kline, AICP, Assistant Vice President, Systems Planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas
Chris Zimmerman, Councilman, Arlington County Board, Arlington, Virginia
View Crunican presentation (16 pages / 2.6mb)
View Kline presentation (1 pages / 0.7mb)
View Zimmerman presentation (70 pages / 5.2mb)
TOD AROUND COMMUTER RAIL CM 1.5
Adopting TOD zoning, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and concentrating a mix of uses around commuter rail are all key factors to creating successful TODs. However, too often resistance by cities and towns become major barriers to their success. This session will explore how proactive initiatives and thoughtful planning by cities and towns are helping to shape new commuter rail communities and reshape old commuter rail towns. Learn from examples in New Jersey, Utah, Massachusetts and Florida.
Moderator: Kim Delaney, Growth Management Coordinator, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Stuart, Florida
Susie Petheram, Senior Planner, Cooper Roberts Simonsen Associates, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tom Daniel, AICP, Economic Development Manager, City of Salem, Salem, Massachusetts
Vivian Baker, Assistant Director, Transit-Friendly Land Use & Development, NJ TRANSIT, Newark, New Jersey
Eric Fang, Associate Principal, Ehrenkranktz, Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, New York, New York
View Event presentation (108 pages / 8.0mb)
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES CM 1.5
Universities are conducting research and policy formulation related to TOD and urban transit that set the stage for the next stage of policies and best practices. Much of this work focuses on resolving some of the most difficult issues encountered in retrofitting mature suburban and urban environments. Panelists will address state-of-the-art research related to conflict resolution, enhancing the social and economic "fit" of TOD and new transit to their community context, and opportunities presented by emerging technologies.
Moderator: Catherine Ross, Director, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia
Martin Robins, Senior Fellow, Voorhees Transportation Center, Westfield, New Jersey
James Kostaras, Lecturer, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
Barry Bluestone, Professor, Department of Sociology, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
View Robins presentation (26 pages / 0.9mb)
GOING GREEN WITH TRANSIT: MACRO AND MICRO CM 1.5
Investing in transportation provides many opportunities for communities to "go green" at every level. From the green roots of the nation's largest regional mobility project, to the advancement of TOD, to the incorporation of green design principles into our transit facilities, the possibilities abound. Taken together, these actions can contribute significantly to managing our carbon footprint and creating more livable, economically vibrant communities. Come hear lessons learned from those who have had the inspiration, imagination and tenacity to go green. Explore ways to create a more sustainable future for your community.
Moderator: Jay Duncan, Vice President, AECOM, Boston, Massachusetts
Cynthia Hoyle, AICP, Transportation Planning Consultant, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, Illinois
Carron Day, AICP, President, CodeGreen USA (CodeGreen-USA.org), Tampa, Florida
Fred P. Salvucci, Senior Lecturer and Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
12:00 PM-1:30 PM NETWORKING EVENTS
ELECTED OFFICIALS GATHERING
Does it sometimes seem as if you're the only elected official in your community who understands that good urban design and transportation options are critically important in creating a healthy and economically vital community? Rest assured, there are other like-minded, forward-thinking elected officials around the country. This gathering is directed at community leaders and elected officials who may be relatively new to the concepts of livability and using transit to build communities. Join your colleagues for informal discussions and a chance to talk about your successes and challenges in creating great places to live.
Facilitator: Rex Burkholder, Councilor, Metro, Portland, Oregon
BLOCK BY BLOCK: A HUMAN SCALE APPROACH TO REDEVELOPMENT CM 1.5
Redeveloping downtown streets is undergoing a fundamental shift from an auto-centric approach to a much stronger pedestrian and transit perspective. Case studies from Los Angeles and Portland illustrate how a new human scale urban design can result in a new way of thinking about the relationship among streets, sidewalks and adjoining buildings.
Tad Savinar, Urban Design Consultant, TriMet, Portland, Portland, Oregon
Emily Gabel-Luddy, Chief Urban Designer, Urban Design Studio, Planning Department, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Simon Pastucha, Principal Urban Designer, Urban Design Studio, Los Angeles, California
View Event presentation (107 pages / 16.7mb)
MAKE CHANGES HAPPEN WHERE YOU LIVE: STREETSBLOG AND STREETFILMS
Just three years ago, these seemed like radical ideas: a car-free Broadway Street in New York City, curbside parking reform, physically separated bike lanes, bus rapid transit, light rail and public bike-sharing. But today these ideas are being planned and implemented across all five boroughs of New York City. In this lunchtime opportunity, Streetblog editor Aaron Naparstek and Streetfilms director Clarence Eckerson will describe how advocacy journalism and online community building are transforming transportation and urban environmental policy in New York City, San Francisco and a growing number of other cities.
Aaron Naparstek, Editor-in-Chief, Streetsblog, New York, New York
Clarence Eckerson, Director of Video Production, Streetfilms, New York, New York
View Naparstek presentation (46 pages / 3.7mb)
TOD MANAGERS FORUM
Representatives from cities, transit agencies and the private sector will gather to discuss recent projects, innovative approaches, government funding sources, development agreements, public entitlement processes, and the "art of the deal." In this networking opportunity, participants can talk with their peers from around the country — other TOD managers — about recent accomplishments, challenges and strategies in their communities.
Facilitator: Jeff Ordway, Manager of Property Development, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California
NEW STARTS GATHERING
The New Starts Working Group — a coalition of more than 60 transit authorities, local government entities, architectural and engineering firms, and rail car manufacturers — invites you to learn more about the coalition, as well as its work on issues that are shaping federal policy. The group currently is engaging Congress on climate change legislation in a number of areas, including: policies that link land use and transit, funds for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, authorization of the federal surface transportation bill, and development of policy and guidance for the New Starts program.
Jeffrey Boothe, Partner/Chair, Holland &Knight/New Starts Working Group, Washington, DC
JOIN TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
This is your chance to get engaged in making sure the upcoming federal transportation bill supports the ideals behind Rail~Volution. Transportation for America — or T4America for short — is a coalition of more than 350 local, state and national livability groups. Together, they are working to ensure the new bill contains ample support for public transportation and safe streets for walking and biking. The goal of T4America is to help empower local communities to solve their travel issues and become more livable.
Facilitator: David Goldberg, Communications Director, Transportation for America, Washington, DC
William Lind is a political conservative, transit advocate and urbanist who in his new book, "Moving Minds," traces the origins of sprawl to the left-wing utopianism of the early 20th century and calls on conservatives to reject the heavily tax-subsidized landscape of big highways and sprawl. Hear Bill explain how to build bipartisan support in terms that conservatives can relate to: that transit and urbanism enhance national security, promote economic development, help maintain conservatives values including a sense of community, and get people to jobs.
Speaker: William Lind, Author, Moving Minds, Washington, DC
1:30 PM-3:00 PM WORKSHOPS
BUILDING LIVABLE CITIES, COMMUNITIES AND REGIONS CM 1.5
This session focuses on the type of policies and visionary thinking that can make livable communities a reality, while also helping to respond to our energy and environmental challenges. Learn how various regions are developing plans and policies to create successful communities that can adapt to ongoing changes in population and employment.
Moderator: Jeff Hobson, Deputy Director, TransForm, Oakland, California
Amy Cotter, Director of Regional Plan Implementation, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts
John Crocker, Director of Regional Service Coordination &Projects, MARTA, Atlanta, Georgia
David Kooris, Connecticut Director, Regional Plan Association, Stamford
View Hobson presentation (12 pages / 3.6mb)
View Cotter presentation (13 pages / 0.8mb)
View Crocker presentation (22 pages / 0.4mb)
View Kooris presentation (13 pages / 2.0mb)
INTRODUCTION TO COMPLETE STREETS CM 1.5
What is this "complete streets" concept planners are talking about, and how can it benefit your community? This session will help you understand the basics of complete streets (including design elements and policy issues). Learn how it can help increase pedestrian-friendly streets, help decrease single-occupant car trips and reduce a community's carbon footprint.
Moderator: Richard Weaver, Senior Program Manager, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Jana Lynott, Strategic Policy Advisor-Transportation/Livable Communities, AARP Public Policy Institute, Independent Living/Long-Term Care, Washington, DC
Vineet Gupta, Director of Policy and Planning, Boston Transportation Department, Boston, Massachusetts
Stephanie Seskin, State and Local Policy Associate, National Complete Streets Coalition, Washington, DC
Tommy Wells, Councilmember, DC City Council, Washington, DC
DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR LIVABLE COMMUNITIES CM 1.5
Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, along with nearby streets and transit stations, all can fit together to make an enjoyable place to live. Good design guidelines, however, are an essential element. This session will discuss essential design guidelines, along with the latest examples of how transit agencies and communities have used these guidelines to increase their livability, transit ridership, and economic profile — all within the context of our current energy and environmental challenges.
Moderator: Steve Dotterrer, AICP, Principal Planner, Bureau of Planning, City of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Christine Carlyle, AICP, AIA, Director of Planning, Solomon Cordwell Buenz International, Chicago, Illinois
Keith Liden, AICP, Lead Planner, PB's Placemaking Group, Portland, Oregon
Neal Payton, Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc., Los Angeles, California
View Dotterrer presentation (8 pages / 0.5mb)
View Carlyle presentation (36 pages / 11.2mb)
View Liden presentation (23 pages / 1.3mb)
View Payton presentation (26 pages / 2.2mb)
TRANSPORTATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY: THE BIG PICTURE CM 1.5
What will our cities and regions look like 20 years from now? Fifty years from now? The decisions we make today about shaping our communities are critically important to future generations and will help meet both short- and long-range goals related to the 3 Es — energy, economy, and environment. This panel will focus on the innovative planning efforts under way in three of the world's most progressive metropolitan regions — Seattle, Boston, and London — and how those efforts can be translated to other regions.
Moderator: Mariia Zimmerman, AICP, Vice President for Policy, Reconnecting America, Washington, DC
Alan Jones, Director, Steer Davies Gleave, London
Eugene Benson, Legal Counsel & Services Program Director, Alternatives for Community & Environment, Inc, Roxbury, Massachusetts
Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, Illinois
View Benson presentation (28 pages / 0.4mb)
DEVELOPING BRT TO MEET COMMUNITY VISIONS CM 1.5
There's still no resolution to the debate over bus rapid transit and whether it can attract and shape development in the same way that rail does. Part of the problem is that the term BRT is used loosely for everything from bus lines running in mixed traffic to lines that function like rail lines — with dedicated rights of way, signal pre-emption, real-time information and real stations. Can BRT serve as a catalyst for quality neighborhoods? This session will compare and contrast the development impacts of four very different BRT lines to extract the lessons learned.
Moderator: Cliff Henke, Senior Analyst, BRT and Streetcars, PB Americas Inc., Arcadia, California
Abigail Thorne-Lyman, Principal, Strategic Economics/Center for Transit Oriented Development, Berkeley, California
Harriet Cherry, Principal, PIVOT Architecture PC, Eugene, Oregon
View Henke presentation (40 pages / 1.9mb)
View Thorne-Lyman presentation (21 pages / 2.4mb)
View Cherry presentation (18 pages / 0.2mb)
IMPLEMENTING VALUE CAPTURE UNDER TODAY'S ECONOMIC CONDITIONS CM 1.5
In today's challenging economic environment, value capture often is considered an important tool to help fund transit-oriented development, transit projects and in some cases transit operations. However, the actual practice of value capture is extremely difficult and complex. This session will focus on two cutting edge projects, Denver Union Station and the Dulles Corridor Metro Rail project, and discuss how these projects are implementing value capture under difficult economic conditions. This session also focuses on leading research related to value capture.
Moderator: Anthony Flint, Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rick Stevens, Dulles Rail Project Manager, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Fairfax, Virginia
Chad Fuller, Senior Financial Analyst, City and County of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Nadine Fogarty, Principal, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, California
RIGHT SIZING PARKING FOR YOUR TOD
TODs create fewer trips than conventional development, yet most bankers, developers and regulators require conventional parking ratios. As a result, the majority of new development at transit stops has been built regardless of the fact that a rail stop is nearby. This session examines the latest research and strategies documenting that TODs really do produce fewer trips; also learn about what can be done to get new national guidance for building TODs with less parking.
Moderator: Susan D. Keil, Director, Office of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Jason Schrieber, AICP, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard, Boston, Massachusetts
GB Arrington, Vice President, PB's PlaceMaking Group, Portland, Oregon
Luke Schwartz, E.I.T., Transportation Planner, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Pleasanton, California
View Arrington presentation (33 pages / 2.2mb)
View Schwartz presentation (31 pages / 2.7mb)
GREENING YOUR FUTURE: CURRENT AND EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEDERAL FUNDING CM 1.5
Enactment of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the "stimulus bill") has created funding opportunities for new technologies and facilities that focus on reducing energy consumption, creating shifts toward renewable energy sources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Congress also will be considering legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions, move toward renewable sources of energy, and promote livability and sustainability via transit investments. This session will provide attendees an important update on legislation before Congress and identify potential funding opportunities.
Moderator: Jeffrey Boothe, Partner/Chair, Holland &Knight/New Starts Working Group, Washington, DC
Shelley Poticha, AICP, Senior Advisor, Office of Sustainability, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, US Department of Transportation
David Skillman, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer, 3rd District, Oregon
"GREEN 101" — GETTING GROUNDED ON SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE CM 1.5
This session will provide an overview of climate change issues and the role sustainable transportation plays in addressing them. Also learn what cities and rural areas are doing to reduce green house gas emissions from mobile sources. From Seattle to New Hampshire, transportation experts will tell you what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.
Moderator: Lavinia Gordon, Director of Transportation Systems Management, City of Portland, Office of Transportation, Portland, Oregon
Donald H. Sienkiewicz, Sustainable Real Estate Consultant, Solstice Realty LLC, Wilton, New Hampshire
Karla Karash, Senior Vice President, TranSystems Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts
Robert Matthews, Urban Planner, Mithun, Seattle, Washington
3:00 PM-5:00 PM TOD MARKETPLACE
TOD MARKETPLACE CM 2
Here's your chance to talk with national developers about why your great-looking TOD plan can become a reality — or what needs to be altered to boost its chances of success. Rail~Volution's popular TOD Market Place is a forum where developers, investors, transit agencies, cities and property owners come together and talk about the art of the deal. Panelists will explain what makes a property offering attractive, what types of projects will be appealing once the economy improves, and how to phase projects so that development can begin as soon as the economy comes back to life. In addition, listen to what a panel of national and regional developers have to say about results from the two Rail~Volution charrettes held the day before. Get their perspective on what will work — and what won't — in the two Boston-area charrette projects. Following the lively 90-minute presentation and discussion, attendees can meet with panelists to get input about their own projects.
Moderator: Jeff Ordway, Manager of Property Development, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, California
Speakers: Michael Dieden, President, Creative Housing Associates, Beverly Hills, California
Fred Harris, Senior Vice President, Avalon Bay Communities, New York, New York
Jeremy Liu, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts
William 'Buzz' Constable, Executive Vice President, A.W. Perry, Inc, Boston, Massachusetts
Harold Dawson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, The Dawson Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Bailey Pope, AIA, Vice President of Design and Construction, The Dawson Company, Atlanta, Georgia
View JFK/UMass Station Charrette presentation (29 pages / 2.9mb)
View Saco Biddeford Charrette presentation (34 pages / 1.9mb)
3:30 PM-5:00 PM WORKSHOPS
MASTERING THE ART OF THE CAMPAIGN CM 1.5
This lively and informative session will share reflections and lessons learned from winning transportation campaigns around the country. Experts from both the national policy level and community grassroots will share their strategies for creating powerful coalitions and successfully advocating for transportation policies and plans that promote more equitable, sustainable communities.
Moderator: David Goldberg, Communication Director, Transportation For America, Washington, DC
Kate Slevin, AICP, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, New York, New York
Pamela Bush, Organizer, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition/ On the Move Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition, Dorchester, Massachusetts
Casey Stanton, Federal Coordinator and Maryland Field Organizer, Transportation Equity Network, Washington, DC
Angela Saxton, Organizer, Empower Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia
View Goldberg presentation (37 pages / 3.6mb)
View Slevin presentation (31 pages / 1.6mb)
View Bush presentation (Windows Media Audio/Video File (WVM) / 15.0mb)
USING TRANSIT AND TOD TO BUILD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES CM 1.5
This session will focus on integrating transit and TOD design to encourage non-auto travel, thereby creating healthier, more livable communities. A major theme is "the trip not taken" and how that approach can help promote healthier communities, while also helping meet our energy and environmental challenges.
Moderator: Shireen Malekafzali, Senior Associate, PolicyLink, Oakland, California
Norma Fernandez, Project Manager, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative Los Angeles, California
Chris Schildt, Community Planner, TransForm, Oakland, California
Monica Villalobos, Senior Project Manager, CDM, Los Angeles, California
View Malekafzali presentation (14 pages / 0.2mb)
View Fernandez presentation (19 pages / 1.4mb)
View Schildt presentation (15 pages / 2.7mb)
View Villalobos presentation (21 pages / 0.8mb)
WEAVING TRANSIT INTO EXISTING COMMUNITIES CM 1.5
Learn about strategies to ensure new transit projects will fit into and support existing communities, both in urban and suburban settings. Existing communities present special challenges for transit projects — including issues related to community input, dense development near stations, impact mitigation, environmental enhancement, and traffic management. Panelists at this session will present strategies for addressing these challenges while building public support for transit investments.
Moderator: Joseph Cosgrove, Director of Planning/Development, MBTA, Boston, Massachusetts
James Hencke, Senior Urban Designer, PB's PlaceMaking Group, Portland, Oregon
Lisa Procknow, Public Involvement Specialist, HDR, Phoenix, Arizona
Dan Soler, Traffic Engineer, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, Minnesota
View Hencke presentation (20 pages / 1.5mb)
View Procknow presentation (18 pages / 1.1mb)
View Soler presentation (20 pages / 1.7mb)
THE PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE CONNECTION TO LIVABLE COMMUNITIES CM 1.5
Though bicycles, pedestrians and transit all contribute to creating more livable cities, sometimes having all three modes sharing one corridor can seem like a tight fit. But intensive early planning and design can transform potential conflicts into a mutually beneficial and cooperative relationship. Hear stories from New York, Portland and Boston that illustrate how local communities can succeed in creating integrated modal planning.
Moderator: Ellen Vanderslice, Project Manager, City of Portland, Bureau of Transportation, Portland, Oregon
Noah Budnick, Senior Policy Advisory, Transportation Alternatives, New York, New York
Wendy Landman, Executive Director, WalkBoston, Boston, Massachusetts
Phil Goff, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design, Arlington, Massachusetts
View Event presentation (97 pages / 5.6mb)
NEW MEDIA/NEW TOOLS CM 1.5
Blogs, YouTube, Web 2.0 . . . it can be a blur if you don't know how to use these effective new tools for public involvement in your community. Find out how new communications techniques go beyond traditional media in getting your message out. These new technologies can help communicate and inform the public and stakeholders about issues related to transit and TOD, while also providing more avenues for involvement in the public debate.
Moderator: Carolyn Young, Executive Director, Communications and Technology, TriMet, Portland, Oregon
Jeff Wood, Program Associate and GIS Specialist, Reconnecting America, Oakland, California
Susan Bregman, Principal, Oak Square Resources, LLC, Brighton, Massachusetts
Jody Litvak, Communications Manager, Metro, Los Angeles, California
Daren Brabham, Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Communication, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
View Bregman presentation (20 pages / 0.7mb)
View Litvak presentation (13 pages / 0.5mb)
View Brabham presentation (11 pages / 1.7mb)
FEDERAL FUNDING: IS THERE A ROCK I HAVEN'T TURNED OVER? CM 1.5
One of the challenges of transit-oriented development is identifying funding sources for all aspects of project development, from site clean up and preparation to actual construction. This session walks attendees through all the funding options — including those that are well known (such as New Starts), those that are known but underused (such as the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program or the Surface Transportation Program), and those that are emerging (such as those related to the federal brownfields programs and Community Development Block Grants). Here's your chance to learn everything about federal funding for your TOD.
Moderator: Jeffrey Boothe, Partner/Chair, Holland &Knight/New Starts Working Group, Washington, DC
Daniel C. Maldonado, Senior Policy Advisor, Holland &Knight, Washington, DC
Richard Steinmann, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
View Steinmann presentation (10 pages / 0.2mb)
BIKE RENTALS: COMING OF AGE AND LINKING TO TRANSIT CM 1.5
Bike rental programs now have reached the United States, having been an important part of travel throughout Europe for many years. From Barcelona to Paris, "bike sharing" has become an established way of travel for many residents and visitors in European cities. Now there are new systems starting up here and in Canada. Attend this session and learn what cities are doing to attract this newest link to transit.
Moderator: Catherine Ciarlo, AICP, Transportation Director, City of Portland, Office of the Mayor, Portland, Oregon
James R. Sebastian, AICP, Manager, Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transportation Demand Management Programs, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Alain Ayotte, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Bike System Company, Montreal, Quebec
Robert Burns, President, B-cycle, Waterloo, Wisconsin
Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, City of Boston, Massachusetts
View Ciarlo presentation (8 pages / 0.3mb)
View Sebastian presentation (23 pages / 0.9mb)
View Ayotte presentation (11 pages / 1.2mb)
View Burns presentation (17 pages / 1.0mb)
5:00 PM-6:30 PM NETWORKING EVENT
TRADE SHOW RECEPTION
Join us for this informal event — which will include appetizers and beverages — and spend time talking with representatives from the country's leading firms. In addition, attendees are encouraged throughout the conference to visit the booths and displays from exhibiting companies.
6:30 PM-7:30 PM MOVIE EVENT
STREETSFILMS MOVIE PRESENTATION
Tonight, please join Streetfilms, an organization that offers news and short videos that promote people-friendly urban design, as we showcase work the organization has done during the past three years related to livable cities. Of course, since it is Halloween, expect the program to focus on fun, characters, and comedy! In between short films about mass transit and best practices, you might spy a Sasquatch riding a bike, angry "auto lobbyist" Veronica Moss, clay-animated crosswalks, and of course our lovable livable streets mascot Zozo! No tricks, just video treats. Candy corn for all! Filmmakers will be in attendance.