The Future of Public Transit
9th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment
Presented by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
Strong public and political support for public transit is abounding across the United States. The Los Angeles region, by some measures, is seen as the poster child for this enthusiasm; home to the largest group of public works projects in the United States. But new transit project construction is only a part of what will shape the future. Transit managers need to understand their markets and competition, and how both might be expected to change in the years ahead.
The 9th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment will focus on the future of public transit. Speakers at the event will provide attendees an understanding of who transit customers are, how large societal shifts are likely to change the characteristics of current and potential riders, and how transportation planning and policy should think about responding. As such, the morning includes two panels; (1) speakers discussing demographic and technological trends and how these trends are likely to shape public transit ridership and (2) presentations of how agencies can respond to these changing preferences, technologies and demographics. The forum will conclude with a keynote address from the former FTA acting administrator and soon-to-return to Los Angeles, Therese McMillan, to tie together the themes of the day and reflect on how public transit adds value to the transportation network and to society in Los Angeles and other U.S cities.
Attendees can expect a content-rich program and time to network with fellow transportation professionals. Those who plan, advise and think about public transit will find the 2016 UCLA Downtown Forum a highly worthwhile experience.
Speakers and talks include:
Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Urban Planning "Taste for Transit: Youth, immigrants, and transit use trends in the U.S"
Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft "Friend or Foe? Exploring new business models for transit agency/private sector collaborations to attract more passengers"
Kurt Luhrsen, Vice President of Planning, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, "What if we start over from scratch? How Houston is reimagining its transit system."
Phillip Washington, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, "New trains, new services, new networks, new fares, new partners... Metro's strategies for building ridership in the years ahead"
AICP credits available.
Refunds for ticket cancelations will be granted until Thursday, April 21, 2016.