Rail~Volution is a four-day conference dedicated to the vision that America's cities and regions be transformed into livable places — healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable- where people have transportation choices.
At Rail~Volution you'll be exposed to the best minds on livability in the country and the world. In this learning lab you’ll hear concrete examples that illustrate the rediscovery of community that is sweeping the country. You’ll have a chance to ask hard questions and explore cutting edge ideas in more than 80 workshops, networking events, toolbox sessions and, of course, our extensive signature mobile workshops. You’ll come away with knowledge, direction and a renewed passion for making places better by connecting people with transit.
This year several TransForm staff are moderating, participating, and speaking on panels and workshops, including:
Monday, September 22
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
"When Health Comes First in Transportation Decisions"
What happens when we use health to guide transportation decisions? Hear how different regions are doing just that -- and how people of all races and socioeconomic segments now have better transportation options. Discuss how health and equity measures fit into transportation plans. Hear about efforts to engage communities around health-oriented transportation measures. Learn how to evaluate impact through a health lens. Hear real world examples from three regions about complete streets and health impact assessments.
Moderator: Jeff Hobson, Deputy Director, TransForm, Oakland, California
Elyse Lowe, Deputy Executive Director, Circulate San Diego, San Diego, California
Shawntera M, Hardy, Director of Transportation and the Built Environment, Fresh Energy, St. Paul, Minnesota
Barry Keppard, AICP, Public Health Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Tuesday, September 23
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
"Space Exploration: Innovative Parking Tools + Strategies"
Moderator: Lucy F. Galbraith, AICP, Director, Transit Oriented Development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jennifer West, GreenTRIP Policy Analyst, TransForm, Oakland, California
Dan Bertolet, Urban Planner, VIA Architecture, Seattle, Washington
Mark Gander, AICP, Director of Urban Mobility and Development, AECOM, New York, New York
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
"Growing BRT with Your Super Team"
People are headed back to the cities, transforming and developing neighborhoods. But that growth in city living is also congesting streets and stifling the development anticipated through this urban revitalization. Cities want transit, but they can often not afford the cost of heavy or light rail solutions. BRT (bus rapid transit) can be a solution, but it can be a hard sell to business leaders, the community, and even the project team. What are the political challenges? How can you win over opponents and apathetic communities? Hear how political, business and community collaborations and partnerships have led to successful -- and some not-so-successful -- BRT projects in Chicago, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles, Eugene and Grand Rapids.
Moderator: Marsha J Kaiser, AICP, Managing Principal, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
Peter Skosey, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, Illinois
Joel Ramos, Regional Planning Director, TransForm, Oakland, California
Conrad Venema, Strategic Planning Manager, The Rapid, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kari Turner, Associate, PIVOT Architecture, Eugene, Oregon
Sean Libberton, Principal, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
Learn more and register at: http://www.railvolution.org/conference-information/registration/register-now