For the urban planners, transportation lovers, and policy wonks of the world, the experience of going to Rail~Volution might be a little like going to Disneyland. A four-day conference dedicated to the vision that America’s cities can be livable, healthy, equitable, and sustainable places where people have transportation choices, Rail~Volution attracts the best and the brightest to come together and explore how to make places better by connecting people with transit.
TransForm’s policy experts have become familiar faces at Rail~Volution in recent years. Last week, six TransForm staff traveled to the 2014 conference in Minneapolis to contribute, present, and moderate panels on issues ranging from health and equity, parking policy, transit-oriented development, bus rapid transit, community collaboration, and more.
TransForm Deputy Director Jeff Hobson moderated the panel “When Health Comes First in Transportation Decisions,” and helped guide the conversation of how health and equity fit into transportation plans so that people of all races and socioeconomic segments benefit.
GreenTRIP Policy Analyst Jennifer West spoke on the topic of how better parking policies can increase mobility on the panel “Space Exploration: Innovative Parking Tools + Strategies.” Take a look at her presentation slides here. When she wasn’t presenting, Jennifer enjoyed the “beautiful weather, interesting people, [and] fabulous planning going on…in Minneapolis and St. Paul.”
And last but not least, Regional Planning Director Joël Ramos shared his expertise in community organizing for great transit projects on the panel “Growing BRT with Your Super Team.” The first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in the Bay Area broke ground earlier this year, and there is growing momentum to establish lines in other corridors throughout the region.