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All Transportation is Local:  A Workshop for Mayors & City Leaders

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By invitation only: please contact us if questions.
Thursday, March 22 - Friday, March 23, 2018
Hosted by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, CO

 Travel support may be available for Mayors & city leaders.


Hosted by Mayor Hancock, this invitation-only workshop will offer Mayors and senior transportation staff the opportunity to connect around similar challenges as they seek to use public transit to further their cities’ goals. Organized by TransitCenter and the Mayors Innovation Project, we will share what insights and analysis we have gathered from our research about what Americans want from transit, the role of new mobility providers, transportation governance structures, and more. The emphasis will be on stimulating conversation and creating space for an honest discussion of the issues, offering a combination of informative sessions and city tours. 


On the Agenda
  • Why transit matters to cities
  • Street design, parking and development policy that supports effective public transportation
  • Dealing with the impacts of new technologies
  • How to surround yourself with people that can implement your transportation agenda


Above Photo Credit: Jacqueline Poggi

Thursday, March 22

1:00 – 1:30pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, CO

David Bragdon, Executive Director, TransitCenter

1:30 – 3:30pm

Why Transit Matters to Cities

Transit expands access to jobs and opportunity; it’s critical to attracting employers and talented workers; it is necessary for cities to handle growth. Cities need to define their goals for transit.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, CO

Mayor Adam Paul, Lakewood, CO

Annise Parker, Former Mayor, Houston, TX

3:30 – 3:45pm


3:45 – 5:45pm

Cities’ Role in Making Transit Work

Transit works when it’s fast, frequent, and walkable. To make this happen, cities need to set aside street space for transit, improve the walk to transit, and build around transit. Mayors must understand where transit is most effective, and where it faces inherent challenges.

6:30 – 7:00pm


7:00 – 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Friday, March 23

7:30 – 8:00am


8:00 – 9:30am

Tech Won’t Kill Transit

Some say that technologies like ride sharing apps and driverless cars make public transit obsolete. But transit will remain essential for cities; here’s how to talk about it, and how to deal with the impacts of new technologies.

9:30 – 9:45am


10:00 – 11:30am

City walking tour

Downtown transit improvements including Broadway corridor.

11:30 – 12:30pm


12:30 – 2:30pm

Hiring the Right People

Great transit requires great staff, effective agency structures, and proactive transit board members. Improving existing systems will be easier with top leaders that support innovation.

Christof Spieler, Metro Board of Directors, Harris County, TX

2:30 – 3:00pm

Wrap-up & Adjourn


The event is free and open for invited Mayors, plus one senior staff person per invited city. If you are a senior staff person with an invited city and unsure, please contact your executive office to confirm. If you're with an NGO or a business interested in presenting at or sponsoring a meeting, contact us to learn more.



Both meeting and meals will take place at the Hotel Indigo, 1801 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202. View map below. The dinner on March 22 will be offsite - details TBA.


Travel/Hotel Support

Travel & hotel financial support may be available for attendees. Please contact Emily Miota to learn more.



A room block has been reserved at Hotel Indigo,1801 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202 at a rate of $169/night plus tax. The Hotel Indigo is 0.2 mile away from Union Station, in the heart of downtown Denver. View map below. Guests are expected to pay for and book their own travel, unless hotel support arrangements have been made. The deadline to book at the discounted rate is Friday, February 23.


To book:

  1. Click here, and click on 'Book Online' in the upper right corner.
  2. Type in requested dates. The IATA # should be populated with '99801505' and the Group Code with 'MIP'.


Travel to Denver

If flying...

The Denver International Airport (DEN) is 25 miles from downtown Denver. 


If driving...

  • Use google map here to navigate to the Hotel Indigo.
  • Parking at Hotel Indigo: Overnight self parking at the hotel is $38.


Travel within Denver
  • Commuter Rail: We strongly encourage attendees to use the new commuter rail line if flying into the Denver airport. From the airport, the University of Colorado A Line is the best and easiest way to get downtown, runs every 15 minutes during peak times, and costs just $9. Learn more here. From the terminal, follow signs for baggage claim or the transit center. From the B and C Concourses, you must board the airport people mover tram to get to Jeppesen Terminal where baggage claim and ground transportation is located. From the A Concourse, you may ride the tram or walk across the pedestrian bridge following the signs to the terminal.
  • Other: Taxi, Uber/Lyft, and other shuttle services are also available. View more information here.