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

Thursday, March 22 - Friday, March 23, 2018
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. 

 

Presentations

Why Transit Matters to Cities
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, CO
Mayor Adam Paul, Lakewood, CO

Danny Pleasant, Charlotte, NC

Councilmember Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica, CA

 

Cities’ Role in Making Transit Work

Steven Higashide, TransitCenter

Lisa Bender, City Council President, Minneapolis, MN

Deputy Mayor Shefali Ranganathan, Seattle, WA

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, MA

 

Dinner & Keynote

Annise Parker, Former Mayor, Houston, TX

 

Tech Won’t Kill Transit

Zak Accuardi, TransitCenter

Meera Joshi, New York Taxi and Limousine Commission

Tom Maguire, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

 

Hiring the Right People

Mayor Toni Harp, New Haven, CT

Crissy Fanganello, City and County of Denver, CO

Christof Spieler, Houston METRO

 

Above Photo Credit: Jacqueline Poggi

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Thursday, March 22

12:30 - 1:00pm

Check-In

Green Russell Room, Hotel Indigo, 1801 Wewatta St. Light lunch provided.

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

Danny Pleasant, Charlotte, NC

Councilmember Pam O’Connor, Santa Monica, CA

Moderator: Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayors Innovation Project

3:30 – 3:45pm

Break

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.

Steven Higashide, TransitCenter

Lisa Bender, City Council President, Minneapolis, MN

Deputy Mayor Shefali Ranganathan, Seattle, WA

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Somerville, MA

Moderator: Mayor Marjorie Sloan, Golden, CO

6:30 – 7:30pm

Reception

Cooper Lounge, Crawford Hotel in Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. The Cooper Lounge is on the 2nd floor mezzanine level of Union Station, overlooking the first floor.

7:30 – 9:00pm

Dinner & Keynote

Annise Parker, Former Mayor of Houston, TX

The Gallery, Crawford Hotel in Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.


Friday, March 23

7:30 – 8:30am

Breakfast

Hearth & Dram, Hotel Indigo

8:30 – 10:15am

Tech Won’t Kill Transit

Green Russell Room, Hotel Indigo

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.

Zak Accuardi, TransitCenter

Meera Joshi, New York Taxi and Limousine Commission

Tom Maguire, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Moderator: Mayor Christine Berg, Lafayette, CO

10:15 – 10:30am

Break

10:30 – 12:00pm

Walking Tour: Broadway Corridor Improvements

Please meet in the lobby of Hotel Indigo. We will take the MetroRide bus down 16th street together. There will be some light walking. Please dress comfortably for the weather, and let us know if you have mobility needs that we can assist with.

Led by Emily Snyder, City and County of Denver, CO

12:00 – 1:00pm

Lunch

Hearth & Dram, Hotel Indigo

1:00 – 2:30pm

Hiring the Right People

Green Russell Room, Hotel Indigo

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.

Mayor Toni Harp, New Haven, CT

Christof Spieler, Houston METRO

Crissy Fanganello, City and County of Denver, CO

Moderator: David Genova, Regional Transportation District – Denver Metro Area

2:30 – 3:00pm

Wrap-up & Adjourn



TransitCenter Resources

All Transportation is Local: A Guide for City Leaders, TransitCenter. Read more.

Who's on Board 2016, TransitCenter. Read more.

Why Uber Won't Kill Transit, TransitCenter, TransitTools no. 1. Read more.

Transit Ridership Recipe, TransitCenter, TransitTools no. 2. Read more.

Climate Change & Transit, TransitCenter, TransitTools no. 5. Read more.

Mayors Innovation Project Resources

View our webpage on Transportation Infrastructure here.

Urban Parking: Rational Approaches for Cities & Towns, Mayors Innovation Project, May 2015. Read more.

Urban Freight Transportation: Low Cost Measures to Reduce Negative Impacts, Mayors Innovation Project, May 2014. Read more.