Transportation

May 1, 2012

Pam O’Connor on SCAG’s Regional Transportation Plan

Interview with Pam O’Connor on how Southern California’s Metropolitan Planning Organization was able to build consensus across six counties and nearly 200 cities to craft a hailed Regional Transportation Plan.

April 13, 2012

CicLAvia's Aaron Paley on the Spectacle's Trajectory, Notions of Public Space

Days before the American Planning Association's national convention, CicLAvia's Aaron Paley explains how an open streets event in Los Angeles can transform one's sense of public space and the city.

March 21, 2012

Martha Welborne on Balancing Planning Responsibilities, Goals, and Constraints at Metro

TPR sat down with Martha Welborne, Executive Director of Countywide Planning at Metro, to discuss her duties towards the Metro Board, project completion, and the people of Los Angeles County. Building Los Angeles’ new transit system will take decades, and Measure R’s seemingly reliable flow of money means that Metro will feature prominently in the purviews of local governments across the county for the foreseeable future.

February 26, 2012

Rep. Blumenauer Opines: Congress’ ‘Terrible’ Transportation Bill

Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Portland explains how a Republican-sponsored transportation bill aims to meet highway funding through shifting public transit monies to the general fund. On February 23, Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would rework the bill and intended to eliminate controversial provisions on public transportation.

January 31, 2012

Reinventing Los Angeles: Seizing the Transit Opportunity

What role does local government play in a city’s reinvention? And how does a local government envision its public initiatives contributing to a positive urban environment? Ken Bernstein, Principal City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, overseeing the Policy Planning and Historic Resources Division, tells us where Los Angeles has recently been devoting energy.

October 11, 2011

Richard Katz: High-Speed Rail’s Moment of Truth; Legislators Should Step Back

Richard Katz, Board Chairman of Metrolink and former California High-Speed Rail panel member, speaks candidly on the challenges rail faces in Southern California. While High-Speed Rail deals with financial and legal uncertainties, Metrolink thrives under new management.

October 10, 2011

Terry O’Day Exits Environment Now for NRG & Electric Car Market

Terry O'Day talks about his leading Environment Now and explains his new position with eVgo and NRG. O'Day sees Southern California as being on the cusp of an electric vehicle transformation. This time, the market is ready.

October 7, 2011

Congress: Partisanship Hogties Federal Transportation Funding

US Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has staunchly supported public investment in transportation systems, water infrastructure, and livable cities. With the House in apparent gridlock, however, passing what have traditionally been banal, bipartisan bills is now a game of high-stakes political chicken. The congressman discusses where infrastructure bills are now and what we can expect next from Washington.

October 6, 2011

ULI-Los Angeles: Gail Goldberg’s New City Planning Platform

Gail Goldberg, former Los Angeles Planning Director and current Executive Director of ULI-L.A., discusses the upcoming Urban Land Institute conference in Los Angeles as well as the continued relevance of urban planning in American cities today.

September 22, 2011

WUF Westside Mayors Panel: Just Leave Redevelopment Alone!

Cecilia Estolano of ELP Advisors leads Mayors John Duran of West Hollywood, Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, Micheál O'Leary of Culver City, and Vice Mayor William Brien of Beverly Hills in a conversation about redevelopment, Sacramento, parking, and the exciting changes taking place in their cities.

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