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Reconnecting America & CTOD Lineup At Rail~Volution In LA

Rail~Volution 2012Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit-Oriented Development will be participating in a number of sessions at Rail~Volution 2012 in Los Angeles during Oct. 14-17. Find out more about the conference at the Rail~Volution website.

Allison Brooks

Indicators of Success: How Do You Measure a Livable Community?

Tuesday, 10/16/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Terms like livable and sustainable are often used to describe the overall qualities of a community or region, yet the terms themselves provide little in the way of detail. Hear from three different regions -- Denver, the Twin Cities and Boston -- as well as from the national think tank, Reconnecting America. Learn how they are tackling the challenges of measuring sustainability and livability at the corridor, local and regional scale, particularly as they relate to improving equitable outcomes among people of diverse incomes and ethnicities. Questions to be considered: What classifies a neighborhood, city or region as livable or sustainable? What are the measurable indicators that help us understand if we are moving in the right direction in terms of mobility and access, health, jobs, air quality and economic opportunity? How do transit and the role of transportation fit into that equation?

Elizabeth Wampler

The BRT Attraction: How Do They Do It?

Tuesday, 10/16/2012 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In many areas across the country, bus rapid transit (BRT) is getting regions online faster than fixed rail. How does this shift change the rules of the TOD game? How does it affect development opportunities along major transit routes? Can BRT corridors be developed as successfully as rail? How can closer bus stops reinforce the corridor's continuity, benefitting the community as well as transit? Finally, what are the critical elements needed to support TOD in BRT corridors? And the challenges? Learn how the game is changing with BRT as a major player!

Chris Yake

ETOD: Focusing Employment Near Transit

Tuesday, 10/16/2012 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

In today's economy, employment-focused TOD -- or ETOD -- is gaining prominence. Creating employment opportunities near transit is taking on new significance. In addition, recent research suggests that employment clustered near transit has a greater impact on ridership than residential density. How does the traditional model of higher-density apartments and condos with ground-floor retail and services support this new focus? How can ETOD attract, retain or expand employment opportunities near transit and support the drive to create jobs? Hear how regions around the country are targeting economic growth and better optimizing their systems by creating more transit destinations and bi-directional trips.

Jeff Wood

The Blogosphere: Transforming the Information Landscape

Tuesday, 10/16/2012 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Join the blogosphere! From California's high-speed rail to neighborhood bike lanes, blogs are popping up around every topic. Bloggers are moving livability discussions forward with background data and information. What kind of impact are the blogs having? What does it take to be accepted as an opinion leader in this growing space? Hear how agencies and citizens in Los Angeles and Washington, DC are changing the local narrative by providing a wealth of knowledge.

Abby Thorne-Lyman

Site Selection and Preservation of Affordable Housing Near Transit                                       

Wednesday, 10/17/2012 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Implementing affordable housing near transit can be a monumental task and preserving existing affordable housing near transit can be even more challenging.  In this session, you’ll hear about criteria to select sites that have the greatest opportunity for success.  Also, experts will identify strategies and tools to help preserve existing affordable housing, incorporate public transit connectivity and help identify areas vulnerable to displacement.  This session will give participants a full background of the complexities of building and preserving affordable housing around transit.

Abby Thorne-Lyman

Orange Line Sustainability Tour

Tuesday, 10/162012 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

How is bus rapid transit technology greening LA in a historically auto-oriented area? Hop on bike and bus to experience the nation’s latest BRT innovation. The Orange Line is a dedicated-lane BRT system with a parallel, multi-use pathway connecting the San Fernando Valley. Learn about inter-agency efforts to implement transit-oriented development along the corridor. Hear about planning, design, construction and operational elements that are making the corridor a model for livable communities.

Sujata Srivastava, Strategic Economics (CTOD)

ETOD: Focusing Employment Near Transit

Tuesday, 10/16/2012 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

In today's economy, employment-focused TOD -- or ETOD -- is gaining prominence. Creating employment opportunities near transit is taking on new significance. In addition, recent research suggests that employment clustered near transit has a greater impact on ridership than residential density. How does the traditional model of higher-density apartments and condos with ground-floor retail and services support this new focus? How can ETOD attract, retain or expand employment opportunities near transit and support the drive to create jobs? Hear how regions around the country are targeting economic growth and better optimizing their systems by creating more transit destinations and bi-directional trips.

Nadine Fogarty, Strategic Economics (CTOD)

Carless by Choice: New Demographics for Tomorrow’s TOD Marketplace

Tuesday 10/16/2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

How will the growing population of people who are making conscious decisions to become transit-dependent influence tomorrow's TOD? The expansion of transit systems throughout the US provides opportunities to serve this growing ridership population. Join this panel of experts in a roundtable discussion of the new TOD demographics that are in the news: millennials and empty nesters. How will they impact tomorrow's TOD marketplace?

Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CTOD)

New Tools to Build Your Funding Case

Tuesday 10/16/2012 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Smaller federal and state budgets mean competition for dollars is fierce. Funders demand more metrics to measure project feasibility and benefits. How do you convince stakeholders that a transit project is worthy of support? Or that dollars invested will actually produce the expected results? How do you demonstrate the value of new and existing transit lines? Does combining housing and transit costs help funders understand the value of transit? Hear from the innovative creators of new tools that illuminate the benefits of transit: the Transit Competitiveness Index, Return on Investment, the H+TA™ Affordability Index, the Location Affordability Index and others.

Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CTOD)

RAIL~VOLUTION 101

Monday 10/15/2012 10:00 am–12:00 pm   

Rev up your knowledge of the critical tenets and fundamental principles of livable communities. Learn the secrets of creating mixed-use, higher-density inclusive communities. See how transit-oriented design can be a catalyst to positive solutions for energy and environmental challenges. Engage in topics such as creating green design, reducing trip and energy usage (and carbon footprints), and promoting long-term sustainable economic growth in our neighborhoods.

  • FACILITATOR: Dan Bartholomay, Chief Executive Officer, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Michael Menaniphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer, 3rd District, Oregon, Washington, DC
  • Christopher Leinberger, President of LOCUS, Smart Growth America; Senior Fellow at Brookings, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
  • Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • Scot Spencer, Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, Annie E Casey Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland
  • GB Arrington, Vice President, PB's PlaceMaking Group, Portland, Oregon
  • Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, Utah