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UCLA ITS Downtown Forum: From Public Transit to Public Mobility

March 1, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

DATE: Friday, March 1, 2019

LOCATION: Japanese American National Museum (Aratani Central Hall)

100 N. Central Ave., LA, CA 90012



RECEPTION: 5:00PM – 7:00PM (Hirasaki Family Garden)

Grappling with the dual trends of emerging new mobility services & declining public transit ridership

DTLA forum featured speakers

Ryan Russo will discuss how one of the nation’s newest DOTs has been leading the way with progressive policies that formally recognize and aim to redress past injutices within its diverse city.

Seattle and King County Metro have put equity at the center of community engagement programs. Learn how Terry White has been creating more community participation and increasing transit service and ridership.

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What does the increasing role of private mobility options in cities mean for transportation agencies, public transit providers, cities, and the traveling public?

Should innovation be encouraged, quashed, or managed?

Many regions in California are making big investments in public transit to create a viable alternative to driving. Are these burgeoning new services a threat or opportunity for these investments?

The 12th Annual Downtown Forum is a transit-accessible, implementation-focused follow-up to the highly successful 2018 Arrowhead Symposium on pulbic sector strategies for evolving mobilty. The March 1 forum will focus on four key areas:

  • Successful models of public-private partnerships providing public mobility services
  • How public agencies can effectively obtain and use data to manage public mobility
  • Identifying and implementing the most impactful changes to streets and transit service to double public transit ridership in the next decade
  • Coordinating implementation of new technologies and mobility services to enhance equity and quality of life



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Date And Time

Fri, March 1, 2019

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST

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Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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OrganizerUCLA Institute Of Transportation Studies

Organizer of UCLA ITS Downtown Forum: From Public Transit to Public Mobility

The mission of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, one of the leading transportation policy research centers in the United States, is to support and advance cutting-edge research, the highest-quality education, and meaningful and influential civic engagement on the many pressing transportation issues facing our cities, state, nation, and world today. UCLA ITS is a non-endowed research center housed in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and ITS faculty, staff, and students regularly collaborate with and receive support from the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. ITS is a proud partner in the Pacific Southwest Region 9 University Transportation Center, a federally-funded research network with seven other universities.

The transportation planning program at UCLA has been ranked second in the nation by Planetizen, due in no small part to ITS support of transportation faculty and students. Since its inception in 1992, ITS has supported hundreds of UCLA Luskin students with more than $2 million in scholarship funds, which is relatively unique among UCLA research centers in both scope and scale. ITS also has enhanced the SPA curriculum by regularly funding special topics courses in transportation studies. This support has helped the Departments of Public Policy and Urban Planning (each of which offers specializations in transportation) attract many of the best and brightest transportation students to UCLA. Not surprisingly, transportation policy and planning faculty and students have garnered an inordinate number of prestigious grants and awards, many of which can be found on the ITS awards page.

ITS also actively links transportation research with policy and planning practice. Each fall since 1991, ITS researchers co-host the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium, which brings leading transportation, land use, and environmental scholars together with top policy and planning practitioners from around the globe for a three-day retreat in the San Bernardino Mountains. In addition, ITS  regularly hosts conferences and events in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C., along with dozens of public lectures on a wide variety of topics.


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