Downtown LA Forum2019-02-15T17:03:36+00:00

From Public Transit to Public Mobility

The 12th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment

Friday, March 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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The Program

Putting Equity into Action: a Conversation with Ryan Russo of OakDOT

The Oakland Department of Transportation is one of California’s newest DOTs. Formed as a new model for urban mobility, OakDot has been leading the way with progressive policies that formally recognize and aim to redress past injustices within its diverse city. In his keynote, Director Ryan Russo will showcase how equity drives implementation decisions for everything from pedestrian planning to how the city manages private shared mobility.

True Community Participation in Transportation: Remarks from Terry White of King County Metro

Seattle and King County have put equity at the center of their community engagement programs, creating more representative community participation, successful implementation of transit priority, and increases in transit service and ridership. Terry King will conclude our forum, discussing how Seattle and King County Metro changed their community outreach process, and what other jurisdictions can learn from their efforts.

and featuring the Acclaimed Arrowhead Symposium presentation “The Wheel of History” by transportation historian and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs


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The 12th UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies Downtown Forum grapples with the public sector’s response to the dual trends of emerging new mobility services and declining public transit ridership.

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 will explore implementation of the strategies discussed at the October 2018 Arrowhead Symposium, a 3-day in-depth examination of what’s happening in urban mobility amidst an inundation of new options, to how public agencies are adapting to accommodate, manage, and incorporate, and compete with new options while continuing to serve the public interest. The Downtown Forum advances strategies to implementation in four areas seen as critical to the public sector’s response to new mobility:

  • Successful models for the public sector to partner with private companies providing public mobility service
  • How public agencies can effectively obtain and use data to manage public mobility
  • Identifying and implementing the most impactful, cost-effective incremental changes to streets and transit service in order to double public transit ridership in the next decade
  • Coordinating implementation of new technologies and mobility services to enhance equity and quality of life



Japanese American National Museum


Previous Events

Since 2008, the UCLA Lewis Center, in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies, has hosted a forum in Downtown Los Angeles to engage policy makers and practitioners with research and case studies on the connection between transportation, land use and the environment. Each of the past events, their themes and associated programs are listed and linked below.