Dr. Allison Yoh: Investing in Freight, Creative Funding for Port Infrastructure @ UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Rm 4357
Apr 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Throughout the 2016 Winter and Spring quarters,  the Department of Urban Planning, the Lewis Center and Institute of Transportation Studies will present the Harvey S. Perloff lectures on Urban Goods Movement. Please join us for part four of a five lecture series. Light refreshments will be served.

Investing in Freight Creative Funding for Port Infrastructure

Southern California is home to the nation’s busiest container seaport complex.  Combined, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach move over $270 billion worth of goods, destined to reach every congressional district in the nation.  With the growth in mega-vessels and shipping alliances, the Port of Long Beach anticipates significant capacity challenges as a result of peaking demands on our land-side transportation infrastructure.  This presentation examines the Port of Long Beach’s efforts to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge – which carries ten percent of the nation’s waterborne containers – as a case study for funding critical infrastructure to connect seaports with inland markets.  


Featuring: Allison Yoh, Director of Transportation Planning, Port of Long Beach

Dr. Allison Yoh serves as Transportation Planning Directror, in Long Beach and manages the development of transportation policies that balance Port interests and needs with those of the region, state, and nation.  She is also responsible for working with a range of internal and external, and public and private stakeholders to facilitate the integration of transportation, environment, and energy policy related to goods movement. As part of her work in policy development and interagency coordination, she manages the Port’s active transportation program.  Prior to joining the Port in June 2013, Dr. Yoh served as Associate Director of two research centers at UCLA – the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies and served two years as a mayoral appointee to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) Board of Directors. Dr. Yoh was also an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Urban Planning from UCLA. 

Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Madeline Brozen – Holistically Measuring Road System Performance, Complete Streets @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Martin Wachs – Bullet Trains or Buses? Understanding & Planning For Intercity Travel @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Hasan Ikhrata – Southern California’s Transportation System: Can We Keep Trade in Motion? @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
The Future of Public Transit: The 9th Annual UCLA Downtown Forum @ The California Endowment
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visit the forum webite for a full program

The Future of Public Transit

9th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment

Presented by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Strong public and political support for public transit is abounding across the United States. The Los Angeles region, by some measures, is seen as the poster child for this enthusiasm; home to the largest group of public works projects in the United States. But new transit project construction is only a part of what will shape the future. Transit managers need to understand their markets and competition, and how both might be expected to change in the years ahead.

The 9th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment will focus on the future of public transit. Speakers at the event will provide attendees an understanding of who transit customers are, how large societal shifts are likely to change the characteristics of current and potential riders, and how transportation planning and policy should think about responding. As such, the morning includes two panels; (1) speakers discussing demographic and technological trends and how these trends are likely to shape public transit ridership and (2) presentations of how agencies can respond to these changing preferences, technologies and demographics. The forum will conclude with a keynote address from the former FTA acting administrator and soon-to-return to Los Angeles, Therese McMillan, to tie together the themes of the day and reflect on how public transit adds value to the transportation network and to society in Los Angeles and other U.S cities. 

Attendees can expect a content-rich program and time to network with fellow transportation professionals. Those who plan, advise and think about public transit will find the 2016 UCLA Downtown Forum a highly worthwhile experience. 

Speakers and talks include:

  • Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Urban Planning “Taste for Transit: Youth, immigrants, and transit use trends in the U.S”

  • Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft “Friend or Foe? Exploring new business models for transit agency/private sector collaborations to attract more passengers”

  • Kurt Luhrsen, Vice President of Planning, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, “What if we start over from scratch? How Houston is reimagining its transit system.”

  • Phillip Washington, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, “New trains, new services, new networks, new fares, new partners… Metro’s strategies for building ridership in the years ahead”

Please stay tuned to the forum website for program updates.

AICP credits available.

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Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Genevieve Giuliano – Evaluating Buses Versus Rail in Urban Public Transit Planning @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Emily Castor – The Rise of Transportation Network Companies @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Innovative Mobility Webinar Part II
Mar 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


March 9th, 2017 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Register to receive the webinar address via email


The Road User Pilot Program is a statewide test of road charging, a means for paying for road maintenance in which users pay based on the distance or time they are using the road in place of the taxes on fuel they purchase. The study, which originated from Governor Brown’s 2014 signing of SB 1077, involves 5,000 volunteers testing one of five mileage reporting methods that could one day replace the gas tax as the way in which we pay for road maintenance. This session discusses what the pilot program has discovered so far, what its political future is, and what the alternatives are.


Martin Wachs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning 


The 10th Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation with Joe Schofer @ Public Affairs Building
Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm


6:00pm – 7:30pm Public Affairs Room 2355
Reception at 5pm, Public Affairs Room 5391

Now in its ninth year, the annual Wachs Lecture draws innovative thinkers to the University of California to address today’s most pressing issues in transportation. Created by students to honor Professor Martin Wachs upon his retirement from the University, the lecture rotates between Berkeley and UCLA, the campuses at which Marty taught. 

Joe Schofer is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He has been on the Northwestern faculty for more than four decades, having served as chairman of his department, Interim Dean of the McCormick School, and Director of Northwestern’s Infrastructure Technology Institute.

Register for the lecture and reception here.

10th Annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment @ California Endowment
Apr 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Steering Connected and Automated Mobility in the Right Direction

This 10th Annual Downtown Los Angeles Forum will focus on practical limitations and concerns of connected and automated vehicle technology. How can policymakers and stakeholders prepare the network and our current transportation system for this next technology-wave? New technologies have and will continue to shape the future of transportation. Communities are seeing technology enabled mobility on the ground with on-demand ridesharing and bikesharing. People also understand how technology enhancements can improve the system for policy makers and travelers with real-time transit arrival information, dynamically-priced parking spaces and managed highway lanes. These changes did bring real improvements to people, but are these improvements accessible to everyone? Or could they further exacerbate current inequities in our transportation system?

The conference speakers will tackle important questions including: What will the likely decades-long period look like when conventional, connected and automated vehicles all need to interact? What investments should cities be prepared to make to maximize the benefits of vehicle connectivity? How can and should public policy makers interact with largely private-industry to steer the transformation in the direction of current policy, while ensuring the benefits are fairly distributed?

Visit the forum website for updates

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