Strategies for an Era of Shrinking​ Budgets 

UCLA School of Law
Friday, November 2, 2012
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Public transit in California and the nation—including the shuttles, buses, and passenger rail that serve our communities—has been b​attered by recession and dwindling public sector budgets. At the same time, ridership in many areas has spiked. This conference highlights the challenges facing transit and explore solutions to overcome them and develop a world-class transit system. Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Metro, was the keynote speaker. Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Law.

The program can be viewed below:


 Morning Session


 Afternoon Session


Conference Agenda

9:00 am | Breakfast and Registration
9:30 am | Welcome, Introductions and Keynote​
Cara Horowitz​, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director, UCLA 

Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment
UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law
Bank of America
Keynote Speaker Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Metro
10:30 am to 12:00 pm | The Future of Transit Finance  
Considering the role of federal, state, and local policies in financing and funding transit, such as the federal MAP 21 and TIFIA programs, California’s SB 375, and promising local finance programs.
Moderator: Steve Weissman, Energy Director for the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at the UC Berkeley School of Law​

  • Scott Bernstein, President and Co-Founder, Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Stuart Cohen, Executive Director, TransForm
  • Annie Nam, Manager of Goods Movement and Transportation Finance, Southern California Association of Governments
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Lunch
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm | Improving Transit and Land Use Part 1
Discussing how transit can best serve and promote efficient land uses around station areas and in high quality transit corridors and more bikeable and walkable communities. 

Moderator: Ethan Elkind, Bank of America Climate Policy Associate at the UC Berkeley / UCLA Schools of Law​

  • Amanda Eaken, Sustainable Communities Deputy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Dan Rosenfeld, Senior Deputy, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Mott Smith, Civic Enterprises Associates & California Infill Builders Association

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm | Break
2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Technology and Transit Part 1
Highlighting technological innovations that may transform the provision of public transit and increase the efficiency of existing systems. 

Moderator: Sean Hecht​, Executive Director of the Environmental Law Center at the UCLA School of Law​

  • Laura Stuchinsky, Sustainability Officer, City of San Jose Department of Transportation
  • Jason Conley, Director of Government Relations,
  • Steve Gutmann, Director of Business Development, Getaround
4:15 to 4:30pm: Conclusion (summary thoughts and next steps)        ​

Gloria Ohland, Policy and Communications Director for Move LA, describes innovative transit financing options.
Mott Smith, Principal of Civic Enterprise Associates and member of the California Infill Builders Association, discusses the importance of neighborhood design around transit stations.

Judi Masuda, Transportation Demand Programs Manager at the City of Santa Monica, explains how technology can improve public transit.

This video, featuring conference speaker Stuart Cohen of TransForm, highlights transit policy options for local governments.

This conference is offered as part of the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative
UCLA School of Law is an approved MCLE provider.

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