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Fall 2014 Indicators Launch Event

Fall 2014 Indicators Launch Event

2014 Indicators Fall Launch and Lunch
Transportation: Planning for the Next Mile

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The Fall 2014 Indicators Launch and Lunch was held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the San Mateo Library Oak Room. Over 90 guests attended the lively event focused on the future of transportation.

Featured presentations:

View them all on our YouTube Channel.  See below for speaker bios.

The History of Transportation in San Mateo County: Cathy Schechter, Indicators Coordinator

The Future of Mass Transit: Ratna Amin, Transportation Policy Director, SPUR

Shared Mobility: Elliot Martin, Assistant Research Engineer, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center

The Future of Personal Mobility: Steve Raney, Cities21

Thank You to our Sponsors:

2014 Indicators Report Sponsors:
County of San Mateo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Cargill, City of Brisbane, City of San Carlos, City of San Mateo, City of South San Francisco, Town of Colma, Town of Portola Valley, City of Burlingame, City of Menlo Park, City of Redwood City, Town of Hillsborough

Fall Launch Sponsors:
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Speaker Bios:

Ratna Amin, Transportation Policy Director, SPUR

Ratna Amin leads SPUR’s work to create a high quality transportation system in San Francisco, San Jose and the Bay Area region. Her areas of focus include transit agencies and service, infrastructure planning and sustainable transportation.

Prior to joining SPUR, Ratna worked in the policy areas of transportation, education and local government. She has also worked with many local public agencies and social sector organizations on leadership development, strategic planning and communications. Her previous roles include chief of staff to the Oakland City Council president, senior associate at Environmental Science Associates and analyst at Cambridge Systematics.

Ratna has master’s degrees in city and regional planning and transportation engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an alumnus of the San Francisco Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and Teach for America. She has a particular interest in organizational development, civic technology, design and lean government and is trained in strategic visioning, graphic facilitation and scenario planning.

Elliot Martin, Assistant Research Engineer, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center

Elliot has been with TSRC since 2005 and joined as a post-doctoral researcher in 2009. His research interests cover transportation energy, public and freight transportation, choice modeling, and life-cycle assessment. He has studied the use of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles within households to evaluate the energy, environmental, and behavioral implications of different drive-trains. He has been involved with research in carsharing, including the analysis of greenhouse gas impacts of carsharing in North America. He continues statistical analysis in the areas of freight movement including smart truck parking, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen vehicle use, and choice modeling.

Elliot earned a PhD in Transportation Engineering in 2009 following a dual Masters in Transportation and City Planning, all at UC Berkeley. His dissertation evaluated the effectiveness of combining aggregate and disaggregate data to evaluate vehicle policy through choice models. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Elliot worked as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. As an undergraduate, he attended Johns Hopkins University completing majors in Economics and Computer Science. He is originally from Long Island.

Steve Raney, Cities21

Commercialization analysis for Nissan and Google self-driving cars. Ultra personal rapid transit (self-driving electric vehicle transit). First patent for “smartphone ridesharing.” Principal Investigator, US EPA’s “Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages” study. BART’s Group Rapid Transit study. Conceived Bay Area MTC’s $33M Climate Innovations Grant Program. Proposal to cut US commuting by 23% (50M tons GHG/year) was a finalist in the Sustainable Silicon Valley competition. Three masters: business, software, and transportation from Columbia, RPI, and Berkeley. Member of two TRB committees. 18 transport papers. Led last mile studies for Raleigh, Austin, San Jose Airport, Palo Alto, Pleasanton, Edina, Microsoft, and Oakland Airport.

Past conference presentations include Transportation Research Board; Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress; Rail~Volution; Association for Commuter Transportation; Federal Transit Administration; American Planning Association; SPUR; MTC; Transform’s Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley Summit; City of Mountain View Transportation Innovation Workshop; UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies; Toyota’s 2025 Connected Car Design Sprint; Green Party; 350 Silicon Valley Carbon Price Group; Greenbuild Expo; Behavior, Energy and Climate Conference; Stanford Precourt Energy Efficiency Center; Environmental Protection Agency; State of the San Francisco Bay Estuary Conference; Engineers for a Sustainable World; and Housing California.

 

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