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2021 Mobility 21 Virtual Summit

This year's Mobility 21 Virtual Summit will be held over two days – Thursday, Sept. 30 - Friday, Oct. 1 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each day. We are pleased to provide our 2021 Summit attendees with a custom virtual conference and expo hall experience, featuring a virtual business card exchange, expo booth video chat, video chatrooms with agency leaders, hidden “Easter eggs” throughout the conference for chances to win prizes, and more!

Virtual Summit Highlights:

  • Full educational content with broadcasts of 3 General Sessions and 8 Breakout Sessions
  • 3D Virtual Expo with special prizes
  • Opportunities for Virtual Networking
  • Mailed to you before the Summit:*
    • Summit Bento Box with curated conference info, snacks and mementos to match program highlights
    • Conference bag with promo items and printed event program

*Depending on ticket eligibility

Early Bird: $210 (until Aug. 13)
Student/Military Personnel: $165
Late registration is $325 after Aug. 13. Don’t delay!

Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Jim McCluskie
Vice President
Moffatt & Nichol

James (Jim) McCluskie is a transportation professional with more than 30 years of engineering management and project oversight experience. As Moffatt & Nichol’s Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Jim is a key driver in expanding Moffatt & Nichol’s transportation capabilities to keep pace with client visioning in the 21st century marketplace.

He also serves as Project Executive for the $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project and as vice president for the project’s joint venture design team, Pacific Infrastructure 405 Designers.

As an active member of the Southern California business community, Jim is currently a member-at-large for the Chamber’s 2020-2021 Officers and Leadership Cabinet.

Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Jason McLear
Vice President, Construction Western Region
Lane Construction Corporation

Jason began his career as a Job Engineer in 1992 on Lane’s taxiway project at the Pittsburgh International Airport. In his 29 years with Lane, he has steadily worked his way up to his current position of Vice President of Construction for the Western Region of the USA. As Area Vice President, he is responsible for Lane’s I-10 Express Lanes project in San Bernardino County and the I-405 Express Lanes project from Renton to Bellevue in Seattle, WA.

Between August 2018 to January 2021, Jason was the Project Director on the I-10 Express Lanes project for SBCTA in Southern California. Before this project he was the Project Director on Lane’s SH360 Toll Lanes project in Tarrant County, Texas.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:

Help Deliver the Future of Transportation in California

Perhaps the key challenge to improving our transportation system is developing a workforce that can renovate aging infrastructure and implement innovative and sustainable new approaches to reducing gridlock and truly improving mobility for all.

At AECOM, hiring, training, mentoring, and providing career development opportunities for a capable and diverse workforce is the key to improving transportation in our state. As the world’s premier infrastructure firm – 48,000 strong across seven continents – we hire the best talent in the industry, offering dynamic and fulfilling careers for experienced professionals, skilled tradespeople, military veterans and recent graduates. We’re planners, designers, engineers, consultants and construction managers who partner with our clients to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. We’re passionate about delivering a better world. AECOM workforce development efforts include:

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:
uto Club of Southern California (AAA)

Auto Club Promotes Bicycle Safety Month with Free Educational Events

The Auto Club of Southern California is proud to recognize National Bicycle Safety Month in May. To promote safe cycling, the Auto Club is partnering with local bicycle and traffic safety advocates to host four virtual and free public bicycle safety workshops throughout the month. The focus is on providing e-bike and bicycle safety information for new and prospective cyclists, as well tips and best practices for motorists interested in learning more about safely driving near bicycles.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Burbank Transportation Management Organization, and city of Oceanside, as well as several state legislative district offices, are partnering to present the workshops in Los Angeles on May 13, Orange on May 15, San Diego on May 19 and Kern on May 26. To sign up for any one of the free virtual sessions, click on the above links. All participants will receive a free resource kit.

Summit Platinum Sponsor Spotlight:

HDR and iyai+ Continue Investing in Future Generations of Infrastructure Leaders

HDR joins Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure (Iyai+) and San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) to educate and motivate students to be tomorrow’s infrastructure workforce with emphasis on participation of young women and communities of color. This virtual summer program is open to all San Bernardino County High Schools. Upon completion, students earn the College’s “Job Skills Readiness Certificate” preparing them to enter college or the workforce.  

The Iyai “+” represents desired values and outcomes of equity and inclusion, resilience, sustainability, safety, and security. The theme is “We Make Normal Happen: Introducing the Critical Infrastructure Sectors…”. Students who complete the program can apply for two paid internships for the 2021-22 academic year. The Iyai+ Community-Builder Internships are in recognition of the late Dr. Juanita Jones- Abernathy, a national civil rights icon and founding Iyai+ Board member; and sponsored by HDR.

Metro Transit App Now Displays
COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

Thanks to a collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Metro’s official app, Transit, is now displaying locations across L.A. County where residents and workers age 16 and older can get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Metro riders open Transit every day to track their bus or train. Now riders will also see yellow pins in the app showing where they can get vaccinated, including at local pharmacies, thanks to regularly-updated information directly from Public Health. Riders can tap on the yellow pins in Transit to make a vaccination appointment through the official Public Health website and get transit directions to their vaccination location.

As a reminder, face masks are required when riding Metro, and Metro has installed mask dispensers on our buses, trains and in rail stations for those who need one. Even if you have been vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask to protect yourself and others.

The Orange County Transportation Authority’s many efforts toward protecting the environment are highlighted in a new webpage that shows all the agency is doing to be responsible stewards of what makes Orange County such a special place. Photo courtesy of OCTA.

New Website Highlights OCTA’s Commitment to Keep Orange County Moving Toward a Cleaner, Greener, Healthier Future 

Whether moving toward a zero-emission bus fleet, providing vanpools to reduce vehicle miles traveled, or directly protecting open spaces, OC’s transportation agency celebrates Earth Day every day.

The Orange County Transportation Authority has launched a new webpage that outlines the agency’s ongoing commitment to a balanced, equitable and sustainable transportation network.

While the launch coincided with Earth Day on April 22, OCTA’s commitment to a culture of sustainability and safeguarding Orange County’s air, land and water is a full-time effort that prioritizes protecting the environment for generations to come.

West Valley Connector to Receive
$86.75 Million in Federal Funding

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is allocating $86.75 million in funding to the West Valley Connector, a 100% zero-emission Bus Rapid Transit system that will link Ontario International Airport, two Metrolink lines and multiple activity centers from Pomona to Rancho Cucamonga.

The funding is through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Small Starts program and will cover one-third of the Connector’s estimated $262.67 million Phase One capital cost.

The 19-mile Bus Rapid Transit system is a key element of an emerging state-of-the-art transit network between San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. Other projects include the Redlands Passenger Rail/Arrow System, which eventually will feature the first zero-emission passenger train in North America; a proposed tunnel connecting Metrolink to ONT; and a proposed high-speed rail line from Las Vegas to the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink station.

Historic Traffic Relief Project is
Coming to the Valley and Westside

On March 25, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) formally voted to embark on a Preliminary Development Agreement (PDA) with two teams competing to build a rapid transit system from the San Fernando Valley to the Westside and potentially to LAX and the South Bay.

This novel and innovative PDA approach toward potentially entering into a Public-Private Partnership will bring together funding from both the private and public sectors to ultimately pay for and construct one of the biggest and most ambitious construction projects ever undertaken in the United States. The Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor Project will at long last bring commuting and travel relief to the most impacted roadways in the world—the 405 Freeway and the residents along this 19-mile corridor.

As Metro CEO Phil Washington noted, “As we work diligently to create a world-class transportation system here in the Los Angeles region, we will also be creating a new market for infrastructure innovation that can potentially help us build the most challenging project Metro has ever built.”

Transportation Corridor Agencies Win Coveted
Engineering Award for Oso Parkway Bridge Project

The Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) Oso Parkway Bridge Project was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Orange County Branch as Outstanding Bridge Project of the Year at a virtual ceremony in March.

The project, which celebrated its grand opening in January, enhances mobility for South Orange County residents and commuters by connecting the 241 Toll Road and Los Patrones Parkway. A new sidewalk and dedicated bike lanes improve safety for students and families traveling to Tesoro High School. Additionally, businesses in cities such as Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente benefit from increased connectivity provided by the roadway.

15 Express Lanes Open April 10 in Riverside County

Drivers have a new travel option with the opening of the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s 15 Express Lanes on April 10.

The new tolled roadway includes two lanes in each direction in the median of Interstate 15 and will extend 15 miles between Route 60 in Eastvale/Jurupa Valley and Route 91 in Corona. Multiple entry and exit points are available within the 15 Express Lanes, including at least one in each city along the corridor.

“RCTC is excited to open these new lanes to provide another way to get to work, school, or recreational destinations,” said RCTC Chair and Palm Desert Mayor Pro Tem Jan Harnik. “We know that time is precious, and the express lanes offer convenience and reliable trip times for drivers,” she said.

SANDAG Digital Equity and Smart Cities Workshop

Striving for Digital Equity in the San Diego Region
The internet has become critical to our lives and livelihood, and access to high-speed broadband service is essential to modern life. The global pandemic brought to light the severe impacts of the digital divide on our unconnected and under-connected residents who do not have the same educational, economic, and social opportunities as connected residents.

The digital divide is the growing gap between the members of society who have reliable access to broadband service and an adequate device for connecting to the internet and those who do not – mainly people with limited incomes, seniors, tribal communities, and people in rural areas.


Friday, April 30
CMAA SoCal Chapter: California High-Speed Rail (virtual)
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Thursday, May 6
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce: 2021 World trade Week Southern California Kickoff Conference
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Thursday, May 6
SCAG’s 56th Annual General Assembly
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Friday, May 7
WTS-OC: 2021 Leadership Development Series – Session 1 (Power Speaking for Women)
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May 10-14
WTS: 2021 Annual Conference (virtual)
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Thursday, May 13
WTS-LA Virtual Job Fair
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Friday, May 14
Mobility 21: Regional Roundtable Featuring SBCTA
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Wednesday, May 19
California Transit Association: Spring Legislative Conference
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Thursday, May 20
OCBC’s Economic Development Forum Series: Part 1 - Safe Travels
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Wednesday, May 26
OCBC’s Chairman’s Leadership Breakfast Series Featuring Lewis Cornell
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Monday, May 31
WTS-SD: Student Scholarship 2021 Submission Deadline
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Friday, June 4
WTS-OC: 2021 Leadership Development Series – Session 2 (Managing Up)
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June 10-11
FuturePorts: 2021 Virtual Conference
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Friday, July 9
WTS-OC: 2021 Leadership Development Series – Session 3 (Negotiating & Selling)
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Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Mobility 21: 2021 Virtual Summit
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Nov. 7-10
APTA: Annual Conference & Expo
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Nov. 14-16
2021 Focus on the Future, San Francisco

Dec. 7-10
ITS America 2021 Annual Meeting
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Sept. 18-22, 2022
ITS World Congress 2022, Los Angeles

Have a transportation-related event you want people to know about? E-mail Kristin Slocum or call 949.288.6884 to have your event listed in our next ForwardMotion.

Mobility 21 Partners:
Automobile Club of Southern California • Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties • Inland Empire Economic Partnership • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority • Metrolink • Orange County Business Council • Orange County Transportation Authority • Rebuild SoCal Partnership • Riverside County Transportation Commission • San Bernardino County Transportation Authority • Southern California Association of Governments • Ventura County Transportation Commission

Mobility 21 Associate Partners:
AECOM • Alameda Corridor-East Project • Center for Urban Infrastructure • Flatiron • HDR • HNTB • Imperial County Transportation Commission • Jacobs • Majestic Realty Co. • Michael Baker International, Inc. • Moffatt & Nichol • Mott MacDonald Nossaman LLP • Parsons Port of Hueneme • Port of Long Beach • Port of Los Angeles San Diego Association of Governments • Transportation Corridor Agencies • Skanska • SoCalGas • Southern California Edison • The Lane Construction Corporation • WSP USA