Brookings Event: Transit and Jobs: Don’t miss this one

If you have an interest in transit, tune in to see Rob Puentes and other Brookings experts discuss their new report:

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America

** NOTE: This event will be webcast live. To view the webcast, please visit this page on Thursday May 12 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. EDT **

I reviewed the report, and I think it’s terrific. Here is the blurb from their website:

Thursday, May 12, 2011
9:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Falk Auditorium
The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Against the backdrop of rising gas prices, growing suburban poverty, continued sprawl and uneven transit availability in cities and suburbs, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will release a first-of-its-kind analysis that shows how transit systems link workers to jobs in metropolitan America. The analysis informs critical policy and investment decisions at a time of scarce public and private resources. Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Policy Bruce Katz will moderate a dialogue with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Event Information

On May 12, Brookings will host a forum to introduce the report and an accompanying new interactive tool, based on Brookings’ extensive analysis of transit routes and schedules, demographic data and employment information from the nation’s 100 largest metro regions. The report reveals how well transit in each of these metro areas serves cities and suburbs and lower- and higher-income neighborhoods, as well as how effective transit is in helping workers in these communities reach jobs within their regions.

Brookings Senior Fellow Robert Puentes will give an overview of the study, which will be followed by a panel of policymakers and practitioners to discuss the implications of its findings. Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Policy Bruce Katz will moderate a dialogue on federal responses with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Following each panel, the participants will take questions from the audience.
Robert Puentes
Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

Moderator: Robert Thomson
“Dr. Gridlock”
The Washington Post

Alan Berube
Senior Fellow and Research Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

Ponsella Hardaway
Executive Director
Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES)

Matthew R. Mahood
President and CEO
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce

Keith Parker
Chief Executive Officer
VIA Transit Systems, San Antonio, TX

Discussion: The Federal Role

Moderator: Bruce Katz
Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

The Honorable Shaun Donovan
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Honorable Ray LaHood
U.S. Department of Transportation

Earth Day Forum: What should I talk about?

Tomorrow, the Center for Sustainable Cities will have an Earth Day Forum

The Forum will feature SPPD’s environmental faculty on what they see as progress and challenges for policy and planning. Join Profs. Blanco, Mazmanian, Rose, Schweitzer, and Tang for a stimulating discussion.
Thursday 21 April 2011, 10:00am-12:00pm, RGL 219

SI was going to discuss the changing face of Federal environmental policy from 1970 to today, with regard to policies where I see the most contention and political change

a) NEPA (and by extension, CEQA)
b) The Clean Air Act
c) The Endangered Species Act

Interesting? No? If no, what else should I discuss?

Marlon Boarnet on Walking in the Suburbs

Calendar – USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking: Evidence from a Land-Use Travel Study by Marlon Boarnet

Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking: Evidence from a Land Use – Travel Study

METRANS Research Seminar

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 : 12:00pm

Location: University Park Campus, Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL), Room 103

Marlon Boarnet
Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Economics, UC Irvine

We report results from a detailed travel diary survey of 2,125 residents in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County – a mature, auto- oriented suburban region. Study areas were divided into four centers, typical of compact development or Smart Growth, and four linear, auto-oriented corridors. Results show substantial variation in the amount of walking across study areas. Trips are shorter and more likely to be via walking in centers. A key to the centers’ increased walking travel is the concentration of local shopping and service destinations in a commercial core. Yet the scale of business concentration that is associated with highly pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods is from three to four times as large as what can be supported by the local resident base, suggesting that pedestrian oriented neighborhoods necessarily import shopping trips, and hence driving trips, from larger surrounding catchment areas. The results suggest both land use and mobility strategies that can be appropriate for suburban regions.

About the Speaker:
Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Economics at UC Irvine, and from 2003 through 2006 he chaired UC Irvine’s Department of Planning, Policy, and Design. He has studied land use – travel behavior interactions, urban growth patterns, the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure, and economic development. Boarnet is co-author, with Randall Crane, of Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel (Oxford University Press, 2001). Boarnet is ranked among the top ten most published planning scholars in North America for the years 1998 through 2002. Boarnet edits the Journal of Regional Science, he serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning Literature and the Papers in Regional Science. Boarnet was a member of the National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council Committee on “Relationships Among Development Patterns, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Energy Consumption.” That committee authored the recent report “Driving and the Built Environment.” Boarnet’s research has been supported by agencies that include the U.S. and California Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Policy Research Center, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Boarnet has provided consulting services to the World Bank, the Bay Area Economic Forum, the Orange County Business Council, and the Urban Land Institute, among others.

Lunch will be served on the patio as no food is allowed in the room, so please note that you must RSVP by Monday if you would like a meal. Please also arrive at noon in order to guarantee yourself enough time to eat because the seminar will start promptly at 12:30 p.m.

RSVP to Vicki Valentine, by noon on Monday, March 8.