Speaker Series

Innovators in Transportation Speaker Series

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has launched the Innovators in Transportation Speaker Series. This series of educational and informative talks and presentations will give members of the community the opportunity to hear transportation experts from around the country discuss the innovations and trends that are shaping the future of transportation in Santa Cruz County and beyond.

“Through this new speaker series, we hope to deepen the community’s understanding of transportation issues,” said George Dondero, executive director of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission.

The series will run throughout the year with speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of transportation-related topics, including the evolution of SMART, housing and transit connections, and future transportation trends.

Innovators in Transportation Speaker Series


Previous Talks

Planning Transit for a Prosperous Santa Cruz County
Jarrett Walker
International consultant in public transportation planning and policy, and author of Human Transit
Presentation video

The Evolution of SMART
Farhad Mansourian
General Manager of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit

Presentation slides & Audience questions

Implementing Trail and Transit Corridors – Creating Community Connections, not Conflicts
Kurt Triplett
City Manager for the City of Kirkland Washington

Presentation slides 

The State Rail Plan, Funding, and other Considerations for Rail in the Monterey Bay Area
Kyle Gradinger
Acting Division Chief, Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transit

Presentation slides

Measuring What Matters
Jeffrey Tumlin
Principal and director of strategy at transportation planning firm Nelson Nygaard

Presentation slides

Impacts of Emerging Technologies on Communities
Becky Steckler
Urbanism Next Program Manager at the Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon

Presentation slides

RTC Contact

Shannon Munz
Communications Specialist
(831) 460-3200