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

Upcoming Talks

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

Thursday, Aug. 16, 9:30 a.m.
Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main St., Watsonville
Presentation and Q & A (During regular Transportation Policy Workshop)

Housing and Transit Connections
Jeffrey Tumlin
Principal and director of strategy at transportation planning firm Nelson Nygaard

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz
Presentation and Q & A

Thursday, Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m.
County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean Street, Room 500, Santa Cruz
Presentation & Q&A (During regular Commission meeting)

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

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Presentation and Q&A

Thursday, Sept. 20, 9:00 a.m.
Location TBD
Presentation & Discussion (During regular Transportation Policy Workshop)

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
Video to come

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

These events are free and open to the public.