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

Thursday, Aug. 2, 9:00 a.m.
Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main Street, Watsonville
Presentation & Discussion (During regular Commission meeting)

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

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Simpkins Family Swim Center, Community Room, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
Presentation and Q & A

Thursday, Sept. 6, 9:00 a.m.
County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean Street, Room 500, Santa Cruz
Presentation & Discussion (During regular Commission meeting)

Future Trends in Transportation – AV’s, Social and Political Impacts
Becky Steckler
Urbanism Next Program Manager at the Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Simpkins Family Swim Center, Community Room, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
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

These events are free and open to the public.