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TOD in U.S. Latino Communities
Activity Code: S472
Date: Sunday, April 14
What are the unique challenges Latino communities and Latin American cities face in accessing public transportation? And how can transit-oriented development (TOD) address those challenges? This session looks at how Latinos are gaining access to public transportation systems in several major U.S. cities and considers the viability of focusing TOD on bus rail transit stops in place of rail stops in Latino communities.
Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Phone: (510) 642-3258
Work: Professor, City and Regional Planning; Director, Institute of Urban and Regional Development. University of California, Berkeley
Education: BA (geography), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill MCP and MS (transportation engineering), Georgia Tech Ph.D. (urban planning), UCLA
Publications: Transit Metropolis, Island Press, 1998 Transforming Cities with Transit, World Bank, 2013 TOD in America, National Research Council, 2004
Other Publications: Traffic Impacts of Variable Pricing on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Transportation Research Record, No. 2278, 2012, pp. 145-152. Half-Mile Circle: Does It Best Represent Transit Station Catchments? Transportation Research Record, No. 2276, 2012, pp. 101-109; with E. Guerra and D. Tischler. Cost of a Ride: The Effects of Densities on Fixed-Guideway Transit Ridership and Costs. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 77, No. 3, 2011, pp. 27-290; with E. Guerra. Driving CO2 Reduction by Integrating Transport and Urban Design Strategies. Cities, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2011, pp. 394-405; with R. Tiwari and L. Schipper. Green TODs: Marrying Transit-Oriented Development and Green Urbanism. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011, pp. 210-218; with C. Sullivan; also, Green TOD, Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond, T. Haas, ed., Rizzoli, New York, pp. 126-132. Informal Public Transport: A Global Perspective. In: Urban Transport in the Developing World: A Handbook of Policy and Practice, H. Dimitriou and R. Gakenheimer, eds. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar, 2011; with A. Golub. More Hot Times on Less Hot Air: CO2 Reduction as a Co-Benefit of Good Development and Transport. Road & Transport Research, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2011, pp. 3-18; with R. Tiwari and L. Schipper. To T or Not to T: A Ballpark Assessment of the Costs and Benefits of Urban Rail Transportation. Public Works Management & Policy, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2011, pp. 111-128; with E. Guerra.
Past Assignments: Invited Speaker: “Foundations of Smart Growth Modeling”, 12th Annual New Partners in Smart Growth Conference, Session on Smart Growth Toolbox, Kansas City, Missouri, February 2013. Invited Keynote Luncheon Speaker: “Transit Orientation: Global Lessons and Opportunities for LA”, Conference on: “Avavaemos! Moving LA Forward!”, Move LA and City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor, Union Station, Los Angeles, February 2013. Invited Lecturer: Alexander von Humboldt Lectures, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands; “Making Cities Work: Sustainable Mobility, Place-making, and Economic Competitiveness”; Masters Class, Lectures on “Sustainable Mobility through Mixed Land Uses and Balanced Regional Growth”, Department of Geography, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, January 2013. Invited Keynote Speaker: “Transit Station Access: Making the Link”, 2nd International Conference on Mass Transit Rail Facilities Design and Management”, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, December 2012. Discussant: High Speed Rail in Europe. Symposium on High-Speed Rail & Sustainability, Center for Environmental Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, November 2012. Invited University Lecture: "Adaptive Transit and Adaptive Cities: Making the Transit/Land Use Connection", Fall Transport Distinguished Speakers Services, KTH University, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2012. Invited Speaker and Participant: "Key Issues for Future Urban Transportation Pathways to Sustainable Futures in 20??", The International Stockholm Transportation Summit, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, October 2012. Invited Speaker: “Global Experiences with TOD as an Economic Development Tools: Lessons for the Middle East”, Workshop on “Economic Development Strategies for Ar-riyadh”, Arriyadh Development Authority, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 2012. Invited Speaker: “Global Best Case Practices on Transit and Land Use Integration”; session on Transforming Cities with Transit, 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium: Rethinking Cities – Framing the Future, World Bank, Barcelona, Spain, October 2012.
Work: Claudia Huerta works as a Business Development and Research Strategist for Aconfort LLC, a solar energy integration firm where she works on expanding solar solutions in California, Mexico and the Middle East. Claudia is passionate about advancing urban access in cities and making cities more environmentally and economically sustainable. In the fall of 2012 she founded the AC Energy Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to ensure electricity as a basic human right and help break the cycle of systemic poverty with renewable energy installation projects and green workforce development programs. Her masters' thesis, "Transit Funding; Why the Politics? A Comparative Study of Public Transportation Infrastructure Funding in New York City and Los Angeles" analyzed transit and land use growth plans, transit finance models, NY's and CA’s land use and transportation requirements, national transportation funding programs, and the role of politics in transit investment trends to recommend programs aimed at increasing transportation equity and transit funding certainty including progressive taxation options to fund transportation improvements.
Education: A proud alumna of Columbia University, New York, NY where she received a Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Spanish Literature and a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also attended Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain.
Other Publications: * Progressive Planning * This Big City * Urban Magazine
Past Assignments: Lecture: "Introduction to Inclusionary Housing, International Perspective Case Studies" - Studio X, Rio de Janeiro, 2012. Research: “Electric Vehicles in Mexico: A Green & Viable Choice for Fleets” - Institute of the Americas, 2012.
Planner, City of Los Angeles Plng Dept.
Phone: (213) 978-1199
Work: Ms. Juarez is a land use planner for the Department of City Planning for the City of Los Angeles. Her current role in city planning deals primarily with processing entitlement requests in the Central City/Downtown, Westlake and Hollywood Community Plan Areas. In the six years she has been with the Department, she has also worked on conducting studies on the Los Angeles Municipal Code. These studies range broadly in scope: from assessing improvements for streamlining entitlement process to creating new policy and development regulations to incorporating new legislation that trickle down from Federal and State levels. Additionally, she has worked on day-to-day case processing and design review to long range planning such as community plan updates for West Adams – Baldwin Hills – Leimert Community Plan in the South Los Angeles area and intermediate projects like the Northeast Los Angeles Zone Change work program. Prior to working for the City of Los Angeles, she worked for various planning and land use organizations and companies including non-profits and expediting consultants. She attended the University of California, San Diego where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Urban Planning and the University of California, Los Angeles where she received her Master of Arts in Urban Planning with her concentration in Transportation and Land Use. She currently serves on the Los Angeles Section of the APA Board as Programs Co-Chair. Previously, Ms. Juárez has served on the Los Angeles Board since 2007 in various Chair positions.
Education: Masters in Urban Planning, UCLA Lewis School of Public Policy Bachelors, UCSD
Past Assignments: NACTO, October 2012 Complete Streets, February 2012 APA National, New Orleans, 2010
Senior Project Manager, AECOM / UC Berkeley
Ray A. Sosa
Associate Vice President, AECOM
Phone: (213) 330-7177
Work: I am an Associate Vice President with AECOM, a global transportation planning and design firm, managing transit related projects including transportation corridor studies from inception to construction for the last 12 years in Los Angeles. Projects have included the $898 million Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension and $1.37 million Regional Connector Project.
Education: Raised in Los Angeles, earned my B.A. in Governement with a minor in Latino Studies from Dartmouth College and earned my M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA.