California Department of Transportation

2015 California Transportation Planning Conference (CTPC)


    2015 California Transportation Planning Conference Opening


  • Carrie Bowen, District 7 Director, Caltrans
  • Kome Ajise, Chief Deputy Director, Caltrans


    2015 CTPC: Welcome and Keynote


  • Will Kempton, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission

    2015 CTPC: Update on Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Implementation


    This panel will focus on Federal surface transportation reauthorization, including highlights of both U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives reauthorization proposals along with an update on the status of reauthorization discussions in Washington D.C.  This panel will also discuss the California Statewide Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization Consensus Principles, the work of the Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Implementation Working Group, and efforts to implement MAP-21 Performance Management requirements.


    2015 CTPC: How Transportation Planning Must Change

    In recent years, Caltrans, other state agencies, and regional and local agencies have expanded the scope of transportation planning to become more comprehensive, more inclusive of different elements, improve system analysis, develop new performance measures, and include new participants in the process, which have led to new planning products such as regional Sustainable Communities Strategies and new statewide plans. These changes are important but are only the initial steps towards meeting upcoming transportation system needs, with many more being required to effectively plan for the future. The purpose of this panel is to discuss how planning will need to continue to evolve to develop and maintain an effective transportation system for everyone.

    2015 CTPC: Funding the Critical Link


    Federal and state gas tax revenues are declining while transportation infrastructure and operations needs are increasing and diversifying. It’s an unsustainable situation. Absent a steady, reliable funding stream that can be flexibly applied to meet multiple objectives, the transportation system will deteriorate and become more inefficient and have greater impacts to the economy, communities and the environment. Panelists will discuss the current situation and the many innovative approaches that are being investigated and developed to establish a stable funding environment that can support the emerging new transportation system that is currently being invented in California.


    2015 CTPC: Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez


  • Victor Mendez ,United States Department of Transportation ,Deputy Secretary

    Victor Mendez has served as the 20th United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation since July 30, 2014.

    As Deputy Secretary, Mendez is the Department of Transportation’s chief operating officer, responsible for day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 USDOT employees nationwide and overseas.  Mendez is focused on ensuring the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system, which plays a key role in economic development.


    Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez was the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration since July 2009, where he oversaw the agency’s 2,900 employees in Washington and field offices across the country.  During his time at FHWA, he parlayed his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts initiative, which gives states a range of tools and technologies to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective.


    Before joining DOT, Mendez served as Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.  He has more than 20 years of State DOT experience.


    Mendez earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona.


    2015 CTPC: Planning for Accelerating Transportation Change


    A seemingly accelerating pace of change confronts transportation agencies all over the world. Advanced technology vehicles, innovative transportation services, changing demographics and preferences, and a changing climate will all affect the future of transportation. At the same time, agencies face internal challenges such as budgetary constraints, a continual loss of institutional knowledge from retirement-age leadership, and expanding legislative mandates that introduce new goals and objectives. How can transportation agencies thrive in an era of accelerating change?


    2015 CTPC: Land Use Supporting Transportation Choices


    Transit Oriented Development and infill development are supported by policy makers and planning processes and now the state is moving to low-Vehicle Miles Traveled development to meet Greenhouse Gas emission reductions targets. How should land use support low VMT transportation projects, and conversely how should transportation projects support different types of low VMT land use? Listen to policy makers and practitioners discuss these topics and add your own experience and perspective to the discussion.



    2015 CTPC: SB375 - Planning for Sustainable Communities: Achievements and Challenges


    Senate Bill 375 was enacted in 2008 and the first regional Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) have been adopted in the MPO regions of California. These SCSs demonstrate the potential to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle travel. How is the program working and will it achieve intended results? What lessons have we learned through the first round of SCSs? What challenges do we face in the coming years, as these plans are implemented? This panel will bring together representatives of regional planning agencies, external stakeholders, local governments, and transportation consultants, who will share their perspectives in an informal and interactive dialogue.


    2015 CTPC: Public Transit: The Indispensable Backbone of Urban Transportation Systems?


    The advent of tech-enabled “ride sourcing” services such as Uber Pool and Lyft Line - options that are cheaper than traditional taxis, yet much faster than traditional buses - has led some to question the long-term viability of public transit systems. While some have suggested that these services compete with public transit, others have argued that they are complementary with transit and can boost ridership because they help transit extend its reach into areas that are not well-suited to traditional fixed route service. At the same time, there has been renewed interest in the potential of slower and lower-tech modes of transportation such as bicycling and walking to meet “last-mile” needs. Also, innovations in payment and information systems have also made it possible to quickly compare different transportation options in terms of cost and travel time from a mobile app, thereby allowing individuals to make better choices about the transportation mode that they choose for any given trip. In this session, attendees will learn how public transit agencies, working together with private and public sector partners, are facilitating multi-modal trip making in order to better align public transit with urban traveler needs.



    2015 CTPC: The Future of Transportation


    How will technology and behavioral trends shift the future of the transportation system? Will currently-observed trends in millennials’ travel behavior fade as they age, or do they foretell a permanent shift in travel preferences? What changes will connected and automated personal and mass transit vehicles bring? We will look at potential transportation scenarios and travel preferences through emerging technological innovations and travel behavioral changes.



    2015 CTPC: Closing Plenary Session


  • Keynote Speaker: Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Senior Advisor, Office of the Governor

    Wade Crowfoot is Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).  He is part of the Governor’s energy and environment team working to advance distributed generation, CEQA processing/analysis, Land Use, Military and local government issues.  Prior to joining the Governor’s administration, Wade served as West Coast Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  Wade formerly worked for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as his environmental advisor and Director of Governmental Affairs.  His career also includes experience in the fields of public opinion research and urban economic development.


For more information about the 2015 CTPC, visit the conference website.