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See You at Rail~Volution

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff experts will discuss how we advise clients on rail transit for livable, walkable communities.


WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of Rail~Volution in San Francisco, October 9-12, 2016. Several of our transportation experts will be speaking and moderating panels as follows.

Monday October 10
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Pacific L
Is Your Suburb Ready for Premium Transit?

Chris Wellander, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineering Manager (Seattle) is on the panel. Could premium transit be the answer to reducing traffic congestion in your suburb? Dive deep into the subject.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Pacific L
Public Sector Role in Redevelopment: The Whole Story

Daniel Baer, AICP, Senior Vice President and National Planning Lead (New York) is moderating the panel. Traditional public sector participation in TOD consists of direct subsidies for specific items, such as affordable housing. Today the reality is much more complex. What role does the public sector play in building, incentivizing and encouraging TOD? Hear from the players who’ve done the work and completed the projects to rewrite the public sector story.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Garden A
Station Spacing: Mode, Speed, Place

Steve Hogan, Vice President (Phoenix) is on the panel. Station location decisions can make or break a transit system. A convenient and accessible network of complete and desirable station places can improve the quality of life in a communityHear real-world examples from Boston, MA; Aurora, CO; and Portland, OR. Discover the physical characteristics of mode and station spacing for streetcars, commuter rail, BRT and LRT. Learn the typical range of speeds for various modes and its relationship to spacing. Explore the implications of mode on placemaking and dive in to station area TOD and public-private partnerships. Bring home lessons from new station planning to station removal.

Tuesday, October 11

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Bayview B
High-Speed Rail Implementation: Creating a TOD Lifestyle

Margaret Cederoth, AICP, LEED is on the panel. Meg is currently the Sustainability Manager, California High-Speed Rail Authority. High-speed rail (HSR) will change us in many ways: the way we move between major metropolitan areas; the choices we have for mobility; the liveliness of our station areas. Explore the challenges and opportunities of planning and implementing HSR in the US. How can we leverage it to maximize economic development in urban areas? Hear strategic approaches for integrating faster, more frequent, rail into an existing network – from greenfield development to blended service corridors. Learn about regional, state and local perspectives and best practices from around the world from a diverse panel of experts.

Wednesday, October 12
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Join us for continental breakfast in the Grand Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

9:30 am – 11:00 am - Garden A
Go West! Getting Commuter Rail on Track

Barbara Gilliland, AICP, Planning Director, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sacramento, California is on the panel. Despite its scale, intergovernmental levels of complexity, costs and unique requirements as a preferred mode, commuter rail succeeds – but mostly on the east coast. There’s still an east-west divide when it comes to commuter rail. What are the unique considerations out west? Start with a definition of commuter rail and build from there. When is commuter rail the best option? What are other commuter transit services? What are the challenges with commuter rail and how does it differ from other transit modes? What conditions are needed for commuter rail to succeed? What are the land use requirements and economic development opportunities for commuter transit?