Transportation Tomorrow Today Forum

Making strides in our city's transportation is crucial for our future. If we can envision exciting new forms of transportation that reduce pollution, the need for fossil fuel and bring new technologies to bear, why not put them into place in the next 3-5 years instead of wait for a point in the distant future. Meet with people who can help us make these visions happen. We will hear from government officials and industry experts about the ideas they are contemplating.

The Transportation Tomorrow Today Forum will take place on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 10 am to 12 pm at Boston City Hall, in the BRA Board Room on the 9th floor, just to the left of the elevators.

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Gil Penalosa, Executive Director, 8 to 80 Cities

Mr. Gil Penalosa will join us from Toronto as our keynote speaker. He has started a program called 8 to 80 Cities (click HERE for more info). How do cities and businesses gain competitive advantage when taking into consideration the ease at which an 8 year old or an 80 year old can get around the city?

PANELISTS will join us from State, City and Local Agencies (awaiting confirmation from state officials):

Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Transportation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Secretary Pollack has worked on transportation policy, finance and equity as Associate Director for Research at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University since 2005, where she has also served as an adjunct professor sharing her skills and experience with the next generation of public policy leaders. She has provided over a decade of strategic consulting on transportation issues to the public and private sectors including the Boston Transportation Department and Massachusetts Port Authority, following a distinguished career at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. Active in public policy issues affecting transportation, development and sustainability nationally and locally, she serves on numerous boards and advisory bodies including MassDOT's Transportation Advisory Committee and the Transportation Advisory Committee which she chairs in her hometown of Newton.

Vineet Gupta, Director of Policy and Planning, Boston Transportation Department

Mr. Vineet Gupta has been the Director of Policy and Planning for the City of Boston's Transportation Department since 1997. His work has focused on bringing policy to fruition through project implementation. Under his leadership the City has established its Complete Streets initiative; published Access Boston, a multi-disciplinary citywide transportation plan; designed Boston's first transit priority line; and formalized pollution-reducing parking policies. He is currently managing the design of major corridors and establishing an electric-vehicle infrastructure in Boston.

Mela Miles, Lead Community Organizer, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

Pamela "Mela" (Bush) Miles is the Lead Environmental Justice Organizer for the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition (GFCAC) and former Program Coordinator for On the Move: Greater Boston's Transportation Justice Coalition. Over the past ten years she has succeeded in coordinating the community process to build two new stations on the Fairmount Line. A third station has been built and one more is in process. As Chair of the Fairmount Indigo Transit Coalition she led the campaign to lower fares on the line and convince the MBTA to implement weekend service. Currently she serves on the Rail Users Network Board of Directors advocating for equitable rail service in North America and helps coordinate the activities of the Fairmount/Indigo Coalition.

Meghan Verena Joyce, General Manager, Uber East Coast

Meghan Verena Joyce is the General Manager for Uber East Coast, where she oversees operations in cities such as Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Philadelphia. She previously served as General Manager of Uber Boston. Before joining Uber, Meghan worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the United States Treasury, specializing in financial crisis recovery and federal agency operations. Meghan also worked at Bain Capital, where she focused on tech, media, and telecom investments and strategy for several portfolio companies, including Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us, and Clear Channel. Meghan began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Bill James, Founder and CEO, jPods

Mr. Bill James, Physicist turned solar transit visionary and CEO of jPods, has designed a personal rapid transit system that could transform Boston and cities across the globe.

Tim Lasker, Sustainability Specialist, MBTA

A company calculates our use of oil, natural gas, water, electricity, and the amount of garbage we produce all as a single unit. In 2010 the Massachusetts Department of Transportation launched GreenDOT, an ambitious initiative to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the state's transportation system 40% by 2020. When he heard the news, Tim Lasker, the sustainability specialist for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), had one thought: How are we going to manage this? The first step was to review how much energy the MBTA was using for each task -- but given that it was using different sources of energy (fuel oil, natural gas, electricity), how was Lasker to compare the efficiency of one to another? The answer was closer than he knew. He joins us for this forum to bring his insights on public transit, but also to consider what it would take to create transit justice for public transportation.


Maru Colbert, Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Professor Colbert's research areas are small-scale process design, phytoremediation, analytics and metacognitive aspects of engineering education. This includes her formulation chemistry research for MEMS device coatings for nano-fabricated NOx sensing devices in automobiles. She was a project engineer for the first resource recovery facility in the nation; a technical expert for an adjudicated, landmark landfill expansion case between the U.S. DOJ and the U.S. EPA; a Project Manager for "green" design on Spectacle Island for what was at the time, the largest land reclamation project in the country and a contributor to a washer chemical patent. While in industry, she was a "clean" chemical process engineer before the term was commonly used. Dr. Colbert is currently contributing to data, analytics and informatics studies here as well as in London and Sydney; designing curriculum and a laboratory for micro-scale chemical education locally and in Liberia plus teaching Climate Science and Numerical Methods courses in Beijing.

The canvas is open for maglev, kinetic energy, solar roadways, electric vehicles of all sorts, and more. What is your vision?

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