While many are speculating about the future of public transit in the post-COVID world, others are working on innovations to integrate transit with both public and private mobility options—shared rides in cars and vans, on scooters and bicycles, for example—using the new tools that technology has made available.
The intent is to move away from the need for more cars on the road, to make transit more effective, and to help clean up LA County’s increasingly bad air. Many of these new programs are being deployed in disadvantaged communities that are particularly burdened with both limited mobility options and poor air quality.
Join us for this conversation about technology, transportation, and improving public health and air quality. We'll also be honoring Dr. William A. Burke, retiring Chair of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and talking with State Senator (ret.) Vanessa Delgado, the new Vice Chair of the SCAQMD, and Veronica Padilla-Campos, Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful and now a Board Member at SCAQMD.
Innovations we will be talking about range from mobility hubs to kiosks that allow riders to plan their trips using real-time information so they know when buses are arriving and if they’re over-crowded, and making Metro aware of when to deploy more buses and when buses aren’t full.
These technologies will also make longer rides easier by providing all the information needed for a seamless ride on Metrolink to Union Station, to provide one example, where a rider could get on the Purple Line and then transfer to a Metro bus en route to South LA.
No less important are technologies that improve public health by monitoring air quality so that we—and especially those who suffer from asthma or other lung problems, or who are older—know when it’s safe to go out or whether it’s better to stay home. We want to encourage Metro and the South Coast Air District to invest in some of these technologies.
Joining us to discuss these topics on two panels will be experts from Circuit, Tranzito, the P3 Innovation Center and L.A. Care Health Plan, as well as speakers from Southern California Edison, the LA Department of Transportation, the LA Department of Water and Power, SoCalGas, and LA Metro—as well as a consultant to the World Bank.