The Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino is presenting a new bi-monthly dialogue series on topics relevant to the future of transportation in the Inland Empire. The series is open to the public and sponsored by HNTB Corporation, an infrastructure solutions firm.

The first session is set for Tuesday, Feb. 20, starting at 7:30 a.m., at CSUSB’s Santos Manuel Student Union Fourplex.

Topics will range from understanding current mobility challenges and causes to potential solutions such as congestion pricing; transit; emerging technologies, including autonomous and connected vehicles; and new ways of funding transportation infrastructure.

Attendees will hear from transportation experts and engage in vigorous discussion about the transportation challenges facing the Inland Empire.

The cost for the seminar series is $30 per session or $150 for all six sessions. Registration fees cover a continental breakfast, parking on campus and conference materials. 

As part of CSUSB, the Leonard Transportation Center is interested in bringing people together to provide the facts, discuss the major issues, and work to resolve them. The center is committed to the notion that finding solutions to the mobility challenges in Southern California is much more likely when people from different walks of life are engaged in the conversations. Kimberly Collins, LTC executive director, said, “We invite anyone interested in being part of the conversation and solution to join us for this innovative and engaging series.”

“We are eager to open the dialogue on regional transportation in this unique series organized by the Leonard Transportation Center,” said Art Hadnett, HNTB West Division president. “Inviting the community to join in the conversation will enable those with personal experience and a vested interest to openly discuss potential solutions that can benefit the entire region’s future transportation network.”

The inaugural seminar — titled “Opportunities and Trade-offs in Transportation: Maintaining the Region’s Competitiveness and Quality of Life” — will be held Feb. 20, 2018, on the CSUSB campus. Speakers include:

  • James Mulvihill, Ph.D., A.I.C.P., city of San Bernardino councilmember, author, land use and urban growth management expert and professor of City Planning and Urban Studies;
  • Janice Rutherford, San Bernardino county supervisor; and
  • Thomas Gross, MBA, J.D., manager of environmental affairs for Southern California Edison and a nationally recognized expert on the environmental aspects of transportation choices

Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants, so early registration is recommended. To register go to the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center Mobility Dialogue Series web page.

The second dialogue in the series is titled “Can Congestion Pricing Improve Mobility?” and is scheduled for March 20, 2018. More information and registration details are available at the center’s Mobility Dialogue Series web page.

About Leonard Transportation Center

The Leonard Transportation Center (LTC) at California State University, San Bernardino opened in 2006 with a focus on regional transportation needs. The vision of Bill and Barbara Leonard was to create a center that focuses on the unique transportation opportunities and challenges the Inland Empire faces. Today, the LTC is working to expand its research and student engagement programs. Focal points include transportation management and governance issues, development of new technologies, and transnational studies. Their vision is to work collaboratively to seek solutions to assist residents, businesses, government and nonprofit agencies, and international partners to work together on improving sustainability and quality of life in the Inland Empire. For more information, visit the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center website.

About HNTB

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. HNTB’s work in California dates back to its founding in 1914. Today, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients in California from eight office locations, currently employing more than 350 full-time professionals. With more than a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit HNTB website.