How traffic patterns are changing as workers return to the office and what to expect as the world adjusts to a new normal after COVID will be the topic of the next discussion of the Regional Mobility Dialogue Series held by the Leonard Transportation Center (LTC) at Cal State San Bernardino.

“Back in the Office? Traffic patterns in the Inland Empire,” will be from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, both in person and virtually, during which attendees will hear from transportation industry experts and academics.

The in-person event is being hosted by Omnitrans, 1700 W. 5th St., in San Bernardino. For those choosing to attend virtually, a link to the videoconference will be provided upon registration. Free pre-registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendees. Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants. To register, click here: LTC's April Events Details webpage. The series is open to the public with platinum level sponsorship from HNTB Corporation and the San Bernardino International Airport.

Speakers in this session are:

  • Brenda Reza – Employer services representative, IE Commuter Project
  • Ginger Koblasz – Senior planner, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
  • Sean Resleigh – Senior transportation planner, Fehr & Peers
  • Jack Liebersohn Ph.D. – Assistant professor of economics, University of California, Riverside
  • Mary Padres, P.E. – Office chief surveillance and traffic operations, Caltrans

As we navigate our way back toward a sense of normalcy in the workplace post-COVID-19, the percentage of people working from home or in a hybrid home/work environment has shifted. 

For a region such as the Inland Empire, changing patterns in mobility have a significant impact on housing, the employment market and education. These changes could provide new opportunities for the community, or they could negatively impact mobility in the region. This dialogue will explore the changes in commuting patterns and mobility in the IE since the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing awareness to build upon opportunities and limit harm.

Following the presentations, attendees will engage in a discussion with an opportunity to share concerns and ideas with panelists, transportation professionals, policy makers, students and each other. Transportation experts from the platinum sponsors will facilitate this discussion and bring their experience and expertise to benefit the dialogue.

As part of CSUSB, the Leonard Transportation Center brings 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 all walks of life are engaged in the conversation.

Kimberly Collins, the LTC executive director, said, “We are energized by the tremendous success of our first five years, and we invite anyone interested in being part of the conversation and solution to join us for this year’s innovative and engaging series.”

About the 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.

2023 Platinum Sponsors

San Bernardino International Airport (SBD)
Conveniently located in the heart of the Inland Empire, close to major freeways and just 60 miles from Los Angeles, the San Bernardino International Airport is strategically positioned to meet growing aviation activity including: cargo, business aviation, general aviation, and commercial airlines by providing competitive rates for aviation companies and local businesses looking to stretch their wings and expand their horizons. With extensive stretches of pristine runway and acres of prime land available for aviation development, SBD International Airport is ready to help our community and region reach new destinations.

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With 109 years 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, and program and construction management. Follow HNTB on LinkedInTwitterFacebook or Instagram.

Additional 2023 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • Ontario International Airport (ONT)
  • Metrolink
  • Woodruff, Spradlin, & Smart
  • SoCalGas
  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Silver Sponsors

  • Advance Civil Technologies, Inc.
  • EXP
  • Guida Surveying Inc
  • GLA Corporation
  • Foothill Transit Agency
  • Lane Construction
  • Omnitrans
  • PPM Group, Inc
  • Sully Miller Contracting Co.