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November 16th, 2016  /  11:00 - 12:20pm  /  2343 Public Affairs Building


Fall 2016 Transportation Speaker Series
A Green Path for Shared Mobility?
Kristen Pawling - How sharing can improve mobility and the environment

California faces serious air quality challenges, aggressive climate change goals, and, in many places, inequitable mobility options.  There is a plethora of shared mobility services available, many of which claim to reduce the need for single-occupant vehicle mobility. Hear about what we already know about shared mobility and the environment, what we don’t know, and what key questions we should prioritize asking.  

Marcel Porras - Promoting bikeshare and carshare: The view from Los Angeles

Public officials and planners are much more supportive of carshare and especially Bikeshare programs than they are of TNCs. But both carshare and bikeshare, particularly the latter, require substantial public subsidy. What is the business model for these services, and how are they faring? What are the operational challenges, and can we expect that they will be resolved over time?
Kristen Pawling

Natural Resources Defense Council 
Marcel Porras

Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Kristen Pawling is the Los Angeles Urban Solutions Coordinator at Natural Resources Defense Council.  At the Council she works to build a more sustainable Los Angeles by empowering communities to execute innovative pilot programs and advocate for transportation, land use, and climate policies that scale up successful pilot programs.  She has also worked as an Air Pollution Specialist for the California Air Resource Board, and a Regional Planner for the Southern California Association of Governments. She has a B.A. in Urban Planning and Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA, as well as a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.

Marcel Porras is Chief Sustainability Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.  At LADOT he directs the newly established Shared Mobility Group, including taxis, bike share, car share, ride share, and autonomous and connected vehicles.  He previously worked as Associate Director of Transportation in Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, developing and implementing the Mayor's transportation goals.  Marcel has lived and traveled throughout Latin America, bringing a wide range of experiences dealing with transportation and urban development in various cities.  He has a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies, as well as a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA. 
Upcoming Transportation Speakers
  • November 21: Steve Polzin - The Rise of Shared Mobility: Will it Incrementally Change or Transform Urban Travel in the Years Ahead?
  • November 28: Steven Shladover - The Public Policy and Transportation Planning Issues Raised by Increasing Vehicle Automation in the Years Ahead
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