Transform, a regional transportation advocacy organization, will hold its second annual “Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley” summit on Saturday.
The conference will take place at the Avenidas Senior Center in Palo Alto and will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dr. Manuel Pastor PhD, a professor at the University of Southern California, will be the keynote speaker at the summit, which will address the issue of how Silicon Valley can provide healthy communities with quality transportation networks.
Michael Scanlon, the General Manager of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain, SamTrans and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, will be participating in a panel discussion alongside Nuria Fernandez, the General Manager of the Santa Clara County Transportation Authority, and Grace Crunican, the General Manager of BART. The three local transit leaders will discuss what their agencies are doing to tackle the mobility and access needs facing residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
“’Let’s Get Moving Silicon Valley’ is a great opportunity for transit providers to hear directly from the communities and constituencies that we serve,” said Scanlon. “The Bay Area’s population is diverse and growing, and so are our public transportation needs. If we’re going to continue to connect the region with high quality, safe, reliable public transportation, we have a lot of work to do and it starts with fostering community dialogue and public engagement.”
Along with the panel discussion from the general managers, the summit will feature interactive workshops and training programs encompassing issues related to transit, public health, community development, environmental sustainability, social justice and urban planning. Highlights of the conference include a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) tour of El Camino Real and a discussion on transit village development hosted by the Mineta Transportation Institute.
People interested in attending the event can purchase tickets at the Transform website here.
About the San Mateo County Transit District: Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976.