Public and Active Transportation Symposium (4/19)
Occuring in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room [H-123] | 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Most of us can accurately define public transportation, but only a few of us know that active transportation is the movement of people and goods by using our own human muscle power–like walking and cycling.
A sophisticated public and active transportation network can give commuters more travel options, save money, reduce traffic, lead to a healthier lifestyle, and reduce pollution.
This distinguished panel of engineers, planners, and public leaders will discuss current projects, new proposals, trends, and obstacles in creating a safer, more efficient public and active transportation network.
Rock Miller, Michele Martinez, Paul Martin, and Brett Thomas will be joining us to give their input on this important topic, as well as answer questions that the audience may have on anything related to public and active transportation.
Rock Miller | Stantec
Rock Miller, P.E. , P.T.O.E., is a registered Traffic Engineer in California and is a Registered Civil Engineer in California and Hawaii. A graduate of UC, Davis, he has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines of traffic engineering. In 2012, he served as President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) after serving in similar roles for his home ITE District and Section.
Rock’s experience includes work as a municipal Traffic Engineer and for various consulting firms. He is currently serving as Senior Principal – Traffic and Transportation for Stantec Consulting. Rock also teaches several one-day courses in Traffic Engineering for UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, including Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering and the MUTCD. He serves the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC) and on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD), two committee that oversee the evolution of the MUTCD. Rock was appointed to represent bicycling and walking interests.
Rock has extensive experience in designing enhanced facilities for pedestrians and bicycles. His work has helped cities to earn Pedestrian Friendly and Bicycle Friendly status through national designation programs. He has projects completed or underway Redondo Beach, Baldwin Park, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, and Calgary, Alberta. He has also contributed to various downtown streetscape and place-making projects.
Michele Martinez| City of Santa Ana
Michele Martinez was raised in Santa Ana since the age of 11 and was the first person in her family to graduate from high school and earn a college degree; she attended Spurgeon Intermediate, Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana College and California State University Fullerton. Growing up in Santa Ana, Michele witnessed close family members and friends fall victim to drug abuse, gang violence and hopelessness. But Michele worked hard, never gave up on herself and realized at an early age that education was her only chance to get ahead.
Inspired by a desire to give back to the community that helped raise her, Michele ran for Santa Ana City Council in 2006. She personally knocked on over 7,000 doors and to the surprise of the political establishment, won the election and became one of the youngest elected leaders in Santa Ana history. Michele was reelected to a third term and currently serves as the City’s Mayor Pro Tem.
Under Michele's leadership and hard work on the City Council since 2006, Santa Ana has seen a 32 percent drop in crime. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently listed Santa Ana as the 4th Safest City in the country among cities of similar population. Michele was instrumental in stabilizing the city budget by creating the first fiscal reserve policy. The general fund reserves have grown from 3 million to 41.8 million in the past four years. Michele is most proud of championing the city’s first, five-year Strategic Plan and Economic Development Strategic Plan. Finally, Michele kept her promise and helped the city increase its open space by 22 acres, and helped the city secure millions of dollars for active transportation to ensure pedestrian and bike safety, and improved and repaired nearly 300 miles of residential streets. Michele's priorities on the council include economic development, public health and safety and active transportation.
Michele also represents the City of Santa Ana on several regional boards; she is the current President for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation's largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 189 cities and more than 19 million residents; she was selected to serve on the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Committee and Local Government Commission Board. She is an at-large member for the League of California Cities (LOCC) - Orange County Division and was appointed by the Board of Directors of the LOCC to the Public Works, Transportation, and Technology committee. Michele is a board member for the Orange County Waste Management Commission and is also the City’s representative on Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG), a joint powers authority established to monitor, analyze and provide Orange County's technical and policy recommendations on all SCAG plans and programs. Michele was selected by Council to serve on the Metropolitan Water District Board.
She is the immediate Past-President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and is a board member for the Southern California Latino Policy Center, a non-partisan, policy education and research organization. Recently, Michele was appointed to the serve on the League of California Cities-Latino Caucus Board of Directors. The League’s Latino Caucus is a non-profit official affiliate of the League of California Cities with the goal of improving quality of life through advocacy by addressing professional, socio economics, educational, cultural, and political issues.
Michele graduated from California State University, Fullerton where she earned a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. In her spare time, Michele enjoys traveling, riding her bike and going to the movies.
Paul Martin | OCTA
Paul Martin, PE, TE, LCI, is the Active Transportation Coordinator for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). A UCI Civil Engineering graduate, Paul has transitioned from traffic engineering into planning, psychology, and sociology. As a result, a more appropriate job title would be “cultural engineer.” Paul has focused efforts at OCTA on strategic partnerships to empower police, city staff, and advocates to encourage and improve safety for active transportation.
Prior to joining OCTA, Paul led the Los Angeles office for a firm focused on efforts to create active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. He brings a planners perspective and strategy to implementing engineering projects. Paul has worked on city and regional bicycle master plans, safe routes to schools plans, feasibility studies, and is currently the project manager for the OC Loop project and the OCTA Pedestrian Action Plan.
Brett Thomas | LA Metro
Brett Thomas is a third generation Southern California native with a strong interest in researching, quantifying, and analyzing issues surrounding transportation. He is particularly passionate about moving the region in to a more sustainable and less auto-oriented future. Brett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the San Francisco State University, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Graduate Certificate of Urban Design and Development from the University of California Los Angeles. Brett is a member of the Countywide Planning Team at LA Metro where he is currently assisting in the launch and expansion of the region-wide Metro Bike Share program, administering the largest Open Streets Grant Program in the North America, and acting as the bicycle modal alternate for the LA County Call for Projects grant program. Brett’s additional experience in transit includes service planning and bus scheduling for the Pasadena Rapid Transit System and headways testing on the recently opened Metro Expo Line Phase Two.