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2019 Rail~Volution Conference

September 8 - 11, 2019

Hyatt Regency, Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC

Make connections, learn from industry veterans and discuss building livable communities with transit at Rail~Volution 2019. We hope to see you there! Our experts will be sharing invaluable insights on shared-use mobility, complete streets and the significance of equity when reenvisioning transit systems.

Join us on Monday, Sept. 9, from 7-8 a.m. for the HDR-sponsored Continental Breakfast, kicking off Rail~Volution 2019! 

HDR Rail~Volution Sessions

Shared Use Mobility for All

  • Moderator: Tom Waldron, Global Transit Director, HDR
  • Monday, September 9 | 10-11:30 a.m. 

The way people travel has drastically changed. Transit ridership is down in many places. Mobility options have increased. Technology has brought new transportation options: shared mobility, bike sharing, car sharing and ride-hailing. But these modes are not accessible to all, especially individuals with disabilities, elderly riders and others who are transportation-disadvantaged. Removing barriers to transportation provides better access to community resources. It supports healthier communities. How can we design mobility to improve accessibility for these customers? Hear how to engage disabled customers to better understand the challenges they face with the new mobility options. Learn about technology solutions to address barriers faced by disabled, elderly and transportation-disadvantaged customers. See how to use technology to address the health needs of a community.

Completing the Street: Rethinking the Right of Way and Prioritizing People

  • Presenter: Nico Malfara, Transportation Engineer, HDR
  • Tuesday, September 10 | 10-11:30 a.m.

A complete street is the bedrock of a vibrant community. It is where transit and other mobility options connect people and things that make a place special. As mobility options rapidly change, so does policy on complete street corridors. Transit agencies and other change-makers have capitalized on these challenges and changed them into opportunities to incorporate tactical urbanism, transit-integration, and people-prioritizing mobility along iconic and vibrant complete street corridors. During this session, join interactive tabletop presentations on case studies such as San Francisco’s Better Market Street, the Gastown Complete Streets Multimodal Transportation Network, Pittsburgh’s Data and Processes for Walkable Streets, parklet designs and many other cutting-edge developments on America’s complete streets. Join roundtable discussions on topics pertaining to complete streets and rethinking the right of way.

It’s the Stations, Stupid: Shaping Light Rail Transit Stations

  • Presenter: Americo Gonzalez Aquino, Senior Project Design Architect, HDR
  • Tuesday, September 10 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Cities have new expectations for light rail stations. Once-suburban cities want stations that are more walkable, bikeable and part of dynamic urban hubs – but with parking. This changes planning and design from the earliest stages. There is a greater emphasis on the setting, the ways people get to stations, and how stations can be stronger catalysts for economically thriving communities. At the same time, there are concerns about displacing people and businesses near future station areas. How do transit agencies and local communities develop successful partnerships for station area multimodal improvements? How have city visions, as well as community engagement, shaped how transit stations evolve? What makes for good design? Hear from professionals at all stages of the process

The Role of Equity in Transit System Redesign

  • Presenter: Josh Sikich, Transportation Technology Program Manager, HDR
  • Tuesday, September 10 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Transit agencies are rethinking their bus and rail networks. Transit system redesign projects have been completed in well over a dozen agencies in the last five years. Evaluating equity impacts from service changes is a critical element of the process. Explore the role of equity in projects in Houston, Columbus and Los Angeles. Learn key lessons to help you deal with similar issues. What role does Title VI play? How did they build a robust engagement process that goes beyond the required equity analysis? Take home tools to create buy-in and ensure a successful result in your own region.