05 Jan EVENT: Transportation Referendum—Lessons Learned from the Front Line
Readers interested in our Metrocore Transportation Quilt Roundtables may also be interested in this upcoming event presented by Translink and the SFU City Program. FREE, but reservations are required.
Monday, January 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission is free, but reservations are required.
This lecture will also be live webcast. Reservations are not required for the webcast.
A healthy and competitive economy relies on efficient transportation. In Metro Vancouver, we are increasingly facing some of the worst traffic congestion in Canada. The region’s mayors have developed a Transportation and Transit Plan to cut congestion; keep people, jobs and our economy moving, and accommodate a million more people expected here by 2040.
This spring, Metro Vancouver voters will have a say on these proposed transportation and transit improvements through a referendum—the first of its kind in Canada.
Carl Guardino is widely lauded as one of the most influential forces on transportation policy and funding in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area, where such ballot measures are routine and have successfully funded major transportation improvements.
Carl will share lessons learned from a region that has been recognized for its progress and innovation, and how this experience might help engage and inform Metro Vancouver residents as we weigh the important decision before us.
Carl Guardino is the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents more than 385 of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies.
He also serves as the Chair of the California Transportation Commission, an independent public agency responsible for programming and allocating of funds for the construction of highway, passenger rail and transit improvements throughout California.
Guardino led efforts that resulted in $1.4 billion of funding for 19 key road and rail improvements and co-managed a traffic relief initiative that will generate $5.5 billion in local funds for transit improvements.
His experience in building consensus around transportation measures, successful managing of referenda and activating business leaders to promote sustainable transportation will make an excellent contribution to the current transportation dialogue in our region.
About Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas
Over the next 30 years, Metro Vancouver’s population will grow by one million and add half a million jobs to the economy. As a region, we will have to address transportation challenges and face some difficult decisions: How will we travel for work, school and play? How will we move goods to increase our region’s economic prosperity while maintaining our quality of life?
Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas is a series that focuses on key transportation issues and opportunities facing the Metro Vancouver region. The series will explore new perspectives on the movement of people and goods in cities with thought leaders, decision makers, and experts from across North America who have tackled some of the most pressing transportation challenges today.