The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is pleased to announce the launch of its Innovators in Transportation Speaker Series. Through this series of educational and informative talks and presentations, members of the community will have the opportunity to hear transportation experts from around the country discuss the innovations and trends that are shaping the future of transportation in Santa Cruz County and beyond.
The series kicks off on May 16 with speaker Jarrett Walker, international consultant in public transportation planning and policy, and author of Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives. Jarrett’s talk, “Planning Tr...ansit for a Prosperous Santa Cruz County,” will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, Community Room, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz.
Jarrett’s experience includes more than 200 public transit planning projects across North America, Australia and New Zealand, in more than 100 cities. He has worked extensively on the integration of public transit into community planning at all scales, from the design of a small development to the structure of an urban region.
“Through this new speaker series, we hope to deepen the community’s understanding of transportation issues,” said George Dondero, executive director of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. “With Jarrett Walker’s vast experience and knowledge in the public transportation sector, we felt he would be the ideal speaker to start off with. In his talk, he will describe the framework for how he approaches transportation planning, and how he would apply those principles in Santa Cruz County.”
The Innovators in Transportation Speaker Series is free and open to the public. For more information on the series and dates for upcoming talks, visit sccrtc.org.