Future of Transportation: What Can We Learn From Others?
Public Policy Conference: Panel 4
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Special Events – University Advancement
Department of Political Science at Wilkinson College
Places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Germany have substantially better public transportation systems than we do in the United States. Even Bogata, Colombia has a successful bus rapid transit system system--TransMilenio--that is used by millions and surpasses anything Californians experience. And others places around the world have surpassed California in incorporating bikes and scooters into commuting and transportation. Can “low-tech” systems generate more “bang” for the transportation “buck” in California? What systems from other U.S. metropolitan areas--from New York to Portland -- that have more robust and more widely used transportation systems would work in California? Why are other countries able to build high-speed rail and other transportation infrastructure so much more quickly and at lower cost than California?
Tom Zoellner (Moderator): Author, Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World--From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief
Stephen Mikesell: Author, A Tale of Two Bridges: The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridges of 1936 and 2013
Dr. Susan Handy: Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California Davis
Susan Carpenter: KPCC Transportation Reporter
Liliana Pereira: Transportation Consultant, Trans-Mileneo, Bogota, Columbia