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RV 2014: Public Officials Learning Network- The Challenge of Public Leadership: You're Not Alone

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Rail~Volution’s Public Officials Learning Network Part 1. The Challenge of Public Leadership: You're Not Alone

Gaining public support, setting priorities, maintaining momentum and exercising effective leadership are all challenges facing public officials. As an official, you may feel unprepared and alone in your quest to implement transit and livability projects. Here's your chance to swap stories with other elected and appointed officials -- mayors, commissioners, council members and transit officials -- about the complexities you face. At this first of two sessions, we'll identify specific topics for deeper discussion at Tuesday's public officials networking lunch. Sharpen your leadership skills, build your network and get inspired.

Moderator: Kristin Jacobs, State Representative, Florida
William M. Velasco, Chair of Board TOD Committee, DART, Dallas, Texas
Michael Opat, Commissioner, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lou Ogden, Mayor, City of Tualatin, Oregon
Russ Johnson, Councilman, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Breene Harimoto, Councilman, District 8, City of Honolulu, Hawaii

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RV 2014: Public Officials Learning Network- The Challenge of Public Leadership: You're Not Alone

  1. 1. Russ Johnson Councilman, City of Kansas City, Mo.
  2. 2. Russ Johnson Councilman, City of Kansas City, Mo.
  3. 3. Russ Johnson Councilman, City of Kansas City, Mo.
  4. 4. Russ Johnson Councilman, City of Kansas City, Mo.
  5. 5. Russ Johnson Councilman, City of Kansas City, Mo.
  6. 6. Population: 1 million Among worst traffic congestion in United States 80% of population and employment along rail corridor 20 miles, 21 stations 1st Automated rail in U.S. Elevated Construction * $5 billion total cost * $1.55 billion FFGA * ½% General Excise Tax (15 years) Revenue service begins * 2017: 1st 10 miles * 2019: complete line Honolulu, Hawaii (WEST SIDE) WAIKI KI Councilmember Breene Harimoto City and County of Honolulu September 22, 2014
  7. 7. Dallas Streetcar Project William Velasco II Board Member (former Chair) Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  8. 8. The Multimodal DART System • Dallas & 12 cities • 120+ bus routes • 90 miles light rail • 35 miles commuter rail • Paratransit & vanpool • 111 million passenger trips annually
  9. 9. Future Dallas Streetcar Line source: Dallas 360 Plan Dallas is building a 1.6- mile streetcar line that will ultimately serve the Bishop Arts District. 10
  10. 10. Dallas Streetcar Project A City of Dallas / DART Partnership • FTA TIGER Grant administered through North Central Texas Council of Governments (a regional body) • Design: DART • Construction: DART • Funding: City of Dallas • Operation: DART, funded by the City of Dallas
  11. 11. Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar Project – Potential Extensions • Extensions under consideration Union Station to Omni Hotel/ Convention Center Bishop Arts to Jefferson • Streetcar system expansion Under study
  12. 12. Urban Circulator Project
  13. 13. D-Link
  14. 14. 16
  15. 15. SW Corridor Project Rail-Volution Public Officials Learning Network: The Challenge of Public Leadership Mayor Lou Ogden, Tualatin, Oregon September 22, 2014 17
  16. 16. Portland Metro Region 18 Population: 2,226,009 (2010 Census) Area: 6,684 Square Miles
  17. 17. Portland Metro Region & SW Corridor Project 19 • High capacity transit project with light rail and BRT options • Connects communities in the SW portion of Portland region. Current bus service does not meet the employer and resident demand for transit. • Connections to major employers, two universities, a community college and two hospitals.
  18. 18. SW Corridor Profile 20 Length: 14.4 miles Population • 2010 = 140,000 = 10% of region’s population • 2035 = 206,000 Employees • 2010 = 163,000 = 19% of region’s jobs • 2035 = 251,000 Projected travel time increase 30%
  19. 19. Tualatin 21 26,054 Population (2010 Census) Area: 8.23 Square Miles 11,337 Employees without transit service (Out of 21,000 in 2012) 5,166 Households without transit service (Out of 10,000 in 2012)
  20. 20. Participants 22 Jurisdictional Partners: Metro Regional Government TriMet (transit provider) City of Durham City of Lake Oswego City of Portland City of Sherwood City of Tigard City of Tualatin Multnomah County Washington County
  21. 21. Project Key Issues 23 • Funding • Community Engagement • Contrasting Regional and Local Aspirations
  22. 22. Balancing Concerns in Transit Planning Commissioner Mike Opat - Railvolution 2014 Commissioner Mike Opat Railvoution 2014 Elected Officials Panel
  23. 23. Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) • Five County Joint Powers Board (est. 2008) • Invests and advances transit projects through .25% sales tax and $20 motor vehicle excise tax • CTIB “Program of Projects” (at left) Commissioner Mike Opat - Railvolution 2014
  24. 24. Hennepin County projects Stemming from Target Field Station: • Blue Line LRT (opened 2004) • Green Line LRT (opened 2014) • Southwest LRT(Green Line extension, est. 2019) • Bottineau LRT(Blue Line extension, est. 2020) • Orange Line BRT (Metro Transit project) (est. 2019) Commissioner Mike Opat - Railvolution 2014
  25. 25. Commissioner Mike Opat - Railvolution 2014
  26. 26. Bottineau project looks for better outreach in the Twin Cities; Finance & Commerce, Sept. 16, 2011 Will new transitway spur development in north Minneapolis?; Minnesota Public Radio, Feb 15, 2012 Residents weigh in on Bottineau Transitway alternatives; Sun Newspapers, May 16, 2012 Golden Valley wrestles with opposition to Bottineau light rail; Minnesota Public Radio, Nov 29, 2012 Golden Valley holds fate of LRT line; Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 16, 2012 Bottineau LRT corridor: Wildlife oasis or mattress dump?; Minnesota Public Radio, Dec 19, 2012 Counties Transit Improvement Board commits funding to Bottineau LRT project; Finance & Commerce, Jan 17, 2014 Environmental and property concerns brought up at Crystal and Golden Valley LRT hearings; Sun Newspapers, May 20, 2014 Hennepin County addresses West Broadway Avenue residents’ LRT, reconstruction concerns at open house; Sun Newspapers, May 27, 2014 Brooklyn Park delays vote on LRT roadwork that will raze homes; Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 16, 2014 Met Council can design Blue Line extension to northern suburbs, feds say; Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 23, 2014 Commissioner Mike Opat - Railvolution 2014
  27. 27. 2014 Elections will matter. Brooklyn Park: 6 Councilmembers + Mayor Mayor and 3 Council seats on 2014 ballot Crystal: 6 Councilmembers + Mayor 3 Council seats on 2014 ballot Robbinsdale: 4 Councilmembers + Mayor 2 Council seats on 2014 ballot Golden Valley: 4 Councilmembers + Mayor No offices on 2014 ballot Minneapolis: 13 Councilmembers + Mayor No offices on 2014 ballot Commissioner Mike Opat - Railvolution 2014 State Offices on 2014 ballot: Governor State Representatives 36B (Brooklyn Park) 40A (Brooklyn Park) 45A (Robbinsdale/Crystal) 45B (Robbinsdale/Golden Valley) 59A (Minneapolis) 59B (Minneapolis) State Senators will be on ballot in 2016

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