There is always something interesting happening at NPA, including new projects, presentations by NPA President Nancy Pfeffer, and related activities. See the latest news items below, learn more about Nancy or check out Nancy’s webcasts and videos.
JUNE NPA Helping Develop a Social Equity Analysis Method for Regional Transportation Plans NPA is a subconsultant on a team led by Cambridge Systematics developing a standard Social Equity Analysis Method (SEAM) for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in California. The effort will result in a standardized methodology and tool that MPO’s of all sizes can use to evaluate the social equity and environmental justice implications of their Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies. NPA’s role is to assist in determining the analysis practices currently in use. The work is being led by SANDAG, the San Diego region’s MPO, on behalf of MPO’s across the state, and will be completed in 2017.
JUNE NPA Celebrates Ten Years in Business! June 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of Network Public Affairs. In its ten years, the firm has provided services to a wide variety of public, private, and nonprofit sector clients.
MAY Visit to BYD Manufacturing Facility in Lancaster In her role as a Board member for Long Beach Transit (LBT), NPA President Nancy Pfeffer joined other LBT Board members and staff for a tour of BYD’s manufacturing facility in Lancaster, CA. LBT is purchasing ten battery-electric, zero-emission buses from BYD using federal funding. During the plant tour, Board members saw all ten buses at various stages of manufacture. The first article bus is scheduled for testing on the streets of Long Beach in the coming weeks, with all ten buses planned for deployment by the end of 2016.
MARCH Nancy Pfeffer Honored as “Inspiring Woman in Transportation” The Long Beach City Council March 22 honored several prominent women leaders in the world of transportation in Southern California, at the request of Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal. Ms. Pfeffer attended a City Council meeting along with the other honorees. Each received a Certificate of Recognition from the Long Beach City Council, as well as a certificate from State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell.
OCTOBER NPA Joins Team to Evaluate California Road Charging Pilot Project NPA was invited to team with a firm bidding to the State of California to evaluate results of a pilot project exploring road user charging (RUC) as a potential alternative to gas taxes. Oregon has already conducted such a pilot project, and California’s test is in the works. NPA was brought onto the team to evaluate the equity implications of RUC for low-income populations in the state, building on earlier work by the firm in evaluating the impacts of high-occupancy toll lanes on these travelers. California’s pilot test of RUC is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2016.
JULY Featured Speaker at TRB Conference on Effective Partnerships NPA President Nancy Pfeffer will represent the Gateway Cities Council of Governments at a conference this September organized by the Transportation Research Board, titled “Better Transportation and Environmental Outcomes through Effective Partnerships.” Nancy will speak on a panel called “Reaching People, Successful Public Involvement Strategies” about the successful collaborations used in the Gateway Cities to address issues of mobility, livability and prosperity in a densely developed region. The conference program is available here.
JULY Testimony at Strategic Growth Council “Lessons Learned” Workshop Ms. Pfeffer again testified before the Strategic Growth Council in Los Angeles to share feedback from members of the Gateway Cities COG’s Committee on Sustainability regarding the outcomes of the first (2015) cycle of the Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities grant program. Ms. Pfeffer shared observations that applications from developers appeared to fare better than those led by cities. On behalf of member cities, she recommended that credit be given not just to the creation of new affordable housing but also to the preservation of existing housing. She also observed that the location of jobs is as important to the reduction of vehicle travel as the location of housing, and suggested credit be given to well-placed development that supports job creation.
JUNE Testimony Before California Strategic Growth Council In her role as Director of Regional Planning for the Gateway Cities, Nancy Pfeffer testified before the June 30th Sacramento meeting of the Strategic Growth Council regarding the Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities grant program. She emphasized that the Gateway Cities are home to 2 million residents, about three-quarters of whom live in census tracts designated as “disadvantaged communities” by the State. The cities have developed several detailed transportation and land use plans, including a Sustainable Communities Strategy under SB 375, and are ready to work with the State to invest cap-and-trade revenues in multi-year programs of projects that will benefit residents while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with state goals. View Ms. Pfeffer’s testimony (Part 2 of the Council’s Webcast Recordings starting at 1:16 – 1 hour 16 min).
JANUARY NPA President Speaks at Maritime Conference NPA President Nancy Pfeffer has been invited to address attendees of the California Marine Affairs & Navigation Conference (CMANC) at their 2015 Winter Meeting in Long Beach. She will provide an overview of the California cap-and-trade program, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change. The program can affect ports and maritime interests in a number of direct and indirect ways.
JANUARY Nancy Pfeffer to Provide Staff Support for Committee on Sustainability In her role as Director of Regional Planning for the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG), Nancy Pfeffer will provide staff support for a newly formed COG Committee on Sustainability. The Committee’s goal will be to ensure that the Gateway Cities receive a fair share of cap-and-trade funds being made available by the State of California through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Ms. Pfeffer will coordinate the Committee’s agendas and provide strategic advice and support in achieving this goal.
NOVEMBER Nancy Pfeffer Speaks at Goods Movement Meeting in Oakland NPA President Nancy Pfeffer, in her role as the Director of Regional Planning for the Gateway Cities COG, was invited to present on a goods movement panel in mid-November. The event was organized by the Alameda County Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to provide an opportunity for the residents of West Oakland to participate in county-wide and regional goods movement planning. Ms. Pfeffer presented the example of the Community Participation Framework used by the COG and other partner agencies in the I-710 South Corridor Project.
NOVEMBER NPA President Nancy Pfeffer Profiled by CSULB NPA President Nancy Pfeffer was profiled in a blog post on the site of the Cal State Long Beach College of Continuing Professional Education. Her role as an instructor in the Global Logistics Specialist program and her pending appointment to the Long Beach Transit board were both highlighted in the article.
OCTOBER NPA President Nancy Pfeffer Appointed to Long Beach Transit Board Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has appointed NPA President Nancy Pfeffer to serve on the board of the Long Beach Public Transportation Company, commonly known as Long Beach Transit. The 50-year-old agency provides bus and other transit services to Long Beach and surrounding cities. Pending confirmation by the City Council in December, Ms. Pfeffer’s term will begin in January 2015. Along with three other newly appointed members, she will be among six women serving on the 7-member board. Please see coverage in the Long Beach Post and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
OCTOBER NPA Contributes to Successful Caltrans Freight Seminar Nancy Pfeffer was part of a team presenting a well-received three-and-a-half-day seminar on freight to Caltrans planners from across the state. The course was conducted in San Diego and much of the program was developed by NPA, in partnership with Cal State Long Beach’s Center for International Trade & Transportation. The seminar included site visits to two Port of San Diego terminals and the international border crossing at Otay Mesa. Notably, the seminar also featured innovative use of FuturePorts’ Ports to People™ game. This interactive game helps players understand the pathways of freight as it moves from maritime ports to inland destinations by truck and rail – as well as the economic impacts along the way.
AUGUST NPA Teams on Proposal for Regional Managed Lanes Implementation Plan Network Public Affairs has been invited to team with a Bay Area firm to offer a proposal to the Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority, or BAIFA. NPA’s role on the team will be to analyze and advise on tolling equity issues related to the potential regional implementation of a managed lane system. Fairness concerns could be a key public issue in the development of policies for a system covering multiple counties.
JULY Presentation to Transportation Research Board Finance Conference NPA President Nancy Pfeffer presented an overview of her work evaluating equity concerns in managed lanes projects to a conference of the Transportation Research Board on transportation finance held in Irvine, CA. Her presentation focused on the methodological issues and lessons learned in conducting equity assessments for Los Angeles and San Bernardino County express lane projects. She was one of four panelists in a session titled “Tolling and Managed Lanes,” along with Bob Poole of The Reason Foundation, Brian Taylor of UCLA, and Saavan Gatfield of Fitch Ratings. View her presentation.
JULY NPA To Assist in Freight Training for State Employees NPA is joining with the Center for International Trade and Transportation at Cal State Long Beach to develop and deliver multi-day courses on goods movement planning to staff of Caltrans and the California Air Resources Board. Each of these agencies is engaged in producing a freight-focused plan: Caltrans is developing a Freight Mobility Plan as required by the federal transportation law known as MAP-21, while CARB staff is developing a Sustainable Freight Strategy at the direction of the Board. The courses produced by CITT and NPA will help ensure that these employees are aware of the complexity of planning for freight and sustainability in a statewide, national, and global context. The courses will include site visits and presentations by freight industry representatives.
JUNE NPA Participates in Air Quality White Paper Development NPA President Nancy Pfeffer, in her role as the Director of Regional Planning for the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, has joined three working groups of the South Coast Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) Advisory Group. The agency staff developing the AQMP has requested the assistance of AQMP Advisory Group members in writing nine White Papers that will underpin various aspects of a very challenging clean air plan. Ms. Pfeffer has joined three of the working groups: A Preface to Clean Air; Business Case for Clean Air; and 21st-Century Goods Movement. The working groups are anticipated to develop draft White Papers by the end of 2014.
APRIL NPA Invited to Join Women Business Owners’ Roundtable At this year’s annual conference of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International in May in Portland, OR, one day will be devoted to an invitation-only roundtable for women business owners. NPA President Nancy Pfeffer has been invited to participate in this panel with a small group of other owners from around the U.S. The discussions will include topics such as when and how to grow a small business and how to develop relationships with primes and potential clients.
FEBRUARY NPA Equity Work to Be Presented at TRB National Conference An abstract that NPA submitted to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) was accepted for presentation at a transportation finance conference to be held this July in Irvine, CA. NPA President Nancy Pfeffer will speak to the methodological issues she has encountered while conducting three equity assessments for proposed express lanes in Southern California, including needs for demographic data, traffic modeling data, and toll revenue estimates. She will join nationally-recognized experts Brian Taylor of UCLA and Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation on a panel.
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