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Transportation at the Ballot Box: Portland’s Get Moving 2020 Initiative

On November 3, in addition to the presidential race and slew of gubernatorial, state legislative, and mayoral elections, voters across the country will weigh in on dozens of transportation-related ballot measures. Among the major transportation measures on the ballot this year is the Portland region’s Get Moving initiative. The initiative would fund hundreds of transit, safety, and roadway improvements, including a new light rail line, rapid regional bus network, bridge replacements, and pedestrian-bicycle infrastructure along 17 primary corridors.

In this webinar, Tyler Frisbee, Transportation Policy and Federal Affair Manager at Oregon Metro, will provide an overview of the history of the Get Moving initiative, details on proposed projects and funding mechanisms, and discuss how COVID-19 factored into the region’s ballot measure planning.

Tyler FrisbeeTransportation Policy and Federal Affairs Manager, Oregon Metro
Romic AevazPolicy Analyst, Eno Center for Transportation

Financing America’s Infrastructure Virtual Event

There’s no “right” way to procure much-needed upgrades to America’s infrastructure.

America’s states, cities and localities all make decisions in the best interest of their citizens. But there is best practice in financing infrastructure. This involves allocating risk properly, choosing the right partners, and picking the best financing markets.

Proximo brings you the 2020 Financing America’s Infrastructure event. It will cover all assets and all financing markets. Whether building a new university campus or selling a container port to another private investor, whether accessing the term loan B or tax-exempt municipal market, this event will cover the latest financing trends with the leading investors and contractors in their segments.

This virtual event will look at what makes assets bankable, bond market-ready or investible, depending on who’s looking. It will discuss at how lenders will tackle direct-procure, build-finance, design-build-finance, design-build-finance-maintain, P3, non-profit or fully private structures, with a heavy focus on the deals that are AT or NEAR market.

Sustainable and Equitable Funding for Pedestrian Infrastructure Maintenance

Walking as a means of transportation has health, environmental, and economic benefits. Well-maintained sidewalks are important for communities to meet their active travel goals. But pedestrian infrastructure in many communities is discontinuous, inaccessible to those with physical disabilities, and poorly maintained – particularly in lower-income neighborhoods. The availability of an adequate, sustainable, and equitable source of funding is a major challenge for maintaining sidewalks in a state of good repair.  Governments across the nation maintain and repair roads and highways, but most cities require adjacent property owners to maintain the sidewalks. In this presentation, researchers will share findings from separate studies regarding alternative approaches for funding sidewalk infrastructure and whether these approaches could lead to more sustainable and equitable outcomes when applied to the cities of Atlanta, Georgia and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Between Two Futures: How Can Transit Investment be a Tool for Equity?

Transit systems around the country are struggling to maintain vital services in these unprecedented times. How are transportation leaders using the equity lens to make critical investment and policy decisions? Join us as we talk with leaders of transit systems in Delaware, Columbus (OH), Las Vegas, and Philadelphia.

Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, ITS America

M.J. Maynard, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Joanna M. Pinkerton, President/CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
Leslie Richards, General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
Veronica Vanterpool, Chief Innovation Officer, Delaware Transit Corporation

Just say yes to “Zero Fare” transit

KCATA CEO Robbie Makinen has been making waves with a proposal to eliminate the fare on local bus routes as a way to increase ridership and provide a more equitable transportation system.

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KCTV5: KCATA looking to make bus services free

The Pitch: Could Kansas City become the first major U.S. city with a free transit system?

KCUR: The Head Of Kansas City’s Bus System Says Public Transportation Should Be Free