Climate change will drastically impact society and governments, with transportation being a major contributor to climate pollution in California and the U.S. We need a resilient and adaptable transportation system that prioritizes clean energy, equitable access, and faster implementation.
While mobility brings many economic and social benefits, an overreliance on cars comes at a significant cost. This reality is most acute in places where sprawl has made access heavily reliant on car mobility. Current state and regional transportation plans simultaneously extoll mobility’s virtues while making reducing vehicle travel a central goal, creating confusing and ineffective approaches.
Research by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies reveals that a lack of public trust hinders the development and implementation of sustainable, just and resilient transportation plans, policies, and programs. This lack of trust stems from conflicting visions among transportation experts and political leaders, leading to muddling actions and stalled progress.
The 2023 UCLA Arrowhead Symposium: Transforming Transportation will delve into how governments can overcome obstacles to deliver a transformed transportation system. Through a curated selection of speakers and ample discussion over 2.5 days, participants will explore piloting projects, governance approaches, and finance to build trust and realize the transportation vision.
Establishing trust requires a shared vision and demonstrated progress, which presents a dilemma: Achieving success is essential to foster a common vision for a multimodal future.
Topics at the 2023 UCLA Arrowhead Symposium include: