2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy Update
Thursday, September 10, 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Southern California Association of Governments - 818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017
AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee presents….
2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy Update
Thursday, September 10 (1:00 - 3:00pm)
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90017

RSVP to Will Wright - will@aialosangeles.org

Are you interested in infrastructure and transportation projects? An upcoming roundtable with SCAG officials will allow you to participate in a dialogue about how we will addresses transportation strategies and policies in Southern California, which could potentially amount to $500 Billion in expenditures.

SCAG is developing the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy to guide long-term transportation policy and investment in Southern California. This $500 Billion plan charts a course for increased mobility, sustainability and economic growth. As SCAG prepares to release the Draft Plan this Fall, they seek feedback from AIA|LA members. This is meaningful opportunity to shape strategies addressing one of the region’s quality of life and sustainability challenges. The roundtable with SCAG officials also offers direct benefits to firms.

If you’re a small office, with limited resources for new business development, here’s a networking opportunity that introduces you to SCAG, the nation's largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, and 191 cities. 
Naresh Amatya, P.E. -  Acting Director of Transportation Planning, SCAG
Huasha Liu, Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning, SCAG

Naresh Amatya, P.E. -  Acting Director of Transportation Planning, SCAG
Naresh is the Acting Director of Transportation Planning at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). As the director of transportation planning, Naresh is responsible for the development, planning and coordination of the multi modal transportation system within the 6-county Southern California region that includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Imperial. Key programs that Naresh oversees include the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP), Transportation Finance, Goods Movement, Regional Aviation, and Transit and Passenger Rail program. RTP addresses all modes of transportation and is a state and federally mandated plan that provides the vision and framework for the long term investment in transportation infrastructure in the Southern California region. Prior to joining SCAG in 1998, Naresh worked in the private sector on a number of transportation system improvement projects, including re-alignment of Route 30. He also has extensive experience in Southern California in land planning and development. He was primarily responsible, as a project manager, for preparation and coordination of feasibility studies, specific plans, general plan amendments, and zone changes. Naresh holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a Masters in Civil Engineering from California State University at Fullerton. Naresh is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.
Huasha Liu - Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning, SCAG
Ms. Huasha Liu is the Director of the Land Use and Environmental Planning at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).  As part of the executive management at SCAG, Ms. Liu is responsible for regional planning and related public policy, and oversees numerous activities that are key to success of building a sustiaanbly region. 
Her responsibilities include ensuring the agency’s compliance with pertinent federal and state laws and regulations including climate change (AB 32 and SB 375), environmental justice and social equity, affordable housing (RHNA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and transportation/air quality conformity.  She has been at the forefront of the planning and policy on sustaianbiltiy and climate adaptation.  Ms. Liu has been instrumental in fostering livable communities and healthier environment while promoting economic well-being.  Other major activities under Ms. Liu’s responsibilities include performance measures and monitoring, socio-economic growth forecast, scenario planning and transportation modeling, technical services to local jurisdictions, and the State of the Region Report to assess the region’s progress.
Ms. Liu has over twenty years of experience in public policy related to land use, transportation, housing, air quality, and environmental planning and related fields.  Prior to joining SCAG, Ms. Liu worked for over ten years at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  In addition, Ms. Liu has substantial planning experience in China focusing on regional collaboration and public policy for economic development on the Pacific Rim.

In 2004, Ms. Liu was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve on the county’s Quality and Productivity Commission.  The role of the commission is to advise the board, oversee policies, and support the implementation of programs that enhance the quality and productivity of County services.

Ms. Liu earned her Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Nanjing University, China.  She earned her Master’s degree in Urban and Transportation Planning from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at University of Southern California.
Project URL: www.scagrtpscs.net