The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Barbara Lott-Holland

Last Updated: June 20, 2011

The Architecture of Transportation - Join the Discussion with Barbara Lott-Holland

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Presented by Parsons Brinckerhoff
Friday, June 24 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

On June 24th, as part of the annual AIA|LA Design Conference at Dwell on Design, we are coordinating a series of candid discussions about how to design transportation systems that will support and strengthen healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods.

In an effort to inspire advance dialogue, Will Wright reached out to several of the participating speakers to hear their thoughts.

Here is an in-depth response from Barbara Lott-Holland, the Co-Chair of the Bus Riders Union.

Barbara Lott-Holland, Organizer for the Labor Community Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union Co-Chair. The BRU has been recognized nationally for its historic civil rights Consent Decree and signature creative tactics, over the past 22 years, the BRU has become the country's largest grassroots mass transit advocacy organization. An active member since 1996, Ms. Lott-Holland is the Chair of the Monthly Membership Meeting, an elected member of the BRU Planning Committee and sits on the Community Rights Steering Committee. In addition to her work with the BRU, Barbara was also a delegate to the UN World's Conference on Sustainable Development in 2001. Barbara represented the Labor Community Strategy Center at the U.S. Social Forums in 2007 and 2010. She was a delegate at the BRU Transportation Conference in 2005. Barbara has also worked in Washington D.C. as representative for the Transit Riders for Public Transportation, the BRU's national transit coalition.

From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

There are changes that need to be made both locally and national with regards to mass transit. This country has prioritized highways and roads, favoring auto, particularly Los Angeles. More attention needs to be placed on mass transportation.

How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

Prioritize the expansion of the bus fleet. Expanding night weekend and rapid service and reduction of fares. This will mean better access to schools, jobs health care for a majority low-income people of color.

From a global perspective, how far behind/ how far ahead is California?

For Los Angeles, specifically, as you know is 4,000 square mile county built to service the auto and wheels, we need a mass transportation system that is as flexible.

What do you most enjoy right now, when it comes to our current transportation system? What's working well? What's the 'baby' you don't want to throw out with the murky bathwater?

I enjoy riding from my neighborhood in South LA down the Crenshaw to Koreatown at Wilshire/Western getting off right across the street from my work on one bus. I enjoy the option of a rapid or a local bus depending on where I have to go on a given day.

What is your vision for the year 2050 ? Share a glimpse of a day-in-yuour-life as it relates to your personal mobility.

What I would like to see happen is the funds for The Federal Surface Transportation Act be flipped., 80% for mass transit and 20% for maintain exiting infrastructures.

Describe one of your more memorable mobility experiences, i.e., a specific bike-ride, walk, train ride, urban hike, road-trip, plain-trip or sea-faring adventure that still resonates even after all these years. What made it special? How can we create equitable opportunities for others to enjoy these types of experiences?

In downtown Long Beach there is a shuttle service call Passport that provide trips to many of Long Beach points of interest like the Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, Convention Center and many others. On one of several visits I took the Passport to Belmont Shores which was a beautiful scenic ride to shore and watched the boats and ships sail off into the sunset and it was free. With funds for operations and expansion arteries of buses and communities shuttles LA could be a city with a first class bus systems that connect the total populations to education, health care, job opportunities as well a recreation.

Join the Discussion, Share Your Perspective

You're encouraged to share your own perspective with AIA|LA. Answer the following six questions: (or feel free to add your own)

  1. From a regulatory framework, what needs to change so that we can facilitate a transportation system that supports healthier, more functional and more livable neighborhoods?

  2. How can we maximize our investment in the next round of transportation improvements?

  3. From a global perspective, how far behind/ how far ahead is California?

  4. What do you most enjoy right now, when it comes to our current transportation system? What's working well? What's the 'baby' you don't want to throw out with the murky bathwater?

  5. What is your vision for the year 2050? Share a glimpse of a day-in-your life as it relates to your personal mobility.

  6. Describe one of your more memorable mobility experiences, i.e., a specific bike-ride, walk, train ride, urban hike, road-trip, plain-trip or sea-faring adventure that still resonates even after all these years. What made it special? How can we create equitable opportunities for others to enjoy these types of experiences?

The author of the most compelling response will receive a complimentary pass to the "Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium.

Share your perspective by writing Will Wright at will@aialosangeles.org with "The Architecture of Transportation" in the subject line.

"The Architecture of Transportation" Design Symposium
Friday, June 24 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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