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Digging Deeper into Mobility: Intersections Between Real Estate & Transit

April 19, 2017
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
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The Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 United States
ULI SE Florida/Caribbean


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Join private and public sector land use leaders to explore new alternative transportation projects, technology, public funding, emerging markets. South Florida is at an inflection point in mobility planning, development, and multimodal transportation. Our urban cores are flooding with development and investment in order to accommodate changing demographics and the demand for 24/7 live, work, play environments. The planning community is working at a rapid pace to try to accommodate the needs for new development and transportation options, all while assuring the community that their streets and sidewalks are safe, walkable, and bikeable. Additionally, the political environment looks poised to boost public spending on infrastructure. Hear firsthand from developers, planners, transportation authorities, and elected officials who are planning and adapting to South Florida’s rapidly changing environment.

Earn AIA & AICP credits for attending this conference – (2.25 CM hours pending)


8:00 am Registration & Networking
8:30 am Welcoming Remarks
Charles C. Bohl, Ph.D., Director, Masters in Real Estate Development + Urbanism, University of Miami & Chair, ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean

8:35 am Opening Keynote
Dan Sturges, Director of Urban Mobility Design, Local Motors

As the ‘sharing economy’ becomes a colloquial term, Bike Sharing and Ride Sharing are now more prevalent in our communities. As regions around the country push to invest in alternative transportation systems including bus rapid transit, streetcars, light rail and high-speed rail, the automobile industry is advancing quickly towards the use of autonomous vehicles on the road. Local Motors is a highly innovative company that uses open source technologies to design motor vehicles. Most recently Local Motors has developed an autonomous motorbus named ‘Olli’ which uses IBM’s Watson technology to help passengers direct the vehicle where to take them. Olli is currently being implemented in several locations in the United States.

8:55 am Update on Brightline
Ali Soule, Public Affairs Director, Brightline

In the summer of 2017, Brightline’s intercity passenger rail service serving South Florida along the Florida East Coast Railway will begin service. Hear about future routes to Orlando and current station status updates.

9:15 am The Last Mile
Rachel Johnson, Grassroot Marketing Manager, Uber Florida
Peter LaPointe, Principal, Grass River Property
Ryan Shear, Principal, Property Markets Group
Diana Alarcon, Director of Transportation & Mobility, City of Fort Lauderdale
With new commuter and intercity rail services currently being developed in South Florida, it will be increasingly important to pay attention to how we treat the “last mile” to people’s home and office. This panel will provide varying perspectives on the topic of accessibility beyond the mass and rapid transit hubs.

9:55 am Break

10:10 am Where is the Money?
Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., District 13, Miami-Dade County
Jack L. Stephens, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
ModeratorAndrew Frey, Principal, Tecela

10:55 am South Florida’s Integrated Transportation Plans
Aileen Bouclé, Executive Director, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization
Greg Stuart,
Executive Director, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Nick Uhren, Executive Director, Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization

Tri-rail has been looking to add commuter rail service back to the Florida East Coast Railway for the first time since the 1960’s. With new and innovative funding methods, that service may begin from Miami to Aventura in the very near future. Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo and SFRTA Director Jack Stephens will discuss current plans and funding sources.

11:45 am  Closing Keynote
Robert Cervero, Director, University of California Transportation Center & Professor of Emeritus of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley.

Drawing from the recent publication “Transforming Cities with Transit”, the director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, Robert Cervero, calls for elevating the role of public transit in creating sustainable urban futures. Concentrating pedestrian friendly, mixed-use development near transit stops, supplemented by congestion pricing, is one promising strategy. Given that a large share of future urban growth will be in small to medium size cities, opportunities for integrating Bus Rapid Transit investments and urban development, Professor Cervero argues, should be exploited to the maximum degree possible. Successful national and international projects will be presented as they relate to value capture and mixed-use TOD.

12:30pm            Adjourn

Breakfast will be provided. 

Registration Fees:

Member Non-Member
Private  $50 $70
Public/Nonprofit $35 $50
Student $35 $50
Under 35 $50 $70

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