Green Scene - Transportation in San Diego: How Sustainable Are We?


Wed, 05/15/2013 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm


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San Diego Green Scene:  

San Diego's Transportation System...
How Sustainable are we?
Date: Wednesday May 15, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm  
1088 Third Ave
San Diego, CA  92101

(corner of Third Ave and C Street - next to the Civic Center Trolley stop)

Suggested Donation: $10    


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Event Summary:

Our infrastructure is built to support a car centered culture.  Freeways criss-cross the region and we collectively log 60 million vehicle miles per day on our roads.  Morning and evening rush hour traffic has become common and it does not show any signs of letting up.


With alternate options such as The Coaster,  North County Sprinter and San Diego Trolley that offers commuters an efficient rail system to get to work and the MTS buses that link these transit hubs to our neighborhoods, we still love our cars.


We spend billions on public transportation projects, such as: widening freeways and HOV lanes, extending trolley lines, park and ride transit hubs and parking lots. SANDAG is charged with reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), however with population expected to grow by 1.3 million by 2050 our car miles will be a challenge to decrease.

Transit ridership in San Diego is approximately 7 million passenger trips a month. How can we make public transportation usage more convenient and appealing to San Diegans?  How can grow our future, clean the air, and deliver a 21st Century transit system for our region?

Join us and our 2 special guests who are at the center of these future plans.  




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Director of Mobility Management and Project Implementation
Linthicum joined SANDAG as the division director of engineering and construction when the agency consolidated with the Metropolitan Transit Development Board in 2003. Linthicum also spent 23 years at Caltrans, the last 11 as the deputy director of construction. He played a key role in many of the region's significant transportation projects, including the Mission Valley East Trolley extension, numerous highway projects, and the seismic retrofit of the Coronado Bridge. As director of mobility management and project implementation, Linthicum will serve as a member of the SANDAG management team, which consists of the executive director, chief deputy executive director, general counsel, and directors of the other four agency departments (administration, finance, land use and transportation planning, and technical services).

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Paul Jablonski


San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

Paul Jablonski began his career in the transit industry at an early age by driving a bus for the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst. He then moved on to the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) in Albany, N.Y., where he was an assistant to the executive director of the system. Jablonski then transferred to the private sector, working for ATE, where he was assigned to develop a transportation system in Saudi Arabia. During his nearly four-and-a-half-year stint overseas, his company managed about 60-plus systems in Saudi Arabia. Jablonski was promoted to general manager of the country's largest system based in the coastal city of Jeddah. This operation consisted of 275 buses and carried an estimated 300,000 people per day. He then headed back to the public side, taking on the assistant general manager position for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati. Within a year, he became general manager, where he stayed for 11 years before taking on the job in San Diego as CEO of MTS.


Please join us - and bring your personal experiences and questions!

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Additional Details:
Drinks and snacks will be provided. Best parking is at street meters, green and yellow curbs. All are free after 6 pm.
We look forward to meeting and sharing the best of San Diego's community.
In Partnership,

Peter Meisen
Global Energy Network Institute and the SimCenter