Webinar on the Future of Transit in the Capital Region

The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and
the National Center for Smart Growth’s 2013 Brown Bag Webinar Series continues with

The Future of Transit in the Capital Region

Presentation by Shyam Kannan WMATA

Wednesday, November 13
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Preinkert Field House - Conference Room 1112V
University of Maryland College Park

The Washington D.C. region uses transit more than almost any other region in the nation and is now poised to add even more transit to the mix – the Silver Line and Purple Line join new surface transportation elements such as streetcars and BRT proposals in the region’s growing mix of transit elements. What kind of transit network is necessary to keep the region going through the middle of this century? Is what we have enough, or must the region’s transit network grow and adapt to connect new communities, keep up with growing demand, and fully integrate the many providers of transit mobility? Can transit investments solve the region’s growing congestion problems, and in the process, ensure a more sustainable future? WMATA’s Office of Planning is exploring just these questions as it creates its long range Regional Transit System Plan.
Before joining WMATA a year ago, Shyam Kannan spent a decade directing the public sector practice of Robert Charles Lesser and Co. out of its Bethesda office. Prior to that he worked as a revitalization planner with the D.C. Office of Planning and earlier provided urban planning and real estate guidance to several non-profits for economic development targeted at inner cities. He holds Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and in Public Policy from Harvard University and is the author of Measuring the Market for Green Residential Development. “The economic competitiveness of the Washington, D.C. region – especially in a rapidly-evolving global marketplace for talent and investment – is inextricably linked to the quality and appeal of its transit system… Admittedly, I’m a data hound, planning geek, transit aficionado – but I’m also a real estate economist, steward of public process, collaborator, and problem solver. Working to connect the dots and ensure that we have sound ideas that are not only beneficial to the region and sit on firm financial foundations, but also have measurable returns on investment is critically important to this office’s agenda, and we are wiring it into the DNA of everything we do.”