Transit Climate Change Adaptation Seminar

Sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration, in collaboration with the American Public Transportation Association and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 8am-12pm

Omni Hotel, Los Angeles

Workshop Summary                                                            




Continental Breakfast and Registration

Welcome:  Leslie Rogers, FTA Regional Administrator, Region 9

Introductory Remarks:  Therese McMillan, FTA Deputy Administrator


Climate Change Adaptation and Transit Expert Panel

Climate change adaptation: what the science tells us and how practitioners can use the science - Tod Delaney, President, First Environment

Climate change impacts and adaptation in Southern California - Paul Bunje, Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions

Los Angeles County MTA Climate Change Adaptation Efforts – Cris Liban, LACMTA

New York MTA’s Climate Adaptation Efforts – Projjal Dutta, NY MTA

Transport for London’s Climate Adaptation Efforts, Helen Woolston, Transport for London

Moderating and presenting key findings from FTA’s adaptation report - Tina Hodges, FTA

Questions and Answers / Discussion
Instructions for Interactive Mock Risk Assessment – Tina Hodges, FTA
Interactive Mock Risk Assessment

Participants divide into pre-assigned groups and use a risk assessment matrix to assess climate change risks to a mock transit system based on provided scenario information.  Participants prioritize risks according to likelihood and consequence.  The scenario for each group varies by region of the country, projected climate impacts, size and type of transit agency, etc. 

(Speakers from the panel will circulate among the groups)
Report-back from break-out groups – Moderated by Rich Weaver, APTA
Path Forward

Group discussion of next steps to improve transit resilience to climate change impacts.  What is needed to further adaptation concepts and strategies and how best can these be accomplished?  How can FTA, APTA, and transit agencies that have already begun addressing climate advance the conversation and state of practice?