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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies
at University of California, Berkeley present the:
2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation:
Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

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Wednesday, May 3 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
1B - Transportation and a Vibrant Economy: Economic Assessment's Role and Application in Transportation Investments and Economic Development

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There is a concerted effort to expand economic analysis into transportation infrastructure planning, design and programming processes. Newly adopted legislation, regulations, executive orders and policies that are requiring the State and local transportation agencies to incorporate economic analysis, including benefit-cost analysis, life-cycle cost analysis and economic impact assessment into long-term planning development, project prioritization and selection.  The analyses, in some instances, must consider economic impacts from public health, climate change adaptation, social equity and environmental effects. The challenge is to develop an effective approach to conducting economic analysis within the various division and programs, and at various stages of project planning and implementation.  This session will discuss the best approach for developing comprehensive and consistent methodologies for conducting economic analysis within and/or across multiple programs and stages of transportation infrastructure planning, design and construction.


Barry Padilla

Chief, Transportation Economics Branch, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Barry Padilla is Chief of the Transportation Economics Branch (TEB), Division of Transportation Planning for the California Department of Transportation.  In this position, Mr. Padilla leads a staff of economist in conducting economic and financial research; development of investment... Read More →

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Matthew J. Holian

Associate Professor of Economics, San Jose State University
Matthew J. Holian is an Associate Professor of Economics at San Jose State University.  He joined the faculty at SJSU in 2008 after earning his Ph.D. in Economics at Ohio State University.  He teaches courses in Cost-Benefit Analysis, Econometrics, Industrial Organization and Regional... Read More →
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Jim Miller

Senior Regional Economist, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
Jim Miller has been a Senior Economist with SANDAG (the San Diego Association of Governments) since 2013; he researches the effects of transportation and land-use decisions on the regional economy. He has worked in economics for over twenty years, in government, academia, and the... Read More →
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Dr. Emily Wimberger

Chief Economist, California Air Resources Board
Dr. Emily Wimberger is the chief economist at the California Air Resources Board where she leads the economic analysis of California’s climate change and criteria pollution regulations and policies. Previously, Emily served as a researcher at the University of California Center... Read More →

Wednesday May 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Contra Costa Room