Leonard Transportation Center kicks off 2021 Inland Empire Regional Mobility Dialogue Series with telecommuting’s impact on transportation

Experts will examine the rapid growth of remote work during the pandemic and its short- and long-term implications for transportation in the Inland Empire and beyond.

ONTARIO, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2021) – Kicking off its fourth year, the Regional Mobility Dialogue Series of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino is presenting the first of six new dialogues on topics relevant to the future of transportation in the Inland Empire. The next dialogue, titled “Telecommuting During the Pandemic – Lasting Impacts on the Transportation Sector,” will be held Feb. 23, 2021, via live videoconference.

The series is open to the public with platinum level sponsorship from HNTB Corporation and the San Bernardino International Airport.

In this session, attendees will hear from transportation industry thought leaders about the challenges and opportunities created by the rapid transition to telecommuting and remote work brought about by the pandemic. How has the pandemic changed the transportation landscape? Are these changes permanent? What are the positive and negative impacts on the economy and the environment? Are there opportunities to emerge from the pandemic better than before?

Speakers in this session are:

  • Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer, Metrolink
  • Steve Finnegan, Manager, Public Affairs and Public Policy, Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA)
  • Steven E. Polzin, Ph.D., Consultant, Researcher and Author
  • Kimberly Collins, Executive Director, Leonard Transportation Center

The coronavirus pandemic and its economic repercussions hit at a time when the transportation industry was already under stress from evolving travel patterns. The shift from home-to-work commuting to remote work only added to the strain on public transit, fleet operators, third-party logistics providers and everyday commuters.

The economic stresses from the pandemic prompted an urgency to be more efficient. Transportation businesses increasingly are using digital systems to automate repetitive processes and free up employees for other work. What do these almost overnight changes mean for businesses and the real estate market and what does it mean for the transportation sector? During this dialogue, our experts will address some of the changes they have seen, what they see coming, and what can be done to seize opportunities and mitigate these negative impacts.

Following the presentations, attendees will engage in a discussion with an opportunity to share concerns and ideas with transportation professionals, policy makers, students and each other. Transportation experts from the platinum sponsors will facilitate this discussion and bring their experience and expertise to benefit the dialogue.

As part of CSUSB, the Leonard Transportation Center brings people together to provide the facts, discuss the major issues, and work to resolve them. The center is committed to the notion that finding solutions to the mobility challenges in Southern California is much more likely when people all walks of life are engaged in the conversations.

Kimberly Collins, LTC executive director, said, “We are energized by the success of our first three years and we invite anyone interested in being part of the conversation and solution to join us for this year’s innovative and engaging series.”

This dialogue, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 from 8-10:00 a.m., will be held virtually via a live videoconference. A link to the videoconference will be provided upon registration. Attendees can register free of charge. Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants, and pre-registration is required. To register, click here: http://Bit.ly/RMDS-Feb23-2021