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The 7th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium on the Transportation – Land Use – Environment Connection: “Transportation and the Economy”

Held December 7-9 at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Conference Center




It is widely accepted among analysts and policymakers that economic growth and prosperity depend on effective and efficient transportation systems.  But the specifics of this relationship between the economy and transportation are not widely or clearly understood.  Major public investments in transportation facilities are often justified on the basis of economic benefits that are estimated in only the most general of terms.  To clarify these linkages, the 1997 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium will focus on Transportation and the Economy, with an additional emphasis on how urban development and air quality policy issues relate to the overall topic.  In particular, we will examine:

  • How ongoing changes to economic production and distribution systems will alter transportation demand
  • How the new era of “free trade” will affect the international movement of goods
  • How the costs and benefits of transportation system improvements can be systematically evaluated
  • How and when transportation system investments affect economic development in economically distressed areas
  • Whether the projected growth in the scale and pace of goods movement will affect air quality, and how new air quality standards may affect the movement of freight
  • The land use and urban form implications of evolving production and distribution systems
  • The linkages between the finance of transportation investments (and policy initiatives like ISTEA) and the economic benefits generated by these investments and
  • The implications of all these issues for transportation, land use, and air quality policymakers


For twenty-four years the Transportation–Land Use–Environment Connection symposium has been attended by over 100 public, private, and academic leaders annually.

The unique signature of this series is its balance, of both scholarly and practice-oriented presentations, and ideological perspectives. Recent topics include:

Each year, the program sponsor steering committee selects a topic to be covered in various dimensions by approximately 30 academic, government, and private sector speakers from around the globe.  Recent scholarly speakers include:

  • Alan Altshuler and Jose Gomez-Ibanez (Harvard),
  • Robert Burchell and John Pucher (Rutgers),
  • Robert Cervero and Martin Wachs (Berkeley),
  • Anthony Downs (Brookings),
  • Genevieve Giuliano and Randolf Hall (USC),
  • David Godschalk and John Kasarda (North Carolina)

Directions to the
UCLA Lake Arrowhead
Conference Center
(see maps below)
From Los Angeles: Take the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) East to the I-215 North. Travel on the I-215 for 6 miles. At Hwy 30/Mountain Resorts, bear right and exit the freeway at Waterman Avenue (Hwy 18). Turn left on Waterman Avenue and continue on Hwy 18 into the mountains for 22 miles. Turn left at Lake Arrowhead sign (Hwy 173). Follow road 2 miles down to the Lake Arrowhead Village four-way stop. Turn right at the stoplight and continue around the lake on Hwy 173 for 4-3/4 miles to Willow Creek Road. You will pass a gas station and a marina. Drive approximately 1.2 miles past the hospital turnoff and look for the Conference Center sign. Turn left onto Willow Creek Road and drive to the end of the road (about 1/2 mile). Make two right turns and you have arrived at the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. The Main Lodge is the first building on the right as you enter the main parking lot.
Ground Transportation
from Airports
Ontario Airport is the nearest airport to the Conference Center.  It is approximately one hour away from the Conference Center via freeway and mountain roads. Guests arriving by air may rent cars at the airport and should consider carpooling with other passengers attending the symposium. The Lewis Center will make available a limited number of shared ride vans to and from Lake Arrrowhead from select Metrolink stations and Ontario Airport. See the symposium registration site for more details. When making travel arrangements, please note that the symposium begins at 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 19th.Other AirportsBurbank (Bob Hope) – 87 miles
Los Angeles International – 115 miles
Orange County (John Wayne) – 80 miles
Palm Springs – 80 miles
San Diego International – 115 miles
Information For additional information, please call the UCLA Lewis Center at (310) 562-7356 or email

If you are interesting in becoming a sponsor for the event, the following six sponsorship levels are offered:

– Diamond Sponsor $20,000 +
– Platinum Sponsor $10,000 +
– Gold Sponsor $7,500
– Silver Sponsor $5,000 +
– Sponsor $2,500 +
– Cooperating organizations

For additional information, please refer to the Sponsorship Information Sheet.
To become a sponsor please contact Todd Gauthier by phone at (310) 562-7356 or email at

Recent Sponsors and Cooperating Organizations


California Department of Transportation

Southern California Association of Governments


Automobile Club of Southern California

California Air Resources Board

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Majestic Realty Co.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Mineta Transportation Institute, SJSU

Port of Long Beach

South Coast Air Quality Management District

University of California, Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation


Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Energy Commission

California State University, Long Beach

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California Transportation Commission

Coalition for Clean Air

CSUSB Leonard Transportation Center

Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic

Federal Highway Administration

Federal Transit Administration

Los Angeles World Airports

METRANS Transportation Center, USC/CSULB

Orange County Transportation Authority

RAND Corporation

Sacramento Area Council of Governments

San Bernardino Associated Governments

San Diego Association of Governments

San Francisco County Transportation Authority

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Sierra Club

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas Company

UC Davis, Environmental Science & Policy 

UC Irvine, School of Social Ecology

UC Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering CE-CERT

Urban Land Use and Transportation Center, UC Davis

UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

UCLA School of Law

Union Pacific Railroad

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency