WTS-Los Angeles – one of the largest WTS chapters – is a trendsetting, vibrant chapter that provides outstanding advantages to its members through exceptional VIP speakers, pioneering programs, leadership training, high school and university outreach, and mentoring and professional development. Some highlights include the following:
Metro Highway Program: On January 30, 2020, WTS-LA hosted a lunch program featuring Abdollah Ansari, Senior Executive Officer, Highway Program, for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Mr. Ansari is leading the delivery of highway improvement projects with a budget of $8 billion under Measure R and $20+ billion under Measure M supplemented by State and federal funds. Attendees at the program heard more about current projects and future opportunities with Metro's highway program. Click here to view the presentation slides.
Passenger Rail Program: On July 29, 2020, WTS-LA hosted a rail panel featuring Jeanet Owens, Senior Executive Officer, Program Management and Regional Rail, Metro; June Susilo, Deputy Executive Officer, Program Management, Metro; Todd McIntyre, Chief Strategy Officer, Metrolink; and Donna DeMartino, Managing Director, Los Angeles–San Diego–San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency. Click here to view all four sets of presentation slides.
At the Annual Scholarship and Awards dinner on November 7, 2019, WTS-LA awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to deserving young women in high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate programs in transportation-related fields.
Workforce Development Initiative
In 2017-2018, WTS-LA made some significant changes to committees, increased the scholarship fund, and focused on workforce development. Read our report summarizing our accomplishments.
Read WTS-LA's white paper about Workforce Development, called “Bridging LA County’s Transportation Industry Workforce Gap: Where have all of the qualified people gone…and how do we get them back? Read here.
Photos © John Livzey.