Top transportation leaders are gathering today for a conference on the future of California’s transportation infrastructure — with a host of Orange County officials planning to join in.

Chief among the issues up for discussion at the Mobility 21 Summit in Los Angeles is a projected $200-billion regional infrastructure deficit by the year 2035.

Other topics on the agenda include “Connecting Housing and Transportation Planning,” “Using Infrastructure Corridors, ExpressLanes and CEQA Modernization to Get Projects Done” and “Maintaining Our Water, Transportation and Energy Infrastructure.”

Orange County officials expected to attend include:

  • Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman
  • Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring
  • Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray
  • Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez
  • Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Trish Kelley
  • Newport Beach Mayor Pro Tem Rush Hill
  • Dana Point Mayor Pro Tem Lisa Bartlett
  • Buena Park Councilman Art Brown
  • Cypress Mayor Pro Tem Leroy Mills
  • Laguna Woods Councilman Bert Hack
  • California Transportation Commissioner Lucy Dunn
  • OCTA Director Gregory Winterbottom
  • OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson
  • Transportation Corridor Agencies CEO Neil Peterson
  • Caltrans District 12 Director Ryan Chamberlain

Given the large number of Orange County officials attending the event, Voice of OC is inviting them all to submit guest editorials with their thoughts from the gathering regarding the major challenges and opportunities facing the future of transportation.

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