Join Dr. Wendy Slusser as she chats with Renee Fortier, the Executive Director of UCLA Events and Transportation, about how UCLA has responded to ensure safe transportation during these uncertain times.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all sectors and industries to adapt to a new normal–oftentimes forcing a swift change in operations. The transportation sector has been hit particularly hard as millions of residents minimize their travel and shelter at home. At the same time, essential workers including health care workers at the Ronald Reagan Hospital rely on public transportation to get safely to and from work.
Renée Fortier (B.A. Rice University; M.A./M.S. UCLA), Executive Director UCLA Events & Transportation, oversees both a comprehensive transportation program and the campus Events Office, and is co-chair of the Built Environment (BE Well) pod of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative. With a daily population of 70,000, UCLA reduces traffic, and improves air quality and quality of life for the UCLA campus and the community at large through an extensive sustainable transportation program, including public transit passes, bicycle programs, carpools, vanpools, shuttles, and a campus fleet which is 50% alternative fueled. UCLA’s transportation programs have garnered awards from the Air Quality Management District, Association for Commuter Transportation and L.A. Metro, as well as the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), and have received a “Best Workplace for Commuters” – Gold designation and a “Bike Friendly University” – Silver designation.