James M. Hunnicutt, CAPP, Industry Professional of the Year
Brian Shaw, CAPP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Stanford Transportation, Calif. Brian Shaw, CAPP, has spent his nearly 25-year career fostering sustainable transportation options and innovations in parking management. Under his leadership, Stanford has successfully kept its peak-hour trips under the level established in 2000, while the campus has continued to grow and thrive. Working primarily in higher education at leading U.S. research institutions, he provides invaluable industry leadership, including as a member of IPMI’s Board of Directors and as past president and treasurer of the Association for Commuter Transportation. Shaw has led the charge in moving Stanford Transportation away from outdated, paper-based approaches to more efficient and responsive online programs and processes. Since arriving at Stanford in 2014, he led and oversaw major operational changes, including transitioning from physical parking permits to a virtual permit system, from physical to virtual transit passes, from a cash-based and in-person bike registration process to online bike registration, from lock-and-key bike lockers to electronic access to bike cages, and from physical parking meters to appbased visitor parking. His vision of transitioning to online services over the past several years enabled the department to remain up and running when 2020 shelter-in-place orders would have made it difficult, if not impossible, to process physical transactions. It also facilitated a more seamless suspension of parking permit fees and reinstatement of parking enforcement. Shaw has called for strong collaborations with other campus departments. He supported and advocated for roundabouts, which Campus Planning researched and implemented. He worked with other departments to implement green bike lanes and the expansion of mobile bike repair services and bike safety repair stations. These program enhancements helped Stanford achieve the only consecutive Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designation from the League of American Bicyclists. With unprecedented campus development, including construction of the new Escondido Village Graduate Residences, Shaw oversaw the development of an innovative residential Car Free Club, which rewarded resident graduate students who agreed to go car-free over three years. It achieved remarkable
success, exceeding the target permit-demand reduction and coming in under budget. Shaw has brought leadership to every area of Stanford’s transportation programs and to the local community and his industry.
Emerging Leader of the Year
Chris Lechner, CAPP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR STRATEGY AND DATA ANALYTICS
UCLA Transportation Passionate about analytical approaches to business, Chris Lechner, CAPP, leverages data to direct parking and mobility improvements. In a brief amount of time, his contributions revolutionized a critical sector within UCLA Transportation’s operation. He led the transition to a virtual parking permit system, completed years ahead of schedule, leading to a cumulative reoccurring savings of more than $2 million each year. Lechner is responsible for producing next-level data analysis, leading to change-making and improvements in multiple services and programs. His innovation and insight are helping the organization strategically and sustainably move into the future. The new virtual parking permit system, Bruin ePermit, uses license-plate-recognition technology. This paperless system has saved 1,500 pounds of paper and removed 30,000 plastic hangtags from production each year. Only a few months after the system launched in 2019, through Lechner’s efforts, daily parking permits became available in the new system, three years ahead of schedule. Recently, Lechner worked diligently to establish the Data Lab, a centralized location for operational data. Work produced by the Data Lab helps UCLA Transportation better manage its entire breadth of services and programs and allows managers to make better business decisions. Data is used by commuter programs and parking permit coordinators, active transportation planners, fleet and transit specialists, and others to make adjustments that result in enhanced services and programs. With the Data Lab, Lechner moved the process to a single digital entry that included auto alerts. The new process is saving over 1,400 pieces of paper and reallocating over 125 labor hours each year. PARKING-MOBILITY.ORG / JULY 2021 / PARKING & MOBILITY 27