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Getting to Know: Carlos Pazmino, Arlington Transportation Partners

Posted: 01/28/2021
Category: Member Spotlight

As a Business Development Manager for Multi Family Developments at Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), I aim to build relationships, establish transportation programs and amenities, and educating residents of Arlington County to think strategically about their transportation options. My goal is make sure mobility in Arlington is an enjoyable and universally accessible experience for all walks of life, while also helping improve the built environment and building equity. I have a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Urban Economics from the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York. 

What brought you to TDM/how did you get involved in the field?

I have a deep love for transportation equity and efficiency. From my time at the New York Public Interest and Research Group (NYPIRG) as a Project Coordinator I advocated for affordable fares, improved bus service, and enforcing ADA standards in public transportation. Access to good, efficient, transportation has an intersectional impact on the built environment. Working to improve the quality of life in urban environments for all residents and businesses is my main motivator.

Why did you get involved in ACT? What has been the most memorable moment of your experience in ACT?

I have always been passionate about transportation. Being a New Yorker, I think, and a subway enthusiast grounded me into getting involved with urban planning and transportation planning. By extension, my graduate program made me aware of ACT and the benefits of TDM (Transportation Demand Management).

Within your work, what do you see as the future opportunities/challenges for TDM?

I believe that COVID will uniformly impact the way individuals will interact with the built environment. This introduces several new opportunities, like an increase in demand for biking and active mobility (walkability).  But likewise urban regions will be challenged with its residents having hesitation of utilizing public transit and building new dependence of single occupancy automobiles. Also, as companies begin to normalize working from home, social isolation and reduced trips to urban cores and small business nodes will reduce critical revenue. I see this a great opportunity to reintroduce folks to urbanism and transportation, and encourage people to rethink how they interact with urban amenities.

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