Events

Toronto-Hamilton: See You in Burlington Monday Night!

On Monday night, November 14, urbanist luminary Brent Toderian and I will be sharing the stage as part of Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring’s “Inspire Burlington” series.  The conversation will probably focus on retrofitting transit into a car-based suburban city, but you and your questions are welcome from all over the Toronto-Hamilton region.

It’s free, but you must reserve tickets here.
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Indianapolis: Let’s Talk Transit on Thursday Oct 20

The Indianapolis area votes this fall on a big measure that would create an effective citywide transit system, including a high-frequency grid covering the inner city and several Bus Rapid Transit Lines.  Read all about the plan here.

On October 20 I’ll be at an event called “Real Talk: Transit is On the Ballot”.  We’ll be doing an open house about the plan and I’ll also do a presentation about the big issues that are stake.

It’s 5:30-7 PM at Tindley Accelerated Schools, 3960 Meadows Drive.  Hope to see you there.

 

Have you read my book? If so I have a question …

I hope this doesn’t sound like fishing for praise, but a client has asked me to provide some pithy quotations from my book for use in advertising an event.  Rather than trying to remember or find them myself, it would be great if people who’ve read the book could share pithy quotations that they remember.  That way I don’t have to decide what was pithy, or for that matter memorable.

Leave them in the comments if you think of any!  Thanks!

Indianapolis: Next Stop: Opportunity

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Over the last two years, we have been working with public agency staff, citizens, and national advocates to craft a way forward for transit in Indianapolis.  We’ve taken stakeholders and interested citizens through the difficult choices implied by the geometry of high-ridership service and the need to balance this with non-ridership goals.  We’ve briefed interested City Council members, and at the core of the project, we hammered out new network concepts with city transportation staff at the table.

c016901c-b0ea-4208-9689-b872aceff53dNow there’s a plan.  I’ll be in Indianapolis on March 16-17 to help brief key leaders about it, but I’ll also be at a terrific public breakfast event on March 17 called Next Stop Opportunity.  I love this name because, as can tell from today’s article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, I really believe that liberty and opportunity, in the urban context, are the whole point of public transit.

I’ll write more about the plan, but if you are in Indianapolis, I hope you can join us bright and early on March 17.  Learn more and register here.

My book is on 50% off, until Oct 26!

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Island Press is doing another 50% off sale on all their books, hardcover and paperback.  That brings the paperback of my book down to just $17.50!  No need to wait for the battered one from the library.  Now you can brandish your own copy at your next impassioned meeting!

By my book here!  Browse their impressive inventory starting here.

San Francisco Bay Area: “Transportation Camp” coming to North Bay

From our good friends at Trillium Solutions, a cool company that does a range of IT solutions for transit agencies:

Transportation Camp is coming to Rohnert Park on October 20. The format of Transportation Camp is an "unconference" focused around transit and technology.
 
The event will serve the dual purpose of kicking off the Fall conference for CalACT, California's state transit association. Transit operators, activists, and technologists can come together to solve problems.
 
When: October 20, 2015. Coffee and muffins at 8:30. Event at 9:30. Sessions at 11. Happy hour afterwards.
WhereDoubleTree hotel in Rohnert Park, 2 hours from SF by Golden Gate Transit's 101 bus (we'll provide a shuttle from the Rohnert Park stop to the DoubleTree).
 
I very much hope to see you there! Please register if you can make so that we know how many to expect.

Portland: Small City Club Event on October 6

LogoI don't often get to do events in my home town, so I'm looking forward to a little gathering on October 6 in City Club of Portland's Leader Spotlight series.  It's free, but the venue is small so be sure to RSVP!  Details and link here.  

Seattle Times “Gridlock” Event Oct 29!

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Grim header, no?  Well, all that unhappiness is apparently turning people out for a Seattle Times event on the evening of October 29.  Two hundred people registered in the first two hours for a panel featuring:

  • Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly
  • INRIX CEO Bryan Mistele 
  • University of Washington transportation researcher Mark Hallenbeck
  • and yours truly!

It sounds like that notorious Texas Transportation Institute report may come up at some point, since INRIX did their modeling, so it should be a lively discussion.  There's still time to register, here!