Third District Councilman Chris Holden founded the organization that’s held several free community events on Green Jobs, Historic Architecture, and today’s event on transporation issues including the high speed rail project that’s been in the news, the controversial 710 freeway extension, and L.A.’s 30-10 plan to build 12 transit projects in 10 years rather than 30.
Symposium organizers brought in decision makers in the transportation arena, including people from Metro and Metrolink, and organizations promoting rail transit like RailLA and the Transit Coalition. Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering firm, The Bob Hope Airport, Metro, and the Califronia High Speed Rail Authority were just a few of the major sponsors. One Community’s Media Co-Chair Ron Carter sayts the event was a resounding success. “It went way beyond our expections,” he said. “We are happy with the turnout, because transportaion is a major inustry in terms of the growth of jobs for our country, but also for our state.” He went on to say, “It’s very important that people get information about getting out of their cars. With gas prices projected to increase by astronomical amounts, that will really make people consider using the transportation systems we discussed at the symposium.”
Event organizers say the discussion will continue, with a follow-up conversation taking place soon.