Upcoming Public Rail Meetings
Next week in Los Angeles there will be two public events to showcase and build support for passenger rail in California, high speed rail included. Both are worth attending, especially if you live in Southern California and have the time.
First up is the May 1st 21st Century Transportation for Los Angeles Conference being hosted by CALPIRG. It’ll be from 10-3 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 555 W. Temple in downtown LA. Among the speakers will be Quentin Kopp.
The next day, Saturday May 2 at 9:15 AM, also in downtown LA (this time at Union Station) is the RailPAC and NARP joint meeting, with a general topic of Steel Wheels In California. Some of the leading figures in passenger rail will be speaking there – Joseph Boardman, the new CEO of Amtrak; Bill Bronte, who heads Caltrans’ Division of Rail, and several other LA-area rail figures. Specifically for HSR, Rod Diridon of the CHSRA board and Bruce Armistead of Parsons Brinckerhoff will be there to talk about the HSR project.
I’m going to try and attend both events, but it’s unclear whether I’ll actually be able to (the next week and a half is shaping up to be unusually busy for me). Regardless, if you’re in Southern California, you ought to consider attending one or both of these excellent public events, a good opportunity to learn about the status of the HSR project – especially since the CHSRA hasn’t yet held public workshops in SoCal just yet.