CalPIRG Sponsors Smart Transportation Conference Next Friday

Next Friday, CalPIRG is hosting a major conference about what the upcoming reauthorization of the federal Transportation Trust Fund could mean for Los Angeles, if we want it enough.  New federal language in transportation funding legislation could bring major changes to Los Angeles and the rest of the country.  However, CalPIRG is perfectly able to promote their own event:

The City of Angels has come a long way by passing Measure R and the High-Speed Rail Initiative. But we are not there yet. We have another significant opportunity as Congress considers the next national transportation budget. Please join us as we decide how to bring a faster, smarter, safer, greener transportation system to Los Angeles.



When: May 1st, 2009
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Cathedral of Our Lady the Angels
W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Angelenos clearly want more and better transportation options, as evidenced by the passage of major ballot measures to invest in local transportation and high-speed rail to Northern California. What are the next steps to 21st Century Transportation? Major initiatives in Congress could reform the next transportation funding bill and cap global warming pollution. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles MTA is developing their long-range plan for Los Angeles transportation and the California High-Speed Rail Authority is moving forward with plans for a 220-mile an hour bullet train. Come learn more about opportunities, obstacles, and how you can play a role in Los Angeles' transportation future.


*Lunch to be provided*

Confirmed Speakers and Moderators Include:

  • The Honorable Bob Blumenfield, Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Information Technology and Transportation
  • The Honorable Mike Eng, Chair, Assembly Transportation Committee
  • The Honorable Judge Quentin Kopp, Chair, California High-Speed Rail Authority
  • The Honorable Jan Perry, Councilwoman, Los Angeles 9th District
  • Mr. James Corless, Director, Transportation for America
  • Mr. Michael Turner, Manager, State Affairs of Los Angeles MTA
  • Mr. Richard Slawson, Executive, Los Angeles and Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Mr. Michael Woo, Professor, University of Southern California and Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner
  • Mr. Alex Pugh, Senior Policy Manager, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Dan Turner, Editorial Writer, Los Angeles Times
  • Mr. Ed Begley, Actor and Activist
Please RSVP. Click here, or contact Erin Steva at or 213-251-3680 x. 308