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May 29, 2007 > International Transit Expert in Oakland

International Transit Expert in Oakland

Submitted By Clarence Johnson

Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Columbia, a dynamic speaker and perhaps the foremost authority on public transit and land use, will hold an open forum in Oakland on May 30, sponsored by AC Transit in conjunction with the cities of Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro; MTC; BART and the Transportation and Land Use Coalition. Penalosa, credited for a host of transit reforms and social improvements in Bogota -including the advent of a "car free" day in downtown-will outline ways to enhance urban mass transit, an often ignored but essential component for improving the quality of public life.

In the morning, Penalosa will hold a private conference with the mayors of Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro. In the afternoon, in the Oakland City Council Chambers, he will lead a public discourse with community residents, urban planners, transportation officials and others on the need for progressive transit strategies - like AC Transit's rapid bus services that dramatically reduce commute times. His views are especially timely in light of the recent MacArthur Maze collapse.

Forum on Community Planning and Transit Oriented Development.
Wednesday May 30
3:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers,
One Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
(510) 891-4745

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