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September 28, 2010 > Conference highlights high-speed rail planning

Conference highlights high-speed rail planning

Submitted By Rachel Wall

The potential for California's high-speed rail system to help create more livable and sustainable communities took center stage on September 23 at the High-Speed Rail Transit-Orient Development (TOD) Marketplace conference hosted by the California chapters of the Urban Land Institute.

The event, designed to bring together planning, design and development experts, focused on the opportunities for California's high-speed rail project to foster projects that encourage "smart growth" developments near train stations, reducing people's dependence on cars and take advantage of high-speed rail as a faster, cheaper and safer way to travel.

"Communities throughout California will benefit from our high-speed rail system, which will serve as a catalyst for creating more vibrant town and regional centers along the route," said Curt Pringle, Chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. "Cities throughout the state are eager for the growth and revenue that will accompany stations along with the tremendous opportunities for continued development."

Conference speakers included Curt Pringle, Chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority; Peter Calthorpe, Founder and President of Berkeley-based Calthorpe Associates; Andreas Heym, Director of Development, AREP Ville, Paris; and Maria Ayerdi, Executive Director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

For more information, visit www.hsrtodmarketplace.org.

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