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Lecture on Improving Transit in the Bay Area (Forum at Redwood City, 12/06)

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    ... From: REDEV-Daniel Zack [mailto:DZack@redwoodcity.org] Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 4:32 PM Subject: Transit, anyone? PLEASE JOIN US! Improving
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      ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 11/29/2006 10:36 PM -----

      From: REDEV-Daniel Zack [mailto:DZack@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 4:32 PM
      Subject: Transit, anyone?

      PLEASE JOIN US!

      Improving Transit in the Bay Area:

      Principles of Effective Systems

      Alan Hoffman

      Wednesday, December 6, 2006

      6:00pm

      The Little Fox Theatre <http://www.foxdream.com/> , Downtown Redwood
      City <http://www.redwoodcity.org/downtown>  (map
      <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2209+Broadway+St,+Redwood+City,+CA+94063&
      spn=0.015561,0.028824&hl=en> )

      $10.00 fee payable at door

      NO RSVP REQUIRED


      ALAN HOFFMAN, founding Principal of The Mission Group, will be speaking
      at "The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design"
      on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2006, from 6:00 - 7:45pm!  Don't miss this
      insightful presentation on "Improving TRANSIT IN THE BAY AREA:
      Principles of Effective Systems."


      Too many transit planning decisions are driven not by sound,
      research-based principles, but by wishful thinking, modal fetishes, and
      the availability of corridors or rights-of-way. What are the principles
      that should guide transit planning? How can transit systems truly build
      ridership? What is the true potential of "transit-oriented development?"
      And why don't most transit planning professionals understand and invoke
      these principles?


      American cities invest in transit for a variety of reasons, many of
      which require that transit attract riders who otherwise would be
      driving. The challenge is to make public transit a better choice than
      the single-passenger automobile. Alan Hoffman's extensive consumer
      research on urban and suburban transit systems has identified the
      elements of effective systems and the different techniques by which
      these elements can be employed. At this Forum, Mr. Hoffman will
      elucidate his findings and suggest strategies for a fundamental
      rethinking of transit strategies in the Bay Area, illustrated by
      real-world examples drawn from his work in the U.S., Australia, New
      Zealand, and South America.



      About Alan Hoffman

      Alan Hoffman is the founding principal of The Mission Group, an
      innovative planning firm specializing in strategies for transportation
      and urban development. He has consulted on a wide range of transit,
      parking, and urban redevelopment studies and has contributed to regional
      long-term planning in cities around the world.



      A former professor of Service Management and Market Research at INCAE
      (the Central American Institute of Business Administration), Mr. Hoffman
      has also served on the research faculty of the Harvard Business School,
      and has consulted to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development
      Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development on regional
      development strategies. He is a frequent workshop speaker for the
      National Transit Institute in the U.S.



      Mr. Hoffman holds a Bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Cornell
      University in the social sciences, and a Master's degree from Harvard
      University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. He also holds
      a Master's from MIT in Urban Studies and Planning, where he held a
      research appointment in the Center for Transportation Studies.



      About The Forum

      The Forum at Redwood City is held on the first Wednesday of each month,
      from October through May. Communities By Design (CBD), a local
      nonprofit, and the City of Redwood City jointly produce the Forum, with
      assistance from Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc. (MIG). The fee for the
      Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash). The Forum is held at
      the Little Fox Theatre, located at 2209 Broadway in Redwood City (map
      <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2209+Broadway+St,+Redwood+City,+CA+94063&
      spn=0.015561,0.028824&hl=en> ). Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please note that
      due to State regulations, attendance at the Little Fox Theatre is
      limited to persons over 21.) The presentation and discussion is followed
      by an optional, no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant in downtown
      Redwood City. A flier for the event is attached.



      Transportation: For those arriving by car, there is plenty of parking
      available within a comfortable walk of the Little Fox (Click here
      <http://www.redwoodcity.org/cds/redevelopment/downtown/parking.html>
      for parking information). Transit is also a great option, as the Little
      Fox is also only 2 blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain Station. For
      Caltrain schedule information, click here <http://www.caltrain.com/> .
      You may also click here
      <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2209+Broadway+St,+Redwood+City,+CA+94063&
      spn=0.015561,0.028824&hl=en>  for a map of the area.



      If you need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at the
      City of Redwood City at (650) 780-7363 or dzack@...
      <http://us.f820.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=dzack@...> .



      HELP US GET THE WORD OUT! Please share this information with your
      colleagues who might be interested in attending.  



      For summaries of past Forums, visit http://www.redwoodcity.org/forum



      Please join us on December 6th!





      Dan



      Dan Zack, AICP

      Downtown Development Coordinator

      City of Redwood City, Redevelopment Division

      1017 Middlefield Road

      Redwood City, CA 94063

      (650) 780-7363

      dzack@... <mailto:dzack@...>

      www.redwoodcity.org/downtown <http://www.redwoodcity.org/downtown>



      "Really good downtowns are congested. Stop worrying about it and pray
      for it."

          -Allan Jacobs



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