Redwood City Forum: Can streetcars stimulate development? January 8, 6PM
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> PLEASE JOIN US ON THE SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH (JANUARY ONLY!)!
> Development Oriented Transit:
> The Portland Streetcar
> Rick Gustafson
> Thursday, January 8, 2009
> The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City, 2209 Broadway
> $10.00 fee payable at door
> NO RSVP REQUIRED
> Chief Operating Officer for the Portland Streetcar RICK GUSTAFSON
> will be speaking at �The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing
> Conversation on City Design� on THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009, from 6:00
> - 7:45pm! Don�t miss this informative presentation on�DEVELOPMENT
> ORIENTED TRANSIT: THE PORTLAND STREETCAR.�
> In the 1960s, the City of Portland, like many other cities
> throughout the U.S., was threatened by loss of residents, businesses
> and capital. Suburban housing developments, shopping areas, and
> business parks were draining the vitality from the city center.
> Today, however, Portland�s central city is one of the most admired
> in North America. Many things contributed to this turnaround, but
> one key factor was an emphasis on transit and cooperative planning
> for transportation and land uses.
> The Portland Streetcar, which is owned and operated by the City of
> Portland, has been a model for the rest of the country. It was
> designed to fit the scale and traffic patterns of the neighborhoods
> through which it travels. Streetcar vehicles run in mixed traffic
> and, except at platform stops, accommodate existing curbside parking
> and loading.
> Portland�s goals for the streetcar include: linking neighborhoods
> with a convenient and attractive transportation alternative; fitting
> the scale and traffic patterns of existing neighborhoods; providing
> quality service to attract new transit ridership; reducing short
> inner-city auto trips, parking demand, traffic congestion and air
> pollution; and encouraging development of more housing & businesses
> in Central Portland.
> As a result of the Portland�s commitment to finance and operate a
> streetcar, it has experienced economic growth, higher density
> development, trip reduction and improvements in the carbon
> footprint. Come hear the Chief Operating Officer for the Portland
> Streetcar talk about the implementation of a streetcar circulator
> used in Portland to spur $3.5 billion in private investment in new
> development in Central Portland. The presentation will address
> issues related to the efforts to link the new streetcar line with
> adjacent development.
> Join us to hear more about the Portland experience and learn lessons
> that can be applied in our own communities.
> About Rick Gustafson
> Rick Gustafson is a Principal and Vice President of Shiels Obletz
> Johnsen, which is a project management firm with offices in Portland
> andSeattle. Mr. Gustafson holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from
> Yale University and a Masters Degree in Urban Economics fromWayne
> State University.
> Mr. Gustafson has had a wide variety of experiences and expertise in
> the urban transportation field. His initial education was as a
> Research Economist for General Motors Corporation where he explored
> travel demand theory and travel behavior. He published over 25
> technical journal articles relating travel behavior modeling and
> Mr. Gustafson was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in
> 1975, serving on the Ways and Means Committee for two terms and
> Chairing the Transportation Subcommittee. In 1978, he was elected as
> Metro�s first Executive Officer, a post he held until 1986. Mr.
> Gustafson was a key political leader in supporting the first light
> rail in Portland which has proven to be very successful.
> In 1994, Mr. Gustafson was retained by the City of Portland to
> prepare the Central City Transportation Management Plan (CCTMP). The
> purpose of the CCTMP was to expand the parking policies of the
> downtown to the entire area of the Central City of Portland. The
> project involved considerable modeling evaluation, air quality,
> transit circulation and parking policies. The CCTMP was successfully
> implemented in 1996.
> In 1990, Shiels Obletz Johnsen was retained by the City of Portland
> to investigate the potential for development of a streetcar system
> that would support a higher density of development in the Central
> City. The Portland Streetcar Project was developed and Portland
> Streetcar, Inc. (PSI) non-profit corporation was contracted by the
> City of Portland to design, build, operate and maintain the
> streetcar. Mr. Gustafson was retained by PSI to serve as Chief
> Operating Officer in 1999. The operations of the streetcar began in
> 2001. Mr. Gustafson is now the Executive Director and Chief
> Operating Officer for Portland Streetcar.
> About The Forum
> The Forum at Redwood City is held on the first Thursday 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. Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please note that due to State
> regulations, attendance at the 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
> Theatre. Transit is also a great option, as the Little Fox is also
> only 2 blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain Station.
> If you need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at
> the City of Redwood City at (650) 780-7363 or dzack@....
> PLEASE 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 January 8th!
> Dan Zack, AICP
> Downtown Development Coordinator
> Community Development Services Department
> City of Redwood City
> 1017 Middlefield Road
> Redwood City CA, 94063