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05/28/2011: "Possibly the Most Important Meeting of the Year"Bart Reed of the Transit Coalition announces a meeting on Thursday, June 2nd, that could be one of the most important of the year for the Los Angeles area. It will comprise a presentation to the Sierra Club of the GRID project, which conceptualizes an integrated transport system that could easily replace freeways for most freight and much passenger movement in the eastern part of the region, as well as underpin the development of car-free TOD villages and add to the countywide bicycle network, all using locally-sourced current technology and skills.
We have outlined GRID in an article at our sister publication, the New Colonist, titled Start Making Sense: Beyond Freeways, but this is a chance to hear about it directly from designer David Alba, and ask a few questions later.
Here is Bart Reed's invitation to you in his own words:
Dear Clean Air Colleague:If you will be in Los Angeles next week, please try to attend this meeting.
Recently I came across a simple solution to remove a huge volume of trucks that foul our air and clog the 710, 10 and 60 Freeways. It is just a different way to move cargo, that cuts out the trucks. Ship to Train or Train to Ship. It uses existing technology, labor and rail corridors in a different configuration, cutting out the trucks.
My colleague David Alba, GRID Project Designer will present, as the special guest speaker at the Sierra Club Transportation Committee this Thursday, June 2 with networking starting at 7 p.m. at the Sierra Club Lower Plaza Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome, Sierra Club Member or not at no charge, except for the paid parking lot. (Meeting Details)
Please see the Agenda for the Thursday, June 2 meeting (networking @ 7 p.m.), presentation starts promptly at 7:30 p.m., at the chapter office, 3435 Wilshire Boulevard, (the tall Equitable building across from the late Ambassador Hotel). Look for the meeting room on the lower plaza (LP) level which is on the parking entrance level, past the elevators toward Wilshire, then a left turn and straight to the end of the hall.
Paid parking is inside the building with the entrance off Mariposa, or you can take transit. Ride the Wilshire Purple Line subway or Metro Rapid bus #720 to Wilshire / Normandie). If you're coming via bicycle please call me in advance and we can make accommodations for space. My cell phone is 818-419-1671.
Thanks and see you all Thursday!