Conference on preserving and expanding transit at UCLA School of Law on Nov. 2

The UCLA School of Law is hosting a conference on transit on Friday, Nov. 2. One of the speakers will be Stuart Cohen of TransForm, a transit activist group — that’s him in the above video. From the school:

Public transit in California and the nation—including the shuttles, buses, and passenger rail that serve our communities—has been battered by recession and dwindling public sector budgets. At the same time, ridership in many areas has spiked. This free conference at UCLA Law (co-sponsored by Berkeley Law) will highlight the challenges facing transit and explore solutions to overcome them and develop a world-class transit system. Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Metro, will be the keynote speaker. Simulcast is available with registration. Attorneys attending the live event can earn 4.25 hours of MCLE credit.

More information, including registration, can be found here.

 

4 replies

  1. What a joke from a University that inconveniences thousands of students at the behest of one spoiled rich homeowner who bought a house on Hilgard 40 years after a transit center was put there….

  2. The primary solution to expanding mass transit is responsibly taxing petroleum based fuels and inverting the bulk of the revenues into mass transit. To achieve this the illogical and irrational position of being against any and all tax increases which dozens of Republican legislators have pledged must be overcome. It’s a matter of a society which has been intellectually bamboozled by this logic pulling its head out of its rear end and realizing that the vast majority of the industrialized world has per capita oil consumption rates which are 40-60% that of the U.S, and that California can achieve similar consumption rates if it were to make mass transit the primary mode of transportation, which it is capable of doing by using its own resources. With the adoption of alternative fuels and technologies it may even reduce its oil consumption rate by 80-100%, yet solely relying on alternative fuels and technologies to achieve these dramatic reductions is a fantasy. Our society would experience economic convulsions before then, and some might suggest that we are already experiencing economic convulsions.

  3. “The primary solution to expanding mass transit is responsibly taxing petroleum based fuels and inverting the bulk of the revenues into mass transit…”

    Does not work. Cars these days are getting better gas mileage and some consume zero gas at all. Raise gas taxes to $5 per gallon, 0 gas consumed x $5 is zero.

    President Obama has mandated that cars and light trucks by 2025 have to achieve a fuel efficiency rating of 54.5 MPG. And each year we are getting closer; even new American cars once known for poor fuel economy are getting 30+ MPG on the highways these days.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/28/obama-administration-finalizes-historic-545-mpg-fuel-efficiency-standard

    With higher gas prices, it also pushes people to seek other fuel efficient alternatives like motorcycles and scooters. Some scooters can get upwards of 100 MPG or more which only need a 1 gallon fill up every two weeks. Whereas tax revenues could’ve been for 10 gallon worth gas every week, by raising gas taxes on top of high gas prices, the state now only receives 1 gallon worth of taxes every two weeks.