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Osher Events : Osher Distinguished Speaker Series: California and the Future of Mass Transit

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Osher Distinguished Speaker Series: California and the Future of Mass Transit

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Course Description 
Perhaps no state in the Union is more identified with the automobile than California. But how to make the shift to mass transit in a state whose transit system is defined by the automobile? This will be the topic addressed by Ron Diridon. Some of the issues he will address: Why is the U.S. determined to retain a carbon powered transportation system? As climate change becomes a crisis, how can the U.S. sustain international credibility when our 4% of the world’s population creates nearly 30% of its greenhouse gasses? Where will funding come from to build the next generation of travel infrastructure in Californian and America, including electrically-powered 200+ miles per hour high speed trains?


Rod Diridon is known as the father of modern transit service in Silicon Valley and has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs related to transit and the environment. He was appointed in 2001 and 2005 by Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger, respectively, to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board. Since 1995, he has been Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), a transportation policy research center created in 1991 by Congress; and he was recently elected Chair of the US High Speed Rail Association’s Board. Upon Diridon’s retirement from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 1995 (termed out after 6 terms as Chair), the region’s main train station was renamed “San Jose Diridon Station.” 

Speaker Series:  April 26 
Social Gathering:  9:30 AM - 10:00 AM  
Event:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM                                       

Event Location:  The Wiegand Teleconference Center Room 102, Arts & Science Building 


Cost: 20.00


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Grace Perez
Tel 408 554-2382

Santa Clara University OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute
Guadalupe Hall - Lower Level, Room 135
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95053
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