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The Role of Transit in Our Community Vision

Meeting Date: 1-31-14

Air Date: 2-3-14

Guest Speakers:  Larry Banks, PIVOT Architecture; Claire Syrett, Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth (LCHAY); and Julie Daniel, BRING Recycling

Moderator: Rob Zako, Better Eugene-Springfield Transit (BEST)

Program Coordinators: Laura Potter and Rob Zako

In recent years, the community has debated proposed improvements to the EmX bus rapid transit system. Now these improvements are approved and under way. Attending this City Club Friday Forum offers those attending an opportunity to step back, talk about the broader role of transit in our community vision, and look ahead.

Rob Zako will introduce the panel members, who will speak about the role of transit in the community from the perspectives of business, social services, and the environment. Zako is the executive director of Better Eugene-Springfield Transit (BEST), a nonprofit working to educate the public about and promote a regional transit system that fosters prosperity, social equity, and a healthy natural environment. During the past 15 years, he has worked on various transportation and growth issues throughout Oregon.

Larry Banks is an architect and partner at PIVOT Architecture. He has led the way on some of PIVOT’s most challenging and complex projects, including the LEED Gold certification of EWEB’s 52-acre Roosevelt Operations Center, the Amtrak station renovation, and the Downtown Fire Station. Banks was also part of the Envision Eugene Community Resource Group.

Claire Syrett is the executive director of Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth (LCHAY), a nonprofit working to prevent childhood obesity through advocacy and action and is the Eugene City Councilor for Ward 7. She honed her advocacy skills as field director for the ACLU of Oregon. Previously, she was organizer for the Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network Jobs with Justice.

Julie Daniel is the executive director of BRING Recycling, a nonprofit working to help people understand how the stuff we use shapes the planet we share.

Following the speakers’ presentations, members and guests will engage in table talk to prepare questions for the Q&A session.

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