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Transportation Politics 101 training series: Part I of III

  • Peninsula Conservation Center 3921 East Bayshore Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)

Do you wish public transit in the Bay Area were better? Or that cities were more walkable or bicycle-friendly? Who decides what projects and investments get made? In the Bay Area it can be particularly difficult to figure this out, which means that it's confusing for advocates to figure out how to apply political pressure to make things better.

Learn the basics of transportation politics and governance in this 3-part series from two veterans of transportation politics, with a particular emphasis on the corridor from San Jose to San Francisco.

Part 1: What government bodies are in charge of transportation investments? How are these political bodies structured and related?

Margaret Okuzumi is the former executive director of BayRail Alliance, who spent more than a decade intensely engaged in public transit advocacy. Her past roles in the field of transportation advocacy include being Chair of the MTC Citizens Advisory Commission, member of the VTA Citizens Advisory Committee, board chair of the organization now known as Transform, and a Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee member.

Gladwyn D'Souza is chair of the Loma Prieta Chapter's Conservation, Transportation and Food Committees, a former planning commissioner, former director at Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Walk San Jose, and board member of Carbon Free Silicon Valley. He teaches compost, diversity, and solar cooking.

Co-sponsored by Bayshore Progressive Democrats & Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Transportation Committee.