City Club of Eugene: Transportation Today and Tomorrow: What Changes Are In Store?

Jul 2, 2018

Recorded On: June 29, 2018

Air Date: July 2, 2018

In the summer of 1926, several thousand performers gathered at Hayward Field for the world premiere performance of “Klatawa: A Pageant of Transportation.” The occasion of Klatawa — from the Chinook word for “to travel” or “to go” — was the joining of eastern and western Oregon with a southern Pacific rail line between Klamath Falls and Eugene. A year later, the last of Eugene’s trolley-cars ceased running. About this time, the Ford Motor Company replaced its Model T with the Model A, the best-selling car of its time.

Today, cars are hybrid, electric or even self-driving. Ride-hailing services such as Lyft and Uber are supplementing traditional taxicabs. People are using bus rapid transit to get places faster. Others walk or bicycle for improved health. To learn what changes are in store for transportation locally, we are joined by four local experts.

Speakers:

Edward McGlone, director of public affairs for Lane Transit District, will speak about Transit Tomorrow, LTD’s new effort to redesign our transit system to match our communities values.

Lindsey Hayward, general manager of PeaceHealth Rides, will speak about Eugene’s new bike share system, a partnership with the City of Eugene, LTD and the University of Oregon.

Marc Schlossberg, co-founder of the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the UO, will speak about Urbanism Next, a multi-disciplinary effort to understand what is next for our cities.

Joshua Skov, president of Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation, will coordinate the speakers, address why Uber/Lyft declined to participate at the beginning of the program. He will also speak about ways the public can help shape our transportation options today and tomorrow.

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