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Special Guest Speaker: Ethan Elkind

Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm-6:30 pm

The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Department of Public Policy, and Department of History presents, Professor Ethan Elkind, “The Past and Future of L.A’s Metro Rail.”

Professor Ethan Elkind is the Director of the Climate Program at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and leads the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative on behalf of the UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law.

He is the author of Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City (2014). The California Planning & Development Report lauded Elkind’s book, saying it “…tells a straightforward, well researched story — with little embellishment or dramatic flair — not about the politics of rail writ large but rather about the specific political process that birthed, delayed, and, eventually, gave rise to today’s system…The story makes for hard driving, but essential reading.”

This presentation will cover the recent history of Metro Rail and its likely future with the passage of Measure M, Los Angeles County’s transportation tax and master plan to build out a comprehensive transit network.

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