Rail Station Cities Symposium

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California Museum

1020 O Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Many cities and transit agencies across California are planning transformational new investments in passenger rail stations. These are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to revitalize California’s cities and station neighborhoods, promote economic activity, and shape patterns of growth. Today’s decisions will shape California's cities for generations to come. Now is the time to plan for a future where more Californians can live and work in great places connected by rail they can rely on.

Station Cities Symposium

Date: September 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA

Free admission to the museum is available before and after the Symposium. More information about the California Museum is available at:

Program agenda:

9:00-9:30 Refreshments and Networking

9:30 Welcome remarks by Brian Kelly, CEO of California High-Speed Rail Authority

9:45-10:45 Panel 1. International Lessons for Stations and Station Cities

Panelists: Laura Tolkoff, Regional Planning Policy Director, SPUR; Jorge Rios, VP Business Development, DB Engineering; Eric Eidlin, Station Planning Manager, City of San Jose; Heidi Sokolowsky, Founding Partner, Urban Field Studio

10:45-11:00 Interactive Break

11:00- 12:15 Panel 2. Sharing the California Experience – Updates on Station Area Planning Efforts

Panelists: Stephanie Dietz, Assistant City Manager, City of Merced; Daniel Zack, Assistant Director of Development and Resource Management, City of Fresno; Abby Thorne-Lyman, Director of Transit Oriented Development, BART.

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:30 Roll Up Your Sleeves: Policy Working Session

What tools do we need to make California’s station cities successful?

2:35 Closing Remarks

3:00 Adjourn

A program and participant list will be distributed in advance. Please RSVP by August 23. This is an invitation-only event. Please contact the organizer if you would like to transfer your invitation at

About SPUR

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems that cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, SPUR is recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach on infrastructure and urban issues.

SPUR has been an advocate for creating a seamless, easy to use transit network in the Bay Area and for statewide investments in passenger rail. SPUR has been engaged deeply in station area redevelopment efforts in San Jose and San Francisco.

About GOBiz

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth and economic development efforts.

About Governor's Office of Planning and Research

The Office of Planning and Research (OPR), created by statute in 1970, is part of the Office of the Governor. OPR serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency.

GOBiz and OPR are jointly leading the "Regions Rise Together" initiative, which is focused on inclusive and sustainable economic development across California's regions.

About Council of Infill Builders

The Council of Infill Builders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation of real estate professionals committed to improving California through infill development. Infill development revitalizes neighborhoods and communities, provides transportation choices, creates viable close-knit mixed-use areas, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves the overall economy. The Builders seek to educate the public about these benefits through research and outreach.

About California High Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the nation’s first high-speed rail system. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands.

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