I know that a couple of people have tried to post this to SPIF. John succeeded, but the text was a little disjointed, so let me try once again.


            Bring the streetcars back!
       Saint Paul Launches a Civic Dialogue

  Wednesday Nov. 17, 2004 & Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004

Former Portland City Commissioner Charlie Hales will be speaking at four different events in Saint Paul on Nov. 17-18, 2004. Hales is a transit planning principal at HDR Engineering, working with communities on transit options. As a member of the Portland City Council from 1992 through 2002, Hales was the driving force behind the effort to raise $58 million in bonds to create the Portland Streetcar, the nation's first modern streetcar. With the success of the new Hiawatha LRT line, Saint Paul welcomes the opportunity to explore streetcars as a way to link downtown arts, entertainment and business with our city's vibrant neighborhoods for residents and visitors alike.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Charlie will address the Saint Paul City Council at its regular meeting, which will be televised on St. Paul Cable Channel 18.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Public Event: "Bringing Back the Streetcars"
Minnesota History Center, 3M Auditorium, St. Paul

HDR Transit Planning Principal Charlie Hales is helping to revive the electric streetcar as a popular, ef. cient, and cost-effective transit option in cities across the U.S. Charlie shares his experiences in this presentation, as both Twin Cities consider reviving the streetcar
on lines like the Midtown Greenway and Grand Avenue. From 6 to 7 p.m., visit the exhibit Going Places: The Mystique of Mobility to enjoy archival streetcar film footage and read riders' stories.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk for Activists and Engineers: "The Nuts and Bolts of Streetcars" Saint Paul City Hall, Room 40, 15 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

Transit enthusiasts, transportation planners, neighborhood activists, public works engineers and interested members of the public are invited to join Charlie to talk about how to start planning for St. Paul streetcar. Bring your own lunch and RSVP to reserve a chair by calling Jane Prince at
651/266-8641. Pop machines available.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 8-9 a.m.
"Streetcars, LRT and Buses: Regional Transit Leaders and Charlie Hales"
Macalester Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Grand & Snelling, St. Paul

Charlie will discuss how streetcars can enhance our region's multi-modal transit system by linking downtown and neighborhood residents, workers and visitors. A responder panel of regional transit and business leaders will respond. Coffee and Rolls.

Presented with support from the City of Saint Paul, the Minnesota History Center, Macalester College, University UNITED, the Capitol/River Council, Merriam Park Community Council, Midway Transportation Management Organization, Capital City Partnership, HDR Engineering, Inc., Dayton's
Bluff District 4 Community Council, Macalester Groveland Community Council.

If you have questions about any of these events, call the Saint Paul City Council at 651/266-8641.

Russ Stark Executive Director Midway Transportation Management Organization (TMO) 1954 University Avenue, Suite 9 St. Paul, MN 55104 651-644-5108

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