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Oct. 29-31 conference covers sustainability and transportation research

26 October 2007

ATTENTION: Reporters covering transportation and urban development

Contact: Sarah Yang, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 scyang@berkeley.edu

"On the Road to Sustainability: From Research to Practice," the first annual conference of the Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) and University Transportation Centers (UTC). Topics of the three-day PATH/UTC conference will include innovative highway and vehicle technologies, transit's role in a sustainable future, social equity in diverse and growing regions, health and safety aspects of our transport system, and current research on alternative fuels.

PATH is a collaboration between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the University of California, industry and other public and private academic institutions.

Monday, Oct. 29 - Wednesday, Oct. 31

Doubletree Hotel, 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley

The conference will gather together local government officials, private industry leaders, consultants and advisers, and transportation specialists from nonprofit groups. The opening session speaker is Jose Luis Moscovich, executive director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

Transportation systems around the world are facing tremendous challenges that are economic, environmental and social in nature. In addition, the primary federal funding source for transportation, the Highway Trust Fund, will have a significant shortfall in just two years.

Researchers say California faces a special set of challenges. By 2025, the state's population is expected to reach 50 million - a population larger than that of many nations. California's transportation system will have to meet the challenge of rapid growth while at the same time securing future economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity.

More information about the conference is online at: http://www.uctc.net/path-utc.