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January 28-29, 2008
St. Louis, Mo

The First Carmichael Conference
on Transportation

Presentation by Rod Diridon, Chairman Emeritus
California High Speed Rail Authority


The Carmichael Conference on the
Future of American Transportation:

Delivered at the Carmichael Conference, January 28-29, 2008

First Appearing In NCI’s Destination:Freedom Weekly Newsletter
Vol. 9 No. 13 - March 31, 2008


Rod Diridon, Chairman Emeritus
California High Speed Rail Authority

At the Carmichael Conference on the Future of American Transportation
January 28, 2008 at St. Louis


[ Publisher’s Note: This is the ninth in a series of addresses--- last week’s was by US Federal Railroad Associate Administrator Mark Yachmetz --- from the Carmichael Conference on the Future of American Transportation held January 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency, St. Louis, MO.

This presentation by long-time transportation advocate and California transportation leader Rod Diridon outlines the tremendous opportunity awaiting the United States in California if, as now seems more likely than ever, the nation’s first European/Asian style high speed rail line is built to link the Los Angeles region with San Francisco. It was delivered January 28, 2008.

Destination:Freedom will publish addresses from this important American conference each week, so that those who could not attend can also participate in the debate, and also benefit from the thoughts of the impressive list of American transportation leaders who did attend, and spoke to us. It is also our intention to collect the speeches, and presentations, into a single CD-ROM so that the proceedings can be more widely distributed. ]


Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr.

Chair Emeritus And Members, California High Speed Rail Authority Board
Vice Chair APTA High Speed And Intercity Rail Committee

The son of an Italian immigrant railroad brakeman, Rod Diridon is generally considered the “father” of modern transit service in Santa Clara County.

His political career began in 1972 as the youngest person ever elected to serve on the Saratoga City Council. He recently retired, because of term limits, after completing six terms as Chairperson of both the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Transit Board. He is the only person to have chaired the San Francisco Bay Area’s three regional government agencies: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

Rod has chaired over one hundred national, state, and local community service programs and projects, most related to transit and the environment. He served, in 1994, as the Chairperson of the American Public Transit Association and is on the Management Committee (Board of Directors) of the Union Internationale des Transports Publics (International Transit Association). He has been a long-time member of the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit Industry Technical Development Advisory Committee and the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board’s Transit Oversight and Project Selection Committee which he was elected to chair in 1995.

Rod is on the Corporate Boards of Directors of the San José National Bank and the Empire Broadcasting Company. From 1969 to 1976 he served as President of the Decision Research Institute, where he developed a “shared survey” research procedure subsequently adopted by UNICEF.

Rod earned both B.S. in Accounting and MS in Business Administration from San José State University and has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1974.

For a listing of items cataloged by Special Collections at the San José State University Library, see A Guide to the Papers of Rod Diridon. Prepared by Susan Klingberg, Curator of Legislators’ Archives.

His slide presentation follows:

Presentation by Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr.
At the Carmichael Conference on the
Future of American Transportation
January 28, 2008 at St. Louis

This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF slide presentation that requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Requests for copies of the original Power Point Presentation may be directed to NCI.

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