US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

TUESDAY  MAY 22

 
 
 
 
 
 
12:00 -
6:00 pm
 

Afternoon Tours


TOUR A:  Siemens Railcar Manufacturing Plant
TOUR B:  Transbay Center Construction Site
TOUR C:  BART Command & Control Center 

-Tours free with conference registration

 
 
3 pm -
5:00

Registration Open


 
 
6:30 -
8:30

Evening Welcome Reception

Network with elected officials, conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, and the media


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 22-24, San Francisco

 
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  MAY 23

 
8 am -
8:30

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:30 -
10:30

Bringing High Speed Rail to America

 
Opening session with the leading advocates for high speed rail in America.  Hear about the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of a major new infrastructure project for America.  Hear about progress being made, status of the program, and what's coming next.

-Andy Kunz, USHSR
-Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor
-Rod Diridon, Mineta Transp. Institute
-Dan Richard, CA HSR Authority
-Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, Transbay Center
-other speakers TBA

10:30
11:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


11:00 -
12:30

High Speed Rail Around the World


 
The global high speed rail network will be discussed by representatives from different continents. Lessons learned and best practices in high speed rail from experts from Europe and Asia. 

-Joseph Borremans, HSR Consultants
-Armin Kick, Siemens
-Julien Dehornoy, SNCF
-Vinay Mudholkar, Louis Berger 

12:30 -
2 pm
 

Lunch - Media, Messaging & Advocacy

 


Special lunch panel of transportation and communication professionals will discuss moving HSR forward in America - from launching new projects to shaping messages and creating jobs and economic development.

-Petra Todorovich, America 2050
-Dan Krause, Californians for HSR
-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSRA
-Richard Adamson, HSR Productions
-Richard Arena, APT

2:00 -
2:30

Special Presentation:  State-of-the-Art Transportation Delivery... What the Future Holds


 
The future of project design and simulation by Autodesk
 
-Brady Nadell, Parsons Brinckerhoff

2:30 -
3:30
 

California High Speed Rail - Project, Schedule, Jobs & Cities


 
State business and political leaders discuss putting it all together and getting the project underway.
 
-Rob Tibbetts, HOK
-Cathleen Galgiani, CA Legislature
-Dominic Spaethling, Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Henry Perea, Fresno County
-Ben Tripousis, City of San Jose
-Marian Lee, Caltrain

3:30 -
4 pm

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4 pm -
5:30
 

Transit Oriented Development & Station Architecture


 
Hear about major real estate developments at rail stations, making the connection between high speed rail, regional and local rail, urbanism, and the many synergies created.  See the latest station designs, station area planning, and more.  Learn how to profit from TOD.

-Petra Todorovich, America 2050
-Arnold Lee, HOK
-Egon Terplan, SPUR
-Steve Stanfill, Autodesk
-Ray Chambers, AIPRO 

6:30 -
8:30 pm
 

Networking Reception
 
Hear from elected officials and business leaders while networking with conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, and the media


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY  MAY 24

 
8 am -
8:30

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:30 -
10:00

Bringing High Speed Rail to California

 
Hear about the coming paradigm shift in transportation from leading national and state advocates for HSR.  Learn about the opportunities for advancing jobs and economic development across America while delivering new fast and efficient mobility options.

-Congressman Jim Costa
-Congresswoman Corrine Brown 
-Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez 
-CA Assemblymember Galgiani
-other speakers TBA

10:00
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
12:00
 

HSR in America Update


 
Hear the latest on the national HSR program, schedules, and funding.  Get project updates from California, Texas, Illinois, Nevada, New York, and more.

-Petra Todorovich, America 2050
-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSRA
-Ray Chambers, AIPRO
-Andrew Mack, Desert Xpress
-Michael Bianco, American Capital Markets Group

12:00 noon

Special Greeting from Leader Nancy Pelosi


Special welcome from the Democratic Leader in Congress.

 
12:30 -
1:30 pm

Lunch - State-of-the-Art in Transport Training & Simulation


 
Get up to speed on the most advanced technology and systems for training and project simulation from industry leaders.
 
-Steve Stanfill, Autodesk
-Dr. Linda Brent, KMW/Wegmann
-Lee Saage, SFCTA

1:30 -
2:00

HSR Statewide TOD Vision


 
Peter Calthorpe will present 'Vision California' - the statewide transit oriented development vision carried out for the California High Speed Rail Authority.
 
-Peter Calthorpe, Calthorpe Associates

2 pm -
3:00

Private Investment & Financing High Speed Rail


 
Financial experts and industry leaders will discuss bringing private capital into HSR projects.  Conditions for investing, an infrastructure bank, public-private partnerships, and developing legislation to encourage private involvement in HSR systems in America will be discussed.

-Richard Arena, APT
-Ignacio Barandiaran, ARUP
-Joe Reed, Balfour Beatty Capital
-Matthew Hobby, Standard & Poor's

 
Note:  This is a preliminary program, and is subject to change without notice.