US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America


CONFERENCE PROGRAM


TUESDAY  FEBRUARY  28


 
7:30 -
8:00 am

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:00 -
9:30

Bringing High Speed Rail to America - Part 1

 
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
-Thomas Hart, USHSR
-Dr. Steve Kimmel, Alion
-Karen Hedlund, FRA Deputy
-Congressman David Price
-Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
  
9:30
10:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:00 -
11:00

Bringing High Speed Rail to America - Part 2

 
HSR offers many benefits to society once built.  Getting the program going and delivering on the promise is the work at hand.  Hear from leading advocates about the benefits and challenges of delivering HSR to America.

-Congressman Jim Oberstar
-Congresswoman Corrine Brown
-Beverley Swaim-Staley, MD-DOT
-Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
 

11:00 -
12:00

Transportation Safety, Security, Signaling, & PTC Deployment


 
Hear from leading experts in government and industry on transportation safety, policy, security, and technology.  Hear about positive train control (PTC) mandates, progress, and national deployment.
 
-Christopher Hart, NTSB Vice Chairman
-John Ulczycki, National Safety Council
-Geoffrey Basye, Hill & Knowlton Strategies
-Andy Bunkse, Redflex Traffic Systems
     

12:30 -
2:00
 
Lunch - Media & Messaging:
Yes to HSR Campaign


Special panel of advocates and leading communications professionals will discuss changing public opinion in favor of HSR.  Hear how UK campaign organizers mobilized a powerful national coalition leading to a 'yes vote' for HSR.


-U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards
-U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
-James Bethell, Westbourne Communications, UK
-Lucy James, Westbourne Communications, UK
-Steven C.F. Anderson, InfrastructureUSA 

2:00 -
3:30pm

High Speed Rail Around the World


 
The fast growing global high speed rail network will be discussed by representatives from various continents. Lessons learned and best practices in HSR from experts in Europe and Asia.
 
-Joseph Borremans, Netherlands
-Peter Heimerl, Siemens
-Vinay Mudholkar, Louis Berger
-Santiago Muniz, Balfour Beatty
-Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum, Ghana
 

3:30 -
4:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:00 -
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 transit oriented development.

-Petra Todorovich, America 2050 (Moderator)
-John Robert Smith, Reconnecting America
-Dhiru Thadani, Architect & Urbanist
-Jim McDonough, Ramsey Co.
 

6:30 pm -
8:30

Join Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari for a Penthouse Reception with Panoramic Views of Capitol Hill

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


 

The Summit takes place at the Alion Conference Center, 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, directly across the street from Navy Yard metro station


 
 

February 28 - March 1


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WEDNESDAY  FEB.  29


 
7:30 -
8:00 am

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:00 -
9:30

Federal Policy & Surface Transportation Reauthorization

 
Special opening session with U.S. Transportation Leaders.

-Congressman Earl Blumenauer
-Congressman John Mica
-Secretary Ray LaHood
-Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
 

9:30
10:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:00 -
11:30

HSR in America Update


 
Hear the latest on the national HSR program, schedules, and funding.  Get project updates from the Northeast Corridor (DC to Boston), New York, Texas, Illinois, California, Nevada, and more.

-Petra Todorovich, America 2050
-Madeline Grennan, Midwest HSRA
-William Glavin, P.E., Texas DOT
-Ray Chambers, AIPRO
 

11:30 -
12:30

Legal, Policy, & Legislative Issues

 
Hear from legal and policy experts as well as industry leaders about transportation reauthorization, legislation for private investment, and the many issues related to transportation funding and policy in America.  Hear about the many legal issues and opportunities with major new transportation projects.

-Thomas Hart, USHSR
-Gary Hoitsma, Carmen Group
-Sandy Stein, Quarles & Brady
-Donald Itzkoff, GE Transportation
 

12:30 -
1:00

Lunch with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter


1:00 -
1:30

Lunch Tribute to Senator Mark Kirk


1:30 -
2:30

Building HSR in America with PPPs


 
Hear about overcoming the challenges of building HSR in America by using Public Private Partnerships.  Innovative thinkers will discuss strategies to creatively finance and build HSR.  Lessons learned and best practices in PPPs from Europe and Asia. 

-Richard Arena, APT
-Craig Coval, ARUP
-Vinay Mudholkar, Louis Berger
-Mark Etzbach, Redflex
  

2:30 -
3:30
 
Infrastructure Corridors

 
The concept of shared, multi-use infrastructure corridors will be discussed - co-locating rail lines, pipe lines, utilities, communication lines, energy generation, and smart grid lines. 

-Matthew Hobby, Standard & Poor's
-Mark Habib, Standard & Poor's
-Richard Hoffmann, INGAA Foundation
-other speakers TBA
   

3:30 -
4:00 pm

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:00 -
5:00

Financing High Speed Rail


 
Hear from financial experts and industry leaders on 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. 

-Gregory Gilbert, Holland & Hart
-Matthew Hobby, Standard & Poor's
-Dr. Lonnie Haefner, L.E. Haefner Enterprises
 

6:00 pm -
10:00

Cocktail Reception & After Party @ L2 in Georgetown 
 
Network with conference attendees, speakers, elected officials, and sponsors at this private party at one of DC's hottest clubs.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   DC SUMMIT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THURSDAY  MARCH  1


 
8:00 -
8:30 am

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:30 -
10:00

21st Century Transportation for America

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

-Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi
-Congressman Lacy Clay
-Congressman Jim Costa
-Congresswoman Laura Richardson
  

10:00 -
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:30 am

Why High Speed Rail?


 
There are many reasons to invest in a national high speed rail network:  jobs, economic recovery, mobility, convenience, safety, energy security, climate solution, and more.  Hear from experts on how we need to catch up with the rest of the world in advanced transportation for the 21st century. 

-Stephanie Bothwell, LA
-Santiago Muniz, Balfour Beatty
-Benjamin Lowe, Truman National Security Project
-Douglas Firstenberg, Stonebridge Associates
   

11:30 -
12:30
 
Procurement Opportunities

 
Learn about the many opportunities for large and small businesses to get involved in the national high speed rail mega-project.  Hear about active projects, schedules, funding sources, and ongoing plans for one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world.

-Thomas Hart, USHSR
-Scheryl Portee, Federal Transit Administration
-Alex Metcalf, Transportation Economics
    

12:30 -
1:30 pm

Networking Lunch
 


2:00 pm
4:30
 
Afternoon on Capitol Hill

 
Senate and House members and staffers present briefings on HSR legislation and policy initiatives.  Meet with your representatives to show support for HSR in America.
 
 

The Summit takes place at the Alion Conference Center, 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, directly across the street from Navy Yard metro station


 
 
 
 
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