21st Century Transportation for America



7:30 -
8:00 am

Welcome Coffee & Registration

8:00 -

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

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking

10:00 -

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 -

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 -
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 -

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 -

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking

4:00 -

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 -

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



7:30 -
8:00 am

Welcome Coffee & Registration

8:00 -

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


Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking

10:00 -

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 -

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 -

Lunch with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

1:00 -

Lunch Tribute to Senator Mark Kirk

1:30 -

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 -
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 -

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 -

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.



8:00 -
8:30 am

Welcome Coffee & Registration

8:30 -

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 -

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 -
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
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

Join USHSR today!