US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America

 

SUMMIT PROGRAM

 

TUESDAY  FEB 25, 2014

 
8 am -
8:30

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:30 -
10:00

Bringing High Speed Rail to America

 
Opening session with leading advocates for high speed rail.  Hear about the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of a major new infrastructure project for America.  Learn about high speed rail successes from around the world and how they can be applied to America.  Hear about progress being made, status of the program, and what's coming next.

-Todd Myers, Alion Science and Technology
-Andy Kunz, USHSR
-Congressman James Oberstar
-Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC
-Erik Steavens, Texas DOT, Rail

10:00
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:30

California High Speed Rail - Planning, Construction, & Contracts

 
State business and political leaders discuss building America's first true high speed rail system starting in California.  Hear about the construction schedule, timelines, phasing, jobs, and economic development.
 
-Thea Selby, Californians for High Speed Rail
-Takis Salpeas, Parsons
-David Cameron, Teamsters Rail Conference
-other speakers TBA

11:30 -
12:00

Special Presentation from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx


Special keynote presentation from Secretary Foxx

12:00 -
1:00

NEC Future - Planning, Investment, & Development


 
Hear from project leaders about plans and progress on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).  Hear about projects, upgrades, procurement, and more along the nation's busiest rail corridor.

-Drew Galloway, Amtrak
-David Carol, Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Dan Schned, Regional Plan Assn.

1:00 -
2:00

Lunch

 


Networking lunch with attendees and officials

2:00 -
3:30

Global Developments in High Speed Rail

 
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. 

-Felix Leinemann, European Commission
-Armin Kick, Siemens
-Francisco Fernandez-Lafuente, SENER
-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSR Assn.
-other speakers TBA

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 TOD.

-Sarah Lewis, CNU DC
-Doug Firstenberg, Stonebridge Associates
-Rod Garrett, SOM
-Tom Fairchild, Mobility Lab
-Mike Bello, Gensler

5:30 -
6:00

Special Greeting from U.S. Congressman David Price


 
6:30 -
8:30

Evening Reception
at the Embassy of Spain 


Network with elected officials, conference attendees, speakers, & sponsors


Special welcome from Congressman Paul Tonko

 
Pre-registration Monday Afternoon
Pick up your conference badge and materials early Monday and beat the crowds Tuesday morning.  Pre-registration is open Monday from 4-6pm in the lobby of the conference hotel:  Courtyard Marriott, 140 L St. SE.

 

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


 
 
February 25-27, Washington DC

 
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  FEB 26

 
8 am -
8:30

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:30 -
10:00

A New Vision for Transportation in America

 
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.

-Rod Diridon, Mineta Transp. Institute
-Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
-Congressman Henry Cuellar
-Congressman Jeff Denham
-Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

10:00 -
10:30

Special Presentation from U.S. Congressman John Mica


Special keynote presentation from a Republican leader on the House Transportation Committee.

10:30 -
11:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


11:00 -
12:00
 

HSR in America Update


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

-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSRA
-Richard Arena, APT
-Dwayne Sampson, MTA New York; Transportation Diversity Council
-other speakers TBA

12:00 -
1:00

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
-Jim Ziglar, Deloitte
-Alex Metcalf, Ph.D., TEMS
-other speakers TBA

1:00 -
1:15

Special Greeting From Congresswoman Donna Edwards


Special greeting from the Congresswoman from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

1:15 -
2:30
 

Lunch - Media, Messaging, & Marketing HSR 

 


Hear about advocacy and media influence. Discover how media can be used to promote or harm rail projects. Hear about the highly successful HSR campaign in the UK that led to a yes vote’ for HSR.

-Steven C.F. Anderson, InfrastructureUSA
-Congresswoman Janice Hahn
-Steve Orzech Jr., Freedman Seating
-other speakers TBA

2:30 -
4:00

21st Century Rail Stations


 
Hear about the great high speed rail stations of the world from leading architects, planners, and developers. Get up to speed on the latest new high speed stations in Europe and Asia, including China's new mega stations that rival modern airports. Hear about major rail station projects in America including New York's Penn Station, Washington DC's Union Station, Chicago's Union Station, San Francisco's Transbay Terminal currently under construction, and more.
 
-Beverley Swaim-Staley, Union Station Redevelopment
-Mike Bello, Gensler
-Daniel Krause, USHSR
-other speakers TBA

4:00 -
4:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:30 - 5:30 

Future Funding & Finance Scenarios


 
Hear about the new prospects for assembling multiple funding sources to build high speed rail systems.
 
-Karen Hedlund, FRA
-Nick Hann, Macquarie Group
-David Narefsky, Mayer Brown
-Ray Chambers, AIPRO

 
Note:  This is a preliminary program, and is subject to change without notice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY  FEB 27

 
9 am -
1:00 pm
 

Transportation Tours


 
 
Pre-registration Monday Afternoon
Pick up your conference badge and materials early Monday and beat the crowds Tuesday morning.  Pre-registration is open Monday from 4-6pm in the lobby of the conference hotel:  Courtyard Marriott, 140 L St. SE.

 

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


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