US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

TUESDAY  APR 21, 2015

 
8 am -
8:30

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:30 -
10:00

A New Vision for Transportation in 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
-Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
-Congresswoman Corrine Brown
-Yoshiro Taguchi, Embassy of Japan
-other speakers TBD

10:00
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:00

Special Presentation from Sarah Feinberg, Acting Administrator - Federal Railroad Administration


Special keynote presentation from the Acting Administrator of FRA

11:00 -
12:00

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. 

-Armin Kick, Siemens
-Scott Sherin, Alstom
-Andrea Giuricin, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV Italy)
-Yasutake Kojima, East Japan Railway
-other speakers TBA

12:00 -
1:00

Lunch

 


Networking lunch with attendees and officials

Special presentation from Kris Vincil, LCPtracker

1:00 -
2:00

Public Private Partnerships


 
Financial experts and industry leaders will discuss bringing private capital into HSR projects. Get the inside scoop on creating the right conditions for investing, and the variety of P3 structures for funding large rail infrastructure projects. Hear about new legislation to encourage private involvement in HSR systems.

-Daniel Krause, US High Speed Rail Assn.
-Karen Hedlund, Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Jim Ziglar, Deloitte
-Zach Effron, Goldman Sachs
-Roderick Devlin, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

2:00 -
3:30

High Speed Rail Developments in Spain


 
Industry leaders will discuss the high speed rail revolution in Spain. Spain is investing $200 Billion building the largest high speed rail network in Europe. Hear details of the development, financing, and operation of the newest, most extensive European high speed network.

-Maria Jesus Fernandez, Trade Commission of Spain
-Jose Miguel Rubio Sanchez, Indra
-Francisco Fernandez-Lafuente, SENER
-Andreas Weisser, OHL Construction
-Nuria Haltiwanger, ACS Infrastructure Dev.
-Ana Ruiz, TD&T

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, Fuss & O'Neill
-Chris Leinberger, LOCUS, Brookings Institution
-John Ruggieri, RTKL Associates Architects
-Beverley Swaim-Staley, Union Station Redevelopment
-Tom Fairchild, City Version 3
-Mike Bello, MNCPPC

 
6:30 -
8:30

Evening Reception
at the Embassy of Spain 


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


Special welcome from Congressman David Price

 
Pre-registration Monday Afternoon
Pick up your conference badge and materials on Monday and beat the Tuesday morning crowds. 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.


 
 
 
April 21-23, Washington DC

 
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  APR 22

 
7:30 - 8:00

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:00 -
10:00

Bringing High Speed Rail to 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.

-U.S. Congressman John Mica
-Alex Metcalf, TEMS
-U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards
-U.S. Congressman John Garamendi

10:00 -
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:00

Special Presentation from Dan Richard


Special keynote presentation from the Chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority. Mr. Richard will discuss the state's visionary $68 Billion high speed rail project now under construction.

11:00 -
11:30

Special Presentation from Secretary Anthony Tata


Special keynote presentation from North Carolina's Secretary of Transportation

11:30 -
12:30

Project Pipeline - Northeast Corridor & Gateway


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

-Richard Arena, Association for Public Transportation
-Daniel Krause, US High Speed Rail Assn.
-Petra Todorovich Messick, Amtrak
-Bradley Smith, Maryland DOT

12:30 -
2:00
 

Lunch - Media, Messaging, Advocacy

 


Learn about advocacy and media influence. Discover how the media can be used to promote or harm rail projects. Hear about advocacy and job creation, and work being done to improve the American travel experience.

-Steven C.F. Anderson, InfrastructureUSA
-Eric Hansen, U.S. Travel Association
-David Cameron, Teamsters Rail Conference
-Kevin Brubaker, Environmental Law and Policy Center

2:00 - 3:30 

Project Pipeline - Southeast High Speed Rail


 
Get up to speed on the new high speed rail projects developing in the Southeast including a new line connecting Atlanta and Charlotte, another connecting Washington DC, Richmond, and Hampton Roads. Hear about the great success of commuter rail lines and private concession operations.

-Doug Allen, Virginia Railway Express
-David Carol, Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Alex Metcalf, Ph.D., TEMS
-Danny Plaugher, Virginians For High Speed Rail
-Robbyn Gayer, The Future of Hampton Roads

3:30 -
4:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:00 - 5:00 

Project Pipeline - Minnesota Private High Speed Rail


 
Hear about the new private high speed rail project advancing in Minnesota being developed by Zip Rail and North American High Speed Rail Group, a Minnesota company set up to develop, construct, own and operate electric high speed rail systems in the USA.
 
-Ken Brown, Olmsted County
-Chuck Michael, Twin Cities HSR Passenger Corridor
-Wendy Meadley, NAHSR

5:00 -
5:30

Special Presentation from U.S. Congressman Richard Neal


Special keynote from the Congressman representing the first district of Massachusetts

 
Note:  This is a preliminary program, and is subject to change without notice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY  APR 23

 
9 am -
1:00 pm
 

Capitol Hill Visits


Meet with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss and advocate for high speed rail investment. Full details coming soon.

 
9 am -
1:00 pm
 

Transportation Tours


Union Station and surrounding development. Full details coming soon.

 
Pre-registration Monday Afternoon
Pick up your conference badge and materials on Monday and beat the Tuesday morning crowds. 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.