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  • $6 billion CA HSR Starting
  • Statewide Rail Modernization
  • Caltrain, BART, & Local Transit Update
  • LA Metro Projects Update
  • Bringing HSR to California
  • CA HSR Procurement Schedule
  • HSR Financing & Private Investment
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Federal Funding for HSR
  • RRIF Loan Workshop
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Real Estate Development Opportunities
  • Station Area Planning
  • Rail Station Architecture and Design
  • Linking Different Agencies for HSR
  • Permanent Funding Sources
  • National Defense, Energy Security and HSR
  • Why High Speed
  • High Speed Rail Around the World
  • Creating Jobs & Stimulating the Economy
  • Scaling Up HSR Renewable Energy
  • Planning New HSR Systems
  • Streamlining Application Process
  • Streamlining the Design Process
  • Technology of HSR
  • Integrating with Transit
  • Transportation Tours
  • Special Networking Events

 
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   WEST COAST RAIL CONFERENCE - SAN FRANCISCO 2014

 
The Premier Business Event. San Francisco.

 
 
 
"This annual conference brings together some of high speed rail's most knowledgeable people. Anyone who wants to know more about this transportation mode will learn not only about the California high-speed rail project, but also how private investment capital will be brought into the projects, how Americans can advocate for high-speed rail, how to bring multi-modal transit centers into the mix, what the 21st century rail stations will include, and much more." Rod Diridon, MTI

 
High Speed Rail = Jobs + Economic Development

 
Jeff Morales, CEO - California HSR Authority 

Jeff Morales has a distinguished record of experience managing large and complex transportation issues and projects. As the former Director of the California Department of Transportation, Morales managed a $10 billion program and more than 23,000 employees working to build, maintain and operate the largest state transportation system in the U.S.

Morales is the past executive vice president of the Chicago Transit Authority where he spearheaded major reforms at the nation’s second-largest transit agency. His experience at the federal level includes serving as a member of President-Elect Obama’s transition team focusing on transportation, Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review, the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the United States Department of Transportation and as U.S. Senate staff.

He most recently was Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he worked with transportation agencies across the United States and internationally to develop and implement major capital programs.

Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan, Executive Director - Transbay Joint Powers

Ms. Ayerdi-Kaplan leads and manages the $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center Project— “the Grand Central Station” of the West. The Transbay Project consists of a new multi-modal Transit Center on the site of the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, the extension of rail service from 4th and King Streets to the new Terminal, and a redevelopment area surrounding the new Transit Center. Featuring intercity, regional, and local buses along with commuter and future High-Speed Rail, the Project will ultimately connect 11 different public transit systems.

The Project will also create a 40-acre pedestrian friendly community of 2,600 new housing units, one third of which will be affordable. By providing the public with safe, convenient, and inexpensive public transit options, and by creating a livable community near transit, employment, shopping, and other urban amenities, the Transbay Project is a national model for the integration of land use and transportation planning. The Project is more than a vision; it is the first High-Speed Rail project to break ground in the US.


Ms. Ayerdi Kaplan, a member of the State Bar of California, has served as the Mayor of San Francisco’s Transportation Policy Advisor and Project Director, the Vice-Chair of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), Deputy Director on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board, member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Bay Area Governments, and on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board. Ms. Ayerdi-Kaplan is a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Conference for Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). She is a Marshall Memorial Fellowship recipient and in 2002 was named San Francisco Tomorrow’s Unsung Hero for her work in transportation.

Ms. Ayerdi-Kaplan was named one of the Most Influential Women in the Public Sector by the San Francisco Business Times, in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and was named the 2007 Employee of the Year by the Northern California Chapter of the Conference of Minority Officials. She has also been honored as Woman of the Year by the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar and named one of the Most Influential Latinos in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her work on the Transbay Transit Center project.

Takis Salpeas, Senior Vice President, Director Global Rail - Parsons

Takis Salpeas is a rail executive with 30 years of progressive private- and public-sector experience in the development and implementation of large, complex public infrastructure projects, including more than 25 years of experience with all phases of transit system operations. In his role as Parsons’ director of global rail, Takis focuses on business development and is responsible for growing Parsons’ rail and transit systems business in markets around the world.

Takis has earned master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in both civil (MSCE) and systems (MSSE) engineering, along with a degree in economics from Athens University, and has published more than 70 professional papers, reports, and articles. A certified construction manager, Takis’ knowledge of engineering practices, economics, planning, and construction management, gleaned from both his extensive education and work experience, contributes to the successful implementation of projects and programs.

Before joining Parsons’ Rail and Transit Systems Division, Takis was responsible for managing $10 billion of rail transit planning, design, and construction in Washington, D.C. for the Washington Metro, San Francisco for BART; and Philadelphia for SEPTA.

Rod Diridon, Executive Director - Mineta Transportation Institute

Rod Diridon, Sr., has served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) created by Congress in 1991. Mr. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues and is regarded by many as the "father" of modern transit service in Silicon Valley.

He was appointed by Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger, in 2001 and 2006, respectively, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board, of which he is chair emeritus. After many years of public service in various capacities in California,
Santa Clara County renamed its main train station "San Jose Diridon Station" in his honor.

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Don't miss this exciting high speed rail event!  West Coast Rail Conference  - June 2-4 in San Francisco. 

Business and political leaders will come together with the world's top experts to bring high speed rail to America.

Construction is underway on the first phase of the state-wide, 800-mile state-of-the-art transportation system set to revolutionize mobility in America. 

This new rail system will carry more than 100 million people each year once built out - saving time, money, energy, and lives daily for decades.  Don't miss it!
  

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PREVIOUS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES INCLUDE EXECUTIVES OF:

CA High Speed Rail Authority
Mineta Transportation Inst.
MTA Los Angeles
XpressWest
CA DOT
Caltrans
Balfour Beatty
AECOM
Parsons Brinckerhoff
KCI Technologies
Bechtel
Flour
Louis Berger Group
GE Transportation
Samsung
U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail
Central Japan Railway
East Japan Railway
Japan Int'l Transport Institute
CRCC (China)
TSDI (China)
CSR (China)
NDF (China)
Korail
TUC Rail
Alstom
Siemens
Talgo
CAF USA
Bombardier
Hyundai Rotem
Kawasaki Rail Car
Renfe
Virgin Rail
Transmetrics
GEODATA
GKK Works
INC Group
Ginprosa
Freeport McMoRan
IRWA
Skanska
Kelar Pacific
Caltrop Corporation
RBF Consulting
Sukut Construction
Riverside Co. Transport Comm.
So. CA Assn. of Gov'ts.
Julien, Inc.
Law Office of Sima Salek
Biggs Cardosa Associates
ENGEO Incorporated
PECG
V&A, Inc.
Aetypic
Ninyo & Moore
TY Lin International
Nova Consulting
Sener 

Foster + Partners Architects
HOK Architects
SOM Architects
Gensler
Dover Kohl
Urban Land Institute
Forest City
John Buck Company
Akridge
Stonebridge
Autodesk
Bentley Systems
Terracon
Hatch Mott MacDonald
HNTB
Arup
Honeywell
City of Anaheim
CH2M Hill
Kustom Seating
Systra
Ardanuy
UIC
ARTBA
SMI International
First Southwest Investment Bank
Hill & Knowlton
Global-5 Communications
InfraWest
Arcadis
TransitWorks
Sunbelt Rentals
Cordoba Corp.
Shaw Group
Faithful+Gould
CA. HSR Authority
CA DOT
APTA
GPO, Inc.
GPO A&E
Athalye Eng.
A Squared Ventures
Century Diversified
Twining, Inc
HDR
L.K. Comstock
Maintenance Design Group
Huffman-Broadway Group
MAJ Consulting
David Evans & Associates
PECG
Univ. of Illinois
Kimley-Horn and Associates
PQM, Inc.
Anil Verma Associates
Jack McKinnon Consulting
KOA Corporation
Voestalpine Nortrak
Gannett Fleming 

Amtrak
DLA Piper
Holland & Knight
Manatt
Quarles and Brady
Parker Poe
Lockheed Martin
Raytheon
Northrop Grumman
Alion Science & Tech.
BAE Systems
Xpress West
Invensys Rail
Sumitomo
Finley Engineering
Mc Dean
Archer Western
Pandrol
Liebherr
NKT Cables
Southwire
Fooke
USPIRG
Gov't. of Quebec
Wilbur Smith
APT
Cal State U
New Age Industries
Twining, Inc.
Athalye Consulting Eng
Hahn Air
KPMG
ABA Global
Harrison & Bonini
Wilson, Ihrig
AIPRO
Sharon Greene
David Evans and Associates
Overland, Pacific & Cutler
RailPros, Inc.
Nossaman LLP
EVRAZ-Ricky Mountain Steel
Diaz Yourman
Legion America
W2 Design, Inc.
ASM Affiliates
EDC
Consulate General of Japan
Korean Consulate
UK Trade & Investment
Herbert Smith Freehills 

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