US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

MONDAY  DEC 3

 
8 am -
8:30

Welcome Coffee & Registration


8:30 -
10:00

Bringing High Speed Rail to America

 
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
-Rod Diridon, Mineta Transp. Institute
-Art Leahy, LA County MTA
-Jeff Morales, CA HSR Authority
-Assemblymember Fiona Ma
-Assemblymember Gil Cedillo
-other speakers TBA

10:00
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:30

California Mayors & High Speed Rail


 
Hear from California mayors whose cities will be first to have high speed rail.  Learn how they're preparing for 21st century transportation, new economic development, major real estate investment, new facilities and jobs.

-Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno
-James Ledford Jr., Mayor of Palmdale 
-Borja Leon, LA Deputy Mayor for Transportation

11:30 -
1 pm

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. 

-Piergiorgio Grasso, President - GEODATA, Italy
-Armin Kick, Siemens
-Joshua Coran, Talgo
-Vinay Mudholkar, Louis Berger
-other speakers TBA 

1:00 -
2 pm
 

Lunch

 


Networking lunch with attendees and MTA officials.

2:00 -
2:30

Special Presentation:  Dan Richard, Chair - California High Speed Rail Authority


Special presentation from the Chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority.

2:30 -
3:30
 

California Statewide Rail Modernization Plan


 
State business and political leaders discuss the many aspects of building the nation's first high speed rail project and the improvements to rail systems statewide.
 
-David Carol, Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Patricia Petitto, IRWA
-Allan D. Kotin, ADK&A
-Doug Eberhard, Autodesk
-other speakers TBA

3:30 -
4 pm

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4 pm -
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.

-Katherine Perez, ELP Advisors
-James Richardson, Forest City
-Kristopher Takacs, SOM
-Arnold Lee, HOK
-Mike Bello, Gensler
-Daniel Krause, Californians for HSR 

 
6:30 -
8:30

Evening Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Gensler

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


 
 
Pre-registration Sunday Afternoon
Pick up your conference badge and materials early Sunday and beat the crowd Monday morning.  Pre-registration is open Sunday from 4-6pm at the MTA Headquarters:
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

 
 
December 3-5, Los Angeles

 
 
 
 
 
TUESDAY  DEC 4

 
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.

-Senator Leland Yee
-Anthony Perl, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
-Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez 
-Assemblymember Galgiani
-Assemblymember Norma Torres
-other speakers TBA

10:00
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:30
 

HSR in America Update


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

-Andrew Mack, Xpress West
-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSRA
-Beth Van Duyne, Mayor of Irving, TX
-Daniel Krause, Californians for HSR
-Ray Chambers, AIPRO

11:30 -
12 noon

Hurricanes, Trains, and New York City - The Full Story

 
Hear the inside story of New York's transportation experience with megastorm Sandy - massive flooding, power outages, washouts, tons of debris, hundreds of miles of damaged track - and how the MTA systematically restored services across a 5,000 square mile region serving 11 million passengers daily.
 
-Dwayne Sampson, MTA New York; Transportation Diversity Council

12 noon -
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.

-Alex Metcalf, Ph.D., TEMS
-Richard Arena, APT
-Paul Toliver, New Age Industries
-other speakers TBA

1:00 -
2 pm
 

Lunch

 


Networking lunch with attendees and MTA officials.

2:00 -
2:30
 

"Trainsforming America"
Special Premiere Screening!


 
A new documentary by Rebecca Sansom about a journey on high speed rail from a passenger's point of view.

2:30 -
3:30
 

California High Speed Rail - Project, Schedule, Jobs & Cities


 
State business and political leaders discuss building the project - construction, mitigating impacts, timelines, jobs, and economic development.
 
-Ali Altaha, InfraWest
-Henry Perea, Fresno County Board of Supervisors
-Tony Canzoneri, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
-Kome Ajise, Caltrans

3:30 -
4 pm

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:00 -
5:00
 

Innovative HSR Development Models


 
Hear about innovative ways to develop, finance, and operate new high speed rail systems from international experts.  Public-private partnerships, design investors, pension funds, concessions, franchises, real estate operations, etc.  Hear from former directors of High Speed 1 in the UK; and hear about NTV in Italy, Europe's first private operator.
 
-Tim Smart, CH2M Hill
-Matthew Job, Herbert Smith Freehills
-Vinay Mudholkar, Louis Berger
-Beth Van Duyne, Mayor of Irving, TX

 
Note:  This is a preliminary program, and is subject to change without notice.
 
The conference is being held at the
MTA Headquarters Building next to Union Station.  MTA is located at the corner of Cesar E. Chavez Ave. and Vignes St.

One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA  90012-2952

More information

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  DEC 5

 
9:00 am -
2:00 pm
 

Transportation Tours


 
 
Pre-registration Sunday Afternoon
Pick up your conference badge and materials early Sunday and beat the crowd Monday morning.  Pre-registration is open Sunday from 4-6pm at the MTA Headquarters:
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

 
The conference is being held at the
MTA Headquarters Building next to Union Station.  MTA is located at the corner of Cesar E. Chavez Ave. and Vignes St.

One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA  90012-2952

More information