US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

 
TUESDAY  NOV 5

 
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
-U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
-Art Leahy, LA County MTA
-Senator Cathleen Galgiani
-Assemblymember Roger Dickinson

10:00
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:30

California High Speed Rail Project Begins

 
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.
 
-Jeff Morales, CA HSR Authority
-Ronald Tutor, Tutor Perini

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. 

-Armin Kick, Siemens
-Nazih Haddad, Louis Berger
-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSR Assn.
-Francisco Fernandez-Lafuente, SENER

1:00 -
2 pm
 

Lunch

 


Networking lunch with attendees and MTA officials.

2:00 -
2:30

Special Presentation by Dr. Anthony Perl

 
The author of Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil,  Anthony Perl is a leading authority on transportation, cities and the environment, and their interrelationships. 

2:30 -
3:30

21st Century Rail Stations


 
Hear about state-of-the-art high speed rail stations from around the world, and across America.  Learn about the $4.5 billion Transbay 'Grand Central Station of the West' currently under construction in downtown San Francisco; Hear about Los Angeles Union Station HSR expansion plans; the $7 billion major renovation and expansion of DC's iconic Union Station; New York's Penn Station plans, and more.

-Richard Arena, APT
-LA Council Member Curren Price
-Don Sepulveda, LA MTA, ASCE
-Doug Eberhard, Autodesk
-Brian Stanke, Cordoba Corporation

3:30 - 4:30

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.

-Cliff Stockton, Memphis Chamber
-Alex Metcalf, Ph.D., TEMS
-Richard Arena, APT
-Kurt Ramey, KPMG
-Barney Allison, Nossaman

4:30 -
5:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


5:00 -
6:00
 

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.

-Katherine Perez, ELP Advisors
-Kristopher Takacs, SOM
-Mike Bello, Gensler
-Daniel Krause, Californians For HSR

 
6:30 -
8:30

Evening Welcome Reception

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


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

 
 
November 5-7, Los Angeles

 
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY  NOV 6

 
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
-Senator Leland Yee
-Assemblymember Fiona Ma
-Malcolm Dougherty, CA DOT
-Don Sepulveda, LA MTA, ASCE

10:00
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:30
 

California Statewide Rail Modernization


 
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.
 
-Michelle Boehm, CA HSR Authority
-John Barna, AECOM
-Armin Kick, Siemens
-Denny Zane, MoveLA

11:30 -
1:00
 

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.

-Nazih Haddad, Louis Berger
-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSRA
-Vinay Mudholkar, All Aboard Florida
-Dan Schned, Regional Plan Assn.

1:00 -
2 pm
 

Lunch

 


Networking lunch with attendees and MTA officials.

2:00 - 3:00

High Speed Rail Inter-operability - Global Models

 
Learn about high speed rail system compatibility across borders, system technologies, and equipment manufacturers.  Hear about challenges and success stories from international experts and leading high speed rail operators.
 
-Francisco Fernandez-Lafuente, SENER
-Eduardo Romo, Indra
-Roger Wilson, Balfour Beatty
-other speakers TBA

3:00 - 4:00

TOD Station Real Estate Opportunities


 
Hear about real estate development opportunities around rail stations, and the unique challenges of building for this new market.  Hear about successful projects, strategies, and mixed use development practices, and the synergies created when developing next to, and on top of busy rail stations.

-Jack Skelley, JSPR
-Michael Dieden, Creative Housing Associates
-Jonathan Watts, Cunningham Group Architects
-Gaurav Srivastava, AECOM

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
-Jim Ziglar, Deloitte
-Laurene Mahon, CIBC World Markets
-DJ Gribbin, Macquarie Capital

5:30 - 6:00 

"Trainsforming America"
Special Screening


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

 
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY  NOV 7

 
9 am - 1:00 pm 

Transportation Tours


 
Details to be announced soon

 
 
Pre-registration Monday Afternoon
Pick up your conference badge and materials early Monday and beat the crowd Tuesday morning.  Pre-registration is open Monday 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