US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 
TUESDAY DECEMBER 2

 
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.

-Art Leahy, LA County MTA
-Andy Kunz, USHSR
-Rod Diridon, Mineta Transportation Institute
-other speakers TBA

10:00 -
10:30

Special Keynote Address from Jeff Morales, CAHSRA


Special keynote address from the California High Speed Rail Authority CEO

10:30
11:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


11:00 -
12:30

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
-Davie McCulloch, Balfour Beatty Rail
-Eduardo Romo, Indra
-Francisco Fernandez-Lafuente, SENER
-other speakers TBA

12:30 -
1:30

Networking Lunch

 
1:30 -
3:00
 

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.
 
-Kome Ajise, CA Department of Transportation
-Marian Lee, Caltrain
-Michael DePallo, Southern CA Regional Authority (Metrolink)
-Don Sepulveda, LA MTA
-Denny Zane, MoveLA

3:00 -
4:00
 

California High Speed Rail Project Update


 
State business and political leaders discuss the state's high speed rail system, the construction schedule, and the many benefits that it will deliver to the people of California.
 
-Mayor James Ledford Jr., City of Palmdale
-Michelle Boehm, CA High Speed Rail Authority (invited)
-other speakers TBA

4:00 -
4:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:30 -
6:00
 

Transit Oriented Development & Real Estate Opportunities


 
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-Estolano, ELP Advisors / CAHSRA Board
-Michael Dieden, Creative Housing Associates
-other speakers TBA

 
6:30 -
8:30

Evening Reception

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


 
 
 
December 2-4, Los Angeles

 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3

 
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.

-Daniel Krause, US High Speed Rail Association
-Senator Cathleen Galgiani
-Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
-other speakers TBA

10:00 -
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
12:00
 

USHSR Project Pipeline - Part 1


 
Learn about USHSR's new program to jump start high speed rail projects. Get project updates from around America including Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and more.

-Aileen Cho, Engineering News-Record
-Erik Steavens, Texas Department of Transportation
-William Meadows, High Speed Rail Commission - DWF (invited)
-Mayor Beth Van Duyne, City of Irving, Texas
-Rick Harnish, Midwest High Speed Rail Association

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.

-Jim Ziglar, Deloitte
-Kurt Ramey, KPMG
-John Barna, Anrab Associates
-other speakers TBA

1:00 -
2:00

Networking Lunch

 
2:00 -
2:45

Special Presentation from Dr. Anthony Perl - Global HSR Models for the US


Special presentation from an international leader in long range energy and transportation planning.

2:45 -
3:45

USHSR Project Pipeline - Part 2


 
Hear more about USHSR's new program and the private investment interest in high speed rail projects. Get project updates from New York, the NEC, the Southeast, the nation's capital region, the southwest, and more.

-Alex Metcalf, Transportation Economic and Management Systems
-Robbyn Gayer, The Future of Hampton Roads
-Daniel Krause, US High Speed Rail Association
-other speakers TBA

3:45 -
4:30

HSR Messaging & Advocacy


 


Hear about advocacy and media influence. Discover how media can be used to promote or harm rail projects. Hear about the growing student movement to bring high speed rail to America.

-Thea Selby, Next Steps Marketing / CAHSRA Board
-Bianca Rodriguez, Parsons
-Michael Lomio, I Will Ride
-other speakers TBA

4:30 -
5:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


5:00 -
6:00

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, LA Union, and more.
 
-Don Sepulveda, LA MTA
-Kristopher Takacs, SOM Architects
-Kris Manning, Clark Construction
-Daniel Krause, USHSR
-other speakers TBA

 
Note:  This is a preliminary program, and is subject to change without notice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY DECEMBER 4

 
9 am -
1:00 pm
 

Transportation Tours


2 Tours are offered, included with your registration:

TOUR 1 - RED LINE TOUR
TOUR 2 - LA MTA CONTROL CENTER

Tour information and registration will be available in the next few days

 
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