US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America

   WEST COAST RAIL CONFERENCE - LOS ANGELES 2017

 
CONFERENCE  PROGRAM

 

 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28


 
  8:00 - 8:30 am

NETWORKING & REGISTRATION

 
  8:30 - 10:00 am

1. RAIL RENAISSANCE IN AMERICA - ACCELERATING THE PACE

-Andy Kunz, President & CEO, USHSR
-Phil Washington, President & CEO, LA Metro
-Rod Diridon, Mineta Transport Institute, Chair Emeritus
-Secretary Brian Kelly, Secretary, CA State Transportation Agency


TOPICS: America's Current Rail Renaissance, Record Project Investment, Increased Demand, Many Layers of Spin-Off Benefits, City Improvements, Time Savings, Increased Convenience, Better Connections, More Comfortable Predictable Transport


 
  10:00 - 10:30 am

NETWORKING BREAK

 
  10:30 - 12:00 pm

2. HIGH SPEED RAIL AROUND THE WORLD

-Armin Kick, Director of Development, Siemens
-Scott Sherin, Vice President, Alstom
-Andrea Giuricin,
Special Advisor, NTV (Italy)
-other speakers TBA

TOPICS:
25,000 Mile Global High Speed Rail Network, Rapid Development and Rollout of New Systems, Standardization & Interoperability, Private Operators, Energy Efficiencies, Increased Speeds, Travel Comfort

 
  12:00 - 1:00 pm

3. CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL - AMERICA'S MEGA PROJECT

-Jeff Morales, President & CEO, California High Speed Rail Authority
-Ronald Tutor, President & CEO, Tutor Perini

TOPICS: The Nation's Most Visionary Project Now Under Construction, 800-Mile New System Connecting the State, Powered by 100% Renewable Energy, Set to Be Among the Busiest and Most Profitable Rail Lines in the World

 
  1:00 - 2:00 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

 
  2:00 - 3:30 pm

4. HIGH SPEED RAIL DEVELOPMENT IN SPAIN

-Borja Leon, Transportation Director, City of Los Angeles Mayors Office
-Antonio Roig, Acciona Infrastructuras
-Luis Miguel Viartola, Dragados
-Juan Ignacio Lema Rial
, SENER
-Jesús De La Fuente, FCC
-Juan Luis Monjaras Torres, Ineco
-Jose Antonio Martin-Caro Alamo, Ines Ingenieros Consultores
-Rachid Berd Gomez, Consultrans
-Antonio Perez, Talgo


TOPICS: Spain Now Has the Largest High Speed Rail Network in Europe, All New Construction Built to Highest Global Standards, Very Successful System With High Ridership, Major Station Expansions, New Tunnels, Continuing Expansion

 
  3:30 - 4:00 pm

NETWORKING BREAK

 
  4:00 - 5:00 pm

5. RAIL BENEFITS FOR AMERICA

-Aileen Cho, Senior Editor, ENR Magazine
-U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
-Dr. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sidaris,
Professor, UCLA
-Michelle Boehm, Regional Director, California High Speed Rail Authority
-Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce


TOPICS: Outlining the Many Benefits High Speed Rail Will Deliver to America Including Mobility and Transportation Benefits, Economic and Real Estate Benefits, U.S. Jobs and Manufacturing Benefits, Environmental and Energy Savings Benefits

 
  5:00 - 6:00 pm

6. INCREASING ADVOCACY, SHAPING THE NATIONAL MESSAGE

-Thea Selby, Principal, Next Steps Marketing
-Michael Jacobson, Director, Industry Relations, U.S. Travel Association
-Denny Zane, Executive Director, Move LA
-Jeremy Stutes, President, Rail LA
-other speakers TBA

TOPICS: Pushing the Tipping Point for Rail in America, Changing the Public Discourse in Favor of Rail, Ramping up Social Media and Networking Outreach, Mobilizing for a Paradigm Shift in Transportation Thinking and Funding, Leveraging Advocacy Power of Other Industries (including Travel, Construction, Manufacturing, Real Estate)

 
  6:30 - 8:30 pm

EVENING RECEPTION

 
 

 WEDNESDAY MARCH 1


 
  8:30 - 9:00 am

NETWORKING & REGISTRATION

 
  9:00 - 10:30 am

7. URBAN RAIL - SCALING UP FOR $180 BILLION IN PROJECTS

-Bryan Pennington, Executive Officer, LA Metro
-David Narefsky
, Partner, Mayer Brown
-Nadine Lee, Deputy Executive Officer, LA Metro
-Lisa Maurath, Vice President, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

TOPICS: Scaling up Construction Capabilities, Accelerating Procurement Process, P3s and Joint Development, Design/Build, Streamlining Permitting, Speeding up Construction Processes, Economies of Scale, New Construction and Assembly Methods

 
  10:30 - 11:00 am

NETWORKING BREAK

 
  11:00 - 1:00 pm

8. TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT & STATION ARCHITECTURE

-Mark Zabaneh, Executive Director, Transbay Joint Powers Authority
-Nicholas Saponara, Senior Director, Countywide Planning & Dev., LA Metro
-Geeti Silwal, Senior Urban Designer, Perkins+Will Architects
-Michael Dieden, President, Creative Housing Associates

TOPICS: 21st Century Rail Stations, Intersection of Rail and Real Estate, Creating Great Stations,
Repositioning Existing Stations, Joint Development, Station Area Planning, Integrating Into Surrounding Community, Increasing Walkability, Stations as Destinations & Community Center, Pedestrian-Friendly Station Site Layout

 
  1:00 - 2:00 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

 
  2:00 - 3:30 pm

9. STATEWIDE RAIL MODERNIZATION

-Katherine Perez-Estolano, Associate Principal, Arup
-Joe Reed
, Vice President, Balfour Beatty Rail
-Tom Kim, Southern California Transportation Director, HDR
-other speakers TBA

TOPICS: Multiple Rail Expansions,
Construction Schedules and Updates, New Upgrades and Capacity Increases, Projects Now in Planning, Procurement Schedules

 
  3:30 - 4:00 pm

NETWORKING BREAK

 
  4:00 - 5:30 pm

10. RAIL UPDATES FROM ACROSS AMERICA

-Andrew Mack, Chief Executive, Xpress West
-Greg Gilbert, Partner, Holland & Hart
-Karen Hedlund, Former Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
-Mark Buckmaster, Associate, Steer Davies Gleave


TOPICS: Rail Renaissance in America, Private Investment in Rail, Successful Systems and High Ridership, Streamlining Project Approvals, Creative Funding, Project Updates, Project Expansions and in Planning Stages, New Procurements


 
 

 THURSDAY MARCH 2


 
  9:00 - 2:00 pm

TRANSPORTATION TOURS

Get a 'Behind the Scenes' Tour of Significant Transportation Facilities, Active Construction Sites, and Rail Stations.  Click for Tour Information







 
   
  9:00 - 1:00 pm

P3 & RAIL CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP

An in-depth look at P3 funding practices, opportunities, and obstacles with leading practitioners in the field.  Click for Workshop information

 
 
 
The conference takes place at MTA Headquarters - One Gateway Plaza,
at Union Station, downtown LA.


The agenda is subject to modifications without notice.

 
Be part of the Great American Rail Renaissance!

 
 
 
jobs | economic recovery | mobility | safety | energy security | climate solution

 
 
 
 
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The conference takes place at MTA Headquarters - One Gateway Plaza, at Union Station, downtown LA.