21st Century Transportation for America


12:30 -
3:30 pm

Afternoon Tours

Tour #1  MTA Command Center Tour
Tour #2  Grand Central Station Special
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(Tour #3 and #4 take place Wednesday am) 

4 pm -

Registration Open

6:30pm -

Evening Welcome Reception - Sky Lounge

Hear from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux (UIC), and others while networking with elected officials, conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, and the media


The Conference takes place at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave. (at 34th Street), New York City; directly across from Penn Station.  Hotel Info

November 6-8, New York City

8 am -

Welcome Coffee & Registration

8:30 -

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
-Thomas Hart, USHSR
-Secretary Ray LaHood
-John Parisella - Quebec Delegate General
-Stephen Gardner, Amtrak
-Sandy Stein, Quarles & Brady
-other speakers TBA

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking

10:30 -

High Speed Rail Around the World

The global high speed rail network will be dicussed by representatives from different continents. Lessons learned and best practices in high speed rail from experts in Europe and Asia. 

-Chuck Wochele, Alstom
-Stephen Robillard, Siemens
-Phil Pacey, Virgin Rail Group
-Joshua Coran, Talgo
-Craig Covil, Arup 

12:00 -
2 pm
Lunch - Shaping the Message & Creating Opportunities


Special lunch panel of transportation and communication professionals will discuss moving HSR forward in America - from launching new projects to shaping messages and creating jobs and economic development.  Opportunities for small businesses will be highlighted.

-Beverley Swaim-Staley, MD DOT
-William Bohnett, Fulbright & Jaworski
-Kevin Brubaker, ELPC
-Richard Arena, APT
-Steven CF Anderson, InfrastructureUSA
-Dwayne Sampson, Transport Diversity Council 

2 pm -

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 transit oriented development.

-Katherine Perez, ELP Advisors
-Craig Covil, Arup
-Kristopher Takacs AIA, SOM
-Vishaan Chakrabarti, Moynihan Station Developer
-Peter Ruggiero, AIA, HOK
-Art Guzzetti, APTA 

3:30 -
4 pm

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking

4 pm -

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. 

-Peter Peyser, Blank Rome
-Joe Reed, Balfour Beatty Capital
-Matthew Hobby, Standard & Poor's
-Michael Schneider, InfraConsult

6:00 -
8 pm

Networking Reception
Hear from Congressman Oberstar, Connie Crawford (Louis Berger Group), and others while networking with conference attendees, speakers, elected officials, sponsors, and the media


The Conference takes place at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave. (at 34th Street), New York City; directly across from Penn Station.  Hotel Info

8 am -

Welcome Coffee & Registration

8:30 -

21st Century Transportation for America

Hear about the coming paradigm shift in transportation from leading advocates for high speed rail.  Hear about the opportunities for advancing jobs and economic development across America while delivering new fast and efficient mobility options.

-Congressman James Oberstar
-Rod Diridon, Mineta Transportation Institute
-Francois Rebello, Quebec Nat'l Assembly
-Senator Malcolm Smith (New York)
-Joe Reed, Balfour Beatty
-Peter Calthorpe, Calthorpe Associates

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking

10:15 -

Northeast Corridor HSR

State DOT Secretaries discuss bringing HSR to the busy NEC.
-David Carol, Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Robert Dove, Carlyle Group
-Joan McDonald, NY DOT
-Richard Davey, MA DOT
-Toby Fauver, PA DOT

11:40 -

Special Presentation:  The Future of Transportation - Changing Approaches for Changing Times

The future of project design and simulation by Autodesk
-Terry Bennett, Autodesk

12:00 -

International Rail Projects Marketplace Update

Representatives from various countries will present and discuss rail projects underway, and in the planning stages around the world.
-Vinay Mudholkar, Louis Berger
-Fred Weiderhold, TNEM

12:30 -
2 pm

Lunch with Chairman Mica

Special keynote presentation from the Republican leader of the House Transportation Committee.
2 pm -

HSR in America Update

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

-Petra Todorovich, America 2050
-Rick Harnish, Midwest HSRA
-Cathleen Galgiani, CA
-Mayor Beth Van Duyne, TX
-John Inglish, Western HSR

3:30 -
4 pm

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking

4 pm -
NEC Upgrade & Construction

Representatives from Amtrak will discuss the challenges of construction upgrades along the NEC while operating the nation's busiest rail corridor.
-Peter Gertler, HNTB
-Steve Falkenstein, Amtrak
-Dave Staplin, Amtrak
-Frank Vacca, Amtrak
-Keith Holt, Amtrak
-John Parola, HNTB

Note:  This is a preliminary program, and is subject to change without notice.
9:30 -
11:30 am

Wednesday Tours

Tour #3  World Trade Center Site
Tour #4  East Side Access Tunnel
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