US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM AGENDA 
 
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14

Tours of transportation projects in the New York City area. 
Click here for details and to register for tours.


 
Registration Desk Hours:

Sunday 4-6pm
 
 

Evening Welcome Reception - open to all conference attendees.  7-9pm in the Skylounge Penthouse of the New Yorker Hotel.  Details to follow soon.

-Special guest Malcolm A. Smith, President of the Senate, NY.
-Special guest New York Senator John L. Sampson.


 
MONDAY NOVEMBER 15
8:00-8:30am
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 great progress being made, status of the program, and what's coming next. 

-NY Governor David Paterson
-Norman Mineta (former Transportation Secretary)
-Congressman Paul Tonko
-NY Senator Malcolm Smith
-Sam Hamad - Quebec Minister of Transport
-Bill Millar - President, American Public Transportation Association
-other speakers TBA

10:00-10:30
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
10:30-12:00
HIGH SPEED RAIL AROUND THE WORLD

Get up to speed on what's happening around the world in HSR, and how fast high speed rail is spreading throughout numerous countries, and the many benefits that come with it.

-Richard Lawless - U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail
-Eric Garzon - Alstom (France)
-Armin Kick - Siemens (Germany)
-Joshua Coran - Talgo (Spain)
-Lorenzo Reffreger - Ansaldobreda (Italy) 

12:00-1:15
LUNCH WITH GOVERNOR ED RENDELL - Pennsylvania
1:15-1:45
CITY PLANNING FOR THE RAIL LIFESTYLE

Hear from one of the world's leading experts on urbanism, city planning, and transit oriented development.  Designer, and best-selling author of Suburban Nation, and the Smart Growth Manual.

-Jeff Speck - Former Design Director DPZ; and Director of Design at NEA
 
1:45-3:00
TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD), STATION ARCHITECTURE, RAIL CONNECTIVITY

Hear about making the connection between HSR, regional & local rail, urbanism, real estate development and the many synergies created.  See the latest station designs, station area planning, and more.  Learn how to profit from real estate around rail stations.

-Katherine Perez - ULI Los Angeles (Moderator)
-Huw Thomas - Foster+Partners, London
-Stuart Sirota - TND Planning Group
-Mark Leininger - SOM Architects
 
3:00-3:30
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
3:30-5:00
WHY HIGH SPEED?

There are many reasons to invest in a national high speed rail network:  jobs, economic recovery, mobility, convenience, safety, energy security, climate solution, and more.  Hear from experts on these and other reasons we need to catch up to the rest of the world on advanced transportation for the 21st century.

-Petra Todorovich - America 2050 (Moderator)
-Karen Rae - Federal Railroad Administration Deputy
-Jim Steer - Steer, Davies, Gleave (UK)
-Phineas Baxandall - USPIRG
-Will Schroeer - Smart Growth America

5:00-6:00
LAUNCHING A NEW HSR SYSTEM

Learn about the most ambitious HSR programs in the world taking off all across China with 42 new lines now under construction, Spain, and other countries.  Hear about the incredible Chinese HSR industry launched to build their system, and set up major new industries for export - creating millions of jobs across numerous sectors.  See how Spain is changing everything in their country with their new rail project.

-Mr. Xiaodong Zhou - TSDI, China
-Mr. Jianfeng Cheng - CSR
-Lan Mond - NDF, China
-Cecilia Ribalaygua, Apia xxi & Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
-Victor Roig - GPO Engineering, Spain 

6:00-8:00
COCKTAIL RECEPTION WITH RAY LAHOOD - U.S. Transportation Secretary
 
 
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16
Grand Ballroom
8:00-8:30am
WELCOME COFFEE & REGISTRATION
8:30-10:00
HSR SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT - FINANCE, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATIONS

Officials will discuss the many ways to get systems going, and options for operational models.  Hear from the leading experts in America and around the world on creative ways to expedite new HSR systems, pitfalls to avoid, and how to move projects forward successfully.  Learn why a number of diverse groups are advocating for an advanced, modern transportation system for America.

-Elliot "Lee" Sander - Group Chief Executive, Global Transportation - AECOM, and Board Chairman Regional Plan Association 
-Tim Smart - Director Engineering & Assets, HS1, UK
-Joseph Borremans - TUC Rail, Belgium
-Jack Kinstlinger - KCI; American Road and Transportation Builders Assn.
-Mysore Nagaraja - Chairman, Spartan Solutions
 
10:00-10:30
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
10:30-11:30
FINANCING HIGH SPEED RAIL

Hear from financial experts and industry leaders on bringing private capital into HSR projects.  Wall Street leaders will discuss the conditions for investing, while international rail industry leaders will lay out the business case for profitable high speed rail systems.  Public-private partnerships, creative financing, an HSR investment fund, and the development of an infrastructure bank will be discussed.

-Thomas Suozzi - Lazard (Moderator)
-Christian Bell - Siemens
-Samara Barend - AECOM
-Pedro Veira - Linklaters
-Ron Marino - Citigroup


11:30-12:45
NEC - VISION FOR TRUE HIGH SPEED

The busiest rail corridor in America is getting a new look!  Hear from experts about the bold new vision for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) connecting America's political, financial, and academic capitals.  The feasibility of taking the NEC to the high-capacity level of European and Asian HSR systems will be evaluated.  The business case and the many benefits will be discussed.

-Paul Nussbaum, Transportation Reporter - Philadelphia Inquirer (Moderator)
-Marilyn Taylor - Dean, Univ. of Penn. Design
-Al Engel - Amtrak Vice President, HSR
-Foster Nichols - Parsons Brinckerhoff
-Howard Permut - President MTA Metro-North
-Erika Lindsey, MCRP 2010 Penn Design
 
12:45-2:00
LUNCH:  MEDIA, MESSAGING, MARKETING

Special panel of leading public relations and communications professionals discuss HSR and shaping the message for promoting high speed rail across America.

-Michael Kehs - Hill & Knowlton (Moderator)
-Angela Greiling Keane - Bloomberg News
-Leonard Burnett - CEO, Uptown Media Group
-other speakers TBA
 
2:00-3:00
LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR HSR IN AMERICA

Hear from the nation's top legal experts about the national high speed rail program, and the legal framework for getting a major new infrastructure project built.  Learn about the process, challenges, and opportunities this new national program is opening up across America.

-Thomas Hart - USHSR Legal Counsel (Moderator)
-Orlan Johnson - Saul Ewing
-Jeffrey Boothe - Holland & Knight
-John Daniels - Quarles & Brady
-Allen Bromberger - Pearlman and Pearlman
-Mike Bedke - DLA Piper




3:00-4:00
NEC PLANNING, VISIONING, & STANDARDS

Hear about the planning process for upgrading the NEC, challenges, and streamlining construction.  Learn about the need for, and the process for developing HSR standards on the NEC, and the rest of the United States.

-David Carol - Parsons Brinckerhoff (Moderator)
-Drew Galloway - AVP Policy & Development, Amtrak
-Torkel Patterson - U.S.-Japan High-Speed Rail
-Jack Pokrzywa - Vehicle Standards, SAE Int'l
-Chris Dietsch, Manager Americas - Trimble 

4:00-4:30
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
4:30-5:30
HSR & AVIATION, BENEFITS & CONNECTIONS

Hear industry leaders discuss the many benefits HSR delivers to the aviation industry - from relieving airport congestion, to making vital connections to nearby cities.  Learn how short haul trips are better made by HSR, freeing up crowded airspace and packed runways for longer distance, more highly profitable flights.

-Neysa Pranger, Director of Public Affairs, RPA (Moderator)
-Jeffrey Zupan, Senior Fellow - Regional Plan Association
-Matthew A. Coogan - Director - New England Transportation Institute
-Stephen Van Beeck - Eno Transportation Foundation 

5:30-6:30
CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
 
NOTE:  All atempts have been made to finalize this agenda, but many factors are beyond our control.  Therefore this agenda is subject to change without notice.
 
 
Previous conference attendees include executives from:

Balfour Beatty
AECOM
Parsons Brinckerhoff
KCI Technologies
Bechtel
Flour
U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail
Central Japan Railway
Japan Int'l Transport Institute
CRCC (China)
TSDI (China)
CSR (China)
NDF (China)
Korail
TUC Rail
Alstom
Siemens
Talgo
Bombardier
Hyundai Rotem
Renfe
Foster + Partners Architects
HOK
Dover Kohl
Urban Land Institute
Autodesk
Bentley Systems
Terracon
Systra
Ardanuy
ARTBA
SMI International
First Southwest Investment Bank
Hill & Knowlton
Global-5 Communications
Arcadis
Shaw Group
Faithful+Gould
CA. HSR Authority
CA DOT
CalPirg
Amtrak 
DLA Piper
Holland & Knight
Manatt
Parker Poe
Lockheed Martin
Raytheon
Northrop Grumman
Alion Science & Tech.
BAE Systems
Invensys Rail
Sumitomo
Finley Engineering
Mc Dean
Archer Western
Pandrol
Liebherr
NKT Cables
Southwire
Fooke
Wilbur Smith 
 
 
 
 
 
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10:30-11:30
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT & ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Hear experts discuss the many benefits to cities and economies from the arrival of HSR.  Benefits range from increased development activity, newly created jobs, economic development, urban revitalization, development of new industry clusters, rising property values, energy savings & business efficiencies, and more.

-Stu Brody - Counsel to NY State Senate and Hiscock & Barclay, LLP (Moderator)
-Kip Bergstrom - Stamford Redevelopment Commission
-Stephen Fitzroy, Director Operations, Research, Trade for EDR Group
-James Cartin - HNTB

11:30-12:45
TECHNOLOGY, VISUALIZATION, TRAINING

See the latest state-of-the-art technology and visualization programs that advance the industry of HSR.  See first-hand how technology is revolutionizing the planning, design, engineering, and operations in the HSR industry.

-Connie Crawford - Louis Berger Group (Moderator)
-Josep Marie Ribes - President & CEO Ardanuy, Spain
-Don Kemper - Wegmann
-Kathryn Spear - Ansaldo STS
-Choong Yeol Ye - Korean Transport Institute
-Invensys rep TBA





   
 

   
   
   
   
2:00-3:00
HSR IN THE EMPIRE STATE

Find out about the latest progress on the Empire Corridor connecting New York City with Buffalo, and the prospects of connecting New York City to Montreal.  Hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the development of these corridors.  Hear from experts in the industry how to advance rail as a major transportation mode going forward.

-Debra Warner - Centerstate Corp. for Economic Opportunity (Moderator)
-Stanley Gee - NY State Transportation Commissioner
-John Parisella - Delegate General, Quebec
-Anne O'Neil - MTA 



3:00-4:00
SMALL BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT IN HSR

Federal and state guidelines mandate small business involvement in HSR projects around the US.  Find new opportunities for getting involved in these projects.  Connect with leaders about the many ways to participate in major infrastructure projects getting underway across America.

-Dwayne Sampson - Past President COMTO NY (Moderator)
-Melvin E. Clark, Jr. - G.W. Peoples
-Dr. Thomas Mensa - Green Energy and Transportation
-other speakers TBA