US HIGH SPEED RAIL ASSOCIATION

21st Century Transportation for America


CONFERENCE PROGRAM

MONDAY  JUNE 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.

-Andy Kunz, USHSR
-Rod Diridon, Mineta Transportation Institute
-Fiona Ma, California Assembly
-other speakers TBA

10:00 -
10:30

Transbay Transit Center - Grand Central Station of the West

Special presentation from Maria Ayerdi Kaplan, Executive Director, Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

10:30
11:00

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking




Autodesk Welcome From Lisa Campbell

Special welcome from Lisa Campbell, Vice President, Customer Strategy &
Marketing for Autodesk
.

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. 

-Stephen Robillard, Siemens
-Francisco Fernandez-Lafuente, SENER
-Nazih Haddad, The Louis Berger Group
-John Barna, ANRAB Associates
-other speakers TBA

12:30 -
1:30

Networking Lunch

 
1:30 -
2:00

Special Presentation from Peter Calthorpe - Statewide HSR TODs


Special presentation from the international leader in city planning and transit oriented development.

2:00 -
2:30

Special Keynote Address from Jeff Morales, CAHSRA


Special keynote address from the California High Speed Rail Authority CEO

2:30 -
4:00
 

California High Speed Rail Project


 
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.
 
-Peter Gertler, Autodesk
-Kevin Wedman, Bureau Veritas NA
-Takis Salpeas, Parsons
-John Barna, ANRAB Associates
-Kurt Ramey, KPMG
-other speakers TBA

4:00 -
4:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:30 -
5:30
 

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 TOD.

-Katherine Perez-Estolano, ELP Advisors
-Michael Dieden, Creative Housing Associates
-Egon Terplan, SPUR
-Michael Brilliot, City of San Jose
-other speakers TBA

 
6:30 -
8:30

Evening Reception

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


 

The Conference takes place at the Autodesk Gallery, One Market Street, downtown San Francisco.
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June 2-4, San Francisco

 
 
 
 
TUESDAY  JUNE 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.

-Senator Cathleen Galgiani
-Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
-Mayor James Ledford, Jr., City of Palmdale
-other speakers TBA

10:00 -
10:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


10:30 -
11:30
 

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.

-Daniel Krause, US High Speed Rail Association
-Brad Perkins, Cascadia High Speed Rail
-Richard Arena, APT
-other speakers TBA

11:30 -
1:00
 

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.
 
-Chad Edison, CA State Transportation Agency
-Michael DePallo, Metrolink
-Ben Tripousis, CA HSR Authority
-Dan Leavitt, San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission
-other speakers TBA

1:00 -
2:00

Networking Lunch

 
2:00 -
3:00

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.

-Richard Arena, APT
-Jim Ziglar, Deloitte
-Alex Metcalf, Ph.D., TEMS
-other speakers TBA

3:00 -
4:00

HSR Messaging, Marketing, & Advocacy


 


Hear about advocacy and media influence. Discover how media can be used to promote or harm rail projects. Hear about the highly successful HSR campaign in the UK that led to a yes vote for HSR.

-Thea Selby, California HSR Authority Board
-David Cameron, Teamsters Rail Conference
-Michael Lomio, I Will Ride
-Bianca Rodriguez, Fresno State U
-other speakers TBA

4:00 -
4:30

Coffee, Refreshments, & Networking


4:30 -
5:30

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
-Kris Manning, Clark Construction
-Brian Stanke, Cordoba Corporation
-Daniel Krause, USHSR
-other speakers TBA

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

 
9 am -
1:00 pm
 

Transportation Tours


2 Tours are offered, included with your registration:

TOUR 1 - TRANSBAY TRANSIT CENTER
TOUR 2 - BART CONTROL CENTER

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

 
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