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  • Recorded On: 03/31/2022

    In this session, we will explore, with our expert panel, what key features are needed by business, finance and government to overcome the challenges that we’ve faced here in the US to large scale development of high speed rail – financially, legislatively, and commercially.

    Several international models exist for the sustainable development of High Speed Rail exist around the world. In this session, we will explore, with our expert panel, what key features are needed by business, finance and government to overcome the challenges that we’ve faced here in the US to large scale development of high speed rail – financially, legislatively, and commercially.

    Moderator:  Richard Mudge, Ph.D., Principal and Chief Economist, Compass Transportation and Technology Inc.

    Opening Remarks:  Patrick Fuchs, Board Member, Surface Transportation Board

    Panelists:

    • Amy Scarton, Deputy Secretary, Washington State DOT
    • Ayelet Hirschkorn, Partner, Kaplan, Kirsch, & Rockwell
    • Mike Reininger, CEO, Brightline
    • Carlos Aguilar, CEO, Texas Central Railway
    • Harout Chitilian, VP Corp Affairs, Strategy & Development, Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) Infra
    • Dave Joynt, MD Transport Investments, Brookfield Infrastructure

    Sponsored by Urban Engineers

  • Recorded On: 04/01/2022

    Let’s talk about the way states, freight railroads, and Amtrak can work together to deliver the future we need.

    America has the greatest freight rail network in the world. What about passenger rail? We can do both and do it better than we have before. We can continue to have a strong freight rail system while providing the passenger rail service necessary to meet the urgent challenge of climate change and meet the needs of people, communities, and shippers. And we don’t have time to wait decades to make it happen. Let’s talk about the way states, freight railroads, and Amtrak can work together to deliver the future we need.

    Moderator:  Jim Mathews, President and CEO, Rail Passengers Association

    Panelists:

    • Michelle Teel Kratzer, Director of Multimodal, Missouri Department of Transportation (IAC)
    • Katherine Youngbluth, AICP, Director Planning, Virginia Passenger Rail Authority
    • Tamara Noel, Assistant Director, Passenger Train Operations and Amtrak Officer, BNSF
    • Bruno Maestri, VP Government Affairs and Corporate Communications, Amtrak


  • Recorded On: 04/01/2022

    The students will be asked to develop concepts addressing one or more of the following needs: Sustainability (make it greener), Economics (reduce cost to build and operate) and Societal (get people to take the train rather than fly or drive).

    Invite the next generation of riders (middle and high school students from Philadelphia) to come up with ideas for the future of high-speed rail and intercity connections.  The students will be asked to develop concepts addressing one or more of the following needs: Sustainability (make it greener), Economics (reduce cost to build and operate) and Societal (get people to take the train rather than fly or drive).

    Moderator: Chitra Radin, President, Radin Consulting

    Panelists:

    • Philadelphia Student Delegation
    • Lonnie Coplen, President/CEO, ARC Alternative and Renewable Construction
    • Norman A. Forde, Vice President, WSP
    • Craig Covil, Principal, C2 Consulting LLC


  • ​The coming years bring great opportunity to unleash the economic power of our megaregions, to enable equitable and affordable access and opportunity, and to create short-term and permanent American jobs. Those national benefits can be achieved by building a robust high-speed and intercity passenger rail network that is environmentally friendly, resilient, and sustainable.

    The coming years bring great opportunity to unleash the economic power of our megaregions, to enable equitable and affordable access and opportunity, and to create short-term and permanent American jobs.   Those national benefits can be achieved by building a robust high-speed and intercity passenger rail network that is environmentally friendly, resilient, and sustainable.

    The High Speed Rail Conference brought together a wide range of stakeholders and advocates to cover the full range of questions that need to be addressed in making that vision a reality.

    Purchasing this package will give you access to all recordings.  To access individual recordings, please see individual products.
  • Recorded On: 04/01/2022

    This roundtable session explores public-private financing options with perspectives from the Surface Transportation Board, the Build America Bureau, an Owner/Agency, and a Financial Advisor.

    New intercity and high-speed rail projects cost billions of dollars.   Federal money can cover part of the costs, and state and local government may contribute, but funding gaps will likely remain.  Is there the potential for P3 partnerships?  What are the attractions and impediments for private financing?   This roundtable session explores public-private financing options with perspectives from the Surface Transportation Board, the Build America Bureau, an Owner/Agency, and a Financial Advisor.

    Moderator:

    • Sharon Greene, Managing Principal, InfraStrategies

    Panelists:

    • Karen Hedlund, Board Member, Surface Transportation Board
    • Duane Callender, Director, Build America Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Frank Sacr, Executive Director, Gateway Program Development Corporation
    • Nicole Doheny, Senior Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors

    Sponsored by ASTM North America and Halmar


  • Recorded On: 03/31/2022

    Overview of project rationale, key outcomes, contract packages, procurements, interface management, key delivery issues and public stakeholder engagement

    Overview of project rationale, key outcomes, contract packages, procurements, interface management, key delivery issues and public stakeholder engagement

    Moderator:

    • Connie Crawford, Director of Rail/Transit, ASTM North America

    Panelists:

    • Brian Kelly, CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority
    • Laura Mason, Executive Vice President, Major Program Delivery, Amtrak
    • Wayne Rogers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Northeast Maglev
    • Daniel Freire, Project Manager, Renfe of America, Dallas, TX


  • Recorded On: 03/31/2022

    Discussion on transit connectivity, community development, intermodal, and airports connections

    Discussion on transit connectivity, community development, intermodal, and airports connections

    Moderator:

    • Gretchen Kostura, Sr. Director Major Stations, Planning & Development, Amtrak

    Presenters:

    • Anthony Perl, PhD., Professor, Simon Fraser University
    • Rich Andreski, Public Transportation Chief, Connecticut Department of Transportation


  • Recorded On: 03/31/2022

    Learn about the Federal high-speed and intercity passenger rail program, congressional intent to legislate these program initiatives and how they will be secured.

    Learn about the Federal high-speed and intercity passenger rail program, congressional intent to legislate these program initiatives and how they will be secured.

    • Allison Ishihara Fultz, Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
    • Ryan Arbuckle, Senior Economist , Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
    • Auke Mahar-Piersma, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC

    Sponsored by Stadler Rail


  • Recorded On: 03/31/2022

    Hear about the demographic analysis, economic impact, ridership, cost estimates, and partnerships followed by a discussion on lessons learned and steps to implementation.

    Facilitated conversation on best practices in planning for intercity passenger rail service that will cover Amtrak, State, and FRA perspectives.  Hear about the demographic analysis, economic impact, ridership, cost estimates, and partnerships followed by a discussion on lessons learned and steps to implementation.

    Moderator:

    • Paul Vilter, Assistant Vice President, Amtrak

    Panelists:

    • Peter Schwartz, Chief, Project Engineering and Transportation Planning Division, Federal Railroad Administration
    • Arun Rao, Passenger Rail Manager, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    • Grace Gallucci, Executive DirectorNortheast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
    • John M. Spain, Executive Vice President, Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Vice Chair, Southern Rail Commission

    Sponsored by HDR


  • Our presentation outlines the different approaches transit agencies across the country are using to reinforce, attract, and replenish talent across all departments, while accounting for the challenges of labor shortages, upcoming employee retirements, and rapidly emerging technologies.

    Public transit workforce needs continue to evolve as rider travel habits change and new transportation technologies like transportation network companies, micro-transit, and autonomous vehicles become available. The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly challenged the transit industry to quickly adapt by introducing new practices and technologies to operations. The ability of public transit systems to sustain current service levels and expand service availability will require an industrywide examination of current and future workforce needs. In order to remain a viable utility within American communities, transit authorities will have to reinforce, attract, and replenish talent across all departments while also accounting for the challenges of labor shortages, upcoming employee retirements, and rapidly emerging technologies.

    Our presentation outlines the different approaches transit agencies across the country are using to battle this shortage. These techniques cover a range of locations and transit agency size to develop a list of potential solutions and how effective the techniques have been in different situations.

    Presenters:

    • Diana Isaza, Arlington Transit
    • Jacob Labutka, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
    • Jeff La Hood, Kimley-Horn and Associates
    • Kilian Ollivier, EQUANS
    • Monique Thompson, Jacksonville Transportation Authority