UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 will be held in Philadelphia, July 10-13, 2012. This 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail will address strategic issues linked to the national and international development of high-speed rail systems will be addressed. This global event organized by UIC, the International Union of Railways, and APTA, the American Public Transportation Association, with the cooperation of UIC North American members the American rail operator Amtrak, the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation and VIA Rail Canada.
Key players from the international transport sector are expected to be present.The previous edition of UIC HIGHSPEED, held in Beijing in 2010, concluded that high-speed rail is considered an important factor in facing current and future mobility challenges, where performance level, safety, cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness remain critical. High-speed rail offers great advantages for economic recovery, sustainable growth, social development, and in securing public welfare. It has become a recognized mode of transportation at a global level that is being built for the benefit of the next generation. UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 will build further on these and the next steps on the part of operations as well as investments in research and innovation.
America's new vision for high-speed rail has created national awareness of the benefits of high-speed rail. The Department of Transportation initially announced $8 billion of targeted investments in America's high-speed rail network, a number which has grown. Investments have been granted for 32 projects, including the Northeast Corridor, the Midwest and the very high-speed rail system in California. Current projects on high-speed rail upgrades include the Chicago-St Louis run, Boston-Portland, Seattle-Portland, and the start of a landmark California network.
"The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is excited to be hosting the UIC 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail and we look forward to welcoming the world to Philadelphia and the United States. As America reshapes our transportation options to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, UIC's decision to hold the World Congress here will go a long way in helping the United States gather the critical information and expertise to advance high-speed rail." said APTA president William Millar.
"High-speed rail is developing at an impressive pace around the world. High-speed rail is often described as the "transport mode of the future"; it is good for mobility, sustainability, the environment and for people as it creates employment and business through infrastructure and new services. UIC and APTA — with the cooperation of UIC North American members Amtrak, the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and VIA Rail — are very happy to organize the 8th edition of our World Congress in Philadelphia, Penn. on 10-13 July 2012. I hope that all our experiences and those of our members may contribute to making swift progress in high-speed development in the USA, thereby enabling the USA to join the world's high-speed rail leaders" added Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC director general.