The U.S. High-Speed Rail Association (USHSR) announced the upcoming High Speed Rail Summit, which will take place Feb. 25 – 27, at the Alion Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
This three-day conference brings together the nation's top government officials and business leaders along with many of the world’s leading experts to discuss the roll out of high speed rail across America.
Speakers will include officials from the Obama Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, as well members of Congress, high speed rail experts, private rail operators, financial and investment professionals, engineers, construction leaders, real estate development professionals and national transportation advisors.
"As in previous summits, this event will bring together an amazing line-up of top business leaders and government officials who are working to bring high speed rail to America” said Andy Kunz, USHSR president and CEO. “We are excited to have the opportunity to once again collaborate with the visionaries and leaders pushing for major improvements to the nation’s transportation networks in bringing together this important event on high speed rail."
Conference topics include:
- Ramping up federal funding, including RRIF and TIFIA loan programs
- Infrastructure banks and private high speed rail funding
- Public private partnerships
- Politics and high speed rail
- Procurement opportunities
- Northeast corridor update
- Updates on high speed rail in America and around the world
- Transit-oriented development
- PTC, signaling and technology mandates
- Special networking events
Conference highlights include Bringing High Speed Rail to America, the opening session with leading advocates for high speed rail in America. Hear about the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of a major new infrastructure project for America. Also the panel will discuss the status of the HSR program and upcoming projects. HSR in America Update will explore the status of the many high speed rail projects in the works around the country. NEC Future – Planning, Investment, & Development will explore the challenges of the $151 billion upgrade to the nation’s busiest rail line connecting DC, New York City and Boston. 21st Century Train Station – DC’s Union Station Master Plan will explore the $7 billion major renovation and expansion of DC’s rail station and the addition of over 3 million square feet of new mixed-use development over the tracks behind the station. Private Investment & Financing High Speed Rail panel will explore strategies to creatively finance and build high speed rail projects around America, including a $100 billion investment fund for high speed rail. High Speed Rail Around the World panel will discuss the current status of the growing global high speed rail network with
representatives from around the world. This Summit will be the 14th major event produced by the U.S. High Speed Rail Association in the last 4 years.