Amtrak joins international rail community at 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail

July 6, 2012
America's Railroad to exchange ideas and provide expert presentations at Philadelphia forum July 11-13.

Amtrak is proud to be the signature sponsor and participate in the 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail taking place in Philadelphia, July 11-13. The Congress, organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is being held for the first time in the United States and is designed to bring together more than 1,000 worldwide leaders to exchange views on the development and achievements of high-speed rail (HSR.)

"Amtrak is looking forward to intelligent, insightful and in-depth conversations with our fellow international high-speed rail operators on the state of the industry so we can expand our knowledge and share our vision for high-speed rail along the Northeast Corridor," said President and CEO Joe Boardman.

At the Congress, 15 experts from Amtrak will present technical papers on various issues including funding Northeast Corridor HSR improvements, maintaining and managing HSR infrastructure, using technology to improve the customer experience and creating an equipment fleet strategy plan, among other topics. Also, Boardman will join top international rail officials in a roundtable discussion on delivering a HSR project in today's economic climate.

In addition, Amtrak will host technical tours of its maintenance and operation facilities in Wilmington, Del. and Queens, N.Y., and have a booth at the Trade Exhibition with displays featuring Acela Express HSR service, the Amtrak vision for the future of the Northeast Corridor and the commercial offerings of the railroad's Mechanical Services department.

More information about the conference can be found at,

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Sept. 30, 2011