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American Public Transportation Association

 High-Speed Rail Policy Forum Program

​WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

8 a.m. -
4:30 p.m.

​​​​​​​​All-Day Demonstration
A High-Speed Virtual Reality Experience

​​8 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration/Breakfast

​8:30 - 9 a.m.

OPENING SESSION

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA, and Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

APTA and High-Performance Passenger Rail
Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, APTA, Washington, DC

APTA High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee Charter and Activity Highlights
Anna M. Barry, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; and Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT

​9 - 10 a.m.

SESSION I:  Corridor Updates: Moving Toward the Tipping Point

Moderator
Eric C. Peterson, Transportation Consultant, Vienna, VA

Panelists
Chad Edison, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, California State Transportation Agency, Sacramento, CA

Caroline Decker, Vice President, Government Affairs and Corporate Communications, Amtrak, Washington, DC

Beth McCluskey, Director, Office of Intermodal Project Implementation Illinois Department of Transportation and Chair, Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, Chicago, IL

Introduction of All-Day Demonstration
Peter Gertler, AICP, Immediate Past Chair, High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, and Senior Vice President, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA

​10 - 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

​10:15 -
11:15 a.m  .

​SESSION II:  The State of High-Speed Rail Around the Globe

Moderator
Peter Gertler, AICP, Immediate Past Chair, High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, and Senior Vice President, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA

Panelists
Vanessa Perez, Advisor Passengers & High Speed Department, International Union of Railways (UIC), Paris, France

Christophe Keseljevic, President, CKrail, Paris, France

Masahiro “Mark” Nakayama, General Manager, Washington, DC Office, Central Japan Railway Company, Washington, DC

Eduardo Romo, President, Fundacion Caminos de Hierro, Madrid, Spain

​​11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

​​SESSION III:  Innovative Funding, Finance and P3

Moderator
Sharon Greene, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Innovative Funding, Finance and P3 Committee; and Senior Vice President, Director, Finance Market Sector, HDR/Sharon Greene + Associates, Irvine, CA

Panelists
Chris Brady, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Texas Central Partners, LLC, Dallas, TX

Haruo Soga, Executive Director, New York & Washington, DC Offices, East Japan Railway Company, New York, NY

Masroor Hasan, Head of U.S. Advisory Business Unit, Steer Davies Gleave/High Desert Corridor, Boston, MA

Sasha Page, Principal, IMG Rebel, Washington, DC

12:15 - 1 p.m.

LUNCH (provided by APTA)

Introduction
Albrecht P. (Al) Engel, P.E., Vice Chair, APTA High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, and Principal, Al Engel Consulting, Telford, PA

Speaker
The Honorable Heath Hall, Acting Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

​1 - 2 p.m.​

SESSION IV:  Views from Capitol Hill​: Getting to a Tipping Point for High-Performance Intercity Passenger Rail

​Moderator
Amit Bose, Assistant Vice President and Mid-Atlantic District Transit & Rail Director, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA

Panelists
Patrick Fuchs, Majority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Devon Barnhart, Minority Deputy Counsel, Commitee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Cheryle Tucker, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Nathan J. Robinson, Minority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Liz Hill, Director, Pacific Northwest Policy for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Democratic Staff, Rail, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

 2 - 3 p.m.​

​​SESSION V: Strategies for Improving On-Time Performance
 
Moderator
Kenneth G. Sislak, Vice President, Manager of Rail/Transit Planning, AECOM, Cleveland, OH

Panelists
Sean Jeans-Gail, Vice President for Policy, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc., Washington, DC

John J. Brennan, III, Senior Counsel, Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, NE

Jay Fox, Senior Director, Host Railroads Group, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA

Doug Allen, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Commuter Rail Committee; Chair, APTA Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee; and Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA

​3 - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break 
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

SESSION VI:  Increasing Competition in High-Speed Rail

Moderator
Melanie K. Johnson, P.E., Principal and Senior Project Manager, Quandel Consultants, LLC, Beachwood, OH

Panelists
Stanley G. Feinsod, Development Manager, Transit Systems Engineering, Inc., Emeryville, CA

Ray B. Chambers, Executive Director, Association of Independent Passenger Rail Operators, Washington, DC

Charles R. Hogue, Director, Government Affairs, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, Washington, DC

Carsten Puls, President, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting USA, Inc., Tarrytown, NY

​4:15 - 5:15 p.m.​

SESSION VII: Strengthening High-Speed Rail Advocacy 
 
Moderator
David O. Cameron, Assistant Director, Teamsters Rail Conference, Brotherfood of Maintenance of Way Employees, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists
Giles Giovinazzi, Federal Transit Liaison, California Department of Transportation, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA

Michael Friedberg, Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC

Robert W. Kiernan, Senior Director, The Northeast Maglev, LLC, Baltimore, MD

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.​

Summary of the Day’s Discussion – The Path Forward

Anna M. Barry, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; and Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT  

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