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 Webcast: High-Speed and Intercity Rail Fact or Myth

Fact or Myth: The Return on Investment of a National High-Speed and Intercity Rail Program: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Abroad

Live Webcast Conference Session from
APTA's 2010 Rail Conference.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
8:00-9:30 a.m. Pacific Time (North America)
Live from the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, British Columbia

Session Overview

This session will the summarize case studies and examine the metrics behind the return on investment for national high speed (HS) and intercity (IC) rail programs from Europe and Asia.  The impact of HS and IC rail in terms of mobility, the environment, economics, and other factors will be summarized by experts who study these trends from an academic and objective points-of-view. 

Experts will discuss whether and how investments in HS and IC rail have truly delivered their promises and positively impacted travel behavior and economic development, and reduced overall fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. This will help guide the future U.S. investments to ensure that realistic and appropriate expectations are made and delivered.

Closed captioning services will be provided.

Session Sponsor


Webcast sponsored by Siemens.


Peter Gertler, AICP, chair, APTA High Speed & Intercity Rail Program Subcommittee and senior vice president, high speed rail services chair, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA


  • Julian Sasrte, dr. civil engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid and senior researcher, Fundación Caminos de Hierro, Madrid, Spain
  • Andrew McNaughton, FREng., chief engineer High Speed Two, and special professor of rail engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Tadashi Kaneko, director, Japan International Transport Institute (JITI), Washington, DC  
  • Dr. David Gillen, director, Centre for Transportation Studies, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC  Canada

Fees & Registration

$ 195.00 APTA member
$ 295.00 Non-Member

Registration fees for this event are per connection

PLEASE NOTE: Each Registration Fee Is for One Computer Log-On. You may have many individuals viewing the webcast from just one computer. You must order additional registrations for each additional computer you want to log into the webcast.

APTA encourages you to fill your conference room and invite your staff, colleagues and stakeholders to learn, engage, and share questions & answers with leading industry experts on this timely topic!


Exclusive Offer: Your registration fee also includes one-year unlimited access for your organization to the recording of this live webcast. Share this session with your colleagues who are not able to make the live event.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email. A few days before the webcast, you will receive another email containing a link and instructions for connecting to the webcast.

Technical Requirements

To participate in the web portion of this event, you must have the following:


For more information on this webcast, please contact:

Joseph Niegoski
APTA's Director - Educational Services 
(202) 496-4870


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