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Mantill Williams

 Baltimore to Host High-Speed Rail Workshop Focused on Building America’s High-Speed Rail System


Event features international rail experts and American transportation leaders

With over 10 billion dollars allocated for the High-Speed Rail program in the United States, the city of Baltimore will be a vital location in implementing high-speed rail in the Northeast corridor. The American Public Transportation Association and the International Union of Railways will present the 2011 International Practicum on Implementing High-Speed Rail in the United States at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront May 3-5, 2011. The workshop will feature top domestic rail experts and international experts in high-speed rail and transportation policy. The workshop brings together both the public and private sectors to provide insight and best practices for implementing high-speed rail projects at every stage – from planning, financing, and construction, to operations and management.

More information about this event is available at Media reservations are free. To make your reservation or request an interview contact Mantill Williams at (202) 496-4869 or

WHAT: 2011 International Practicum on Implementing High-Speed Rail in the United States
Tuesday, May 3 – Thursday, May 5, 2011
WHO: Joseph Szabo – administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
William Millar – president, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Joseph Boardman – president and CEO, Amtrak
Ignacio Barron Angoiti – Director of the Passenger, High Speed and Stations Department (UIC— International Union of Railways)
WHERE:     Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of over 1,500 public and private member organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passengers services, and high-speed rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada are served by APTA member systems. Additionally, information regarding APTA’s leadership role in the issue of High-Speed Rail can be found at APTA’s Center for High-Speed Rail, which builds on the high-speed rail efforts of other already existing APTA committees and which offers online resources at

The International Union of Railways (UIC) is the worldwide organization for international cooperation among railways. UIC’s main missions are to promote rail transport across the world in order to cope with current challenges of mobility and sustainable development, by enhancing international cooperation between its members, building a consistent railway system and achieving projects of global dimension.

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