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 Media Advisory



Virginia Miller
(202) 496-4816

 Boston to Host 2011 APTA Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo

 FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo to Address Conference

The 2011 Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo will take place June 12-15 in Boston, MA. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the event is North America’s largest and most comprehensive conference for the rail industry.

The 2011 conference encompasses all facets of the rail industry including: safety and security, commuter, high-speed and intercity rail, planning, sustainability and finance, capital projects, operations and technical forums. Rail professionals from throughout the industry will share best practices, lessons learned, and effective and timely solutions. Industry leaders, including Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Federal Railroad Administrator John C. Szabo, will address participants of the 2011 Rail Conference.

A media roundtable will be held on Monday, June 13 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Media can attend in-person or by calling in. (To call in, contact Nick Fabiani at or call (202) 778-1300.)

This marks the 19th year for the International Rail Rodeo Competition, which highlights the best rail operators and maintenance teams from across North America. Competitors, selected from local and state competitions, will compete to be crowned champion.

What: International Rail Rodeo What: 2011 Rail Conference

Where: Orient Heights Maintenance Facility       
1069 Bennington St.
Boston, MA

Where: Boston Marriott Copely Place
110 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA

When: June 11, 2011
--Operator competition begins at 7 a.m.
--Maintenance competition begins at 8 a.m.

When: June 12-15, 2011

Press: Media registration for the 2011 APTA Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo is FREE. To register on site, you will have to go to the APTA registration desk at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

Events: Some conference events are highlighted below.
For a complete listing of sessions, visit:

Monday, June 13, 2011

8:30 - 10:15 a.m. Opening General Session: Public Transportation Takes Us There
Join us as we renew our industry priorities and learn more about technical and business practices. Whether it’s creating jobs, helping to lead the way towards energy independence, improving quality of life, or protecting the environment, public transportation plays a significant role in taking us there.

President’s Welcome:
William Millar
, president, APTA

Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA, and general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District and executive director Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA

Jeffrey B. Mullan
, secretary and chief executive officer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston, MA
Richard A. Davey, general manager and rail and transit administrator, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

19th Annual International Rail Rodeo Awards:
Michael J. Scanlon

Yoshio Ishida
, vice-chairman of East Japan Railway Company (JR East), and chairman, Union of International Railways (UIC), Tokyo, Japan

Administrator Peter M. Rogoff
, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Invitation to 2011 EXPO:
Justin Augustine
, III, chief executive officer, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, and vice president, Veolia Transportation, New Orleans, LA

11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Media Roundtable
You can attend in person or call-in to hear what these public transportation leaders think about the future of rail and public transportation; the connection to sustainable economic growth; the response to high gas prices; and the impact of the U.S. government’s high-speed rail proposals.

William Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association
Administrator Peter M. Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
Jeff Mullan, Secretary and CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Richard A. Davey, General Manager and Rail and Transit Administrator, MBTA

(To call in, contact Nick Fabiani at or call (202) 778-1300.)

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Building Partnerships for Mixed Income TOD
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. DOT’s Sustainable Communities program seeks to build new coalitions and showcase innovative approaches to create mixed-income, transit-oriented development and districts. This session will feature insights from HUD plus the latest research, local innovations, and interesting coalitions emerging to deliver the vibrant, high- performance, mixed-income TODs necessary to help the increasing demand.
2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Global Case Studies of Emerging High-Speed Rail Programs
In this session, you will hear about countries that have made the decision to invest in high-speed rail and are now in development or implementation stages. Presentations will include an overview of these systems, lessons learned, and best practices that could be applicable to the development of high-speed rail in the United States.
2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Positive Train Control Policy
Since the passage of the 2008 Rail Safety Act, both freight and passenger railroads have been scrambling to comply with the mandate to have positive train control (PTC) installed and fully operational by the end of 2015. On this panel, you will hear the Federal Railroad Administration’s view of the PTC Implementation Plans filed to date, as well as the steps the industry has taken to meet this fast-approaching deadline.
4 - 4:45 p.m. FRA Forum
From the President’s State of the Union to the Vice President’s reiteration that 80 percent of Americans will have network access to high-speed rail within 25 years, find out how the Federal Railroad Administration is carrying out the President’s mandate.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rail Products and Services Showcase (tickets required)
Many business members’ rail products and services are showcased at the 2011 Rail
Products & Services Showcase. View the products and obtain information relating to the rail products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of rail equipment and services.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Moving Towards a State of Good Repair
With renewed emphasis in Congress and the FTA on state of good repair, transit agencies are taking a fresh look at managing the condition of their capital assets. This session will highlight best practices and methodologies in asset management as an important tool to understand when to program funds and prioritize projects for recapitalization.
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Measuring Safety Performance
It has been 10 years since the major change was made in reporting data to the National Transit Database and nearly that long since the FTA’s State Safety Oversight Program was reorganized. Over that time, agencies have gone to considerable effort and expended significant resources to make their systems safer. They have invested heavily in safer equipment, more training, and developed better standards and procedures.
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

MBTA Technical Tours
Visit our 80,600 square foot Rapid Transit fleet maintenance facility. Built in the early 1950s and upgraded to six car operation beginning in 2001 to present.

Tour 1: Blue Line Maintenance Facility Orient Heights Carhouse
Tour 2: Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility
Tour 3: Operations Control Center

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Public-Private Partnerships: Policy, Practice, Panacea?
Join this session to review infrastructure financing options and analyze why these options are viable in given situations. Learn more about positioning opportunities to attract private sector interest; how investors assess opportunities; and the return on investment.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Return on Investment for High-Speed Rail
Defining the real return on investment (ROI) is the main objective for presenting the business case for high-speed and intercity rail projects, from the economic benefits, tax revenues, reduction in travel time, and overall emissions, to permanent new jobs, development, and construction.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Rail Security: What Progress Have We Made?
Our distinguished panel will discuss the achievements that have been made in U.S. and international public rail transportation as well as sharing perspectives on the challenges that remain, and vulnerabilities and threats we continue to face.
9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Integrating Intercity and High-Speed Rail with Local Transit
Providing seamless transportation from a passenger’s origin to ultimate destination is the goal for every operator, but connectivity to a hierarchy of local and regional transit is the key to success for intercity and high-speed rail around the world. How does Amtrak’s Acela benefit from transit links in Boston, Washington, New York, and Philadelphia? What can the experiences of European and Asian systems show us?
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Closing General Session: Calling Out the Rail Critics: Facts Are On Our Side
The public likes and wants more passenger rail services of all types, and has said so in many ways. While criticism has always been part of public dialogue, recent criticism has quite often used biased, inaccurate analysis to misrepresent issues. What are the facts about rail projects and their projected ridership, environmental benefits, and economic growth impacts? How can the real facts be communicated effectively?

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