Information published on 5 November 2013 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 372.

UIC Director-General adresses participants of the High Speed Rail Conference organized in Los Angeles (5-7 November 2013)

The conference brings together government officials and business leaders to discuss the future of high speed rail in America, starting in California

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UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux delivered a message via video link to the High Speed Rail Conference, organized by the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) which is currently being held at the MTA Headquarters at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux’s video message is available on this link:


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This three-day conference brings together some of the nation’s top government officials and many of the world’s leading experts to discuss the roll out of high speed rail across America.

Conference attendees will hear from the Obama Administration, members of Congress, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration, the California High Speed Rail Authority, international high speed rail experts, private rail operators, financial and investment professionals, engineers, construction leaders, real estate development professionals and national transportation advisors.

These include:

  • California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales,
  • California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty,
  • LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Arthur Leahy,
  • Tutor Perini CEO Ronald Tutor,
  • Mineta Transportation Institute Executive Director Rod Diridon,
  • California Assembly Member Fiona Ma,
  • California High Speed Rail Authority Board Member Katherine Perez-Estolano,

Conference highlights include Bringing High Speed Rail to America, the opening session with leading advocates for high speed rail in America. Hear about the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of a major new infrastructure project for America. California High Speed Rail will explore the status of the visionary state project, and its current construction build-out schedule. HSR in America Update will explore the status of the many high speed rail projects in the works around the country.

Private Investment & Financing High Speed Rail panel will explore strategies to creatively finance and build high speed rail projects around America, including a $100 billion investment fund for high speed rail. Transit Oriented Development & Station Architecture will explore design strategies of great rail stations while integrating them into cities and creating exciting new mixed-use places.

“This conference brings together an amazing line-up of top business leaders and government officials who are working to bring high speed rail to America” said Andy Kunz, USHSR President & CEO. “We are excited to be working with the visionaries and leaders pushing for major improvements to the nation’s transportation networks.”

Sponsors, exhibitors, media and affiliates include Siemens, Alstom, Sunbelt Rentals, Berger Group, Caltrans, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Kustom Seating, Autodesk, Freeport-McMoRan, Freedman Seating, Alion Science and Technology, LA County MTA, Mineta Transportation Institute, Archway Systems, C. Kell-Smith and Associates, Californians for High Speed Rail, Midwest High Speed Rail Association, Transportation Diversity Council, Regional Plan Association, Mass Transit Magazine, Governing Magazine, Railway Gazette, Progressive Railroading, InfrastructureUSA, and more.

US High Speed Rail Association is the only non-profit organization in America focusing entirely on advancing a state-of-the-art national high speed rail network. Its vision includes a national HSR Express system consisting of state-of-the-art dedicated track, advanced control systems, elegant multi-modal train stations, and top-of-the-line 220 mph trains. Its goal is to connect cities and states into an integrated system, laid out in phases with an aggressive schedule for full system build out.

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