- April 20, 2017 -
Grand Hyatt Denver | Denver, CO
Railway Age builds on its successful Light Rail event by following the second annual conference with a special one-day seminar: RAIL TRANSIT FINANCE FORUM.
Financing new-build and expansion/improvement projects and acquiring new rolling stock is a challenge for even the most experienced rail transit professionals at the largest agencies. There is a virtually endless variety of options for acquiring the necessary financing. Monetary sources – from government grants and loan programs to private investment – are often in short supply, with numerous conditions and constraints. The competition for funds is fierce. Often, there aren’t enough resources to satisfy pent-up demand. The public clamors for more and better service, and satisfying their needs requires insight as well resources.
The RAIL TRANSIT FINANCE FORUM will provide the insight required to make informed decisions.
• What You Need to Know about the Federal Transit Administration Process• Public-Private Partnerships: The New Paradigm• RRIF Loans, Bond Issues, Special Taxes and Voter Referendums• Balancing Federal, State and Local Requirements• When Design-Build-Operate-Maintain is a Good Approach• Sale-Leasebacks and Other Forms of Creative Financing• Finding the Right Consultants and Program Managers• Project Planning that Gets Financial Results
Join us – along with industry experts from all areas of the rail transit financing and construction sector – at the RAIL TRANSIT FINANCE FORUM, to expand your knowledge and increase your chances of getting your project beyond the planning stages.
HOTEL | VENUE
Attendees of the RAIL TRANSIT FINANCE FORUM or LIGHT RAIL 2017 can book at the Grand Hyatt Denver at the special rate of $209/night (single/double, additional taxes & fees may apply). The room block closes March 20, 2017, so please make your reservations as soon as possible. Mention Railway Age when booking.
GRAND HYATT DENVER1750 Welton StreetDenver, Colorado, USA, 80202Tel: +1 303 295 1234
Railway Age | RT&S Light Rail 2017
NJ Transit Light Rail Tour—Pre-Registration RequiredNJ Transit RiverLINE Diesel Light Rail LineIf you are planning to depart from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, please meet our group in the lobby for a 1:30pm departure.
Otherwise, meet the tour at Walter Rand Transportation Center for a 2:30pm departure of a train specially reserved for Railway Age.
WelcomeWilliam C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
Keynote AddressJeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority introduced by Bridget Hodgson, President, BRT Services
What is Light Rail Transit?T. R. Hickey, Chief Development Officer, Virginia Railway Express
Operational Challenges, Networks, Special ServicesModerated by Alfred E. Fazio, P.E., Contributing Editor, Railway Age, and Systems Engineer, BRT Services• Strategies to Expedite Light Rail Operations: An OverviewVictoria L. Harris AICP, Long Range Rail Planner, SEPTA• Express Operations on NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light RailPhilip J. Maccioli, General Manager, AECOM• Scheduling Zone Expresses on SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed LineJohn F. Calnan, Manager, Suburban Service Planning and Schedules, SEPTA
LRT Deployment MethodsModerated by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age• Design-Build or DBOM: Contract or True Business Approach?P. Takis Salpeas, Principal, Transit Project Strategies, LLC• Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRTPaul Bakas, P.E., General Engineering Consultant, Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit Project, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Energy Break | Sponsored by AECOM
Share-Use OperationsModerated by T. R. Hickey, Chief Development Officer, Virginia Railway Express• Sharing the Streets: The Philadelphia Story Steven R. D'Antonio, Manager, City Service Planning, SEPTAPatricia Ellis, Transit Policy & Planning Advisor, Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Transportation & Utilities• NJ Transit River LINE/Conrail Extended Temporal SeparationJohn Squitieri, Chief, Light Rail and Contract Services, NJ TransitTim Tierney, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Conrail• Design for Extended Temporal SeparationRob Troup, Vice President and Regional Director-Systems, HNTB• Alternative Vehicle Technology for Shared-UsePallavi Lal P.E, Vice-President, Northern New Jersey Region, LTK Engineering Services
Track and Vehicle Engineering, Signalization, MaintenanceModerated by Alfred E. Fazio, P.E.• Special Considerations for Transit TrackAnthony Fazio, Manager of Track Design, SEPTAJonathan Schneider, P.E., SEPTA• Vehicle Upgrades: From PCCs to LRVsBarbara Schroeder, P.E., Systems & Infrastructure Business Development Director | North America, AlstomBryce Dudgeon, Deputy Director, Mechanical Engineering, Siemens Industry, Inc.Andy Cable, Director of Quality, Brookville Equipment Corporation• Signalization and its Impact on LRT OperationsMichael Monastero, Chief Engineer, Communications and Signals, SEPTAKeith Holt, Deputy Chief Engineer, Communications and Signals, AmtrakMichael McNamara, P.E., President, Gannett-Fleming Transit and Rail SystemsHarvey Glickenstein, P.E., WSP, Parsons BrinckerhoffAllen Smith III, General Manager,Rail Operations, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
Safety and Operating PracticesModerated by William C. Vantuono• Review of APTA Operating PracticesChristopher Wallgren, Vice President, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc.• Track Standards for Low-Floor Light Rail VehiclesJoe Gentilucci, Superintendent, Light Rail Maintenance, MBTAAnthony Bohara, P.E., Senior Rail Project Manager, HDR Engineering• Safety CertificationNagal Shashidara, PhD, Director, System Safety & Quality Assurance Programs - Light Rail Operations, NJ Transit
SEPTA Light Rail Transit Tour—Pre-Registration RequiredSEPTA Subway-Surface, Media, Sharon Hill & Norristown LinesOur group will depart from the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 12:45pm.The approximate end-time will be 6:30pm with the last stop being Jefferson Station (Filbert & N. 11th St.)
- April 18 - April 20, 2017 -
PLANNING, ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS Light rail transit, the fastest-growing passenger rail mode, employs a full range of technologies and operating practices—unlike rapid transit, which is highly standardized. There are significant differences in light rail vehicle configuration and capabilities. Operating practices are spread over a wide spectrum. Thoughtful, expert service planning and applications engineering is essential. “Out of the box” solutions are inadequate. Developed for transportation professionals in planning, operations, civil engineering, signaling and vehicle engineering—as well as students at the undergraduate and graduate level—the Railway Age/Railway Track & Structures Second Annual Planning, Engineering and Operating Light Rail conference will offer a comprehensive review of the specialized technical and operational issues associated with light and interurban railways. It will also examine the relationship between transportation and economic development in a modern urban environment. Professional Development Hours will be offered for Professional Engineers. For 2017, we’ve selected Denver, Colorado—a burgeoning region for rail transit, with billions already invested and more billions on the drawing board—as the location. Denver RTD will be our host. Keynote Address: David Genova, General Manager and CEO, Denver Regional Transportation District Topics Include: • Alternate Vehicle Technologies (AVT) • The Streetcar Boom • Analysis of Expedited Service • Signaling and Train Control Options • Shared-Use with Freight Rail • North American New-Build/Expansion Project Updates • Carbuilder Roundtable Discussion • Environmental Permitting • RTD FasTracks Program FINANCING THE FUTURE OF RAIL TRANSIT
Railway Age builds on its successful Light Rail event by incorporating additional content for 2017: RAIL TRANSIT FINANCE FORUM, a special one-day seminar.Financing new-build and expansion/improvement projects and acquiring new rolling stock is a challenge for even the most experienced rail transit professionals at the largest agencies. The RAIL TRANSIT FINANCE FORUM will provide the insight required to make informed decisions.• What You Need to Know about the Federal Transit Administration Process• Public-Private Partnerships: The New Paradigm • RRIF Loans, Bond Issues, Special Taxes and Voter Referendums • Balancing Federal, State and Local Requirements • When Design-Build-Operate-Maintain is a Good Approach • Sale-Leasebacks and Other Forms of Creative Financing • Finding the Right Consultants and Program Managers • Project Planning that Gets Financial Results View the full 2016 agenda >>
Explore the Challenges, Issues, and Trends Affecting the North American Rail Market
Railway Age's Third Annual RAIL INSIGHTS takes place June 7 & 8, 2017 in Chicago, IL.
Once again, the event will focus on interactive, probing dialogue among top-level industry executives, Railway Age’s experienced, knowledgeable editors, and attendees.
Rail Insights offers a unique opportunity to engage, interact, and collaborate on your ideas and insights with the industry’s leadership on key strategic challenges, issues and trends affecting business growth, capital investment, technology, regulation, service quality and safety in the North American Rail Market.
Hotel Block & Venue
RAIL INSIGHTS will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago. Our group rate is $209/night (plus taxes, fees). To book, contact the ULC at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1.800.443.0578, and reference "Railway Age Rail Insights."
The block ends on Friday, May 5, 2017.
Union League Club of Chicago65 West Jackson Blvd.>Chicago, IL
Sponsorships and ExhibitsSponsorships and exhibits are available for all Railway Age events. Contact Jon Chalon (212) 620-7224, email@example.com
The Regulatory Environment—Supplier PerspectiveJoseph H. McHugh, Vice President—Government Affairs and Corporate Communications, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)Tom Simpson, President, Railway Supply Institute, Inc.Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
Supplier Challenges and OpportunitiesJohn Paljug, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Rail AutomationBrandon Shafer, Global Commercial Marketing Leader, GE TransportationWiggie Shell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Georgetown RailEquipment CompanyMike Mitrovich, President, MPL Innovations, Inc.Hosted by Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono
Locomotives: Lessons LearnedC. Douglas Corbin, Assistant Vice President-Mechanical, Norfolk Southern Corp.Richard Regan, Senior Vice President Mechanical, Genesee & WyomingHosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
Regional and Short Line IssuesJames R. Hertwig, President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida East CoastRick Webb, Chief Executive Officer, WatcoDavid Fink, President, Pan Am RailwaysHosted by Railway Age Contributing Editor Roy Blanchard
CBTC and PTC: How Much Convergence?Woshiar Mavarani, Train Control Systems Designer, Parsons
Coffee Break | Sponsored by M.C. Dean
Luncheon | Sponsored by THALES TRANSPORT & SECURITY, INC.Luncheon Speaker:Steven R. Ditmeyer, Principal, Transportation Technology and Economics
Project UpdatesModerator: Yousef Kimiagar MMSc., P.Eng., PMP, Senior Program Director, Global CBTC Practice Lead, Transport Systems Toronto Area Manager, PARSONS• CBTC Deployment Status & the Queens Boulevard LineNidhish Patel, P.E., Program Executive - Signals and Train Control, MTA New York City Transit• Banedanmark (Denmark)David Chabanon, Project Manager, Parsons