The Railway Supply Institute, joined by the OneRail Coalition and Women in Government Relations, will present a one-day symposium entitled Selling to America’s Railroads: Freight, Intercity and High Speed Rail Development–How Stimulus Funds Will Be Spent on Rail. The symposium is Thursday, May 7, 2009, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Phoenix Park Hotel Ballroom, 520 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Participants will hear from government authorities regarding the availability of stimulus money for rail. Along with flexible spending money available for freight rail projects, some $9.3 billion has been committed toward intercity and high-speed passenger rail development. The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a strategic plan on how to use those funds to improve/deploy high speed rail, outlined by President Obama April 16. Discussion will focus on what this means for rail and rail suppliers. The cost to RSI and WGR members is $150 per person and includes breakfast and lunch ($200 for non-members).
Speakers on the agenda include: Karen Rae, deputy administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; Stephen Flippin, director of Federal Affairs, CSX Corp.; Mike Rock, vice president of External Relations, Union Pacific; Darrell Wilson, Norfolk Southern assistant vice president, Government Relations; Frank Busalacchi, secretary of transportation for the state of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation and also chair, States For Passenger Rail; and Donald Itzkoff, partner, Nossaman LLP, and also former FRA deputy administrator.