Monday, April 20, 2009

Diversified agenda offered for “Selling to America’s Railroads”

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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.

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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.

Contact RSI’s Nicole Brewin at (202) 347-4664, or email her at brewin@railwaysupply.org. Agenda information and registration forms are available at www.railwaysupply.org/convention/Selling2009.aspx.