Thursday, April 09, 2009

Seminar offered on rail stimulus money

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The Railway Supply Institute, the OneRail Coalition, and Women in Government Relations are teaming up to 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. On April 18, the U.S. Department of Transportation must issue a strategic plan on how to use those funds to improve/deploy high speed rail. 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).



8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome. Tom Simpson, Executive Director, RSI

8:45 a.m. Implementing High Speed Rail in America. Joel Szabat, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, US DOT (invited)

9:15 a.m. FRA’s Strategic Plan. Karen Rae, Deputy Administrator, FRA (invited)

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Advancing Passenger and Freight Rail Policies as a Critical Element of the Nation’s Transportation System. The OneRail Coalition, Donald Itzkoff, Counsel & Partner, Nossaman LLP

10:15 a.m. Freight Panel: New Project Opportunities with Public-Private Partnerships.

11:15 a.m. Amtrak’s Plans for the Stimulus Funds. Joseph Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak (invited)

12:00pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker: The Honorable James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (invited)

1:15 p.m. An Overview of the California High Speed Rail Project. Rod Diridon, Chair Emeritus, California High Speed Authority

2:15 p.m. Working with States to Implement Rail Projects. Frank Busalacchi, Secretary of Transportation, Wisconsin DOT and Chair, States For Passenger Rail

3:00 p.m. Adjourn


For further information or to obtain a registration form, contact RSI’s Nicole Brewin at or call (202) 347-4664.

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