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2014 California Passenger Rail Summit

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April 2-3, 2014
Los Angeles Union Station

Photos and text by Reporter, Carl Morrison except where noted.

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner No. 461 with Long Distance car behind and the Metro Building in the background.

Table of Contents

  1. Purpose of the Summit
  2. Sponsors and Supporting Organizations of the Summit
  3. Lodging near the Summit
  4. Getting to the Summit by Rail
  5. Program - Speakers, Panels, Reception
  6. Panel Notes and Presentations with links to presentations.

Purpose of the Summit

These are interesting times for passenger rail development in California. With the formation of the new California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), California is on the verge of significant enhancements to the passenger rail system. The modernization and integration of the passenger rail services that is being led by CalSTA and the Federal Railroad Administration, working with transportation agencies throughout the state, are creating an environment of investment in passenger rail infrastructure that has been unparalleled in recent years and will continue to grow.

Join us as we meet with leaders in the industry for two days of discussion regarding the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. Speakers will discuss funding, development, and strategic approaches to the growth of passenger rail in the state. Joining us at this event will be state and federal representatives, passenger rail agencies, and other leaders working together to shape the future of passenger rail.

The California Passenger Rail Summit (CPRS) will bring together rail policy makers, agencies, consultants, and advocates to work to solve the many complicated and tangled rail issues in our state. This will be our call to action to develop an efficient and effective passenger rail network within California and beyond to meet future travel demands. The two day conference is scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday, April 2-3, 2014 at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) headquarters, adjacent to Los Angeles Union Station.

The 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit Local Host Planning Committee includes the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority, Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Diego Association of Governments, Southwest Rail Passengers Association, and the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency.

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