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2014 California Passenger Rail Summit


Day 1 – April 2, 2014


(Photos provided by Speakers)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM     Registration and Networking     Grab and Go Lunch    Metro Boardroom Entryway (3rd Floor)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM     WELCOME

Local, State, and National Opportunities for Rail

    Metro Boardroom (3rd Floor)

Art Leahy  (LA Metro)

Chad Edison (CalSTA)

Karen Hedlund
Deputy Administrator, FRA


1:30 PM – 1:45 PM     BREAK  Metro Boardroom Entryway       

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM  Metro Boardroom
Panel 1 - California’s Successful Intercity Passenger Rail Partnership

The State of California is a national model for intercity passenger rail, with the highest ridership of any state in the Amtrak system.  During this panel, the Chairs from each of the three intercity rail Joint Powers Authorities and the emerging Coast Daylight service, will provide an overview of joint efforts to protect the state’s investment and expand this successful system. 

Metro – Boardroom     Linda Culp (SANDAG) Moderator

Hon. Gail Murray, Vice Chair, (CCJPA)

Hon. Henry Perea (SJJPA)

Hon. Fred Strong, Chair, (LOSSAN JPA)

Hon. Dave Potter (CRCC)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM    

Panel 2 - Transportation & Tourism, Collaboration is Critical 

Tourism industry experts will discuss the importance of passenger rail service for Southern California. International travel to Southern California is growing and the modern traveler expects a seamless opportunity to use passenger rail service to navigate our region. Learn how tourism, the multi-billion dollar industry can collaborate with passenger rail service   

Metro – Boardroom     Scott White / Moderator (Greater Palm Springs CVB) Moderator

Patti MacJennett (Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board)

Lynn Carpenter (Visit California)

Ashlee Ciora (Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau)


4:00 PM – 4:15 PM     BREAK     Metro Boadroom Entryway  

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM    

Panel 3 - CEO Perspective- Putting Plans to Reality

The development of new projects and programs is an important part of the leadership that Chief Executive Officers bring to their agencies. In this panel CEO’s will discuss the challenges of developing projects with ever-changing needs, while simultaneously dealing with competing programs, and limited resources.    

Metro – Boardroom     Hon. Gail Murray, Vice Chair, (CCJPA) / Moderator

Art Leahy (LA Metro)

Michael DePallo (SCRRA)

Stacey Mortenson (ACES/SJJPA)

Hasan Ikhrata (SCAG)

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM    Welcome Reception    Fred Harvey House, Los Angeles Union Station  

Yvonne Burke  (Amtrak Board of Directors)



Day 2 – April 3, 2014
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM     Registration & Networking/Continental Breakfast     Metro Boardroom Entryway (3rd Floor) 

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM     Opening Keynote Address 

"Getting Shovels in the Ground: California High-Speed Rail Program"     Metro – Boardroom

Dan Richard (Chair CHSRA)

Michelle Boehm (CHSRA)/Introductions  

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM    

Panel 4 - Emerging California Passenger Rail Corridors

California has long been a leader in providing  intercity passenger rail service, which has numerous quality of life  benefits. The strong demand for additional corridor service is however, met with many difficult challenges. Key decision makers will bring forward possible solutions to streamline this daunting process.    

Metro – Boardroom    

Tom Kirk / Moderator (CVAG) Moderator

Pete Rodgers (SLOCOG)

Hon. Glenn Miller (Cityof Indio)

Christina Watson (TAMC)

Lauren Skiver (Sunline Transit)

Hon. Paul Lewin (City of Palm Springs)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM    

Panel 5 - Out of many systems – One Network

Rail modernization and an integrated rail network are integral to the future of the California transportation system.  With the leadership of the California State Transportation Agency, the state is moving towards the development of an integrated passenger rail network that includes high speed, commuter, and intercity rail systems to connect with regional networks. This panel will discuss the needs associated with this network as well as the opportunities that an integrated system provides.    

Metro – Boardroom  

Don Sepulveda (Metro) Moderator

Paul Dyson (RailPAC)

David Kutrosky (CCJPA)

James Dreisbach-Towle (SANDAG)

Bryan Pennington (LA Metro)

Chad Edison (CalSTA)

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM     Lunch – Grab & Go Networking     Metro Plaza (1st Floor)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM    

Panel 6 -  Shared Rail Corridor Success Stories

Passenger rail systems are developed, for the most part, on existing freight rail corridors.  With ever increasing passenger rail needs as well as increasing freight movements, the capacity of these corridors becomes strained.  Also, the different needs between passenger and freight carriers creates the need for strong partnerships to create a dynamic and mutually supported system!  The panel will discuss areas where that partnership has been successful and the future needs for these corridors to develop.
Metro Boardroom 

Hon. Salud Carbajal (Santa Barbara County) Moderator

John Standiford (RCTC)

D. J. Mitchell (BNSF)

David Kutrosky (CCJPA)

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM     Break     Metro Boardroom Entryway

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM    

Panel 7 -
Strategy Roundtable/Call to Action  Metro Boardroom

The State of California has a long history of investment in the state’s rail services.  Key decision makers will provide an overview of recent efforts to continue this focus including the newly-formed Senate Select Committee on Passenger Rail, potential funding initiatives, and other legislative efforts.    

Hon. Helene Schneider, (LOSSAN)

David Golonski, LOSSAN JPA

Don Sepulveda, Metro, Conference Co-Chair

Bob Manning, SWRPA, Conference Co-Chair

Jennifer Bergener, LOSSAN JPA (Moderator)

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM     Closing Remarks     Metro Boardroom

Hon. Greg Pettis, (SCAG)

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