Day 1 – April 2, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Registration and Networking / Grab & Go Lunch Metro Plaza (1st 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 (FRA)

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM BREAK Metro Boardroom Entryway
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM 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 (CCJPA)

Hon. Henry Perea (SJJPA)

Hon. Fred Strong (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 (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 Boardroom 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 (CCJPA) / Moderator

Art Leahy (LA Metro)

Michael DePallo (SCRRA)

Stacey Mortensen (ACE/SJJPA)

Hasan Ikhrata (SCAG)

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception (Purchase Tickets Separately) 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
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 (CVAG) / Moderator

Pete Rodgers (SLOCOG)

Hon. Glenn Miller (City of 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)

12:15 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)

Royce Gotcher (Caltrans)

David Kutrosky (CCJPA)

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break Metro Boardroom Entryway
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Panel 7 – Forging Partnerships With Sacramento

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.

Metro – Boardroom Hon. Helene Schneider (CRCC/LOSSAN)

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Closing Remarks Metro – Boardroom Hon. Greg Pettis (SCAG)