Economic and Social Impacts of High-Speed Rail Systems (7 parts)

January 13, 2013 • Washington DC


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC), at the invitation of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), organized a daylong workshop on high-speed rail (HSR) for the US. Special participation came from the Mineta Transportation Institute and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Part 1: Opening and Keynote

Introduction by Administrator Szabo and the keynote by Secretary LaHood. Other speakers include (in order) David Simpson, Chair of TRB’s Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; and Rod Diridon, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute and Chair of the US High-Speed Rail Association.

Part 2: Current Status of High-Speed Rail in the United States

The proposed HSR corridors in the US, the current progress on each one, and possibilities for the future. Speakers include (in order) David Simpson, Chair of TRB’s Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; Rod Diridon, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute and Chair of the US High-Speed Rail Association; Stephen Gardner of Amtrak; Rick Harnish of the Mid-West High-Speed Rail Association; and Dan Richard of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Part 3: Financing High-Speed Rail

The various options for financing high-speed rail. Speakers include (in order) David Simpson, Chair of TRB's Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration; Mortimer Downey, former US Deputy Secretary of Transportation; Adrian Share of HNTB; Robert Eckels of the Texas Central High-Speed Railway; and Jolene Molitoris of US Railcar Company.

Part 4: Unique High-Speed Rail Challenges on the Front End

The particular challenges of HSR in the early stages, including planning, engineering, workforce development, and more. Speakers include (in order) Dr. Harry Teng of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Michael Melaniphy of the American Public Transportation Association; Dr. Peter Haas of the Mineta Transportation Institute; Ed Wytkind of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department; Stephanie Pinson of Gilbert-Tweed Associates; and Paul Toliver of the Council of Minority Transportation Officials.

Part 5: Design and Operational Integration of High-Speed Rail

How to integrate HSR with existing transport modes, speeds, security, technologies, and the like. Speakers include (in order) Dr. Harry Teng of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Jeff Morales of the California High-Speed Rail Authority; Stan Feinsod of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s National High-Speed Rail Connectivity Center; Brian Michael Jenkins of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s National Transportation Safety and Security Center; and Armin Kick of Siemens.

Part 6: The Benefits of High-Speed Rail

HSR benefits such as transport speed, economic development, cost efficiencies, tax revenues, increased property values, and more. Speakers include (in order) Dr. Harry Teng of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; David Kutrosky of the Central Corridor Joint Powers Authority; Charles Quandel of Quandel Associates; Patricia Quinn of Downeaster; Drew Galloway of Amtrak; and Tom Skanke of WHSRA.

Part 7: Status of International High-Speed Rail

HSR around the world, which has transported 15 billion passenger rides since the 1960s. Topics include economic, environmental, connectivity, and other issues and benefits that each country has faced. Speakers include (in order) Dr. Harry Teng of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Jean-Pierre Loubinoux of the International Union of Railways; Anthony Perl of Simon Fraser University, Canada; Helio Mauro Franca of Brazilian Enterprise for Planning and Logistics, Brazil; Eduardo Romo of Foundacion Caminos del Hierro, Spain; and Rod Diridon, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute and Chair of the US High-Speed Rail Association.