Transit Feeder and Distribution Systems for High‑Speed and Intercity Rail: Opportunities to Create a Network (6 parts)

October 1, 2013 • Chicago


On October 1, 2013, the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC) and its lead organization, the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) presented a half-day summit addressing transit and passenger rail connectivity for the nation’s proposed high-speed rail system. The summit was held in Chicago in conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Annual Meeting.

Part 1: “Addressing the Funding Challenges of HSR Connectivity” (Keynote)

Keynote by Mortimer Downey III, Deputy Secretary of Transportation (ret). Welcome and introductions by Rod Diridon Sr., Executive Director, MTI and MNTRC, and by David Kutrosky, Chair, APTA High-Speed Rail & Intercity Rail Committee.

Part 2: “Delivering High-Speed Rail Access to All Californians”

Presented by Jeff Morales, CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority. 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: “Connectivity Planning in the Northeast Corridor”

Drew Galloway, Chief, NEC Planning & Performance, Amtrak.

Part 4: “Access to Stations, Access to Customers: Priorities for Private HSR Development in Texas”

Robert Eckels, President, Texas Central High-Speed Railway.

Part 5: “High-Speed Rail Connectivity: An MTI Study”

Stanley Feinsod, Director, National HSR Connectivity Center, MTI.

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Part 6: Panel Discussion and Audience Questions

Moderated by Rod Diridon, Sr., Executive Director, MTI and MNTRC.