21st Century Transportation for America


  • High Speed Rail Awards
  • Bringing HSR to California
  • CA HSR Procurement Schedule
  • Statewide Rail Modernization Plan
  • HSR Financing & Private Investment
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Federal Funding for HSR
  • Politics of High Speed Rail
  • Linking Different Agencies for HSR
  • Permanent Funding Sources
  • National Defense, Energy Security and HSR
  • Why High Speed
  • High Speed Rail Around the World
  • Real Estate Development Opportunities
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Station Area Planning
  • Rail Station Architecture and Design
  • Creating Jobs & Stimulating the Economy
  • Scaling Up HSR Renewable Energy
  • Planning New HSR Systems
  • Streamlining Application Process
  • Streamlining the Design Process
  • Technology of HSR
  • Integrating with Transit

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California HSR Authority CEO Jeff Morales 

Jeff Morales has a distinguished record of experience managing large and complex transportation issues and projects. As the former Director of the California Department of Transportation, Morales managed a $10 billion program and more than 23,000 employees working to build, maintain and operate the largest state transportation system in the U.S.

Morales is the past executive vice president of the Chicago Transit Authority where he spearheaded major reforms at the nation’s second-largest transit agency. His experience at the federal level includes serving as a member of President-Elect Obama’s transition team focusing on transportation, Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review, the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the United States Department of Transportation and as U.S. Senate staff.

He most recently was Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he worked with transportation agencies across the United States and internationally to develop and implement major capital programs.

California HSR Authority Board Chairman Dan Richard 

Dan Richard of Piedmont, has been a principal of Dan Richard Advisors since 2010. He was managing partner and co-founder of Heritage Oak Capital Partners, an infrastructure finance firm 2007-2009 and was senior vice president of public policy and governmental relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company 1997-2006.

Richard was an elected member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1992 to 2004, where he served twice as president of the Board.

At the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Richard led efforts to secure $4 billion in capital for system rehabilitation projects, the transit system’s expansion to the San Francisco Airport and seismic retrofit programs.

Rod Diridon, Executive Director - Mineta Transportation Institute

Rod Diridon, Sr., has served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) created by Congress in 1991. Mr. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues and is regarded by many as the "father" of modern transit service in Silicon Valley. He was appointed by Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger, in 2001 and 2006, respectively, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board, of which he is chair emeritus. After many years of public service in various capacities in California, Santa Clara County renamed its main train station "San Jose Diridon Station" in his honor.

Arthur Leahy, CEO - LA Co. Metropolitan Transportation Authority 

Arthur T. Leahy will give an update and overview of the transportation picture in the Los Angeles region including the growing metro system, as well as preparations for HSR coming to LA. Mr. Leahy became MTA's CEO in April 2009. LA MTA serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country's largest, most populous counties. Mr. Leahy's prior position was the CEO of Orange County Transportation Authority, a county-wide transportation agency, where he oversaw planning, financing and coordination for Orange County's freeway, street and rail development, bus service, commuter rail service, and paratransit services. Prior to this, he was general manager of the transit agency in Minneapolis-St. Paul between 1997 and 2001.

Anthony Perl, Ph.D. 

Anthony Perl, Ph.D. is Director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia; he has previously worked at the City University of New York, the University of Calgary, and Université Lumière in Lyon, France. He has authored or co-authored four books, most recently Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil (2008).  Anthony's research crosses disciplinary and national boundaries to explore the policy decisions that affect transportation, cities and the environment. He has published in scholarly journals such as Energy Policy, Transportation Research, Transportation Quarterly, World Transport Policy and Practice, and Scientific American.

Anthony's work been awarded prizes for outstanding papers presented at the World Conference on Transport Research and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum. He has advised governments in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, and the United States on transportation and environmental research and policy development, and currently chairs the Intercity Passenger Rail committee of the U.S. Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council.


Don't miss this exciting high speed rail event of the year - High Speed Rail 2012!  Los Angeles is the place to be December 3-5.  

Business and political leaders will come together with the world's top experts to bring high speed rail to America, starting in California.  Construction is about to get underway on the first phase of the proposed state-wide, 800-mile state-of-the-art transportation project that will revolutionize mobility in the state. 

This new rail system will carry more than 100 million passengers each year once built out - saving time, money, energy, and lives day after day for many decades.

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High speed rail is revolutionizing the rest of the world, and now it's America's turn. Be part of the excitement in Los Angeles on December 3!

Networking and Dealmaking

Recent conference attendees include executives from:

Balfour Beatty
Parsons Brinckerhoff
KCI Technologies
Louis Berger Group
U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail
Central Japan Railway
Japan Int'l Transport Institute
CRCC (China)
TSDI (China)
CSR (China)
NDF (China)
TUC Rail
Hyundai Rotem
Kawasaki Rail Car
GKK Works 
Foster + Partners Architects
Dover Kohl
Urban Land Institute
Bentley Systems
SMI International
First Southwest Investment Bank
Hill & Knowlton
Global-5 Communications
Shaw Group
CA. HSR Authority
GPO, Inc.
DLA Piper
Holland & Knight
Quarles and Brady
Parker Poe
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Alion Science & Tech.
BAE Systems
Xpress West
Invensys Rail
Finley Engineering
Mc Dean
Archer Western
NKT Cables
Gov't. of Quebec
Wilbur Smith 



The Case for HSR in California

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-California Governor Jerry Brown


Fast trains... arriving in California soon! (Photo: NC3D)
California High Speed Rail  

California HSR is a Special Project of National Significance - the largest, most advanced HSR project in the nation, with the first phase readying to go out to bid.  There is widespread public and business support for the project.  It’s already creating jobs, and will quickly become a national demonstration project for advanced HSR technology in America.  Given its location near Silicon Valley, this could lead to the launch of a new high tech industry.  California will be the first test of 220 mph trains on American soil, quickly advancing the nation from last place to first place in global state-of-the-art HSR.


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HSR will deliver fast, easy mobility to California!

20,000 people per hour at 200+ mph

High capacity, efficient transportation for America
"A lot of people want to turn off the lights.  I'm not one of them.  We're going to build, we're going to invest, and California is going to stay up among the great states and the great political jurisdictions of the world." 
-CA Governor Jerry Brown, January 2012


Conference Highlights

Get up to speed on the California HSR project, expected procurement process, phasing, financing, and rollout.

Network with business leaders and elected officials involved in the new HSR project.

Learn about the global high speed rail systems in operation and under construction all around the world including France, Spain, Japan, China, Italy, Germany, and more.  Find out how these systems operate, how they are financed, and how they change business operations, and people's lives.

Hear about the largest high speed rail project in the history of the world - China - and how they are building it in a handful of years with multiple new lines underway all at the same time!

Get a glimpse of the Transbay Terminal intermodal center now under construction in San Francisco for the new HSR lines to integrate with other transit, and the city.

See how California is building consensus across the largest state in America to build support for their HSR mega project, in the face of much doubt and skepticism.

Hear the story of the growing grassroots support for HSR in California helping get the word out.

See how California will again lead in the area of sustainability with the most significantly green system possible - high speed rail.

Hear about all this a much more at High Speed Rail 2012 in Los Angeles!

High Speed Rail = Jobs!

Jobs, jobs, jobs
Millions of jobs and the revival of our industrial sectors
US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood
 Big plans for US High Speed Rail:

"New high-speed trains will link 80 percent of Americans within 25 years, at a cost of about $500 billion" -8/12/10

(That's only $20 billion per year)

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jobs | economic recovery | mobility | safety | energy security | climate solution

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