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RailNation California Event Agenda & Program

The following is the current event agenda and programming information - Revised to 10-13-19

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Thursday, October 17

Time Location


Ale Nation - Local & Regional Transit Advocate Networking Mixer

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, October 18

Breakfast On Own
Welcome Desk & Tour Information 7:00am - 3:00pm Sheraton Lobby

Optional Trip & Tour To Ride The New Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Train Between San Rafael & Santa Rosa



THIS TOUR IS CANCELED! Siemens Was Unwilling To Host Us...

Tour of the Siemens Mobility USA Manufacturing Plant In Sacramento

Optional Guided Tour of the Sacramento Regional Transit System

Afternoon Time TBA

Individual Opportunity To Visit The World-Famous California State Railroad Museum

  • Open 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Pay Museum Admission On Own
On Own

Optional 'Hands-On' Advocacy Workshop

1:00pm - 5:00pm


Level 2

Welcome Networking Reception & Award Presentation

  • Optional Opportunity To Greet Advocacy Colleagues From Across The Country And Make New Friends In An Informal, Relaxed Atmosphere.

In Addition, The Association Will Present The Following Awards During The Reception:

  • The Ross Capon Citizens Advocacy Award To Chris Koos, Mayor of Normal, IL
  • The Tracks To The Future Award To Rick Klein, City Manager of La Junta, CO
  • The Community Action Award To Carey Maynard-Moody of Lawrence, KS

$20.00 Per Person - Separate Ticket Required

  • Lite Snacks & Soft Drinks Included
  • Cash Bar For All Other Beverages

All Are Welcome! You Don't Need To Be Registered For The Symposium To Attend.

NOTE: You Will Wish To Make Dinner Plans Outside Of This Reception!

6:00pm - 8:00pm

3rd Floor

Reception Rooms

Saturday, October 19

Event Registration & Welcome Desk

7:00am - 5:00pm Lower Level Lobby

Buffet Breakfast

7:15am - 8:15am


Lower Level

Advocacy Symposium Convenes 8:30am


Lower Level

Opening General Session

  • Creating An 'Amtrak 2.0' - Amtrak Is Looking At Re-Inventing Itself - Rail Passengers Have The Opportunity To Help Shape The Discussion
8:30am - 10:00am
Break 10:00am - 10:15am
Morning Concurrent Sessions 10:15am - 11:45am

'Inclusion And Equity Track' Session

Moderator - Jim Mathews

'Inclusion & Equity in Transit & Housing'

Presenter - Alfred Twu


'Valuing Inclusion And Equity Over Zero-Sum Thinking In Public Transportation'

Presenter - Jason Lee


Lower Level

'Making Change Happen Track' Session

Moderator - Matt Melzer

‘Plucky Corridors, Regional Rail, & The Green New Deal’

Presenters - Karen Christenson, Michael Christensen & Robert Munson


Level 2

'What Passengers Want Track' Session

Moderator - George Chilson

‘California’s Coordinated Multi-Modal Scheduling Plan’

Presenter - Jim Allison

'Advancing The Case For A Daily Sunset'

Presenter - Abe Zumwalt


Level 2

Break 11:45am - 12:00n

Lunch With Keynote Address

  • Chad Edison - Deputy Secretary for Transportation - California State Transportation Agency
12:00n - 1:30pm Camellia
Break 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 1:45pm - 3:15pm

'Inclusion And Equity Track' Session

Moderator - Micahel Christensen

‘Engaging Youth Stakeholders in Transit Advocacy’

Presenters - George Basile, Seung Lee & Alicia Trost


Lower Level

'Making Change Happen Track' Session

Moderator - Tom Girsch

‘Changing Rail Passenger Policy’

Presenters - Carl Fowler & Doug Kerr


Level 2

'What Passengers Want Track' Session

Moderator - Bruce Becker

‘Improving the Rail-Getaway Experience’

Presenters - Tom Martinelli & Chef Madi Butler


Level 2

Break 3:15pm - 3:30pm
General Session Wrap-Up 3:30pm - 4:00pm Gardenia
Advocacy Symposium Concludes 4:00pm

Council Committee Meetings By Prior Arrangement

  • Routes & Schedules Committee - Beavis - Level 2
  • Mid-West & Mid-South States - Bondi - Level 2
4:05pm - 6:00pm

'Meet The CEO & Company' Cocktail Hour

  • By Invitation Only
6:00pm - 7:15pm Compagno Level 2
Free Evening - No Other Planned Events

Sunday, October 20

Buffet Breakfast 7:00am - 7:50am


Lower Level

Council Business Meeting Convenes 8:00am


Lower Level

- Chair's Report
- President's Report
- Financial Report
- Future Event Report
- Election of Candidate Certification Committee Members For 2020 Term
- Election of Membership Action Review Committee Members
- Consideration of By-Law Admendments
- Consideration of Submitted Council Resolutions

- Committee Reports
Routes & Schedules - Steve Musen

- Other Scheduled Council Business
- General Question & Answer Time
Council Business Meeting Concludes 12:15pm
- Amtrak ‘2.0’ Wrap-Up & Next Steps (Optional)
Session Concludes 1:15pm

Optional Winery Tour

  • Wine Tour to Clarksburg
2:00pm - 5:30pm

Afternoon Free Time To Explore Sacramento

Monday, October 21

Breakfast On Own


Optional Trip To Tour California High Speed Rail Construction Projects In The Central Valley