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Rail Nation Miami - Detailed Agenda & Program

The following is the current event agenda and programming information - Revised to 10-22-18


Thursday, October 18

Time Location

Beer & Transit Advocate Networking - Registration HERE

Underwritten By

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Fado Irish Pub

Friday, October 19

Time Location
Event Registration and Tour Information 9:00am - 1:00pm


Lobby Level

Miami Food Scene Tour & Self Guided Miami-Dade Transit Tour Morning
Rail Passengers Association Brightline Round Trip Miami to West Palm Beach

Boards At 2:00pm

Brightline MiamiCentral Station
Event Registration 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Hibiscus Foyer

Pre 'Fireside Chat' Session Reception 6:00pm - 6:45pm



Fireside Chat Moderated By Jim Mathews With Former Amtrak Presidents Joe Boardman (In Person) & David Gunn (Via Video); Gov. Michael Dukasis (Via Video) and Trains Magazine Columnist Fred Frailey (Via Video) - Lite Refreshments Included

Individual Tickets For 'Fire Side Chat' ONLY Are Now Available

6:30pm - 8:00pm Hibiscus - Lower Terrace Level
Southwest Chief Campaign Summary - Paul Nelson 8:15pm - 9:45pm Hibiscus - Lower Terrace Level
Rail Passengers Association Hospitality Suite - Donations In Support Of Hospitality Suite Are Welcome 8:30pm - 10:30pm Room To Be Announced

Saturday, October 20

Time Room
Event Registration 6:30am - 5:00pm Hibiscus Foyer - Lower Terrace Level
Breakfast 7:15am - 8:15am Upper Promenade - Lower Terrace Level
General Session Convenes 8:30am - 9:35am Hibiscus - Lower Terrace Level
Welcome & Opening Remarks - Peter LeCody & Jim Mathews
Special Presentation - Joe Boardman's Views On Rail Safety- Former FRA Administrator
Beverage Break 9:35am - 9:50am Hibiscus Foyer
Morning Concurrent Sessions 9:50am - 11:10am
Session #1 - Why The Swiss Can Build Big Projects Cheap And We Can't... 9:50am - 11:10am Hibiscus
Sean Jeans-Gail - Vice-President Policy - Rail Passengers Association
Gene Skoropowski - Brightline / Capitol Corridor
Session #2 - How To Pay For Infrastructure; Unlocking The Value of Real Estate 9:50am - 11:10am Orchid AB - Lower Terrace Level
Abe Zumwalt - Director Policy Research - Rail Passengers Association
Froilan Baez - Chief of Right of Way/Joint Development - Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works
Jose Gonzalez - Senior VP Business Development - Florida East Coast Industries
Session #3 - Envisioning The Future Of The U.S. Rail Network 9:50am - 11:10am Gardenia AB - Lower Terrace Level
Jim Mathews - President/CEO - Rail Passengers Association
Break 11:10am - 11:20am
General Session Presentation - Passenger Rail On Freight Tracks 11:20am - 12:20pm Hibiscus
Patrick Goddard - President/CEO - Brightline
Gene Skoropowski - Retired from Brightline & California's Capitol Corridor
Jay Westbrook - General Manager - Florida Dispatch Company
Pre-Lunch Break 12:20pm - 12:40pm
Lunch 12:40pm - 2:00pm

Jasmine -Lower Terrace level

Stephen Gardner - Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer - Amtrak
Post-Lunch Break 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session #4 - Underwritten By

‘The SMART Plan’s First Mile/Last Mile Opportunities With High Trip Generators’

2:15pm - 3:45pm Orchid AB
Joe Aiello - Northeast Field Organizer - Rail Passengers Association
Aileen Boucle – Executive Director – Miami-Dade Transportation Planning
Alfred Lurigados - Board Member - Friends of the Underline
Representative From Uber

Miami-Dade Pre Transportation Camp '#SmartCohort" Panel

3:50pm - 4:45pm Ochicd AB
Joe Aiello - Northeast Field Organizer - Rail Passengers Association
Abe Zumwalt - Director Policy Research - Rail Passengers Association
Michael Caballero - SmartCohort
Session #5 - The Next Opportunity & Challenge; Amtrak's Upcoming Re-Authorization 2:15pm - 3:35pm Hibiscus
Sean Jeans-Gail - Vice-President - Rail Passengers Association
Rick Harnish - Executive Director - Midwest High Speed Rail Association
David Carol - Chief Operating Officer - American Public Transportation Assoc.
Session #6 - Introducing Rail Passengers Association's Station Volunteer Program 2:15pm - 3:35pm Gardenia AB
Carolyn Cokley - Director Customer Advisory Services - Rail Passengers Association
Patrick Kidd - Corporate Communications - Amtrak
Carey Maynard-Moody - Deport Redux, Lawrence, Kansas
Beverage Break 3:35pm - 3:50pm Hibiscus Foyer
General Session Re-Convenes 3:50pm - 4:30pm Hibiscus
Concurrent Session Report Backs
Wrap-Up & Adjournment
Break 4:30pm - 4:40pm
Rail Passengers Association Committee Meetings 4:40pm - 5:45pm Hibiscus
More Specfic Information To Be Announced Orchid AB
Gardenia AB
Jim Hamre Scholoarship Benefit Reception 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Brightline MiamiCentral Station Complex

Rail Passengers Association Hospitality Suite - Donations In Support Of Hospitality Suite Welcome 9:00pm - 11:00pm Room To Be Announced

Sunday, October 21

Time Room
Breakfast 7:15am - 8:15am Upper Promenade - Lower Terrace Level
Rail Passengers Association Council of Representatives Business Session 8:30am - 9:55am Hibiscus - Lower Terrace Level
Chair's Report - Peter LeCody
President's Report - Jim Mathews
Vice-President Policy Report - Sean Jeans-Gail
Vice-President Resource Development Report - Mark Colucci
Event Report - Bruce Becker
Treasurer's Report - Ken Clifford
Council Consideration of Four Submitted Resolutions
Beverage Break 9:55am - 10:10am Hibiscus Foyer
Morning Concurrent Sessions 10:10am - 11:30am
Session #7 - The Summer By Rail 2018 Experience 10:10am - 11:30am Orchid AB
Mark Colucci - Vice-President Resource Developement - Rail Passengers Association
Tom Girsch - Vice-Chair Rail Passengers Association Board & Baseball Guru

Session #8 - Rail Passengers Association's Passenger Experience; What Do We Want To See In The Future?

10:10am - 11:30am Hibiscus
Dave Randall - Vice-Board Chair - Rail Passengers Association Board
Charles Merckel - Chair - Rail Passengers Association Passenger Experience Committee
Pre-Lunch Break / Check-Out 11:30am - 11:50am
Lunch 11:50am - 1:15pm Japengo - Lobby Level
Event Adjournment 1:15pm