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Archive -- RailNation DC - Spring 2019 Washington Advocacy Summit & Day on The Hill

Blueprint 2020...Be The Architect!


Westin City Center 1400 M. Street, NW Washington DC 20005

Make Plans NOW To Attend The Rail Passengers 2019 Washington Advocacy Summit, Day on The Hill And Congressional Reception

On-Line Advance Registration Is Now Closed!

At-The-Door Registration Will Be Available On
Monday, April 1, Starting At 7:00am
In The National Ballroom Foyer Of The Westin City Center Hotel

Day On The Hill

Resources & Information

Including Attendee List And Appointment Summary

Event Host Hotel Location

Westin City Center

1400 M. Street, NW
At Thomas Circle
(3 1/2 blocks from the Metro)

FYI...Group Rate Rooms At The Westin Are Now Sold Out!

Regular Public Rate Rooms Are Currently Available On-Line At The Nearby Washington Plaza Hotel
Starting At ~$219 Average Per Night (Single Occupancy) For The Three Nights Of 3/31, 4/1 & 4/2!

There Is NO Group Rate Or Other Special Arrangement At The Washington Plaza!

Event Agenda: (Revised to 3-28-19)

Printable Agenda

Sunday, March 31

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Rail Passengers Association Board Of Director's Meeting - Open To All Attendees

Monticello Ballroom - Lower Monticello Level

7:30pm Hospitality Suite Room To Be Announced

Monday, April 1

7:00am - 4:30pm Meeting Registration & Member Services National Ballroom Foyer - Ballroom Level
6:45am - 7:45am Continental Breakfast Vista Terrace – Upper Mezzanine Level

Advocacy Summit Convenes

National Ballroom - Ballroom Level
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome Comments, Logistics & Safety Briefing
8:15am - 9:15am

Session Opening Speakers -

9:15am – 10:05am

'Investments, Not Subsidies: How American Long Distance Trains Make Money'

10:05am - 10:20am Break - Beverages On Own To-Go Beverages Available In Lobby
10:20am - 11:50am

'No Schedules: Regional Rail and the Future of American Passenger Trains'

National Ballroom
11:50am - 12:00n Break
12:00n - 1:30pm

Lunch With Keynote Address By Kenneth Hylander - Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer - Amtrak

Monticello Ballroom - Lower Monticello Level
1:30pm - 1:45pm Break
1:45pm - 2:45pm

'The View from the Hill: Infrastructure and the 116th Congress'

National Ballroom
2:45pm - 3:00pm Break - Beverages On Own To-Go Beverages Available In Lobby
3:00pm - 3:30pm

'How to Sell Trains to Your Member of Congress'

National Ballroom
3:30pm - 4:30pm

'What Can Passengers Do?: Advocacy Strategies That Really Work'

National Ballroom
4:30pm Advocacy Summit Concludes
4:45pm - 5:45pm Committee Meetings (By Advance Arrangment)

Routes & Schedules Committee

Northeast Corridor Task Force

Ashlawn South Room - Lower Mezzanine

Suite To Be Announced

4:45pm - 6:30pm Re-Authorization Group Discussion Lead By Board Vice-Chair Carl Fowler – All Attendees Are Welcome To Participate National Ballroom
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Beer & Transit Networking Mixer

Join with transit advocates from the greater DC region!

Busboys And Poets
450 K Street, NW

8:00pm – 9:15pm

Switzerland - A Scenic Railway Paradise

  • Presented by Carl Fowler
  • $25.00 Separate Donation
  • This is a benefit event for the ‘Jim Hamre Memorial Scholarship Fund’
  • Buy Tickets Here
National Ballroom
9:15pm Hospitality Suite Room To Be Announced

Tuesday, April 2

On Own Breakfast
7:30am - 9:00am

Hill Day Visit Last Minute Prep

Hotel Lobby
All Day

Rail Passengers 'Day on The Hill' Congressional Office Visits

Capitol Hill

5:15pm - 7:15pm

NOTE Revised
Start Time

Rail Passengers 2019 Congressional Reception

2019 Golden Spike Awards

Dirksen Senate Office Building

Room 106

8:30pm Hospitaility Suite Room To Be Announced

Wednesday, April 3

6:45am - 7:45am Continental Breakfast Vista Terrace - Upper Mezzanine Level
8:00am Annual Council Business Meeting Convenes National Ballroom - Ballroom Level
8:00am - 8:05am Logistics & Safety Briefing - Bruce Becker
8:05am - 8:10am Confirmation of Proxies & Establishment of Quorum For Meeting - Cliff Dunn
8:10am - 8:15am Approval of October 2018 Council Business Meeting Minutes
8:15am - 8:40am President's Report - Jim Mathews
8:40am - 8:50am Financial Report - Peter LeCody
8:50am - 9:00am Jack Martin Award Presentations - Peter LeCody
9:00am - 9:15am Board Director Election - Peter LeCody
9:15am - 9:45am Council Resolution Consideration
9:45am - 10:00am Routes & Schedules Committee Presentation - Steve Musen
10:00am - 10:15am Customer Experience Committee Presentation - Carolyn Cokley
10:15am - 10:25am

Break - Beverages On Own
Hotel Check-Out

To-Go Beverages Available In Lobby
10:25am - 10:40am Euipment Committee Presentation - Richard Bruss
10:40am - 12:00n

National Passenger Rail Policy Panel

  • F. K. Plous
  • Jim Mathews
12:00n - 12:15pm

Rail Nation California Sacramento Preview - Bruce Becker

Future Fall Event Location Nominations - Bruce Becker

12:15pm Annual Council Business Meeting Concludes
On Own Lunch On Own - No Group Meal

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