RailNation DC - Monday, April 1 Advocacy Summit Program Detail

Revised to 2-10-19

8:55am - 10:00am

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

Learn exactly how and why American long distance passenger trains create economic benefits that far outweigh their costs, and how the Rail Passengers Association is quantifying the benefits of America’s National Network trains through economic impact. Panelists will include Rail Passengers President Jim Mathews and Dr. Yuanyuan Zhang, Research Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation.

10:15am - 11:45am

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

Panelists will discuss the immediate and long-range visions of transforming current transit systems and creating a regional mobility worthy of our 21st century economy. Invited Panelists include Peter Brassard, Chair of the Rhode Island Association of Rail Passengers and TransitMatters member; David Alpert, Founder of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation; and T. R. Hickey, Chief Development Officer of Virginia Railway Express.

12:00n - 1:30pm


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

1:45pm - 2:45pm

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

We’ll hear from congressional staffers on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation about the transportation agenda for the 116thCongress and the plans for addressing the transportation crisis in the U.S. in the coming reauthorization.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

'How to Sell Trains to Your Congressman'

Mike Friedberg, a partner at Holland & Knight who specializes in transportation, will give tips on how to best advocate for passenger rail and investment to your elected officials. Mr. Friedberg most recently served as staff director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure under former-Chairman Bill Shuster.

3:30pm - 4:30pm

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

There are other Rail Passengers around the country, just like YOU, that have made amazing progress for expanded passenger rail service in their communities. This panel of other Rail Passengers’ Council Members will share success stories, advocacy tips, and strategies for bringing about real change. Panelists will include Bruce Ashton of Rail Passengers - Texas.