ASHRA EVENTS

Congressional Bicameral High Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus to Host Briefing on April 10, 2012   

“The Diverse Benefits of Investing in High Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail”

On Tuesday April 10, 2012, the U.S. Congressional Bicameral High Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Caucus will host a briefing on “The Diverse Benefits of Investing in High Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail” at 10:00 am in the Capitol Visitor Center, Meeting Room North, in Washington, DC.

The briefing, organized by American High Speed Rail Alliance in conjunction with the Congressional HSIPR Caucus, is designed to educate Congressional staff about the importance of rail investment and the diverse benefits created by investing in high speed and intercity passenger rail infrastructure.

Panelists will discuss the impact the HSIPR program has on economic development, job creation, and mobility.

Panelists:

The Honorable Dwight C. Jones
Mayor, City of Richmond, VA

Art Guzzetti
Vice President, Policy
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Rich Sampson
Editor, Community Transportation & RAIL Magazine
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)

Colin Stackhouse
Director of Government Affairs
Siemens Mobility

Charles Hunter
AVP Government Affairs
New England Central Railroad/RailAmerica (NECR)

The event is free and open to the public.

Young Americans White House Roundtables on 21st Century
Transportation

Recap: Roundtable 1 & 2

As part of the White House Young Americans Project initiative, the American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA) has organized a series of roundtable discussions that focus on “the Need for 21st Century Transportation.”

On Thursday April 14th and Wednesday April 20th, the first two roundtables took place in the offices of the Alliance and were a great success. The third and last roundtable of this series will take place on Tuesday April 26 and we hope for a similar outcome in attendance as well as input.

As 21st Century transportation will most significantly affect the lives of younger generations of Americans, the Alliance feels it is important to engage them in discussions on vital issues, such as a growing population, rising oil prices, increasing congestion on the roads and high unemployment rates. How do they think these rising concerns can be tackled in the future? Is high speed rail a viable option to challenge future mobility issues and the global competitiveness of our country? The roundtables hosted by AHSRA provide a great opportunity for young Americans to become more involved with these issues as they relate directly to their future.

A diverse group of young Americans gathered in Washington, DC for the first two roundtables and used the discussion as an opportunity to share their thoughts on investment in infrastructure. General consensus was that the US needs to invest in 21st Century infrastructure or else our overall economy will suffer and the burden will fall on future generations. Naturally, the source for this funding was brought up as a concern but various financing options were suggested, including: a national infrastructure bank, public-private partnerships, foreign investment, but most importantly, the group agreed that long-term financing should be a part of the overall transportation budget.

Other points well taken were that high speed rail should be located in areas where it makes the most sense, such as the Northeast Corridor, California and parts of the Midwest. The build-out of high speed rail lines should be integrated with other modes of transportation, aligned with real estate development and communicated to the public as part of an overall lifestyle and mindset change.

The group concluded that all the benefits that come with the development of a true high speed rail system as well as the upgrades of intercity and improvements of regional rail lines – economic stimulus, job creation, global competitiveness, cleaner environment, congestion release, independence from oil, increased mobility etc. – should be an encouragement to push for such an investment. However, in order to effect change, the public opinion needs to change first. Therefore, the Alliance will be working on a national campaign to reach out to the public to bring our mobility issue to their personal level so that they realize that the US is falling behind since our counterparts across the world have increased productivity while we sit in traffic.

AHSRA hosts Series of Young Americans White House
Roundtables on 21st Century Transportation

The American High Speed Rail Alliance will host a series of roundtables as part of the White House Young Americans Project initiative. On Thursday April 14th, Wednesday April 20th and Tuesday April 26th, AHSRA will host a 1.5 hour long “Roundtable with Young Americans: The Need for 21st Century Transportation.”

Investment in 21st Century transportation will most significantly affect the lives of younger generations of Americans. Therefore, it is important to engage them in discussions on vital issues, such as a growing population, rising oil prices, increasing congestion on the roads and high unemployment rates. How do they think these rising concerns can be tackled in the future? Is high speed rail a viable option to challenge future mobility issues?

Each roundtable will provide a great opportunity for young Americans to become more involved in issues that relate directly to their future; giving a diverse group of participants the chance to share their thoughts on investment in infrastructure. The objective will be for the group to come up with suggestions for solutions to the identified mobility issues.

A representative from the Obama Administration will be invited to attend and AHSRA’s findings will be submitted to the White House Young Engagement Team as well as published in an e-book.  Roundtable Invite PDF Version

Lewis Goetz, American High Speed Rail Alliance Founder, Gives Update on American High Speed Rail at Middle East Rail 2011 Conference in Abu Dhabi

On Monday, February 28, Lewis Goetz, Founder and Advisory Board Member of AHSRA spoke at Terrapinn’s Middle East Rail 2011 conference in Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi. Mr. Goetz addressed stakeholders from around the world about the progress of high speed rail in America, speaking about the challenges high speed rail faces in our current political climate, efforts to educate the American public, investment strategies and potential funding sources and what, specifically, the Alliance is doing to advocate for high speed rail in America. Mr. Goetz was also selected to serve as a juror at the Middle East Rail Awards, which recognizes pioneers in the Middle East Rail industry.

 

AHSRA Hosts European Delegation for Rail Standardization

Workshops

Recent high speed rail developments in the United States bring major challenges for both public administrations and railroad stakeholders – in terms of funding and political support, but also in relation to technical regulations and standards.  Indeed, the choice of a given set of rail standards may greatly impact the way networks are built, their capacity to evolve and be interoperable, and ultimately the cost of maintaining and operating these rail networks.
To discuss these issues, and to help shape the debate at both State and Federal levels, the American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA) will host a series of workshops at the end of January, organized in cooperation withUNIFE, the association of the European Rail Industry, and the European Railway Agency.

The workshops will give invited rail associations, organizations and companies the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in rail standardization.  UNIFE will present its initiative on promoting an “open” set of rail standards and its possible advantages in the U.S. market.  The European Railway Agency will deliver a presentation on its role in the European railway system and the developments of technical specifications in the field of high speed railroad transportation.

Click here for more information on the hosting organizations.

Unife American High Speed Rail Alliance European Railway Agency

 

Earth Day 2010

AHSRA Urges for Clean Energy Efficient Transportation at Earth Day Event

Last week on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the American High Speed Rail Alliance assisted the Earth Day Network’s efforts in encouraging 1 Billion Acts of Green, a campaign to encourage small but impactful changes in everyday people’s behavior.

The American High Speed Rail Alliance team raised awareness for the need of 21st century transportation by educating the public on the benefits of high speed rail. More than 500 people signed our petition urging congress for more funding for high speed rail projects!

“I was intrigued by the American High Speed Rail Alliance which is a non-profit organization that advocates for the creation of a national, high-speed rail network. This organization is unique in that it presents an innovative energy alternative to transportation in America that would implement sustainable, clean transportation and benefit the people…”   – Mother Nature Network

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