AHSRA Organizes Successful Rail Standardization Workshops in cooperation with European Delegation

Second Advisory Board Meeting Generates Multitude of Thought Leadership

On Wednesday January 26, 2011, the American High Speed Rail Alliance started off three days of meetings with its second Advisory Board Meeting at the Conference Center of Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington, DC. The Advisory Board meeting was followed by three workshops on rail standards, which were held in cooperation with UNIFE, the association of the European Rail Industry, and the European Railway Agency.

The three-day event could not have been timelier, considering the Alliance, the partner organizations, board members, guests and participants all met and discussed the issue of high speed rail the day after the President reaffirmed his commitment to 21st Century transportation and stated his goal to give 80 percent of Americans access to high speed rail in the next 25 years.

The Advisory Board luncheon was attended by more than 40 individuals, including over 25 board members and representatives, as well as guests such as former Governor Parris Glendening and Al Engel, Vice President of High Speed Rail with Amtrak. AHSRA Advisory Board Chairman and former Congressman Al Swift, whom has dedicated many years of service devoted to high speed rail directives in the United States, opened up the meeting with a welcome address that was heartfelt, genuine and set a great tone for the rest of the week’s events.

Acting Chairman of the meeting and former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater made it very clear to everyone in the room that it takes a large umbrella organization like the Alliance to make high speed rail a reality in America. Therefore, it was no surprise that the meeting was an assembly of leaders from the past, present and the future – bringing together the elements for successful advocacy.

In conjunction with the second Advisory Board meeting, the Alliance hosted UNIFE, the European rail industry association, and the European Railway Agency in a series of workshops between US based rail associations, the Department of Transportation (DOT), corridor rail groups and the Office of Safety within the Federal Railroad Administration. These workshops explored lessons learned in the critically important European exercise of standardizing systems across sovereign countries, ensuring safety and interoperability.

The exchange between US stakeholders, the several expert guest speakers and UNIFE/ERA sparked a dialogue on important high speed rail implementation issues that AHSRA will continue to nurture and will derive value for its members and key US decision makers.

The different presentations can be viewed below.

Wednesday Board Meeting:

Wednesday Afternoon Meeting:

Thursday Morning Meeting:

Thursday Afternoon Meeting:

Click here for more information on the hosting organizations.


American High Speed Rail Alliance Unife pattonboggs European Railway Agency



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