The American Public Transportation Association and the International Union of Railways (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer, or UIC) will host three regional seminars in early 2010. The goal of these seminars is to provide U.S. decision makers the information necessary to implement high-speed rail.
The seminars, titled "International
Practicum on Implementing High-Speed Rail in the United States," will be held
on February 8-9 in Washington, D.C.; February 9-11 in Chicago; and February
11-13 in Los Angeles. The programs will feature practitioners from high-speed
rail systems around the world and will focus on best practices and lessons
learned from European and Asian systems. The curriculum will be tailored to the
different issues in each city.
The seminars are designed
for local decision makers and practitioners, including executive and senior
transportation managers, strategy experts, chief engineers, economists and
stakeholder organizations who must understand the issues that they will face as
their regions develop high-speed rail.
This is the first set of
seminars developed under a new partnership between APTA and the UIC. The two
groups will now be able to engage in extensive information sharing that can
cover the various technical, marketing, finance and management aspects of
high-speed rail systems.
APTA is the legacy
organization of the former High Speed Ground Transportation Association, which,
in 2007 integrated its members and assets into the APTA structure and now
functions through the constituent high speed and intercity rail committee.