Meeting: Joint RailPAC/NARP Meeting in Los Angeles Saturday April 17

What: RailPAC, an advocacy group for rail passenger service in California and Nevada, and NARP, the National Association of Rail Passengers, will hold an all day meeting in Los Angeles. There will be several high speed rail panels. There is a $40 charge for members/ $50 non-members  Meeting registration and information

Where:  MTA Board Room at Gateway Center, located behind Los Angeles Union Station

PROGRAM Subject to change without notice

9:00 AM – Registration and badge pick up (Coffee and pastry service)

9:30 AM – Welcome:  L.A. City Council Member Tom LaBonge

9:45 AM – Opening Address:  Hon. Ara Najarian, Chairman, Metro Board

10:00 AM – High Speed Rail:  The Builders

  • Talgo USA
  • Siemens
  • Desert Xpress, Tom Stone (invited)

11:00 AM – High Speed Rail: How to spend the first billion dollars.

  • Mike McGinley, TRAC Board and RailPAC member
  • Erin Steva, CALPIRG
  • Darell Clarke, Sierra Club, Los Angeles Transportation Committee
  • Dan Krause, Californians for High Speed Rail
  • Jarard Wright, Transit Coalition
  • Paul Dyson, RailPAC
  • Questions and opinions

12.00 PM – Lunch (Box lunch in cafeteria)

  • Platform exhibit at Union Station subject to availability

1:00 PM – The National System

  • Steven Gardner –  Amtrak VP
    (Brian Rosenwald, confirmed back up)

2:00 PM – California State Rail Program

  • Bill Bronte – Chief, Division of Rail

2:30 PM – LOSSAN and Southern California Commuter Service

  • Art Brown (invited)
  • Keith Millhouse

3:30 PM – Passenger Rail Advocacy – Where do we go from here?

  • George Chilson, retiring NARP President

4:00 PM – Members comments and discussion

5:00 PM – Adjourn

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