Rod Diridon to Chair US HSR Advisory Board, Headline Rail Conference in Los Angeles

 Rod Diridon to Chair US HSR Advisory Board, Headline Rail Conference in Los

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON and SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012

MTA Headquarters, Union Station, December 3-5, 2012

WASHINGTON and SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The
US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) has appointed Rod Diridon, executive
director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), as Chairman of the
Advisory Board of the US High Speed Rail Association. He will assume this new
role at the High Speed Rail Conference in Los Angeles. The event is set for
Monday-Wednesday, December 3-5. The conference comes on the heels of the
California legislature voting to move forward with the first $6 billion phase
of the statewide system. (Journalists are welcome. See note at the end.)


"We are very proud to have Rod Diridon chair our Advisory Board and headline
our conference," said Andy Kunz, USHSR President and CEO. "Rod is a great
leader and one of the strongest advocates for high speed rail in America. We
welcome his participation."

Mr. Diridon, who will give a keynote address at the conference, said, "The
presidential election affirmed the people's desire to renew the nation's
transportation infrastructure. High-speed rail is this nation's most seriously
deficient mode of sustainable transport. Led by California, the nation is
about to catch up with the rest of the world. The US High Speed Rail
Association and other progressive transportation leaders are guiding the way
so our nation can become a leader again."

The Rail Conference will address numerous issues vital to high-speed rail,
including the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of a major new
infrastructure project; project updates from California, Texas, Illinois,New
York, the Southwest, and more; how US mayors are preparing for 21st century
transportation, economic development, major real estate investment, new
facilities, and jobs; conditions for investing, an infrastructure bank,
public-private partnerships, and developing legislation to encourage private
involvement in HSR systems; major real estate developments at rail stations;
first-hand experience from other countries; and much more.

Speakers include many leading experts, such as California Governor Jerry Brown
(invited); US Congress Member LorettaSanchez; California State Senator Leland
Yee; California Assembly Members Fiona Ma and Norma Torres; Mayor of Irving TX
Beth Van Duyne; LA Deputy Mayor for Transportation Borja Leon; USHSR CEO Andy
Kunz; and President of GEODATA Italy Piergiorgio Grasso.

Also, Dominic Spaethling of Parsons Brinckerhoff; Dan Krause of Californians
for HSR; Tim Smart of CH2M Hill; Patricia Petitto of IRWA; Joe Reed of Balfour
Beatty Capital; Dwayne Sampson ofMTA New York; Rick Harnish of Midwest HSRA;
Katherine Perez of ELP Advisors; and many more.

For information or to register, go to


Mr. Diridon has been executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute
(MTI) since 1995, a transportation policy research center created in 1991 by
Congress. He is known as the "father of modern transit service" in Silicon
Valley and has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local
programs, most related to transit and the environment. He frequently provides
legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues. Mr. Diridon was
appointed in 2001 and 2005 by Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger,
respectively, to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board of which he is
chair emeritus. He served as president of the national Council of University
Transportation Centers.

In 1996 he founded and chaired the Transportation Research Board's study
panel, "Combating Global Warming through Sustainable Transportation Policy."
He advised the Federal Transit Administration and in 1995 chaired the National
Research Council´s Transportation Research Board´s Transit Oversight and
Project Selection Committee. He has provided keynotes, especially for high
speed rail and sustainability, in more than 50 US cities and for a dozen
international conferences, and he has published numerous related articles.


US High Speed Rail Association is the only non-profit organization in America
focusing entirely on advancing a state-of-the-art national high speed rail
network.Its vision includes a national HSR Express system consisting of
state-of-the-art dedicated track, advanced control systems, elegant
multi-modal train stations, and top-of-the-line 220 mph trains. Its goal is to
connect cities and states into an integrated system, laid out in phases with
an aggressive schedule for full system build out.


The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) conducts research, education, and
information and technology transfer, focusing on multimodal surface
transportation policy and management issues, especially as they relate to
transit. MTI was established by Congress in 1991 as part of the Intermodal
Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and was reauthorized under
TEA-21 and again under SAFETEA-LU. The Institute has been funded by Congress
through the US Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Innovative
Technology Administration, by the California Legislature through the
Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and by other public and private
grants and donations, including grants from the US Department of Homeland
Security. DOT selected MTI as a National Center of Excellence following
competitions in 2002 and 2006. The internationally respected members of the
MTI Board of Trustees represent all major surface transportation modes. MTI's
focus on policy and management resulted from the Board's assessment of the
transportation industry's unmet needs. That led directly to choosing the San
Jose State University College of Business as the Institute's home. Visit

Journalists are welcome:

Journalists are invited to attend High Speed Rail Conference, Los Angeles. For
consideration, please contactthe Communications office at
Submit press credentials and proof of employment with your request. Press
credentials will also be required on site to enter the conference. USHSR
reserves the right to screen all requests.

Contact: Donna Maurillo
MTI Communications Director
donna.maurillo (at)

SOURCE Mineta Transportation Institute

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