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US High Speed Rail Association Update
Greetings!

Our recent Chicago conference was a huge success with a standing-room-only crowd!  Business and political leaders came together in a historic gathering to advance high speed rail in the Midwest Region.  A new focus on a 220 mph bullet train network radiating out from Chicago was outlined at the conference along with funding for the first corridor study committed by Governor Quinn.  Representatives from more than 30 countries were in attendence showing support for our new national rail system.

We are proud to annouce High Speed Rail 2011 New York City!  The Northeast Corridor is the hot rail project of the year with multiple Congressional hearings held recently discussing ways to bring private investment into the NEC to advance the corridor to world class HSR status and 220 mph trains.

USHSR Vice President for Government Affairs Thomas Hart testified recently before the House Transportation Committee on high speed rail and upgrading the NEC.  This was the third time this year Mr. Hart has testified on behalf of HSR before Congress.  Mr. Hart also is working to advance a new bill to advance private investment into HSR projects.

USHSR President Andy Kunz just returned from speaking at a high level conference on high speed rail in Madrid, Spain.  Other speakers included U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Spain's Transport Minister Jose Blanco, FRA Deputy Karen Rae, U.S. Ambassador in Spain Alan Solomont, and other dignitaries and officials.

Global high speed rail takes another big leap forward this week with the opening of the new Shanghai to Beijing high speed rail line, the latest in China's rapidly growing national rail network.  This newest line is larger than California's entire proposed system, and was built in just over 3 years!  Set to be one of the busiest high speed rail lines in the world, China continues to build additional new lines further advancing their country into the 21st century.

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Sincerely,
Joe Shelhorse,
Vice President for Membership Services
USHSR
Washington, DC
(202) 248-5001

High Speed Rail Conference New York City  

Join us in New York City for the next High Speed Rail Conference!


Business and political leaders will come together again to advance HSR in the northeast region of the USA.  Don't miss the exciting high speed rail event of the year!  New York City is the place to be November 6-8.  The hot topic of the conference will be the major upgrade of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and how private capital can invest in this major rail line that is already the busiest in America.  With a major upgrade the rail capacity of the corridor can be dramatically increased and travel times will be shortened significantly.  Register early to take advantage of the Super Earlybird prices! 

New York City Sell out crowd in 2010

USHSR VP Thomas Hart Testifies on HSR Before Congress     

USHSR Testifies at Congressional Hearing

USHSR Vice President for Government Affairs Thomas Hart testified recently before the House Transportation Committee on high speed rail and upgrading the NEC.  This was the third time this year Mr. Hart has testified on behalf of HSR before Congress.  Mr. Hart has outlined the position of USHSR including 220 mph HSR along the Northeast Corridor and across the nation.   Several studies have confirmed the viability of this upgrade including a recent one from the University of Pennsylvania:    

Thomas Hart Testifies on the NEC Upgrade
USHSR's Thomas Hart Testifies Before Congress on the NEC Upgrade to World Class Standards

The Association's policy promotes public-private partnerships as the best way to bring true HSR to America, and sites numerous precedents around America in transportation with our road and aviation systems as models where the U.S. Government built the base infrastructure and private industry operates the vehicles and transportation services.  There are also numerous models around the world in building HSR systems using similar methods, including the UK, Spain, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, etc. 

Senator Kirk

  

Mr. Hart has also been working on a new bill to advance private investment in HSR projects.  Senator Kirk took up this bill and has been working to move it forward by recently unveiling his 'Lincoln Legacy Infrastructure Development Act' which aims to mobilize $100 Billion for new infrastructure projects across America including new high speed rail systems in a number of corridors.


"These are exciting developments in the evolution of high speed rail in America.  We are happy to see such great bipartisan support for high speed rail and so much focus on involving private investment in the nation's rail project.  This will move America forward in so many ways, and stimulate our economy across multiple sectors while providing 21st century transportation options for Americans!"
said Andy Kunz, USHSR President.   


Watch the NEC HSR Congressional Hearings 


USHSR President Speaks at Spain Conference  

USHSR President Andy Kunz


USHSR President Andy Kunz just returned from speaking at a high level conference on high speed rail in Madrid, Spain.  The conference was organized by AmChamSpain as a business roundtable on Spain - USA rail transport.

 

Other speakers included U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Spain's Transport Minister Jose Blanco, FRA Deputy Karen Rae, U.S. Ambassador in Spain Alan Solomont, and other dignitaries and officials.  Mr. Kunz presented USHSR's vision for America for 17,000 miles of state-of-the-art high speed rail lines crisscrossing America to be built in phases.

 

While in Spain, Mr. Kunz rode several of the new high speed rail lines including a ride to the historic city of Cuenca.  "Spain's new rail system is amazing, and an excellent model for America.  The system is getting enormous ridership with many of the trains sold out, and new services being added daily to meet the growing demand."

High speed rail Spain
 


USHSR Announces New HSR TV Series!


The US High Speed Rail Association is proud to announce the launch of a new TV series on high speed rail called "High Speed Rail Around the World".  USHSR has teamed up with a Hollywood filmmaker to produce an 8-part TV series highlighting high speed rail systems around the world, and the many benefits that countries have enjoyed since the launch of their new fast rail systems.  The series will begin in Europe, and explore the rail systems, train stations, manufacturing and maintenance facilities, and the people behind the planning, construction, and operation of these advanced systems.

High Speed Rail TV Series

 

"We are very excited about this new project and showcasing the many benefits high speed rail can bring to America.  There is still debate going on in America today discussing if we should be investing in HSR, and at what level - while the rest of the world has been moving forward on building great rail systems, and enjoying the many benefits every day.  This new series will present the missing information that should change the debate in America from 'if we should be building HSR' to 'how fast can we get moving on this important project'.  The rest of the world builds while we talk, and this new TV series should change that!" said USHSR President Andy Kunz upon returning from Spain last week. 


China Opens Major New High Speed Rail Line Built in Just 3 Years!


China opened its latest new high speed rail line this week to great fanfare!  This is China's longest high speed rail line to date connecting Shanghai and Beijing - more than 800 miles at a cost of $32 billion.  This new line was built in only 3 years, and is larger than the entire proposed California HSR project, and the Northeast Corridor project.  "While we talk and debate, China builds" said Thomas Hart, USHSR VP.  "China is leaving us in the dust as they continue to build new high speed rail lines at record pace and advance their entire society with these great projects".  This is China's third new high speed rail line to open in just a few years, with plans to spend an additional $100 billion this year alone on more new rail lines as they move their nation forward.  America needs to get moving to keep pace!

China's New HSR Line  

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