Please join us for our 2019 Annual Meeting. A variety of guest speakers will provide insight and updates on passenger rail projects in the Midwest and beyond.

Lunch will be provided and discounted tickets are available to current students. We hope to see you there!


8:30     Doors open, check-in begins

9:00     Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia – IL 4th Congressional District
              -Brief remarks regarding transportation policy updates at the federal level

9:30     Rick Harnish – Executive Director, MHSRA
              -Update on Midwest High Speed Rail Association progress and plans
              -Update on California

10:00   Dave Winters – Government Affairs, MHSRA
              -Springfield update

10:30   Karen Hedlund – National Rail Strategy Advisor, WSP
              -Why a high-speed rail commission is proposed for the State of Washington

11:00   State Representative Marty J. Moylan – IL 55th District
              -Brief remarks regarding bills introduced in Spring legislative session

11:30   Tod Bassler – Board Member, Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance
              -Update on the Hoosier State debate

11:45   Andrea Reed and Linda Thisted – Co-Chairs, Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric
              -Update on the Coalition’s efforts

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Joshua D. Coran – Director of Product Development & Compliance, Talgo Inc.
              -Issues with implementing the phased network approach in the United States

1:30     Matt McNicholas AIA, LEED AP – MGLM Architects
              -Tabernacle of the Iron Horse: Meaning and Symbolism in Train Stations

2:00     Erik Cempel – Infrastructure Planning Manager, Amtrak
              -Progress at Chicago Union Station

2:30     Demetrius Villa – President, American Rail Club
              -Millennials and the future of transit

3:00     Wrap-up and announcement of raffle winners

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