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Crossing the Hudson: What's Next for Northeast Corridor Improvements?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
General Contractors of New York
The Northeast Maglev
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Served and Registration
8:45 a.m. Welcome
Elliot Sander, President & CEO, HAKS Group, Inc. and Chairman, Regional Plan Association Denise Richardson, Managing Director, General Contractors Association
Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Enhancing Trans-Hudson Capacity?
Top agency officials will discuss the principles that should guide the decision-making process for increasing capacity across the Hudson River to facilitate the rapidly growing commuter traffic between New York and New Jersey and intercity travel demand along the busiest stretch of the Northeast Corridor – New York to Philadelphia.
Moderator: Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association
Stephen Gardner, Vice President, NEC Infrastructure & Investment Development, Amtrak
Jim Simpson, Commissioner, New Jersey DOT
Joseph Lhota, Chairman & CEO, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority
10:10 a.m. The Costs and Benefits of Expanding Trans-Hudson and Northeast Corridor Rail Capacity
Panelists will discuss the economic costs and benefits of investing in enhanced trans-Hudson rail capacity, as the first step toward true high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor.
Moderator: Mitchell Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning, NYU Wagner School, and Director, Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management
Steve Spinola, President, Real Estate Board New York – REBNY
Philip K. Beachem, President, New Jersey Alliance for Action
Juliette Michaelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, RPA
11:00 a.m. How to Pay for It: Options for Public and Private Funding and Finance
Moderator: Samara Barend, Vice President, Public Private Partnerships, AECOM
Doreen Frasca, President and Principal, Frasca and Associates
Peter Peyser, President and Principal, Peyser Associates
David Seltzer, Principal, Mercator Advisors
Tom Rousakis, Vice President, Public Sector & Infrastructure Banking
Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
Closing Remarks: Anthony R. Coscia, Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
12:15 p.m. Adjourn
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Regional Plan Association
Founded in 1922, Regional Plan Association is the nation's most influential independent regional planning organization. RPA works to improve the quality of life, economic competitiveness and sustainability of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning and advocacy. The organization also seeks advancements in infrastructure and urban development in the Northeast and across the U.S. RPA’s storied history includes the creation of three landmark plans for the tri-state region. The first one, in 1929, provided the blueprint for the transportation and open space networks that we take for granted today. The second plan, completed in 1968, was instrumental in restoring our deteriorated mass transit system, preserving threatened natural resources and revitalizing our urban centers. In 1996, RPA's third regional plan, "A Region at Risk," warned that new global trends had fundamentally altered New York's national and global position. The plan called for building a seamless mass transit system, creating a three-million acre network of protected natural resource systems, maintaining half the region's employment in urban centers and assisting minority and immigrant communities to fully participate in the economic mainstream.