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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

11:30 AM - 5:30 PM : Sacramento County Administration Center, 700 H Street, Board Chambers, Sacramento, California 95814.

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Registration Opens

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Lunch

01:00 PM - 03:30 PM Technical Tours

Invitations to register for the below tours will be sent to you via email after you have registered for the summit. If you do not receive your invitation within 24 hours please send email to steve @ and mention which of the below tours you would like to attend. The California State Railroad Museum is a self-guided tour. No registration is necessary.

1. Tour of Siemens Rolling Stock Manufacturing Facility in Sacramento [FULLY BOOKED]

Transportation will be provided from the registration tables at the Sacramento County Administration Center.

Established in the 1980s, Siemens manufactures a large variety of rolling stock vehicles at its Sacramento plant. From light rail vehicles, street cars, single-level coaches to electric and Diesel-electric locomotives. The plant includes carshell and truck production, subassembly , final assembly, commissioning and testing. Currently in production are e.g. street cars for San Francisco, light rail vehicles for Calgary, complete intercity trainsets for the Brightline service in Florida and Diesel-electric locomotives for California, Illinois and Washington. Please note that for confidentiality and competitive reasons, rolling stock manufacturers will not be able to participate in the Siemens Sacramento factory tour.

2. Tour of Sacramento Valley Station

The tour group will meet at the Sacramento Valley Station which is within easy walking distance of the event location.

The tour of the Sacramento Valley Station will give an overview of the three-part phase improvements completed and planned for the site. The tour will begin with the Phase 1 Track Relocation and New Passenger Platforms and the northern edge of the site. This segment of the tour will be led by Hank Doll, President of Vali Cooper Associates, Construction Manager for Phase 1, who will explain the challenges and process of this ambitious $70 million project. The Phase 2 Restoration of the historic station will be led by Greg Taylor, AIA, City Project Manager along with Mr. Doll. This segment of the tour will focus on the rehabilitation of the station programmatically, historically, and the sustainable design practices in the design. The tour will include the Main Waiting Room restoration, provisions for ground floor retail in the former baggage area, second floor lease area, and the third floor roof deck. From the roof deck, a brief overview of the Phase 3 Site Master Plan, now in progress, will be summarized and a Q/A session will conclude the tour.

3. California State Railroad Museum

A self-guided tour of the facility which is a short walk from the Sacramento County Administration building.

Visit the crown jewel of railroad history and take in the sights at the California State Railroad Museum. Experience the feats of engineering and ingenuity that have kept the Golden State connected for nearly 200 years -- from immaculately restored engines and cars to exciting events and exhibits that bring the railroad to life. Exhibits cover a wide range of topics, from social issues to displays of railroad artwork intended to promote California and the West as a tourism destination.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM : Opening Remarks

Introduction: The Honorable Lucas Frerichs, Chair, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
Welcome: The Honorable Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Authority

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM : CEO Round Table

Farhad Mansourian, General Manager, SMART
Jennifer Bergener, Managing Directory, LOSSAN Joint Powers Authority
Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director, Altamont Corridor Express
Whitney O'Neill, Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Metrolink
Don Sepulveda, Michael Baker International - Moderator

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM : Evening Reception

California State Railroad Museum, 125 I Street, Old Sacramento, California 95814.

Dinner and Networking

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

8:00 AM - 3:45 PM : Sacramento County Administration Center, 700 H Street, Board Chambers, Sacramento, California 95814.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM : Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Kick-Off Session

Joe McHugh, Vice-President, State-Supported Services Business Development, Amtrak

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Sustainability Programs

San Shelton, Senior Planner, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Floyd Vergara, Chief, Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board
Kristen Pawling, Los Angeles Urban Solutions Coordinator, Natural Resources Defense Council
Jim Allison, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority - Moderator

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM : CA High Speed Rail Update #1: Bookend Investments

Richard Clarke, Chief Program Management Officer, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Jim Hartnett, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Caltrain
Chad Edison, CalSTA - Moderator

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM : New Passenger Rail Vehicles

Dave Ward, Vice President, Locomotives North America, Siemens
Joshua Coran, Director of Operations, Talgo
Rick Tripoli, Director of Equipment, Metrolink
Richard Phelps, Railplan - Moderator

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM : Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Tourism

Natalie Alvarez, Vice President of Marketing & Business Developments, Visit Oakland
Jennifer Walker, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Visit Santa Barbara
Sonya Bradley, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) - Moderator

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM : CA High Speed Rail Update #2: Project Status Report

Jeff Morales, Chief Executive Officer, California High Speed Rail Authority
David B. Kutrosky, CCJPA - Moderator

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM : Closing Remarks

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