Rail

World Congress on High-Speed Rail meets in Philly

Posted on July 11, 2012

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) are hosting the 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail in Philadelphia from July 11 to 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This is the first time that the World Congress on High-Speed Rail has come to the U.S. About 1,000 attendees from 37 countries are expected to attend. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will make remarks in the opening session.

“APTA is very excited to be hosting this prestigious, international high-speed rail congress,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “High-speed rail experts from all across the world are coming to the United States to share their expertise and their proven success with high-speed rail in their respective countries.

The UIC World Congress on High-Speed Rail is the leading global event for showcasing and exchanging information on the developments and achievements of high-speed rail worldwide. Educational sessions and roundtable discussions will address technical and economic issues. The high-speed rail trade exhibition is the largest in the world dedicated to high-speed rail equipment, infrastructure projects and services.

At Wednesday’s opening session, APTA Chair and Dallas Area Rapid Transit President/Executive Director Gary Thomas announced the results of a national survey that show that nearly two-thirds of Americans are interested in traveling by high-speed rail and the figure jumps to 74% among those in the 18 to 24 age bracket.

“People want high-speed rail and it is time for high-speed rail to come to the United States,” said Thomas. “It is the logical next step in the evolution of a balanced transportation system needed to support mobility and economic growth in the coming decades.”

To read more reporting from philly.com on the 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail, click here.

More News

Alstom, Bombardier deliver 100th MI09 French trainset

Every MI09 can transport up to 2,600 passengers at maximum speeds of approximately 75 miles per hour. Each train is made up of five cars, each equipped with three large doors on either side to facilitate passenger exchange in the stations.

How transportation played key role in transformation of Milan

The Brussels based UITP’s World Congress is the major global gathering of the world’s public transport industry to network, review progress and innovation, understand trends from suppliers as well as focus on the challenges that public transport faces in delivering a viable, sustainable future for the world.

Calif.'s SMART secures $11 million grant to buy 3 more railcars

The three additional cars will boost SMART’s seating capacity by 35%, officials said. Because of the escalating costs for railcars, the grant also was estimated to have saved taxpayers about $11 million, according to state officials,

Parsons Brinckerhoff under contract to deliver Calif. high-speed rail

Will begin work on a seven-year, $700 million rail delivery partner contract awarded by the California High-Speed Rail Authority earlier this month.

Alstom to supply 13 Coradia Lint regional trains to Danish network

The Coradia Lint 41 is an environmentally-friendly low-consumption Diesel Multiple Unit that can reach a maximum operating speed of up to 87 mph.

See More News

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close