Los Angeles conference to feature Chinese, German and Spanish high-speed rail systems

10:08, June 16, 2010      

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A two-day international conference on high-speed rail systems held later in the week will bring together industrial front-runners from countries including China, Germany and Spain to offer insight into their expertise in the field, the organizers said Tuesday.

"We're fortunate and excited that executives from companies involved in high-speed rail projects in China, Germany, Spain and across the globe will be joining us at High Speed Rail: 2010 to profile their projects and showcase what's possible here in the United States," said Andy Kunz, Chief Executive Officer and President of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association.

The meeting, which will be held by the U.S. High Speed Rail Association at the Hilton Universal City, Los Angeles, from June 17-18 will gather global rail industry executives, as well as policy makers, civic leaders, transportation officials and business people from across California and the United States, the organizers said in a press release.

The conference will explore a range of topics aimed at providing a closer look at plans, processes, pathways and potential for a high-speed rail system in California and other parts of the United States, organizers said.

Global leaders including China, Germany and Spain "will help deliver the blueprint, best practices and master plan for High Speed Rail in America," said Thomas A. Hart, the U.S. High Speed Rail Association's vice president for government affairs.

The first high-speed rail systems in the United States will be completed by 2020 in California, linking Los Angeles with San Francisco. It is expected to pump about 4.3 billion U.S. dollars each year into Los Angeles's regional economy and create about 55, 000 permanent jobs, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said on Tuesday.

Governments and private companies in some countries are designing, building and successfully operating and expanding high- speed rail systems, and exporting that technology to new entrants.

In China, for instance, nearly 1,200 miles (1931 km) of high- speed rail lines carrying trains capable of traveling 200 (322 km) mph and faster are opening this year alone, extending a massive green transportation system being expedited in that country, according to the organizers.

In Spain, another industry leader, high-speed trains already are navigating a varied geography through an impressive network of tunnels, as the country hopes to have a high-speed rail station within 30 miles (48 km) of most Spanish citizens in 10 years, the press release said.

Source: Xinhua


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