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8th World Congress on High Speed rail

International Union of Railways (UIC) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Announce High-speed Rail World Congress

United States to Host 8th World Congress on High-speed Rail in 2012

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) announced that the United States will host the 8th World Congress on High-speed Rail in Philadelphia, PA on July 10-13, 2012.

The World Congress is the world’s eminent gathering on high-speed rail and is expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees from across the globe to exchange views on the development and achievements of high-speed rail worldwide.

The World Congress will feature international rail experts on transportation policy and technology. The World Congress will bring together both the public and private sectors to provide insight and best practices for implementing high-speed rail projects at every stage – from planning, financing, and construction, to operations and management. Additionally, the Congress will also feature an exhibit showcasing high-speed rail products and services.

“As America reshapes our transportation options to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, UIC’s decision to hold the World Congress here will go a long way in helping the United States gather the critical information and expertise to advance high-speed rail.” said APTA President William Millar.

“High speed is developing at an impressive pace around the world. High speed rail is often described as the “transport mode of the future”; it is good for mobility, sustainability, the environment and for people as it creates employment and business through infrastructure and new services. “We are very happy to organise the 8th edition of our World Congress in the United States and hope that all our experiences and those of our members may contribute to making swift progress in high speed development in the USA, thereby enabling the USA to join the world’s high speed leaders” added Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General

Partnering with UIC and APTA in hosting the World Congress are Amtrak and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), together with the Federal Railroad Administration of US DoT, all UIC North-American Members.


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