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
Regional Plan Association is America’s most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy organization. RPA improves the New York metropolitan region's economic health, environmental sustainability and quality of life through research, planning and advocacy. Since the 1920s, RPA has produced three landmark plans for the region and is working on a fourth plan that will tackle challenges related to sustained economic growth and opportunity, climate change, infrastructure and the fiscal health of our state and local governments. For more information, please visit www.rpa.org.